Day 210 – Glass Barn

It’s Day 210 of “365 Things to do in Cincinnati” and today we headed out to Reading to visit The Glass Barn.  I’m trying to plan ahead for two big Thanksgiving dinners and thought they might have some pretty glass table decorations.

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The Glass Barn is sort of like the Big Lots of glassware.  There’s nothing fancy about it but if you need some glassware, this is a great place to shop.  It’s all odd lots but there’s lots of it and the prices are great.

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They have all kinds of glassware – glasses of all shapes and sizes.   They have glass plates and glass bowls.  They have glass vases and glass bottles.

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And if you have an event where you will need lots of table arrangements (weddings, dinners, etc.), be sure to come see what you can find here.  They have all the makings of something great….

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The Glass Barn is just one of three shops there.  They also have the Glass Barn Annex (lots of odd stuff) and a hardware store (which is actually pretty darned complete).

Like I said before, it’s not pretty but they just might have what you need… and the prices are fantastic!

The Glass Barn is located at 9216 Reading Road in Reading

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  1. Wow, I remember going there as a kid, back in the day. I had no idea they were still around. Love what you’re doing, and a bit jealous, too. I’ve lived in much bigger cities through the years, but still find that we live in one of the most interesting.

  2. Have loved the Glass Barn for years, and have purchased things there for everything from baby showers to class reunions, to just browsing for things for the house. In years past, they used to have all kinds of older, heavy crockery piled up in the back (on the right-hand side). One time I came across some handle-less teacups which are used in Chinese restaurants. I stood there for a good half hour looking for six cups that matched. (They had “Canton” printed on them) Came away with four of them. About a year later, I went back with a friend, and we sifted through that same stack and came up with the remaining two cups. Eureka! Some of my other “finds” were the small bowls used in Chinese restaurants for soup and/or individual servings of rice. Three for a dollar! I found two with peacocks printed on them. Some time later, I visited Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and saw the two peacock bowls for sale — ELEVEN DOLLARS each — the same cups. The Glass Barn has changed slightly over the years, but it is still such a fun place.

    A friend’s mother, who is now 93 and lives in Florida, still talks about the place. Whenever she had visitors to Cincinnati, she’d take them to two places: The Glass Barn and on a tour of P&G’s soap plant.

  3. I worked at the Glass Barn probably all my years as a teenager. When I started there in the early sixties it was a huge building that looked like a barn. It was then and still is a very unique place to shop. Definitely worth a visit.

  4. I remember the old, original barn building, Don. We lived in Cincinnati in the late ’50s, and the Glass Barn was an occasional weekend shopping destination. I’d say they’d qualify for icon status after all these years, and I’m surprised they don’t have a bit of history and some photos of the old building online somewhere.

    Ron H

  5. I remember the old barn from the 50’s, too. It was literally a barn with a big potbelly stove and plywood tables running the length of the barn. The floor was dirt. Most of the light came from the open barn doors. It was cold in the winter! My family lived in Dayton and we routinely went to the Glass Barn, White Castle (didn’t have them in Dayton at that time) and a fabric store that was close to the Glass Barn.

  6. My father (Big George!) and the original owner (the current owners dad, Big Ray!) of the Glass Barn, Bargain Barn started this business together in 1947 after WW2….This was once most all there was in America up until the 1970’s family owned business that thrived. It is truly a shame America has lost most all its small business to global conglomerates, but some of us are still around.
    It is beneficial to ALL America to shop at the mom and pops that are left. We create jobs for our peoples, and for locals and sell things, much still MADE IN THE USA and at better prices.

    • What happened to the business? I moved back to cincy a few weeks ago and went to the glass barn only to find it closed. I was super bummed.

      • Well! Its just like all the rest…..the big and FOREIGN conglomerates take most ALL the business from the little guy here in America OF today…..How can mom and pop survive when the masses spend most all their shekels at Slave Mart. (Walmart and ILK…..)
        The entire Reading area has changed so drastically. Its a wonder those old German and Irish families whose ancestor’s built that area (AND MORE) arent having a fit! Over all the darkened crime in the area.
        I worked for my father there at the Bargain Barn for 30 years…..and lived the microcosm of what is life in America today……Merchandise made by Americans, which once gave all a good living wage, replaced with junk goods shipped thousand of miles from foreign nations. If ya know the true HIS Story of America (and this world) OUR fathers fathers fathers and founders are reeling IN THEIR GRAVES.

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