Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Vintage & Collectible Glass References

Howdy Folks,
Well, here we are again and I still haven't figured out how to put active links in these posts, so I'm still going to have to rely on simply writing out the web addresses for you to cut and paste them into your browser. At any rate, today I'd like to talk a little bit about doing research on your vintage and collectible glass.

Even though I tend to sell a wide variety of items in my eBay store and listings and in my Bonanzle Booth, my passion is vintage and collectible glass and pottery. I just can't seem to get enough of it. Usually I sell what I buy and I tend to look at my collection as a "rotating collection." In other words, I get to enjoy it for a while, until I sell it, and then I get to buy some more! One of the problems I had, however, when I started buying and selling glass was, I didn't always know what I had. So started doing research to learn more about the things I liked. One of the first things I did was start looking on the Internet, and I was able to locate some very good sites with some very good information.

The first site I'd like to talk about is the Glass and Pottery Sellers Association, or GPSA.
[]. This is an absolutely wonderful site and packed with great information. You can find examples of various types of glass and pottery, great information, packing and photography tips and much more. You can subscribe to their newsletter, and request to join the association. I did join, and the benefits are wonderful, so, if you're really into vintage glass and pottery, this is the number one site to check out.

The next site is Pattern [], which focuses on Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG) from the years 1850-1910. On this great site they have an EAPG museum which features some great photos and information, a link for tips and tricks to buying, selling, packing and shipping EAPG. You can buy and sell EAPG from this site, and perhaps the best things about the site is their Our award winning Pattern Glass School, which will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about Pattern Glass.

Next is the Indiana Glass Pattern Identification Guide web site []. This a fantastic site with an unbelievable amount of factual and invaluable information, as well as some great glass photos. A big plus with this site is, you can actually download, for free, some early catalogs of Indiana Glass. Donna, the author of this site, also offers for sale a CD of 15 vintage glass catalogs for what I consider to be a very reasonable price. I purchased one from her and I use it all the time. I have found it to be invaluable. Also, when you visit Donna's site, be sure to check out the great links she has there.

There are literally thousands of websites dealing with vintage and collectible glass on the web, far too many to cover them all here. But, I've given you the top three that I use, and I hope you'll check them out and use them, and I hope you'll find, as I have, that they are truly an invaluable resource for collectors, buyers, and sellers of vintage and collectible glass.

I hope you've enjoyed this post, and will be back often to check out my blog. Hopefully soon, I'll figure out how to add clickable links and photos, and I hope to be able to add a sidebar with some great and very useful links. Until next Compadre,
Whiskey Jack

p.s.: here are some more glassware related websites that you may also find interesting:

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