Because I hate dusting.
I like glass — things with sparkle and/or etching in particular — but in my hands, too much of anything becomes clutter. (And did I mention I hate dusting?) Nonetheless, I have a few things that are worth posting about that have been passed down to me (or stolen from my poor mother's house, but that's another story). One such thing is this pair of Fenton Art Glass candlesticks.
They stood sentinel on the mantle in the formal living room of my parents' house for approximately eighteen years. No one paid them much attention. I believe they were a gift to my mother from her mother-in-law (my paternal grandmother). Though they're in great condition, they've never been well loved. In fact, the reason I have them now is because my mother despises them, but long felt obligated to keep them on display. (I can tell the truth about that since my granny is pushing ninety and unlikely to read this blog. Even when she had a computer she referred to it as "that machine" as in, "that machine is doing things again" — ostensibly, with a mind of its own, but I digress. Sorry granny! Sorry mom!)
Fenton (the company) is more than a century old. It pioneered the creation of "carnival glass" and is still producing today. I suppose my mother's objection to the candlesticks was that she thought them cheap. While that may have been true at one time, it's not now. Similar sets sell online for a good $300. (In fact, I saw a pair for $900 just recently, similar to the blue ones shown here. Mine are actually yellowish.) Initially, I thought them to be products of The Boston and Sandwich Glass Company, having seen a similarly acid-green pair (or are they canary? See pic here.) discussed in The Toronto Star. The shape and a little research has convinced me otherwise. The design is called "cut ovals" and is basically a take on the "florentine" designe produced by Fenton in 1921. (Only bumpy, which is to say, with cut ovals added in.) The colour, officially, is vaseline. Are these Fenton originals or mere reproductions? I don't know. (Do you?)
Coloured glass, while not exactly common at Goodwill or the like, can always be found for cheap if you keep your eyes peeled. When hunting it down, don't worry about projected value so much as about your personal space and personal style. If there's a colour you love, hunt for items in that hue. You can even find it at the dollar store (though sometimes, such finds aren't really coloured glass but glass with a coloured plastic veneer applied on the surface, which will eventually peel ... yuck).
Small, blown vases that seem useless look pretty on a bedside table with a short bloom inside, and even cheap glass looks charming when the light comes in. (As long as it's dusted, that is.)