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Gorgeous float that came with a lovely history
Gorgeous float, incredibly well packed with a charming history
Glass and Light Forever Dance Together, Inspiring & Enlivening the Imagination
Coming from a family lineage of collectors, as a child I loved that a small space, a room, an attic, the entire home or yard could be transformed into a collector's paradise, fantasy, or even a 'home grown museum'.
Human creativity combined with earth's elements and the bounty of nature are the ingredients of opportunity. If it's beautiful, useful, joyful, enriches one's experience of daily life, or maybe it's just plain silly - if you love it - why not collect it!
Nurtured by family and relatives who loved to collect, destiny chose me to become the 'keeper of glass', specifically vintage and authentic glass fishing floats. I'd have a hard time choosing between the violin, horses, the beauty of nature, and old glass fishing floats, but fortunately they all balance out and there's a certain magic in it all.
I took my hobby into the shop and look what happened! Later in life, glass fishing floats have become a 'bridge' - the most important aspect being my dear customers. I've met the most wonderful people! I've learned each float is a gift. Each customer is a gift. And I'm grateful for it all!
Welcome to lightinawormhole! Thanks for dropping by. I hope these 'gems' of the old sea arts bring magic, peace, and joy to your home.
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By now you've guessed that I love the play of words, the dance of light and glass - and all manner of stuff that emanates or reflects light. So please enjoy the different types of vintage hand blown and molded glass fishing floats, each reflecting their own unique magic and history.
My goal is to treat you as I wish to be treated. I am honored that you are interested and choose to spend time visiting lightinawormhole. My ideal is to describe each item with detailed information and high integrity - along with having a bit of fun.
Other goals are to make sure every old glass fishing float brings happiness, that my dear customers are 100% satisfied, and are happy to reward me with 5-star reviews. Remember, as a shop owner and seller, I'm also a customer, just like you. I know what it is to spend money, and wish to be happy with my purchase. So I see it from both ends. If you're not 5-star happy with your float, simply convo and return it for a refund. That way, we both end up happy. Please see RETURN POLICY below for details. (And thank you!)
Vintage and antique items have stories of their own to tell. These items have passed through generations and many lives. These items are not in perfect condition - though they emanate a 'perfection' of their own. If you are expecting 'new' - these items aren't new, but reflect heritage, the handling of previous owners and the antiquity of years. Often the history or innate value of an item can be detected kinetically from the energy of the item itself. Observing an authentic vintage object - holding it, caring for it, and playing with it allows one to feel its intrinsic value. Ultimately these items are 'treasures' from our earth.
A vintage glass float, for example that has been worked for years as a 'real' fishing float - meaning it has been used for many years, usually decades, as an industrial or fisher's float - will exhibit abrasion, scratches, occasional dings in the glass and 'frosting' from sand-blasting & wave action over the years. Collectors love these characteristics - and the nice thick character glass of a 'fished' float.
Others, especially ladies who wish to decorate a room with a flash of bright, sparkling color may desire a 'perfect' piece of glass. The best choice for them might be what is known as a vintage 'curio' - a very light weight, hand blown glass replica fishing float which was never intended to be fished, but may be used as a 'decorator' type float and can be obtained at a very affordable cost. Curio decorator floats were produced in Japan from the 1960's.
A third category or option would be the medium to thicker glass, authentic vintage Gift Trade Genre floats, produced in the 1940's - 60's for the thriving gift trade due to high demand from the West. These are generally more blemish free as they've usually never been fished, but bear minor wear from decades of display and hopefully gentle handling. These also tend to be bright or deeper colors and in very high demand, more difficult to come by as collectors tend to hang on to the colorful, high quality vintage hand blown glass beauties. This tends to drive prices up if you can find them! Fortunately, most of us are able to satisfy our own vision and unique tastes drawing from these three main categories of authentic vintage floats.
I absolutely work hard to describe and photograph each item. I welcome questions. My goal is the make a successful sale, provide the best home for each antique glass float, and have a 5-star happy customer. If, for any reason, you are not happy with every aspect of the transaction, please convo with your concerns and we'll resolve the situation so you're 100% satisfied - and I end up with great reviews - and love my work!
Or you may simply return the float for a full refund, no questions asked. Please read REFUND POLICY below for full details before returning. Please consider giving 5-star customer satisfaction once you receive your full refund including original shipping.
Finally, there's an old adage: "As I heal myself, I heal the world." When I make a successful sale and you make a successful purchase - we are both happy. "Happiness Heals" - that's my goal. And one great thing I've learned from life - true happiness comes honestly.
Thank you for your time and Best Wishes!
Accepted payment methods
- Money Order
ITEMS SHIP 1 to 3 DAYS FROM RECEIPT OF YOUR PAYMENT. MY GOAL IS NEXT DAY SERVICE BUT ALWAYS GET THE ITEM OUT IN 1 TO 3 DAYS. WILL DO MY ABSOLUTE BEST FOR YOU! REMEMBER STANDARD POST IS SLOWER, HOWEVER MORE COST EFFECTIVE WITH HEAVIER ITEMS SUCH AS LARGER GLASS FISHING FLOATS. PLEASE ALLOW UP TO 10 DAYS TOTAL IF SHIPPED STANDARD POST - THOUGH IT GENERALLY TAKES A WEEK!
IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS, PLS DO NOT HESITATE TO CONVO. I MULTI-TASK, BUT WILL ALWAYS ANSWER W/IN 12 HOURS. MY GOAL IS THAT YOU ARE IN LOVE WITH YOUR FLOAT, HAPPY WITH YOUR PURCHASE, AND I EARN YOUR 5-STAR REVIEW. 5-STAR REVIEWS KEEP THE OLD ENGINE GOING! THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND INTEREST. BEST WISHES!
SHIPPING: DUE TO THE HIGH COST OF SHIPPING I OFFER STANDARD POST FOR LARGER, HEAVIER ITEMS - PARCEL POST IS CHEAPER, BUT SLOWER. PRIORITY SHIPPING IS USED FOR ALL OTHER ITEMS.
THE COST OF SHIPPING STANDARD POST IS BASED ON WEIGHT OF ITEM PLUS BOX, INSULATING MATERIALS, THE OUTSIDE DIMENSIONS OF THE BOX, PACKING MATERIALS AND MINIMAL MATERIALS + HANDLING FEE. SOME ITEMS ARE HEAVIER & FRAGILE AND DO BEST WITH DOUBLE BOXING. DOUBLE BOXING ADDS PROTECTION FOR FRAGILE ITEMS, ABSORBING 'IMPACTS' & POSTAL 'ACCIDENTS' FAR BETTER THAN SINGLE BOXING. WITH EXTREMELY VALUABLE ITEMS, TRIPLE BOXING MAY BE USED ALONG WITH 'SIGNATURE REQUIRED'.
THE FINAL SHIPPING COST INCLUDES YOUR TRACKING CONFIRMATION NUMBER. INSURANCE IS INCLUDED ON ALL ITEMS IN YOUR SHIPPING TOTAL, TO HELP PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT. PLEASE CHECK SHIPPING SECTION ON THE PARTICULAR ITEM YOU ARE INTERESTED IN.
INSURANCE IS BASED ON PRICE POINT WHICH YOU PAY FOR THE ITEM AND WILL VARY WITH EACH ITEM THOUGH IT IS GENERALLY INEXPENSIVE. TRUST THAT I WILL ABSOLUTELY PACK YOUR ITEM WITH GREAT CARE & TAKE PRIDE IN DOING SO. *****
IF YOUR ITEM WEIGHS 3 POUNDS OR LESS, USUALLY I SHIP PRIORITY. ***** IF YOU ARE IN A RUSH AND NEED TO RECEIVE AN ITEM ASAP, PLEASE CONVO. I WILL DO MY BEST TO MEET YOUR NEEDS. *****
PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE STANDARD POST IS CHEAPER THAN PRIORITY MAIL FOR LARGE, HEAVIER ITEMS, IT IS ALSO A BIT SLOWER. ALLOW UP TO 3 DAYS ON MY SIDE TO GET IT OUT, AND 3 TO 8 DAYS FOR THE CARRIER. DEPENDING UPON YOUR LOCATION YOU MAY EXPECT TO RECEIVE YOUR ITEM IN 4 OR 5 TO 10 DAYS. IT CAN TAKE AS MUCH AS 2 TO 4 WEEKS, BUT ONLY IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES, SUCH AS SHIPPING STANDARD POST TO HAWAII, ALASKA, CANADA OR OVERSEAS.*** WITH PRIORITY SHIPPING, PLEASE ALLOW 1 TO 3 DAYS ON MY SIDE, UNLESS YOU LET ME KNOW YOU ARE IN A RUSH - PLUS 2 TO 3 DAYS FOR THE CARRIER, IN WHICH CASE YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR ITEM IN A WEEK OR LESS. MOST PRIORITY ITEMS ARE RECEIVED IN ABOUT 4 DAYS TOTAL.
IF YOU NEED AN ITEM QUICKLY, PLEASE EMAIL ME YOUR ZIP CODE AND I CAN GIVE YOU A QUOTE FOR PRIORITY EXPEDITED (1 DAY SHIPPING).
IF YOU ARE HAPPY WITH SHIPPING AND POLICY, I INVITE YOU TO PURCHASE. I SINCERELY THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND INTEREST. BEST WISHES!
Refunds and Exchanges
If you don't feel 100% customer satisfaction, as in 5-star happy with your purchase, simply convo and return the item within 2 weeks. Item must be in bona fide original condition as when purchased to obtain refund. Refund includes original shipping, insurance and materials/handling initially paid by you.
Buyer pays for return shipping/insured just as you would with any retail store. Please use original packaging materials to best protect the glass. If I receive it damaged or broken I can't refund you. Refund issued promptly on receipt and inspection via PayPal, or US Postal Money order, snail mailed. Thank you!