I have quite the obsession with vintage glassware! Glassware is another one of the vintage items I collect in addition to costume jewelry and handbags. I've been asked several times to put together a guide to the most popular, or at least, my favorite vintage glassware.
You can get lucky by finding vintage glassware by rummaging around at garage sales or at the flea markets and get lucky. Most people, however, don't know what to look for when selecting a good piece of vintage glassware because there is a LOT of vintage glassware out there ranging from antique crystal to more refined mid-century glassware. The markings, color, shape, and other details all play a part in understanding the history and value of glassware. By knowing what to look for, you'll know when to splurge on a valuable piece of glassware to add to your collection. More often than not, just knowing the various brands and style gives you a better appreciation for the fine art of glassware. My take on it-- if you love it then collect it - it doesn't have to cost a fortune to be a great find or collectible piece.
I've focused on my favorite and most recognized vintage glassware from the mid-century period.
Anyone who knows me knows that Blendo glassware is by far my favorite vintage glass to collect. Blendo glass was made by West Virginia Glass Company and was really popular in the 1950s and 60s and is still relatively easy to find now. Blendo glass is characterized by a bright neon/pastel solid base that fades as it goes up the glass and a gold rim. You'll see repros and knock off brands that have the base color, but not the signature gold rim. Blendo glass makes great entertaining ware as they come in cocktail and juice sets and pitchers. Because they are easier to find, you can build an entertaining set quite quickly (and on the cheap).
Where to buy: flea market, thrift store, Etsy
Ultimate Guide to Vintage Glassware
The markings, color, shape, and other details all play a part in understanding the history and value of glassware. By knowing what to look for, you'll know when to splurge on a valuable piece of glassware to add to your collection.