Vintage glassware is a funny thing.
It can be both the launch point to a beautiful new direction of decor and just the same it can be the final touches that a long time enthusiast gives to their perfectly curated collection. Dated glassware is the quintessential component of vintage decor.
Glass Like That
First, it’s important to understand that though today glassware might only reference a juice or wineglass, it was once a term used to encompass all pieces from bowls to bakeware and from saucepans to stemware. This is because up until about 1980, glass was the dominant material used in production and ergo, is now a major tip off when dating a piece.
Vintage glassware has its own list of heavy hitters just like Nike runs the shoe game and Lindt knows chocolate. Certain brands bring with them a quality standard which evokes a sense of trust in their product and as such how they gain loyalty. Vintage glassware is no exception so keep an eye out for these names and their iconic design attributes:
"The interesting thing about vintage glassware that doesn’t truly apply to other vintage decor, is that in many instances you do know you need it before you see it."
- Sunday Stroll
Stop & Start
Visit your average thrift store and you’ll notice right away the home decor aisles are stocking a surplus of glassware. Often times, the glass you’ll uncover at these second hand shops arrive in odd numbers and can act as missing puzzle pieces in a small collection, or as the launch point to a puzzle later completed perhaps by a visit to a second location.
The interesting thing about vintage glassware that doesn’t truly apply to other vintage decor, is that in many instances you do know you need it before you see it.
Well seasoned vintage shoppers can pull into a shop knowing ahead of time what their collection lacks and the exact piece they hope to find that will finally conclude the ongoing hunt. Those whose hobby is a little more leisurely might pop into a shop with no agenda whatsoever and leave with a piece (or several) that has kickstarted an entire decor evolution in their home.