by Stephen Moniz
It all started in 1970 when my father remarried and we were clearing out my stepmother’s apartment. In her front hall on an end table was a Jadite mug. I remembered this type of mug as the ones I would have hot chocolate in at the 5 and 10 cent store with my mom. This mug brought back great memories. I asked if I could have it and she said yes. This started my never ending, or should I say, lust for jadite.
I was 17 and had my driver’s license. I liked yard sales and flea markets. I started to buy whatever green I could find and or afford. When I got my first apartment in 1980, all of my jadite went with me, and I continued to search for my precious green.
In 1985 I moved to NYC and again it all came with me. But it soon got to the point that I had too much of it and couldn’t fit everything in my apartment. It was then that I met a great couple selling at a Depression glass show in Pennsylvania. I told them about all the glass I had amassed and they suggested that I become a dealer and sell some of my duplicates. That way, I could make money for my craving for more glass, and clear a little space to fit more. This was in 1993. Now I am a part time dealer selling at many Depression glass shows throughout the country. Of course I’m still searching for that one of a kind piece that I just have to have.
Stephen, New York
Collector’s Showcase: April 2015