By: Jonathan Fuhrman
About 15 years ago, I went to my first Michigan Depression Glass Society meeting. I thought I had the collecting bug after attending my first glass show that November. This meeting sealed the deal for me. After seeing a stunning tablesetting of the Trojan pattern by the Fostoria Glass Company and learning about the vast variety of available patterns during the program that followed, I was hooked. I have since only missed a handful of meetings. Each one has always been a thrill – from purchasing glass from fellow members before the meeting at bargain prices to the educational tablesettings and programs, each meeting has been a joy to attend.
Fifteen years later, a lot has changed:
1) My cabinets and storage shelves are full. I never thought I would ever catch up to the “advanced” collectors in our club, but I have, for better or worse.
2) My savings account is a bit emptier than it could have been, but the joy I get from seeing the sparkling hues every day in my home is well worth it.
3) I’ve gained a vast knowledge about glass patterns, and the companies that manufactured them.
4) I’ve made some awesome friends, who have been there for everything from logically justifying glass purchases, to helping me cope with the “real” problems of life.
5) Long-time members have moved away, be it to a different state or the heavens. But new members, equally passionate about collecting, have joined our organization.
But also, fifteen years later, a lot has remained the same:
1) Our club meetings are just as informative as they have always been.
2) We have a very dedicated board of intelligent people who are committed to the continued success of our club and annual show.
3) There is still an awesome reference library of glass books to look up information in at each meeting.
4) People get very jealous at the September “Find of the Summer” program when people bring in items worth hundreds that they found at a garage sale for $1.
5) There are NO friends during the auction that takes place during the December meeting. I’ll admit it, I even bid against one of mine!
If you have never been to an MDGS meeting, I highly recommend you come! Where else can you go on a Monday night to find a sparkling treasure, interact with some fascinating people, and learn some valuable information that could help you identify a rare piece of glass you see at a garage sale or flea market? Come to one of our monthly meetings – mark your calendar today!