Each December, the Michigan Depression Glass Society’s meeting is held at Park Place in Dearborn. We assemble for a lovely candlelit dinner where each person brings in a candlestick to light before the meal begins. Comradery and the holiday spirit fill the room throughout the evening…until the lights go back up and the glass auction begins!
Club members are allowed to bring up to two lots of glass for sale, and they get to keep all of the proceeds. It could be anything from a creamer and sugar set, to a lovely red or green bowl perfect for the holidays, or even an entire set of dishes. The only rules are the glass has to be American made (pre 1970) and not be damaged. Anyone can bid, and that is exactly what happens!
You’ve heard the phrase “there are no friends in an auction”, and that absolutely holds true! There is always some competition to be had on any one of the 60 or so lots for sale. Generally prices are significantly below book values. But now and then, a heated bid takes place between a few individuals, and that is where the real fun (and laughter) starts. Glares could be exchanged between bidders. Even worse, a look of complete confusion can be on the face of one bidder, who can’t figure out who is discretely bidding against them with the slight nod of the head.
While emotions may soar for a bit, at the end of the evening everyone returns to being friends, and many go home with wonderful treasures to display during the holidays or give to family/friends as gifts. One lucky member even walks away with a completely free 14-piece luncheon set that is raffled off just for showing up!
If you are interested in attending this year’s dinner and auction, please send us a message by Monday, November 24 to secure your ticket. The event takes place on Monday, December 1 at Park Place Catering in Dearborn (23300 Park).