If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything. Mark Twain (1835-1910)
Collecting milk glass is a passion of mine. I guess my number one reason for loving milk glass is it’s color – WHITE. I realized I was becoming compulsive about painting everything white when my 3 year-old son brought me a toy car and asked me to paint it white for him. White is a relaxing, soothing color and everything pops against its’ backdrop.
Milk glass is extremely easy to collect. It’s generally cheaper than depression glass and much easier to find (especially when you can’t tell depression glass from any other colored glass). You can find milk glass at yard sales, flea-markets, and of course, antique stores. I’ve accumulated all of my milk glass from yard sales. Pieces range in price from twenty-five cents to twenty dollars or more. Price varies depending on the age of the glass and its’ scarceness.
I bought my first piece of milk glass when I was about nine years-old. The old crotchety woman across the street was moving and had an indoor sale. I trembled at the thought of entering her home, but my friend and neighbor was a few years older than I and of course much braver. Hiding behind her, I entered the house of doom. You see this woman wasn’t your typical jolly grandmotherly type of woman. She was skinny, had a puff of white hair, and a mean glint in her eye that flamed when she saw a child. Waving her cane in her bony hand, she’d yell at us for riding our bikes on “HER” sidewalk, messing up her pebbles, and being too noisy. For me, daring to enter her home was a lot like David daring to face Goliath, except I didn’t dare bring 5 of her smooth stones.
As it turns out, I purchased a milk glass candy dish for my mom with my fifty cents. I wish I had that dish now, but my sentimental mother doesn’t keep anything I give her. Thanks mom. I’ll always remember. Moving on…
I always assumed all milk glass dated to the 1940’s – 1950’s; however, Milk Glass dates all the way into the 1800’s. While most of the items found in yard sales today are from the 40’s and 50’s, older Milk Glass is highly valued and more expensive. According to what I’ve learned, Milk Glass that has markings on the bottom is newer (circa 1940’s – 1950’s). Here are a few pictures of my collection.
I love this little lunch collection. Anyone want to join me for sandwiches? I got these glasses and dishes in Maine this summer.
I use the glass on the right for our toothbrushes and toothpaste. It sits prettily on my bathroom counter.
I have several different patterns of milk glass. I believe this is called the quilted pattern.
This cake-stand is easily my favorite! I love making cakes and they look so pretty (and often lopsided) sitting atop a great glass stand like this one.
These jars are the most recent addition to my collection. Aren’t they cute? I love the red lids. At only twenty-five cents each, I think they were a steal.