Monday, July 25, 2011

A visit to the Depression Glass Show

Well, I'm happy to report that the Peach State Depression Glass Show was certainly worth a visit this weekend!

The Cobb County Civic Center was packed with some truly beautiful glassware, and you can read books on glassware all day long but there's nothing quite like looking and touching! Surprisingly, the greens and blues caught my eye more than the pink glassware. This Block Optic pattern always gets my attention because some pieces resemble the angular design of the Tea Room pattern I'm always after.

I also enjoy coming across pieces I've never seen before, like this dish and Butter Cover.

Do any of you collect Jadeite? I don't (yet), but I've long admired it. A few vendors had gorgeous Jadeite tea canisters, but they started at about $135 so I'll just have to wait for my mom to find one for me at a yard sale!

Most antique malls I visit seem to have far more glasses and bowls and plates and not a great selection of teacups and saucers. Here, every table had teacups galore! I'd seen this Swirl pattern in glassware books and was never that impressed, but "live" it is really a beautiful color called "Ultramarine." And to think, these were once dime store dishes!

The pattern that most impressed me, though, was this beautiful icy blue Caprice. I've never decorated with this shade of blue, but if you do ... find you a piece of this glassware! It is simply stunning!

Here's a sugar and creamer in Caprice.

After I'd visited quite a few booths, I was horrified to discover many of them had glassware on the floor and I hadn't been paying attention! Yikes!

The green glassware I've seen tends to be a light lime green color, but this glass was a pretty light olive green. Very unique.

Also unique: this cup and saucer with grapes on it. LOVE the shape of that saucer! At $95 these were some of the pricier teacups I saw (and surely rare!), but there was lots of glassware for under $10 too, so it was nice to see they have pieces for all pocketbooks.

If I ever see some of these glasses ($58-$85) at a yard sale or flea market, I'll know they are worth a pretty penny!

On the balcony overlooking the show floor, there was a booth where visitors could have pieces of glassware identified. Kind of reminded me of Antiques Roadshow. (The Roadshow, by the way, is coming to Atlanta next month and I got a press invite to attend. Might be fun to see it behind the scenes!)

My purchase of the day was a divided relish dish in the pink Tea Room pattern, easy to spot because of the angles.

It took some restraint, but I bought only this one piece. (The $355 pair of Tea Room glass lamps did not come home with me, alas.) Compared to other patterns with lots of pieces on display, there really wasn't a lot of Tea Room glass. A sugar bowl in pink, a creamer in green, another relish dish like mine (in green), one bowl, a few plates, two ice buckets and a clear goblet. Oh, and lest I forget -- a banana split dish that tea rooms must have used for very small banana splits! It was fun to see so much glass in one location, and I feel like my "glassware education" got a boost at this show!


  1. Is this an annual event? Perhaps Mary and I could make it into a road trip next year!

  2. How fun, Angela! I like the dish
    you purchased.

  3. Hi Angela,

    What a great Depression Glass Show! I don't personally collect depression glass, but I do collect Jadite. I have a huge collection of the original Fireking pieces (teacups, saucers, plates, mixing bowls, platers, salt and pepper, etc.) which I started collecting about 15 years ago. The prices were inexpensive back then compared to the prices you seen at the show.

    I was inspired to start collecting Jadite by Martha Stewart's early magazines which were always filled with collectibles. I love to use the dishes for a summer tea party because the color is just so beautiful!

    You have inspire me to pull them out for a book club gathering this week. I'll take some photos to share on my blog.

    I love the depression glass dish you purchased. The pink pieces are just stunning!

    Thanks for sharing,


  4. What a fun day you must have had. Thanks for sharing.

  5. That icy blue glass is beautiful! I don't collect Depression Glass myself, although my mother has a few plates, cups, & saucers in the green Ballerina pattern.

  6. Oh, wow! This sounds wonderful! Such pretty things.

  7. I love the green glassware. I think its my favorite but I like it all. haha :)

  8. Beautiful stuff! Joy and I would love to have been there...

  9. You came home with a lovely piece. I always love seeing all the beautiful glass. I have a large clear glass platter of Caprice, which I love using for large tea parties. It is beautiful! I have way more than I should, but there are time we just can't turn away from another piece of these colors.

  10. Thanks for sharing the show with us. I like the piece you purchased.

  11. Oh, I'm so jealous! This looks like it was a lot of fun - and I LOVE glassware. I collect a pattern called "Colony" by Fostoria, and I'm sure I would have been able to find some new pieces there (although at those prices, I don't think I could have afforded to buy anything). I'll have to check and see if there's anything similar up my way, though, it would be fun just to go and look at everything. The dish you purchased is beautiful, and I really like that pattern, too!

  12. What an eye popping event ! A glassware paradise ! I have a Jadite mixing bowl (gift). Glassware is so addictive !

  13. Ohhh I wish you could take me to that place too I just loved all all of them. But pricey too.

    And soo soo happy that finally my server lets me leave comments to your blog as I have problem to some of the blogs I can look but cant leave comments but now its cleared thank God, Oğuz did the trick really.

    Thank you for sharing.

    and Talya and I have missed you very much.

    Lots of Love,
    Karin Şen Cankan

  14. This looked like a fun show! My sister collects the lime green depression glass which she kindly lets me use during the holiday season! Your new dish is fun and unique ~ can't wait to see it in a photo, displaying something yummy!

  15. What a fun show, Angela - thanks for all the great photos and your report, I felt like 'I was there!'

    I love the piece you brought home, so pretty! And how gorgeous is the icy blue Caprice? I would have had a hard time NOT buying something at that booth - very sleek and I just imagine how nice a table would look, set with those pieces and mixed in with silver?
    Enjoyed this post very much,
    you do such a good job, Thanks,

  16. Hi! New reader here. I used to collect Jadeite until Martha Stewart started talking about it in her magazine all the time and the prices went sky-high! I had a huge set and sold it to finance a move.


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