We went antiquing today, all day, in Lansing and St. John’s in south central Michigan. So far we went north, east and south and have hit about 15 antique malls. It’s a lot of fun.
We both enjoy looking at old stuff and imagining who used it. I like the vintage pitchers and tumblers with bright cheerful decorations and canisters. We both enjoy glass and look especially for depression glass and etched elegant glass.
I’m buying glass for resale, which is different than looking as a collector, but… I understand why my customers come to my online store for their memories in glass.
We found several pieces of depression glass today, including a whole set of Cameo green depression glass – one of my absolute favorites – plus Floral Poinsettia, a few pieces of Cube, Waterford and Mayfair. Unfortunately the Cameo and Mayfair were priced way higher than you would find in my store. The Mayfair 2-handled 10 inch bowl was $90 for example. The other pieces were chipped. As a collector I would have come away empty handed.
It”s a balancing act. For pure fun it’s great entertainment to go to an antique mall. As long as you find something it’s satisfying even if you decide not to purchase. But it’s frustrating if you are looking for something specific. Buying online gives you access to variety and depth, and as long as you patronize a reputable store you will get glass that’s in good condition as described. It’s fun to shop online too. You can browse the different pieces and get a feel for the patterns you like best. You can’t touch the glass but good photos and descriptions make it feel close.
My store’s motto is “It’s like antiquing with your best friend.” I want you to enjoy shopping with me and to have the fun of antiquing with the joy of finding something special you want to own.