Monday, September 20, 2010

vintage glassware

Shortly before my daughter was born, I was at a yard sale in Indiana and saw these vintage luncheon plates for less than $5~ If I remember correctly, they were only a couple dollars for the entire set. (that was quite a while ago, but I do remember that it was a fabulous deal!)

Anyway, I thought they were really cute, and I decided that I wanted to start a tradition of using them each year on my daughter's birthday.  Since then, I have accumulated more of them from thrift stores in several different cities.  I have never spent more than $5 on a set.

By the way, the "tablecloth" in this photo is a vintage sheet!  ~Yet another thing to do with sheets!

 I know that there are more of them out there, because I have stopped collecting and I still see them!  In fact, I saw them in a favorite boutique last year sitting amongst French antique serving pieces.  They were asking about $60 for my identical small set!  I knew I had stumbled upon something good! 

They are so beautiful that I display them throughout the rest of the year in wire baskets or stacked on tables.  The great thing is, I don't have to worry if any of them break during a party (which hasn't happened yet) because I have enough to spare.

There are different variations out there, but my favorite sets are the ones with the hobnail handled teacups.  However, I did find an adorable strawberry set...

I love to find unique vintage glass serving pieces such as this relish tray.

                                                        ... and these cool black juice glasses

So if you head to the thrift store, don't forget to check out the glass section!  There are lots of treasures to be found.  Be patient, you may not find them on your first trip, but keep checking back!


  1. Hi there Robyn - I found your blog through Melissa over at 320 Sycamore. Very cute blog and I'm loving these Vintage glass plates and cups. Such a great idea to use them every year for your daughter's bday.
    Happy thrifting, The Lady of the House

  2. Both my mom and my grandmother had glass luncheon sets -- I think it was a 1950s thing.


  3. Pretty photos. I have a pale yellow Depression glass luncheon set from my grandmother which we use whenever there are guests at our home. I love the design on them but I REALLY love the wonderful memories of my grandmother when I use them. Thanks for your blog.

  4. I love these too! I have begun a set of the first style you have pictured. I blogged about it too! We must be kindred spirits. My post link about it is: . My friends say their mothers owned these sets once upon a time (but mine never did). I love using them for showers, etc. Great blog!

    Warmly, Michelle


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