When I first started going to auctions and estate sales, you couldn't touch depression glass. The prices were out of sight: $50 for a cracker jar with a chipped lid, for example. I remember because I was outbid on it, and boy, am I glad. I found one later in better shape for half that price. The prices have tanked even since then. I probably could find my cracker jar for less now, but since I've used it about every day for at least five years, I figure my cost per day is 1.4 cents (I did the math) and going down daily. (That's a good way to justify spending money on something you want, by the way - the cost per use.) (It doesn't work on things like wedding gowns and weekend trips to Europe, should either of those expenditures be in your future.)
Even so, I was surprised, when I went to the third day of an estate sale Saturday, how much perfectly good, already cheap depression glass was left. I bought only a few pieces, because I really don't collect it (honest!), but the green looks nice with Jadite. Since it was the third day of the sale, everything was half price.
As to why these two cups and three saucers, originally marked a very reasonable $5, were still there after two full days of shopping, I can't explain. Jadite, out of style? I can only hope.