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Our most popular pages in August, and more signs of the end of the recession around the world
Interesting to look at the statistics over the last month and see that two of our most viewed pages deal with how to spot a fake piece of vintage art glass and how to best display vintage art glass. You're not just coming to this site to buy glass, you're coming to learn about glass, and that's fine with us.
We take a lot of queries from people who want to know more about their glass, and, time permitting, we'll help if we can, (even if you are just enquiring so you can try to sell it ).
As I suspected in July, people are starting to buy vintage art glass again. We've sold more in the last month than we did in the whole of the previous four months.
I find it interesting to see where the sales are coming from - Netherlands, Australia, USA, UK, USA, USA, and Finland in recent times. Good to see our US customers starting to buy again. We've also had people starting to ask whether we can get them a particular piece that they are looking for, (often a design that we've sold in the past.)
We're having a lot of fun with this site, and the feedback we get suggests that it's offering a useful service. We hope you enjoy it.
25 August 2009
PS. Just to reiterate what we're trying to do here: we try to offer high quality, good value, midcentury Scandinavian and Italian glass, so you don't have to learn from bitter experience. Buy from us and you avoid the misdescribed pieces, the poor designs, the damaged or repaired pieces, and the fakes. You can have confidence that we know what we're selling, we describe it honestly and fully, and there will be no unpleasant surprises. And if for any reason you find you don't love a piece you've bought from us, we stand behind our guarantee.
Budget vintage art glass and new listings on Modernistglass.com
Sales of just about everything have taken a knock in 2008 and 2009 as the world's economy was hit by the consequences of the near-meltdown in the world's major financial markets. The USA has been hit particularly badly by the recession, and we had a particularly big drop in our sales to that country, but sales to all parts of the world were affected.
As a result, we reduced our activities, took some time off, and concentrated on other business. Our product - art glass from half a century ago - doesn't decay or perish, it just becomes scarcer.
We haven't generally reduced our prices, though we're a little more open to discussion about prices on some pieces. And we have also started another website to offer a cheaper option for our customers. I hope you'll check out http://www.midcenturyglass.com. Our colleagues and friends, Pernilla and Hans, are scouring the fleamarkets of Sweden looking for bargains that they can pass on for less than US150. They sell them with fewer frills - less explanation of history and manufacturing techniques - but still with our trustworthy quality and service, and with the same money-back guarantee if you are not happy.
However, in July 2009, as I write this, I'm starting to feel as though normal business is starting to resume, so I think it's time to start listing fresh pieces on Modernistglass.com. Confidence is rising. Many people have found that their jobs and their income haven't been badly affected, and these people are looking for good deals. Buyers in some countries are finding that their currencies have risen against the US dollar and are looking for beautiful glass to buy. If that's you, you've come to the right place. Take your time on the site. Check us out. And please don't forget to bookmark our site so you can keep coming back.
Swedish Post lowers shipping costs on items under 2kg
Well done Swedish Post. Prices on pieces which, when packed, come in at 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) or under, are now at least 30% cheaper. Most of our glass is shipped from Sweden, so that's good news for us and good news for our customers.
CONGRATULATIONS to our Swedish colleagues, Pernilla and Hans
Proud parents of another baby girl, Esther, on 20 June 2008.
Photo by Hans
Who wouldn't love selling a product where you can get feedback like this? We don't get it every time, but we were pretty pleased to get it once - how many retailers did you ever hear of who made a customer cry with joy?
If you want to learn more about Scandinavian and Italian mid-century vintage art glass, and work out what you should be buying, we think this website is one of the best resources on the Internet. We used to try to list fresh pieces every day but at the moment we're trying to go with the big listing once a month idea - see above.
If you have questions, feel free to ask! And if you want to build a wonderful collection, tell us, and we'll help make it happen.
As you've probably seen, there is much more "vintage" art glass for sale on the Internet which is wrongly described than vintage art glass which is described correctly. Look at our site. You'll see that we know what we're doing. We don't buy junk and try to pass it off as treasure. We also pack really well. We've had thousands and thousands of pieces of glass sent to us through the post. We know the heartbreak of receiving a box that clinks with the sound of broken glass. We therefore pack really carefully ourselves, and of all the glass we've shipped, we've only had one breakage.
We have a money-back guarantee. If you don't love it, tell us straight away, then send it back, and we'll give you your money back.
Viv and Peter Hattaway
What is modernist glass?
Where is our glass located? What's our Swedish connection?
What makes glass an inherently beautiful art form?
Why is mid-century art glass such a bargain?
Why is vintage art glass an ethical purchase?
How do I use this site?
That ties in with what we're trying to do in this business. We want to make your life easy and simple. It's like finding a good tradesman. When you find a plumber, say, who is honest and competent, and wants your business for the long term, you go back to him (or her) again and again, and you recommend him to your friends. We aim to be the equivalent in glass dealers.
Or here's another example: we know that when we go to a particular wine retailer in our city, we can trust the owners to point us to the best deal in a particular style of wine and price range. They can judge better than us because they taste a lot more wine than us; they have an incentive to direct us to something that we will like, so we keep coming back; and we know that they know their stuff because we learnt about wine at their regular Tuesday night tastings (before we had kids and our social life stopped). Again, we aim to be the equivalent in glass dealers.
We generally buy in Europe, then have it sent to Pernilla, who photographs, weighs, measures, and checks the pieces for damage or imperfections. The details and pictures go onto our website, along with our words. When the piece sells, Pernilla packs it and ships it. The process ensures that we can source glass from Europe which wouldn't otherwise be easily manageable. It's a wonderful example of the Internet making the world a smaller, friendlier, and more efficient place. Importantly, it reduces shipping costs, and the end prices, for our customers. It's one of the reasons that we can compete realistically on price and quality with retailers anywhere else in the world, even though we are based in New Zealand, far from many of our customers.
A lot of modern art provokes and disturbs and challenges. There's certainly a place for this, but in limited doses. In my house I generally want things that are beautiful and interesting and fun and make me feel happy. It can provoke and challenge me too, but it has to be beautiful. Why surround yourself with things that are not beautiful?
The cost of real craftsmanship today is the reason that quality modern mouth-blown glass is often much more expensive than vintage mouth-blown art glass. Buy the original!
We believe vintage glass is going to boom. It's really only just starting to be collected. We believe that it must appreciate. We believe we're in at the start of a flood of demand for mid-century art glass. Most people don't realise that glass can be as beautiful as it is. When we show it to them, they want some. But of course, every day there's less and less of it.