TGITF Friends! Okay, raise your hand if you figured out my hint from Wednesday. I'm guessing most of you know me well enough that if I say I found something green, vintage and loved all over, I can only be referring to one thing--jadeite! This week's feature is all about jadeite but have you ever noticed the wide range of prices associated with the pretty green glassware? I've seen this more and more lately and thought it might be helpful to share the actual value of the collectibles.
I scored the set above on the second day of an estate sale half price! The main draw for me was the covered sugar bowl. I honestly didn't know they came with lids as I've only ever seen them without! True confession: while I will occasionally splurge on a rare jadeite find, I am basically cheap! This is why there is no way I would have paid the first day asking price of $45 and also why you will never see me pay $75 for a coffee mug. However, I knew the sugar bowl alone would sell for more than the second day half price, which is why I returned. This is one of the more common patterns Jane Ray which ran from the mid-forties through the sixties. I happen to prefer the design to the more collected Restaurant ware, but my favorite Jadeite patterns are Fire-King Alice and Charm and McKee Laurel. According to a collector's guide in Country Living, a dinner plate like this is valued at $10....
....and the saucers at $5 each, though I usually see both priced higher.
So far, I have been unable to find the actual value of the sugar bowl. I only found a few for sale online with lids, ranging from $40-$50.
Some other points of interest: The ball jug is valued at $400 and even cracked ones can go for $150. The Jeanette ginger jar is valued at $145 and the Alice dinner plates are valued at $45. I have a few of them--I scored this one for $1! These values are according to The Collector's Guide to Jadeite...
... which also lists D handled coffee mugs valued at $30 each. These seem to be a favorite among collectors which may account for excessive prices. I've seen them ranging from $25-$85. If you watch Etsy and Ebay, you can occasionally find them for less, like I did a few years ago.
I hope I've given you some guidelines for the next time you see a tempting jadeite find! On Sunday, I'll be sharing the second part of my stay at the Bide-A-While Retreat. You may think I saved the best for last, when you see the next unexpected feature I'll be sharing!
Until next time, happy hunting!
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