Now is the time to buy Carnival!

Over the last twenty years, prices of Carnival Glass have fallen considerably. The table below exhibits selected patterns and the average of their auction prices for those items from the years 1994 to 1996 and the years 2014 to 2016. Virtually all patterns exhibit a similar drop.

Why, might you ask? There are several reasons. One is that access to Carnival Glass sales is easier than ever. Auctions were not typically offered on the internet twenty years ago, and eBay wasn't formed until 1995. Another reason is that as more attention was focused on Carnival as a collectible, more people became interested in selling their collections. And as long time closet collectors began dying, their children needed to dispose of all that glass, or people began realizing that that colorful glass sitting on top of the hutch was worth something.

Consequently, more and more Carnival came onto the market. For example, in the 1994 to 1996 period, I have listings of just 19 sales of purple Grape and Cable sweetmeats--then thought to be a particularly special item. In the 2014 to 2016 period, 56 of these pieces sold. Similar numbers occurred throughout Carnival auction sales.

While some folks may say that Carnival is dying as a collectible, I say the opposite, and the ready availability of excellent examples provides a great opportunity to acquire some really great glass and to form spectacular collections. Jump in now before the trend reverses!

Price averages for years: 1994-19952014-2016
Acorn Burrs water sets, 7 pc, amethyst/purple$917$366
Acorn Burrs water sets, 7 pc, green1,200496
Acorn Burrs water sets, 7 pc, marigold850275
Courthouse bowls, ruffled or ICS, amethyst801513
Bushel Baskets, round, aqua opal354111
Bushel Baskets, round, blue15057
Bushel Baskets, round, green466104
Bushel Baskets, round, ice green24167
Bushel Baskets, round, marigold11638
Bushel Baskets, round, sapphire blue2,033400
Diamond Lace water pitchers, purple299122
Fine Rib vases, red465141
Grape and Cable hatpin holders, purple300103
Grape and Cable sweetmeats, purple23876
Hearts and Flowers bowls, ruffled, ice blue324137
Hearts and Flowers compotes, aqua opal514206
Holly plates, blue298139
Nesting Swan bowls, amethyst316195
Nippon PCE bowls, ice blue251117
Old Rose Distilling plates, green509227
Peacocks bowls, ruffled, aqua opal875526
Peacocks plates, ice green413165
Poppy Show plates, blue2,108746
Rose Show bowls, aqua opal997471
Three Fruits plates, stippled, blue677336
Town Pump, purple823495
All sales during select year ranges$434$223