Glass merchant


It was late afternoon on the Friday of my vintage sale and the drizzle had stopped. I had just set my sister loose to attend a sale a few blocks away and was tending our treasure trove of get-this-out-of-here merchandise on my own when two college guys drove up.

After admiring the suitcase with legs and the trunk it sat on, they were drawn to a bucket full of bottles selling three for a dollar. They brought up three and I asked them what they were going to do with them.

“Make drinking glasses,” said one with a grin.

“Ow! You’ll cut yourself,” I said with motherly concern, envisioning a trip to the emergency room where glass slivers would be removed.

No, it seems they have this friend who posted a technique on Pinterest for bottle-to-drinking-glass conversion and it really works.

OK, I don’t know what’s more surprising — that there’s a technique for turning bottles into drinking glasses on Pinterest, or that two UW-L rec majors were hanging out reading pins on Pinterest when they could have been playing volleyball or football.

The process, in a nutshell, is that they soak cotton string in nail polish remover, wrap it around the bottle, set it on fire, and then pop the bottle in two. A little sanding and their bottles are now homemade glasses perfect for swigging milk or other libations.

I know. I wouldn’t do it, either.  But they said they’d done it before and it was perfectly safe.

So I looked it up online and there is a technique like the one they described.

That’s probably not the oddest thing anyone’s done with something they purchased from me, but offhand I can’t think of anything kookier. And even though I have a lot of bottles left, I have not been tempted to light any of them on fire.

But I am having another sale next weekend, so stay tuned for details and maybe you can devise something else kooky to do with my auction finds. Or better yet, buy the rest of my bottles and set them on fire.



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