The morning of my 30th birthday we were driving back from a weekend in Washington DC and stopped off for a fancy birthday breakfast at The Greenbrier (aka The Mothership), in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia. The food was superb, the surroundings impeccable, the chandeliers To Die For, and if it were not so fancy (and we didn’t have a personally-assigned butler standing over our table) I totally would have stolen one of the drinking goblets as a souvenir. I know that sounds bad, but listen, these were not just any glasses – we are talking emerald green. Anchor Hocking forest green glass to be specific.
I am still not over them. I told myself if I ever saw a set, I would buy them on the spot.
Fast forward three years….
I’m in the thrift store last night and I see them: ANCHOR HAWKING GREEN GLASSES. Not the same shape as the stout goblets at The Greenbrier, but more practical drinking glasses instead, which would be even better for me. It was meant to be! My heart be still, and there were ten of them. TEN! And a buck each! That’s a ten dollar dream fulfilled! Exclamation point!!!!!!!!
Without the width or arm span to carry all ten, I bolted to the front to grab a basket.
Not thirty seconds later I am back in the aisle to find THIS…
Okay. They weren’t mine yet. Fair enough.
But I saw her looking at me looking at the glasses after she had already passed them in the aisle. There is no way she would have picked them up had I not been stupid enough to show enthusiasm and then walk away long enough for her to grab the glasses and mix them in her cart with her stupid puppy puzzle and her Beanie babies. I hate her. Okay, that’s not nice to say I hate her. In all fairness, she was very nice in shooting down my plea to accept my twenty dollar bill to hand the glasses over. Whatever. I still hate her. Her and her stupid capri jeans and grabby hands. She probably won’t even appreciate those glasses. Those beautiful creatures will just go home and sit her garage with her filthy stock-pile of Beanie Babies and capri jeans. I hate her. I HATE HER.
So I felt bad about it. I went home and buried my hatred in a helping of Haagen Daz and an online search for Anchor Hawking.
….Yeah, so, I found some. Forty bucks. I figure, between that twenty I offered Lady Capri Jeans, and the other ten I would have spent to buy them, that would have come in just $10 under the $40 this place is charging online. That’s almost a good deal, right?
The emerald dream continues…
i bet she’s looking them up online right now, trying to figure out why you’d be swooning over glasses that were (probably) worth nothing. at least that’s what happens at my goodwill: buy anything possibly worth something, and leave the cheap stuff for the plebs. grrrr…
My Grama's Soul
I have those exact green glasses……I’m trying to figure out what to do with mine. LOL LOL LOL
GRRR is right… you forgot the first rule ALWAYS TAKE A BUGGY… even if you are just looking… cause really we are never just looking… sorry girl, now I will be forever on the lookout now for emerald green glasses…
I know this rule now. Learning curve!!!
hmmm and I wonder how many of us will look up Emerald green Anchor Hocking now… ;D
OH MAN I SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF THAT! Don’t do it! Don’t diminish what is left of the source.
….okay. you can. that’s fine. I mean, I wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from owning something they love. But if they live in Northern Illinois, maybe they could look for blue ones instead or something, and leave what’s left of the green ones for me.
Promise I wont buy them… unless its a deal, and I will send em your way… I have been known to make my kids ( teenagers) stand next to items until i can get a buggy to carry them in … they are always horrified… unless its for them… My husband wont do it for me, funny how I rarely take him thrifting any more!… so are ya gonna watch online ( e-bay, etsy etc… to see if THOSE glasses come up for sale…;D
xo Tracy Lynn
Poker face, Peaches!!
“Filthy stockpile of beanie babies and Capri jeans” you are too much!
Just went looking for some.
On ebay nine glasses like that cost $85!
Would’ve been a great deal to get 10 for $10
Those kind of people always get on my nerves. One time in Home Goods I found this amazing chair, and went to go get my friend to come look and when we get back a lady is sitting on it insisting its hers! Anyways, I’m glad you found some emerald glasses. Thanks for always making me laugh!
My grandmother collected similar green glass. My aunt has it now, but I keep an eye out for it all the time. Take a look at this link, I thought about buying them but have at them if you like.
These are cute: http://www.etsy.com/listing/156789598/set-of-four-green-sandwich-glass-juice?ref=sr_list_38&ga_search_type=all&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_search_query=anchor+hocking+green+glass&ga_page=1&ga_view_type=list&ga_facet=anchor+hocking+green+glass
Keep looking at your local thrift stores. These things pop up All The Time. I’ll bet DeeAnna can find them for you in Denver.
