- It's pretty. You cannot beat the lovely colors and designs. I enjoy the lovely transparency and shimmer and sense of artistry.
- It connects us to the past. People before us used vintage glass, in their kitchens, on the dinner table, in the hutch. Now we have it and use it. It forms a thread back that ties us to our families and homes.
- It is useful. Whether you display a few cups on the windowsill or use your Rose Point goblets for wine, whether you use that depression glass measuring cup or a full set of dinnerware, you have something that you can use and enjoy.
- It is fun to collect. I love going to antique malls and most of you do too. What's more fun than going to an antique mall is finding that perfect piece that just has to come with you.
- It's a hobby. If you like to research patterns or learn about glass or talk to others about a shared interest, it's fun.
I bet most of you don't think of yourself as a "collector". If we ask why people collect, we need to rethink what we mean by a collector. Look around your home. Is there anything you have more than one or two of? Something you like and are always keeping your eye out for? Maybe that is your collection. I am not a book collector but I sure have a lot seek out favorite authors. Same with some favorite artists, and of course, let's not forget my Rose Point or my little figurine planters. It wasn't until I bought my fifth or sixth planter that it dawned on me that I'd become a collector! I think that's how it happens with most of us. We see something we like, so we buy it. After a while we like it even more and the next time we see another we buy that too. Pretty soon we have the beginnings of a collection.Many of my readers and customers are casual collectors, just like I am, or the person who buys what they like because they like it and it's fun. So why glass?