My love affair with glassware started about 20 years ago, when I stopped at an estate sale on the last day of the sale. Everything was 1/2 price! There, I found a pretty gold (amber) vase with frosted white coins around the outside. I bought it for a whole $10.00!!
Taking my prize home, I did some research, and found out that the vase I had just bought was actually worth $40!!! At that point, I was hit with a bolt of lightening!!
I love all types of glassware, and I collect yellow Cameo Ballerina depression glass, yellow Lancaster glass, but my favorite is the EAPG (Early American Patterned Glass) from the turn of the 20th century.
This beautiful glass is readily available at thrift stores, auctions, estate sales, garage sales, and in online stores at reasonable prices. I have found rare pieces at thrift stores for under $5.00! You can find water pitchers, goblets, relish dishes, platters, & bread plates in so many different patterns.
A great reference book to have if you are planning on collecting EAPG glass is The Standard Encyclopedia of Pressed Glass 1860 - 1930 by Bill Edwards & Mike Carwile. This book has been invaluable to me in identifying the glass that I have found. This book is available on Amazon.com in the hardcover form, used, for less than $5.00. An investment well worth the money.
One of my favorite pieces is a cake stand that I found at a thrift store for less than $5. The pattern is called Daisy & Button Petticoat.
This pattern is not as readily available as most others. I also bought a matching open compote in the same pattern at the same thrift store. Check out the thrift stores the next time you are there. This is something you can collect with a very low budget!!
Below are some photos of a few more pieces from my collection.
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