Look! Milk Glass

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We had milk glass in our minds after looking at the sweet vintage giveaway that AT SF did last Thursday. Then when we saw our friend Maggie's stunning collection this weekend, we wanted to revisit what we had originally been thinking was a bit old-ladyish for us...

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Its hard to look at milk glass without thinking of your or someone's grandma who probably collected it like ours did. When we were growing up, we particularly liked the animal-shaped dishes in the glass cabinet we mostly couldn't touch. But we hadn't seen it much lately. Now, seeing it displayed in a white bookshelf or on a cool blue wall makes it look right at home in a contemporary house as well.

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We think milk glass got a bum rap when some floral shops started to use cheap imitations for floral displays, or when diners started to put plastic flowers in reproduction milk glass vases on tables. But seeing the real deal again reminds us of how beautiful it is, and of the satisfaction of collecting something you love and the feeling it gives you when you add a new piece to the shelf.

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You can find milk glass on Ebay, and in almost any antique store or coop. But it's best to know what you are looking for, or just buy it because you like it. Time to take that box of grandma's down from the attic, I think.

-Jeanine

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