Modern Milk Glass: How to Grow Your Collection

July 25, 2014

While on vacation at the Jersey shore this summer, I stumbled across a beautiful vintage-style porcelain pitcher that I knew I just had to have.  It literally called to me from across the store as soon as I stepped foot over the threshold.  My eyes were drawn to it like a magnet. I kid you not. Have you ever had that happen to you?

The pitcher reminded me of vintage milk glass, which can still be seen at flea markets and in antique stores today. Ironically, when I walked over to it, I saw that the pretty box it came in said "Farmhouse Pantry" on the front. Farmhouse style is definitely one of my favorite ways to decorate our home. So this made sense, at least that's what I told myself. It cost way more than I would normally spend on a piece of milk glass ($28), but sometimes a girl's just gotta break the rules. So I bought it. 

Look familiar?  It reminded me of Pottery Barn's Emma tableware.

I like theirs. But I think I like mine even better.

Isn't the box pretty?
And of course I just HAD to fill it with some of my hydrangeas.
My wire cloche is from Antique Farmhouse.
Right now it's sold out.
But sometimes they bring popular items back, so maybe they'll get it in stock again. 
I thought my milk glass pitcher fit perfectly beneath it.
The pattern is called Hobnail, a very popular pattern back in the day. Vintage pieces range in price from quite inexpensive to moderately expensive, depending on the age and rarity of the piece.  So there's something to be found in everyone's price range.
The obvious places to look for milk glass would be flea markets, thrift stores, garage sales, estate sales, Etsy shops, eBay and antique stores. And if you're lucky you'll find some on the inexpensive side. Antique stores can tend to be pricey, though.
If you're not satisfied with the types and/or prices of milk glass you're finding out there, take heart.  Sometimes the object of your obsession turns up in the least likeliest of places. You just have to  keep your eyes open, be patient and have faith.
Case in point.
Did you notice the white Hobnail patterned dinner plate?
I got it, and 14 others just like it, from my local Dollar Tree.
Pretty amazing, huh?
I think they had other pieces available like cups and bowls but they were sold out before I discovered them. Either way, I was quite happy with the plates.   
They currently reside in our large hutch in the kitchen eating area.

I have more in the kitchen cupboard. 
We use them every day.
Next up are the mugs. I'm a tea drinker (Earl Grey, thank you) and I hate it when someone gives me tea in a tiny little cup. Unless the cup is made of bone china, that is (and finger sandwiches are involved, of course). Bring it on, I say, especially first thing in the morning.
So you can imagine my delight when I came across these at my local Target store. 

Two sizes, both large and regular. I use the large every day.
I can't remember the exact price but I do remember that it was really reasonable (or I wouldn't have bought them!)
Three unlikely places afforded me the opportunity to acquire some tableware that I otherwise might not have acquired: a funky store at the beach, Dollar Tree and Target.  Put 'em all together and what do you get? 

Of course, my collection is still growing.
Who knows where I'll find some next?
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chateau chic said...

Your little pitcher is so sweet!! When you love something, it's always worth the price.
Mary Alice

Curtains in My Tree said...

Your milk glass cream pitcher is sweet.
I have my Mom's fenton milk glass candy dish she got for a wedding present in 1957, it's very heasvy

White Lace and Promises said...

Milk glass is my favorite thing to collect. Hope over and see my collection

I love your pieces. I have one like the first one. I will pay $25 for a piece if I really love it because it is so hard to find these days, but that's my limit. All of the pieces are beautiful. You do a great job of photographing them.

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

What a stunning collection, Kathleen! I adore milk glass too! You really found a jewel in the pitcher! Your vignette is so pretty! You have such a talent in styling vignettes!

sweetvintageofmine said...

Hi Kathleen, I too, think you have a great find! that pitcher is too adorably cute! I'm becoming more and more fond of milk glass every day....I think I'm gonna use it in my cottage once I move in! You have a beautiful way of displaying it as's lovely with the hydrangeas!! I just cut and dried some for a them! Blessings~~~Roxie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Pretty! Perfect place for a hydrangea bloom.
My daughter also really likes milk glass.
Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Oh, I love that pretty hobnail pitcher. How gorgeous with the hydrangea! My daughter gave me the really big hobnail mug from Target (it's really heavy!) and I use it almost daily. I'm always drawn to white pieces too! Classic beauty :)

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a beautiful collection you are putting together. I thought I could only find these gems at antique stores! Thank you for sharing and showing us how keeping your eyes peeled really pays off! Love the look.

Ann said...

I collect vintage milk glass . Hobnail is my favorite type. I have to admit, your new milk glass is very pretty and adds great variety to the old pieces. Nice finds!

Ashley said...

Your collection is beautiful! I have a few pieces from my grandmother and I love them!

The Charm of Home said...

Wonderful collection. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.

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