Are you a collector? I sure am! From my vintage drinking glasses with fun prints (daisies of course), to groupings of petite glass bottles (inherited from my husband’s grandmother) to mid-century dinnerware (and so-on), my collections reflect my love for the hunt! I enjoy shopping (aka treasure hunting) for vintage treasures and have fun with displaying them. Displays of vintage collections can give your home charm and interest.
Let’s face it, most of us love to collect vintage pieces because of their history and unique style, but there is something extraordinarily satisfying about the moment you “find” the perfect piece…and that is what hooks us in!
Many pieces can be purchased at bargain prices, and yet sometimes it is worth paying a little more for rare pieces that will be the star of your grouping.
When you step into my shop (Upsy-Daisy) you will find a treasure trove of items that may be the beginnings of a collection, or perhaps the piece you need to finish the collection you’ve been working on.
Today, I thought I’d share some of the hot items to collect, as well as some tips for decorating with vintage finds in an appealing way so that your house doesn’t feel cluttered.
Vintage pottery: There are many vintage pottery brands which are sought out by collectors. (McCoy, Abingdon, Hull, etc.) Collectors may choose to collect by style, by brand, or by color. If you have bright or various colors of pottery, consider putting the display against a neutral pallet to make the colors pop.
Grouping of McCoy pottery. Photo via Pinterest.
Vintage suitcases/picnic baskets/hatboxes: These are fun collections because they work double duty, acting as storage and display. A large stack of suitcases provides a dramatic statement. This would work great in a living or bedroom, or in the case below a craft room.
Photo via The Heartfelt Home
Depression glass: Depression glass was available for little to no money during the Great Depression (how it got its name). Current day prices are representative of just how collectible these pieces now are. They come in an array of colors – popular ones include pink, green, clear, and pale blue – and a range of patterns (swirly and feminine to straight and angled lines). How you display, will depend on your collection. If you are collecting one color, consider displaying in an opposing color so that the color pops and the glass shines.
Anchor Hocking Depression Glass
Globes: It’s undeniably fun to collect these geographic pieces and display them in a group. How fun to examine a vintage globe to see the world as it once was! Seas of blues and creams display beautifully against a neutral/pale wall color.
Photo via Country Living
Pyrex: (one of my personal favorites!) A collection of pyrex is both pretty and practical. They are fun to hunt for – and finding unique patterns and colors is what the thrill is all about. Vintage Fire-King is a prime example of antique glass that is affordable, durable and usable – and many designs have an opaque white background which is a nice compliment to contemporary dinnerware patterns.
Photo via dan le townhome
Photo via Couple Jones
Milk glass: For me, there is something so delicious about milk glass. The crisp whites are so refreshing. Milk glass makes an impressive statement when displayed in groups. They come in various patterns, such as hobnail or lacy edges. I personally love a collection of white milk glass in varying heights when displayed in a blue, gray or aqua cabinet.
Photo via confettistyle
Vintage drinking glasses: Vintage drinking glasses typically come in a compact or petite form. The patterned pieces are eye-catching. They’re not always easy to find in a set of four or more, nor are they cheap compared to buying glasses at your big retailer – but – the charm is worth the money spent. AND – they make your orange juice (or cocktails) taste so much better!
Silver Serving Ware: Vintage silver (plated) tableware has to be one of the more gorgeous items you can collect. Each pattern compliments the next so well, that collectors need not worry about only collecting one pattern. Silver ware is beautiful when used as part of everyday décor – it can add a touch of glamour to any room in your home. If you don’t have a large collection, then try to find everyday uses for the ones you have. For example, antique teapots and trophies make eye-catching flower vases whereas antique sugar and creamers are great for organizing toiletries (cotton balls/swabs/make up brushes). Oh – and see below – no need to keep them clean and shiny – display with a patina to add depth and interest your pieces!
Cream and sugar sets: One of our favorite things to collect for the shop are old sugar bowl and creamer sets. Having your morning coffee, can be such an ordinary routine. Why not give it an update that will brighten your morning?
I hope you enjoy treasure hunting for fun collectibles as much as I do.
Don’t forget Upsy-Daisy is a great place to get started!