Got milk glass? It might remind you of your grandmother's house, but don't let that fool you. The decorative glass is still a popular decor element. It's used for it's design qualities, its functionally (as a place to hold keys and change, for example), or both. And older pieces can be quite collectible.
But did you know that the glass was never made with milk? The name "milk glass" came from it's most popular color, white. The glass is also available in in shades of blue, pink, yellow, brown and black. The opaque glass was first made in Venice
in the 16th century. Milk glass became highly desirable during the opulent Gilded Age at the end of the 19th century, and then again during the Depression of the 1930s. Today the National Milk Glass Society
unites ardent fans.
Could the renewed interest in milk glass be tied to our current recession?
Here are a few places to source an inexpensive milk glass collectible for your apartment...
You can frequently find modern milk glass on Etsy searching "milk glass"
under the "Vintage" tab. Here's one from seller Vintage Zen
. It retails for $34+shipping.
Ebay is a great place to find functional milk glass. Choose from salt and pepper shakers (shown here from treasuresxyz
), butter dishes, ice cream dishes, compotes, and more.
Estate Sale and Thrift Stores
It's no secret that "everybody's getting thrifty"
these days and shopping second-hand. Find your closest estate sale or thrift store to score undiscovered milk glass treasures. Or try online thrifting options such as Goodwill
. Goodwill's online store has been selling Granny's goodies, sourced nationwide, since 1999. Here's a milk glass vase with a current bid of just $6.