I was first introduced to milk glass by my mother. She inherited several pieces of milk glass when my grandmother passed away, and has since started collecting. Her collection keeps expanding regularly. She has also influenced my sister into collecting several pieces that seem to be taking over her house. After seeing so much of it and all the uses, I have bit the bullet, and now my collection has grown from zero to six pieces in 2 weeks.
Milk glass originates from Venice in the 16th century, but was made popular in the United States in the 1930’s and 1940’s during the Great Depression. It comes in a variety of colors, but it most popular in white, which is where the name came from.
There are several manufacturers of milk glass. A few of the more popular companies are Fenton, Westmoreland, and even Avon had milk glass pieces for their fragrances. A pattern you may recognize is the Fenton “hobnail” dot pattern.
Where does one find milk glass pieces? You can pick up different vases and dishes at your local thrift store, Habitat for Humanity Restore, antique shops, and most definitely eBay. Most of my collection has been under $1.00. You can easily find a diamond in the rough if you look hard enough.
1. The milk glass succulent garden. You can use fake or real succulents and they look very Victorian and match the white glass beautifully.
2. Rustic style. Mix in your favorite burlap ribbons and chicken wire. This white contrasting with the rustic theme looks so unique. It also gives a more masculine look to a feminine item.
3. Jewelry storage. My sister uses some of her milk glass pieces to hold bracelets and rings
4.Holiday décor. Christmas is coming, and shiny ornaments look so beautiful and add simple holiday elegance to your home.
5. Cosmetic and beauty storage. This is how I have used my milk glass so far. I use candy dishes to hold single eyeshadows and pint glasses for eyeliners. It is a vintage and functional touch to my modern ikea style apartment.
6. Office Supply storage. Use vases and cups to hold pens and pencils.
7. Most commonly wedding centerpieces. Milk glass and flowers are becoming more and more popular at vintage style weddings.
Thinking about adding milk glass to your apartment home décor? Check out your local thrift store and see what you come across. You may be surprised by how addictive collecting can be. If you already are a collector, I would love to see what you have in your collection