The Midwest Glass and Pottery Club is gearing up for the 32nd annual Antique American Glass Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday at Belle-Clair Exposition Hall in Belleville.
The event will feature carnival glass, Depression-Era glass, elegant glassware of the Depression Era, and later patterns of glass from the mid-century modern period. You can visit 27 well known dealers representing 11 states at the largest antique glass show in the St. Louis area.
There are four new dealers this year, in addition to two dealers new at the 2013 show who are returing, so there will be lots of "fresh faces," said Kay Tucker, one of the show's organizers.
"The event is an opportunity to educate interested people as well as to help collectors find new treasures," Tucker said. "Our dealers are well informed, and they are looking forward to meeting you and helping you any way they can."
What draws people to the show?
"While it's great to be able to buy glassware on the Internet, the thrill of holding a piece of glass in your hand is priceless. It's like being a child at Christmastime and finding that one special toy you've always wanted."
Danny Cornelius and Don Jones, authors of "Early Aerican Pattern Glass," will return to the show to sell glass and answer questions.
You don't want to miss two special displays. The National Depression Glass Association will have part of its national collection on display. And the Illinois-Missouri Glass & China Club will set up several displays, highlighting patterns and uses of glassware and dinnerware.
Paul Randolph will be on hand to grind chips out of glass.
Glass identification (limited to three pieces) will be offered from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. A panel of experts will do their best to tell you about your glass items.
Be sure to register for hourly door prizes to be given away both days.
At a glance
What: 32nd annual Antique American Glass Show and Sale
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Belle-Clair Exposition Hall, 200 South Belt East in Belleville
Admission: $5 per person; good for both days; parking is free, and the hall is handicap accessible.
Information: www.midwestglassandpottery.com for dealer lists, maps, directions, etc.