Is There Money To Be Made In Depression Glass
You've seen the shows on television. You've watched the
auctions online. You've read the stories in the newspaper.
There always seems to be someone somewhere with an old dish
they've found in the corner of their attic that they were just
about to throw away or donate to a thrift shop when someone
advised them to have an expert take a look at it, or to put it up
for auction online, or to place it somewhere for whatever you can
get as long as it pays for your advertisement. And lo and behold!
What they thought was fodder for the trash can or Goodwill turns
out to be the rarest piece of glassware this side of the
Atlantic, and they've not only paid for their advertising -
they've got no more financial worries for the remainder of their
Hearing such a story, I can guarantees it was not Depression
Glass. While money can be made, given it was mass produced by
many companies for a number of years and can still be bought and
sold in many locations, it may be another couple of hundred years
before a single piece can put you on easy street!
But the very fact that professional dealers exist is an
indication that money can be made in the buying and selling of
Depression Glass. And knowing the value of each piece in your
collection can have other purposes.
There are times when knowing what your pieces are worth serves
a practical purpose. Suppose your agent needs to know for
loss-coverage purposes. Or maybe you've decided to get out of the
Depression glass hobby and need to know an intelligent amount to
place on your Depression glass pieces before you put them on the
market. Or someone wanting to purchase a piece may approach you,
and you need to know what amount to accept. Conversely, you may
also be interested in acquiring a piece and need to have some
idea of an amount that won't sound ridiculous. These are all
valid reasons to know what your Depression glassware will bring
on the current market. And that's the rub - the current
The current market is relative to several things, which make
price-guide books just that - guides. The best books can only
give us ballpark figures because so many other things affect what
we can or can't get for a piece of Depression glass. Where in the
country -- or the world -- you're located, the supply and demand
for whatever piece or pieces you're buying or selling, and, of
course, the rarity and condition of the glassware you're
interested in - all these factor in to determine current market
Another thing to always remember is this bottom line: Anything
- whatever it may be - is worth whatever you are willing to give
for it or to sell it for. It all boils down to how badly you want
that Blue Ritz Royal Lace piece - or how badly you want to get
rid of it.
So go ahead and get your hands on the most current guidebook.
Study up on what people are giving and getting for pieces you're
interested in. Talk to an expert, if you can. Afterward, use that
information as a tool and a guideline, only. And then go purchase
or sell that Depression glass piece and get your feet wet in the
There's no greater teacher than experience! Until next
If you enjoyed this article by Murray Hughes, then visit
Glass Identification now and enrol in the free Depression
Glass course "The 5 Essential Steps To Becoming A Depression
Glass Collector" For AOL users: Depression
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