OK, we gave reasons like style and warm family memories. Convinced this depression glass is neat stuff? Let’s look at one reason that fits everyone: It’s fun.
Collecting means lots of things.
You can collect glass that you like. Maybe you have a window sill and you like the way green and amber and pink creamers look on it sparkling in the sunshine. So collect colored glass creamers. When your shelf is full you can get a few others with matching sugars and enjoy alternating them with your regular dishes.
Maybe you find a candy jar like this one and it’s fascinating to find out about the variety and designs and you get hooked on finding neat candy jars.
Or you get this jar, read my blog and learn that the pattern is called Doric; it comes in pink and green and Jeannette Glass made it. You decide you like this and you’d like, oh let’s see, a cake plate, a creamer and sugar and maybe some dessert plates. You get those pieces, have a lot of fun using them, learn there are coffee cups and saucers and tumblers, so you go on a hunt for a few more pieces too.
With collecting half the fun is in the hunt. You can take friends with you to antique stores, browse the internet (don’t forget Catladykate’s depression glass store), decide what to buy, go to auctions. It’s a lot of fun. Every time you go somewhere you’ll spot a store or a flea market and you can stop and see what they have. Even if you don’t buy anything it’s still fun.
Then there are the collectors who decide to pursue every piece in a pattern, or they want a candleholder in every pattern Fostoria Glass made, who enjoy getting that last elusive piece. But you don’t have to be single-minded. It’s fine to decide, like one of my favorite customers, that your goal is to have enough amber depression glass for Thanksgiving dinner with friends. These customers bought Madrid, Patrician, Normandie and Sharon glass and were thrilled. Their table looked great!
So there you have it. It’s fun. You can enjoy the hunt; you can enjoy the purchase; and you can enjoy the glass when it’s yours!