Friday, September 24, 2010

Milk Glass Mother Load!

You know it's going to be really good when the estate sale ad says "collectables extravaganza".  And every picture looks like this.


This wasn't even half of this woman's milk glass collection. She could have run a party rental store with the amount of stemware, crystal, and milk glass she had.  

My collection started innocently enough a few years ago when I bought a couple hobnail milk glass containers. I really don't know what they are meant for but I've used them as planters, vases, and something to hold my jewelry making tools. I liked that they were white, I liked the hobnail design and the size was good. I had no idea what milk glass was. 
My first pieces

A few months ago I decided I needed to have three of those containers. The next day I went to an estate sale and found an exact match. I think it was $1. 

I used them for my monkey grass center pieces. 
So sweet as centerpieces

Since then I've started picking up pieces at thrift stores when they are really cheap--like $3 or less (never more than $5)
After the hobnail vessels came this vase 


I've been using them when we have people over for dinner. I have a main dessert then I fill the little compotes with assorted sweets and cookies to nibble on with coffee.  I think they make the store bought cookies look so pretty. 
 When I saw this marked half price I had to have it.

The next week this cutie was also half price

I recently saw these dolphin candle sticks at an antique shop. I've never seen anything like these before. I figured they would go perfectly with my evolving collection. 

My most expensive milk glass purchase yet - $14

But today I really crossed the line.  I officially now have a collection.  "Hi, my name is julie and I am a milk glass collector."  The whole way home from the estate sale today I kept thinking about what I left behind.  Should I have bought more of the little footed dessert dishes ? Was 6 juice glasses enough? Why didn't I get one of those cute little creamers? How much will be left on Sunday when everything goes half price? Am I becoming one of those people--you know a crazy collector?  ..........I have to get back to that house. 


Today I crossed the line - But I know I'll use them!


What do you collect? Do you ever worry about it becoming unhealthy?

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10 comments:

the gardeners cottage said...

hi julie,

i love those juice glasses. i've never seen those before. yeah, it's official your a nutcase, i mean collector.

i'm trying to turn into an avid non-collector.

~janet

Once Upon A Parent said...

I have two giant milk glass urns for you. I have had them since before I knew Jeff. I just haven't used them in years and I working on purging all that is unused and unneeded. I am hoping we can do the G-town market in Oct.

Once Upon A Parent said...

I have two giant milk glass urns for you. I have had them since before I knew Jeff. I just haven't used them in years and I working on purging all that is unused and unneeded. I am hoping we can do the G-town market in Oct.

pve design said...

Lovely collection - I have a penchant for white tea pots -
pve

kayce hughes said...

I collect way too much. I do have a small collection of milk glass that i love.

eddieross said...

Lucky you! We love those candlesticks!

E+J

Robyn said...

LUCKY! Your juice glasses are just KILLING me! One day I was in GW and in a SUPER hurry and the line was long, they had 6 milk glass juice and 6 footed goblets. I figured they were safe till the next day...NOT! I'm still kicking myself! I love love LOVE what you purchased! So glad I saw you on Eddie Ross' blog!

carla said...

Hi Julie,

Love the new header, it looks adorable, and truly captures your fun loving personality. The milk glass collection is amazing too, I love it.

Aspiring Kennedy said...

ugh- so jealous!!! if you need to "shed" any pieces to make room for new one, let me know. I would be HAPPY to give them a new home in England. :)

Phil Holland said...

I think you should go up in Mom's attic. She has been saving milk glass that grandma had.

Great header. Love the monkey's and their tails!