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I have talked to many dealers who tell me that interest in Depression Glass is declining? In fact elegant antiques and collectibles are not selling well, according to some seasoned dealers. What has been your experience? Is Depression Glass easy or harder to find? Have prices gone down? Do you sell Depression Glass as well as you did in the past? What colors and patterns remain important? Should people hold onto their Depression Glass pieces until the economy gets better? Please share your experiences and ideas.

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As you probably know, I've inherited my mother's collection of Depression glass. She collected in the 1970s when it was popular and on the pricey side (i.e. people were willing to pay near "book" prices). I have been attempting to sell some of it without much success. People just don't seem to appreciate it these days. Likely young people don't even know what it is. I've heard it has slipped into the category of "low-end" collectible. What had really hurt the market is that it is now flooded with repros from China. Chinese glass makers bought the original molds from American glass factories. It is really difficult to tell the repros from original pieces - even for experts. I know my mom collected before all the repros hit the market, but it would be a hard thing to prove.

Liliian, I didnt realize there were so many repros flooding th market. I wonder of members could talk more about repros in Depreesion Glass?


This is from antiques.about.com

"While reproductions concern and discourage some collectors, a little research goes a long way to protect your investment. For many years several Depression glass patterns like Cherry Blossom and Madrid were widely reissued, and a number of others are currently being reproduced today. It is possible to collect sets in the copied patterns without being stung by repros, but buyers should check all resources and buy from reputable dealers if choosing to collect a reproduced pattern."

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