Glassybaby semi-annual sale set for Saturday

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Glassybabies, the colorful hand blown glass votives, started selling in a local garage and have turned into a phenomenon.

Lee Rhodes came up with the idea while battling a rare type of lung cancer. At the time, she was 32 years old and the mother of three children.

That's when she found her passion -- helping other cancer patients -- and glassbaby was born in 1995.

Lee Rhodes, the founder of glassybaby, and Lorie Wild, Dean of Nursing at Seattle Pacific University, visited the studio to talk about glassbaby and a scholarship that will benefit one nursing student.

The biannual sale is Saturday. Doors open at 8 a.m. and run until inventory of perfectly imperfect glassybabies is gone. Some people line up as many as twelve hours ahead of time and the inventory is usually gone by 2 p.m. on the day of the sale.

During the sale votives are $28 and drinkers are $35. Ten percent of the sales are donated back to the community.

Today, glassybaby has stores in Madrona, Bellevue, University Village and San Francisco, and to date, the company has donated over $2 million to more than 100 charities.

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