The 45th annual Green River Glass Show and Sale will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Kent Commons, 525 Fourth Ave. N.
It’s all about the love of glass when dealers and collectors gather for the annual Green River Glass Show & Sale, the only remaining such show in the region, according to a press release from the Green River Depression-Era Glass Club.
Admission is $3, with proceeds benefiting selected charities.
The show boasts a wide range of glassware, jewelry, art pottery, china and collectibles for sale from more than 30 dealers. For those in the mood to shop, more than 150 tables will offer glass from America’s finest makers, including companies such as Fostoria, Cambridge, Heisey, Viking, L.E. Smith, Fenton and Westmoreland.
But according to show chairman Terry Martin, the show is about much more than selling.
“Our club’s mission is education and fostering an appreciation for the timeless beauty, creativity and craftsmanship of vintage glass,” Martin said. “Don’t let the club’s name fool you. Our members collect everything from early pattern glass to Depression glass to glass from the mid-20th century and much more.
“Collectively, we have an abundance of knowledge, and we want to help people understand the value and history of the glass they own, whether they are an established collector or simply inherited family pieces and don’t know what they have.”
To that end, the club has invited several noted glass experts to share their knowledge and expertise with show attendees, including authors Randy and Debbie Coe who will be available to identify glass pieces for show-goers (limit two per attendee). Noted craftsman Roy Taylor who specializes in the restoration and repair of glass and ceramics, and Lorna Brown Hendrickson of Eunique’s Jewelry Restoration and Repair, also will be on hand.
Representatives from local special-interest glass clubs, including the Fenton Finders of Puget Sound and Northwest Heisey Collector’s Club, will join the Green River glass club in displaying samples of glassware collected by their members, providing an interesting contrast of styles, pattern, color and design.
“Glass really offers something for everyone,” Martin said. “It is amazingly versatile, affordable, and more adaptable to all tastes than people might think, especially young people.
“Come out to the show. Make new connections, learn something new, discover a new favorite, or maybe find that unicorn piece you’ve been searching for.”
Martin encourages people interested in glass collecting to consider joining the Green River Depression-Era Glass Club, which meets the first Tuesday of each month, time adjusted seasonally.
For more information about the club or show, contact Susan Bradley at 206-817-8871. Follow the club on facebook at facebook.com/Green-River-Depression-Era-Glass-Club.