Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cranberry Glass Birthday Surprise

Cranberry glass, a rich, deep pink colored glass that is very pleasant to look at, tends to be very expensive.

The first time I ever saw it was in the shop windows in Cape Cod. It was so stunningly beautiful that I stood, mesmerized, looking at it.  Why, oh, why is it so darned pricey, I remember asking.

The reason is because it's made with molten gold!  That's what makes the color of the glass so appealing and the price so unappealing!

My late mother started to buy the glass for me on birthdays, Christmas, and other special occasions so she is responsible for many of the  treasured pieces  I have in my collection.  In addition, whenever a few extra dollars came along and I saw something affordable I'd buy it but most of the cranberry glass in my collection came as gifts.

This fall, while attending a very high quality estate sale,  several pieces of cobalt blue glass, charming blue and white plates, Hummels, and all kinds of other really top quality items were all for sale. Then, lo and behold, on a table in the back of a garage,  there were six pieces of cranberry glass!  The prices on them seemed quite affordable---far less than their worth---but I hesitated. With so many expenses coming up, could additional glass pieces be justified?

Reluctantly, I passed-up the cranberry glass.  Once back in the car, I told a sister that if money were not an object, every single piece of that glass would have come home with me. After dropping off my sister, I had a flash of insight. The glass was collectible and its resale value would be high so I flew to the bank, took some money out of my savings, and returned to the estate sale.

     "I came back to buy all the cranberry glass, " I said to the proprietor. 
     "Too late," she said. "A lady came and bought it all."  Drat! My own hesitation caused me to lose out on additional pieces of this beautiful glass.
    "He who hesitates is lost," kept flashing through my mind.

      While I felt badly, it was better to just forget about the missed opportunity cranberry glass.

      Recently, one of my sisters hosted a delicious luncheon in honor of my birthday.  After a sumptuous feast of homemade spaghetti and meatballs, rolls, and salad, homemade apple cake and ice cream,  it was my delight to open gifts.

     While unwrapping the contents of one birthday bag, I was thrilled to see a piece of cranberry glass!  Then a second, third, and so on.

     "OMG," I exclaimed. "Did you go back to that estate sale?"  My sister nodded.  She was the  lady the estate sale proprietor said came and bought every single piece.

      Wonders never cease and sisters are true gifts from the hand of the Father.  Mummy, for sure, is looking down from the other side, very pleased that my collection of cranberry glass is growing by leaps and bounds.



Linda @ A La Carte said...

Susan that is the sweetest story! I love it and your cranberry glass. It is so beautiful and what a special collection!

Diane said...

Oh my gosh, that's wonderful! What a beautiful story. The cranberry glass is gorgeous.

Jane said...

Oh, this is gorgeous! Reminds me of amethyst, my favorite stone!


diane stetson said...

Glad you had a nice surprise for your birthday Susan.

Bookie said...

I so enjoyed your cranberry glass story! I did not know how cranberry glass was made. Thanks for the explanation...and happy birthday!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

This story made me smile but more importantly it made me very happy. I think cranberry glass is lovely and your collection is gorgeous. What a memorable birthday.

Linda O'Connell said...

You have a wonderful sister and the makings for a Chick Soup story.

mo said...

Susan, what a wonderful story! I absolutely love your style of writing. Your cranberry glass is just beautiful; so is your sister.

Claus said...

What a great story!! and a magnificent birthday gift!! Very lucky to have such a wonderful sister :o)
Beautiful pieces Susan! I never saw glass that color. I believe my favorite if blue; cobalt blue as you call it. I have a few pieces of that color at home. And some green too that my grandma left for me.
have a great day!!

Leann said...

Well Happy Belated Birthday my sweet friend! Love the special gifts - even sweeter sis!


T's Daily Treasures said...

What a sweet, sweet sister! When was your birthday? Happy belated! It certainly sounds like you had a good one. :) Oh my! I am just trying to keep up with everything these days. Blogging a bit in the evenings is my only form of relaxtion of late. Have a great rest of the week. The pumpkins and flowers in your post before last were just stunning! Sure wish I could find such beautiful Fall items like that around here. Best wishes, Tammy

Ciara said...

What a fantastically heartwarming story! Sisters are the best. :-)

LDH said...

aww... your sister is as nice as you! What a sweet and loving surprise! Each piece is really very pretty!

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