Thursday, March 1, 2012
Hot or Not? Mr. Modtomic Is No Expert On Glass But Was Smitten By This Pair Of Hand Made Glass Vases. I Just Couldn't Pull The Trigger. Status: Left Behind.
I kinda liked this pair of yellow glass vases that I spotted at the Goodwill down the street last weekend. Unfortunately they were $4 each...which doesn't sound like much does it? But $8 for a pair of pretty glass vases that I have no real need for is $8 that I'd rather spend on something worth $25 that I have no need for! Know what I mean?
So here's the crux. I just don't trust my vintage modern glass buying instincts yet. I don't know
glass. Oh sure...a big ol' orange slag glass vase for $10 at the flea market is totally coming home
with the Mr., but that's just obvious. It's this subtle stuff that gives me pause. And I can't buy
just 'cuz I like it. If I did that I'd have WAY too much stuff. I have to temper my collecting
compulsion with a value aspect. I have to know that I can always flip it and make a buck...
otherwise it stays on the shelf.
I remember seeing a show on PBS (I think) a few years ago about a couple of guys who were
"doing" the 127 Corridor 450 mile flea market. And Oh, I so have been wanting to do this
myself...but I can't take those days off work...ever...suck. But I digress...and back to the PBS
show. These guys were just driving along and buying up stuff (picking) for their shop or clients
or whatever back in New York.
One of the thing they snatched that resonated with me was a large glass vase that they
proclaimed Blenko I believe or maybe it was Venisian or whatever...it was worth a ton of dough
and they were paying like $10. They showed the bottom of this large vase and you could easily
see where the glass had been broken free from the punty. It was obvious that the vase was hand
made and I thought I had learned something very important!
But surely just the fact that I can see that these glass vases were hand made doesn't mean that
they are highly prized. Right? What ARE the clues. It's not like glass is marked and since
anything hand made is, by it's nature, one of a kind...unlike say a Russel Wright water pitcher...
I can't just get on Google Images and look for a comparable. How DO you know what to
look for in collectible glass?
So what do you think? Should I have snapped these up? Did I leave a treasure behind or did I
play my cards right? For all I know, these were available at Walmart last week!