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You’ve no doubt seen these iconic serving pieces but may not know that the line is called Blendo Glassware and was manufactured during the 1950s and ‘60s by the West Virginia Specialty Glass Company of Weston, West Virginia. At Cottages & Bungalows, we love to curate and share our favorite finds from across the web... Keep Scrolling
Written and photographed by Jickie Torres


You’ve no doubt seen these iconic serving pieces but may not know that the line is called Blendo Glassware and was manufactured during the 1950s and ‘60s by the West Virginia Specialty Glass Company of Weston, West Virginia.

At Cottages & Bungalows, we love to curate and share our favorite finds from across the web with you. Some of the products you’ll see on this page are affiliate links, which means that if you click through and make a purchase, C&B will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you! 

Bright orange Blendo Glassware pitcher and 2 tumblers placed near a vase of flowers.
Your guests will smile at this pop of color serving up their favorite libation.

Blendo glassware was a staple at summer barbecues during the era, with its cheerful “frosted” colors and sturdy feel reflecting a time when rock music reigned and rockets were racing to the moon.

Blendo Glassware Connaisseurs

Mandy Heth, who operates an Etsy shop called Vintage Baubles & Bits, has an extensive Blendo collection. Among her cherished pieces are blue, orange, green, yellow, peach and purple pitchers with drinking glasses in coordinating colors; a pink set that includes a salad bowl, salt and pepper shakers, and an oil and vinegar cruet; and a purple martini shaker with six shot glasses.

Blendo Frosted White Pitcher Three Glass Tumblers Retro Mad Men Barware Set
Courtesy of Etsy

This white frosted set is a great neutral pick if vibrant isn’t your vibe.

“The style is characterized by a bright neon/pastel solid base that fades as it goes up the glass and a gold rim,” Mandy says. Here she shares her insight and advice on collecting Blendo.

Vintage Blendo Parfait Glass Set Retro 1950s Ombre Pastel 6 Piece Set 2 yellow, 3 pink and 1 mint green
Courtesy of Etsy

These pastel parfait glasses are adorable and would double as decor in a heartbeat!

“The style is characterized by a bright neon/pastel solid base that fades as it goes up the glass and a gold rim,” Mandy says. Here she shares her insight and advice on collecting Blendo.

History

The Blendo line, manufactured by the West Virginia Specialty Glass Company, was at the peak of its production in the 1950s and ‘60s. Blendo came in a wide variety of colors and sets: juice, water/lemonade and cocktail pitchers and glasses, and serving ware (salad bowls and dishes, chip-and-dip trays, oil and vinegar cruets, and salt and pepper shakers). The serving pieces were popular wedding gifts at the time. As the cocktail era, recreated today on the TV series “Mad Men,” boomed, so did the sales of Blendo.

Blendo style bowl placed on a table next to a plate of lemons.
Brighten up your spaces with Blendo pieces.

Market Appeal

Collectors who would be attracted to Blendo glassware include enthusiasts of mid-century-modern, nostalgia, retro, vintage, color groups and glassware styles. This is a collectible that should be used and enjoyed rather than stored away for safe keeping. “They are really fun entertaining ware even today,” Mandy says.

Set of 5 Blendo tall tumblers in a minty green color.
Courtesy of Etsy

These tall tumblers would be so cute filled with a beverage and a cute garnish on the rim.

Pricing

Blendo is quite affordable as far as collectibles go. It is not hard to find pieces in the $20-$40 range, particularly on online auction sites.

1960's West Virginia Glass "Blendo" Style Yellow Pitcher and Glassware Set on a wooden table
Courtesy of Etsy

How cute is this 1960s Blendo style set? See more details about it here. 

Where to Find Them

Mandy has found many of her Blendo pieces at antique malls and on eBay or Etsy. For more information on Mandy Heth, visit her Etsy shop.

Gold rimmed Blendo colorful tumbler glasses.
Courtesy of Etsy

How lovely are these bright tumblers!? Get yours here!

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