If you are looking to stock your kitchen with good looking-glasses that won't break the bank if they shatter, these options are pretty enough to use at your next party but are guilt free for guests if one breaks.
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You have to be very careful about cheap drinking glasses. I've had one IKEA drinking glass shatter in my hand while washing it resulting in a pretty bad cut on my finger ( I still have the scar after four years) and an IKEA wine glass literally shatter into pieces as I watched my friend simply place it on the table. I'm a very thrifty shopper, but I have since rid my kitchen of any cheap deals when it comes to glass ware.
Some people might think I'm crazy, but our local Goodwill sells all kinds of drinking glasses for a $1 each. I furnished our entire bar for less than $20 - margarita, wine, brandy, and martini glasses. You can also pick out the glasses that are a little sturdier than stuff like Ikea. Run them through the dishwasher and you're good to go.
I agree with gritcher85, thrift stores are THE best place for cheap glassware. You can get better quality for unbeatable prices.
I agree that cheap glassware will shatter and also not hold up as well. I also think you have to touch the glass and hold it because weight and balance are very important. There are glasses that look heavy and people will treat them as if they're indestructible. Glasses that are very heavy will be hard to hold for a length of time so you wouldn't want to break them out for parties where people will have to stand with them.
I love the Rings Cooler Glasses from Crate & Barrel. Nice hefty (but not too heavy) glasses, good size and quality and less than $2. I got four on sale for $1.50 each. Cheaper than most of the glasses on the list.http://www.crateandbarrel.com/rings-cooler-glass/s455148
I've had trouble with Ikea glasses, too. I don't buy them any more. I buy sturdy glasses from a restaurant supply place. Plus, nicer leaded glass goblets from ebay.A friend of mine has a wonderful mixed set of wine glasses she bought one by one at Thrift stores and garage sales. It makes it easy to keep track of your own glass and it's fun to choose your favorite from a selection.
Ditto on the Ikea comments. (And this from a person who loves her Ikea!) We had some lovely made-in-Hungaria glasses from them about 7 years ago. They were beautiful to look at, very clean, simple lines, but they broke very, very easily.And, ditto on the thrifted glasses & restaurant supply store for party wear; almost indestructible!
Actually, I'd recommend Ikea's Pokal line --59 cents a glass, and in several years, I've gotten the occasional chip, but given the cost, it's not a big deal.For wine glasses, I have Libbey 12 piece stemless wine glasses. They arrive in a box that's great for storage as well.But---I would also say thrift stores are the best place to find cheap and fun glassware. Sometimes you can find eight of a certain glass, sometimes you can slowly build up a collection of the same color (ghosty smoke glasses from the 60s? oh yes) - you can't go into the store expecting to find exactly what you want, but if you always peek in, you never know what you can find!
We got a set of hand blown highball and old fashioned glasses from pottery barn for around $8/ea several years ago because they were the best looking/simplest ones we could find. They were beautiful, until you looked at them sideways and they shattered due to the super thin glass at the rim. After spending around $150 replacing them as they broke, I gave up and started using sets of glasses from Marshalls and restaurant supply stores. Maybe not as pretty, but I've only broken one in the last 3 years.
The real challenge with drinking glasses is not finding nice ones or cheap ones or nice, cheap ones. The challenge is finding ones that don't have a dimple on the underside that collects water when you run it through the dishwasher.
I've used Crate and Barrel working glasses for over twenty years. They're sturdy, dishwasher safe and made in the USA. I also use them for wine and old fashioned's. You can also buy plastic lids and they make great storage. http://www.crateandbarrel.com/small-working-glasses-set-of-12/f53167
Crate and Barrel glasses are such a good value and last for a really long time. I'm slowly working through our old crappy glasses (kitchen and bar) and replacing them with Crate & Barrel. Now I need reccomendations for good dishes. We got Pfaltzgraf when we got married and several peices of our discontinued pattern have broken. What I wanted at 24 is not what I want at 38, so I'm looking for a clean lined simple set for 10. Solid color only- no patterns.
Do you want day to day dishes or special occasion? For day to day, Fiesta is my favorite. They're pure workhorses. They're made in the US, are lead free, and you can do pretty much anything to them. The vintage Fiesta I see at antique stores looks exactly like my Fiesta, which was purchased new a few years ago.
I avoid cheap glasses and buy quality at a slower pace when I can afford to. I admittingly overpaid for a set of recycled wine bottles turned drinking glasses, but love the green factor and how sturdy and thick they are.
My sister did the same thing Bekah did - accidentally shattered an IKEA wine glass while washing it, which resulted in stitches and physical therapy for a nearly severed nerve.
I'd pretty much always rather use mason jars
Most of my glasses are now vintage - fragile, but pretty, and easily replaced.
French ones are the best, I find.
If you can't get hold of vintage, these are cheap, sturdy and good looking:http://www.rayon-basque.com/un-pack-de-6-verres-bodega-croix-gravee-51-11.php
can vouch for 13 years plus of those pier 1 glasses! sturdy but with dimple at bottom (hand blown and thick). they've weathered several styles in that time and still classic.C+B working glass with lids also highly highly recommended!
Picardie glass tumblers from Williams-Sonoma are the best. What I like most is that they will not discontinue the style. So if one breaks I can always replace. I never have to have mismatched glasses in my cabinet.
I have set of IKEA Pokal glasses and they are very cheap and indestructible. For little more money you can get French cafe classic - Duralex Picardie.I also got 16 Luminarc wine glasses a while ago at Target (needed a large quantity for the party and those were cheaper than plastic disposable cups) and I still have most of those after 5 years of use and abuse!
Oh yeah, Pier 1 has good glasses too! I worked there in college and I always though to myself, 'when I have a big kid job, I'm gonna stock my shelves with glasses all from Pier 1!'
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