This is the first time in three years I have seen them around here. Maybe Denver folks have sassier taste in glassware.
bits of moxy
I’ve actually had filthy beanie baby – jean capri people take stuff out of my buggy. There is a “Bins” store connected to my favorite Goodwill. Everything is 85¢, but you better take your knife and bitch face if you want to walk out of there with some cashmere, silk and Fiesta Ware.
In my little world, I am convinced those glasses had bad mojo, and the universe was stopping you from bringing that bad mojo home.
ooohhh I like your style…. YEP Peaches they DID have bad MOJO! yay universe for looking out for you!
LOL! My mantra in those situations is always… I never knew they existed before I saw them, so I can (hopefully) live on without them. Or, so I tell myself… 😉
Anne in the kitchen
Erica you must live on a different planet than I do. About 25 years ago my sister and I saw the perfect wood carved antique monkey chandelier. I did not have the money on hand for such an expensive impulse buy. I have regretted it ever since. To this day I am still on the lookout for it and every single time my sister and I are out together one of us mentions how I was meant to have the chandelier. I am still hoping those damn monkeys find me.
Peaches, I understand completely your pain!
p.s I have a chocolate voodoo doll I am willing to send your way if you think it might work on the beanie baby capri jean thief
A MONKEY CHANDELIER?!?!?!
…Oh man…yet another thing to hope for…
Anne in the kitchen
I have never seen another monkey chandelier like The One, but as a consolation prize years ago I found a monkey butler who now lives in my foyer. He is a tad creepy but he is a monkey and a butler so enough said!
WHAT!? I hate it when that kind of thing happens. I guess at the very least next time take as many as you can carry when you go for the basket.
Love the caption on the picture! I nearly spit my water out on the computer when I read that. You are so funny!
I’m pretty sure you were mistaken, those weren’t the glasses you wanted at all. Nope. That crazy glass lady can have em! You’ll find even better ones. For even less money and not just 10, there will be 20!!! Bwaaaaaahhaaaaaaa!!!!
Ohhh, poor thing, so sorry you missed them, Peaches! What evil lurks in the hearts of men…and sticky-fingered ladies in capri jeans.
You should have gone feral on her. I had a lady swipe my milk glass pitcher once. It’s been two years and I’m still bitter.
I’m bitter for you. We should start a shit list.
A shit list and a wish list. One item to make up for every grievance
Sorry chica, I’ve had something similar happen to me. She should have gone for the $20, probably would’ve covered the cost of her shopping spree. There will be others and they will find their way to you, where they can be properly appreciated & loved.
She took all 10? What a jerk. She probably lives alone and never has company over.
Yeah, I agree. She is a bitch and she did steal your glasses. May she choke on anything she ever drinks from them. I’m sorry you lost out on your Holy Grail glasses. I can see why you love them so. But have faith, your glasses are still out there somewhere waiting for you.
There are also these- http://www.replacements.com/webquote/AHCSANG.htm?s1=KX&2333067&gclid=COrkl7bLt7gCFcef4AodFEoArA
& don’t worry, I’m a cobalt blue , leaning towards royal purple gal!
You need to go with a buddy – they can watch your stuff while you get a cart.
Oh no, no, nooooo! I feel your pain. Haha, her with her Capri jeans and grabby hands. A thrifting war story that will stick with you for sure, and which has also taught your readers a very good lesson.
Oh the Greenbrier.
My favorite part of the WHOLE place is the teeny tiny ice skating rink. And the bazillion count thread sheets.
I’m easy to please.
more than likely if you hit the local booth flea markets you’ll find them…marked up about 200%. flea marketers around here haunt Goodwill/Salvation Army/etc… stores and scoop up what they think they can turn and make a profit on.
If you are ever in a store without a cart, shove the things in your purse, then grab one of those cake tins or pans to put them in. I think the universe will see that you find all the Anchor Hocking Fire King Forest Green Goblets that you want!
what a bitch,
I would have followed her around the damn place giving her flat tires every chance I got.
If I ever see any thing like these amazing miracle glasses in a thrift store, I’ll be sure to grab them for ya.
I decorated my entire wedding with green and amber glass I thrifted (I literally had 25 boxes of the stuff, with enough glasses for a 300+ wedding)! I JUST gave away the last of it this summer. Too bad! I would have loved to mail you some- I held on to it all for so long because I didn’t want it to just go back to the thrift store, but to someone who would love it like I do. I hope you find your glasses!
I often don’t take a cart when I first go in the thrift store, but if I do see something great, I just grab the nearest wicker basket/old Easter basket/big piece of Tupperware and put my items in that!