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The Collectors: Milk Glass

Oct 7, 2011

by rikrak

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What’s the story behind your collection?

I love the journey this particular medley of objects traces — a mix of random thrift store finds and meaningful pieces thoughtfully curated by the collector. The magic is often in how the collection comes together, creating its own history in the gathering process.

Who are you?
I’m Kristi McMurry, a web designer and photographer from Jackson, TN.

What are you collecting?
All things milk glass.

When did you start?
Last summer. I stopped in a thrift store on my way to my boyfriend’s house (I pass it all the time, but just randomly decided to stop in) and saw two milk glass vases for 50 cents each. I thought they were so cute and really wanted to use them in my house! I started seeking out milk glass pieces from then on.

How many do you have?
I have about 50 pieces.

Where do you find them?
Antique stores, thrift stores, family members, and even my grandmamma’s boxes in my own attic!

Where do you keep them?
All over the house. I plan to use the tall skinny vases in my wedding reception someday.

What’s a crazy/interesting story behind one?
The lamp that I’m posing with in the photo is one that a family member gave me for Christmas. It was originally owned by my step-grandmother, who has always treated me like I was her own grandchild. She wanted me to have something of hers, and since I was collecting milk glass, she gave me this beautiful lamp she’s had for about 50 years. I was speechless.

What piece would you like to add?
I would love a set of milk glass drawer pulls or knobs.

Why do you love them?
I love that they come in so many shapes and often have gorgeous detail. I also love that I can have tons of them without my home decor getting too cluttered and busy!

Which one is your favourite? Why?
My favorite is the lamp that I got for Christmas, but I also really love the tall pitcher that I got from another grandmother.

What else do you collect?
I also collect cameras, which was started when I inherited my grandfather’s cameras (can you tell I am really into collecting things from my grandparents?). My decor is a mixture of milk glass and cameras.

Wonderful! Be sure to visit Kristi’s fabulous photography boutique, where each photo tells its own whimsical tale. Be sure to check out her photo & fashion blog, too!

What do you collect? Please tell us in the comments below. We’d love to hear!

The Collectors Series | Milk Glass on Etsy

Anchor Hocking Milk Glass Bubble Cereal Bowl
Anchor Hocking Milk Glass Bubble Cereal Bowl
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Fenton Silver Crest Milk Glass Cake Stand - Modern Wedding Mid Century Cupcake Dessert Pedestal Plate Clear Glass Rim
Fenton Silver Crest Milk Glass Cake Stand - Modern Wedding Mid Century Cupcake Dessert Pedestal Plate Clear Glass Rim
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RESERVED milk glass cup, set of 5
RESERVED milk glass cup, set of 5
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SALE ITEM Vintage White Hobnail Fenton Milk Glass Goblet
SALE ITEM Vintage White Hobnail Fenton Milk Glass Goblet
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Vintage Westmoreland Grape Panel Pedestal Milk Glass Creamer and Open Sugar Set - Marked WG
Vintage Westmoreland Grape Panel Pedestal Milk Glass Creamer and Open Sugar Set - Marked WG
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81 comments

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 7 years ago

    I love this collection! All these milk glass pieces together do make a statement... WHITE RULES:)

  • TheMerchantMariner

    TheMerchantMariner said 7 years ago

    I love milk glass. Great article!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 7 years ago

    Love Milk Glass!! I will not part with any of mine, all mine, haha! ..now I'm thinking I need that necklace pendant..

  • ArgentTonic

    ArgentTonic said 7 years ago

    I love the vase!!! nice picture!

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 7 years ago

    Great collection. I love looking at the collections of goodies that people covet. It is fun to read about why they are so loved and how they started their obsession.

  • designsfrommyheart

    designsfrommyheart said 7 years ago

    Very nice. TFS

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 7 years ago

    Love it. Tanks for sharing!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article, thanks

  • jacarandadesigns

    jacarandadesigns said 7 years ago

    I love milk glass, especially the cake stands

  • UrbanApple

    UrbanApple said 7 years ago

    I have milk glass in my shop! woot! <3 the stuff!

  • amusebeads

    amusebeads said 7 years ago

    My mother collects a Westmoreland pattern that comes in all colors. The milk glass was special, made for the executives in the company. They are so rare, it would be such a score to find more. So I am always on the lookout, hoping one day to find the chimera...

  • everythingok

    everythingok said 7 years ago

    Milk glass is so cool. It has all that kitschy vintage charm, while at the same time retaining a sort of timelessness that never gets tired. I'm proper jealous of that collection!

  • lchapmansifers

    lchapmansifers said 7 years ago

    I love Milk Glass... I have been collecting it for 20 years now! I love the pieces that can be used everyday! It can be so durable and clean looking! Thank you for this article!

  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite said 7 years ago

    So pretty and classic!

  • MadeMerriShop

    MadeMerriShop said 7 years ago

    I LOVE milk glass and have a growing collection as well! Drawer pulls/knobs would be awesome....

  • allthingswhite

    allthingswhite said 7 years ago

    love this !!!

  • strangequiet

    strangequiet said 7 years ago

    My grandmother has been collecting Milk glass for over 20 years and understandably has a huge collection. One of her favorite pieces is a painted milk glass oil lamp. The variety of milk glass is amazing!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    so easy to decorate with!

  • oldtimethreads

    oldtimethreads said 7 years ago

    Lovely!

  • NanaBellAntiques

    NanaBellAntiques said 7 years ago

    Can never go wrong with the Milk Glass, great article.

  • LillysCottage

    LillysCottage said 7 years ago

    Beautiful....so fresh and it goes with everything.

  • AlannaRK

    AlannaRK said 7 years ago

    We're like twins! I collect milk glass and cameras too. I like the cake stand you have.

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 7 years ago

    Great article !!!

  • StampGallery

    StampGallery said 7 years ago

    I too collect milk glass, or I should say I did. I decided to use it as accessories for my bathroom. I have to say that I have as much as I can use. It is hard to walk by pieces that I like but in the case of my bathroom I am maxed out. Repurposing the serving bowls and platters has worked wonderfuly. I love the look of it and I've gotten plenty of praise from others who like it too.

  • ShabbyNChic

    ShabbyNChic said 7 years ago

    Milk glass is so simple and elegant. I too have a collection, although not as extensive as this one. Mine started with a piece from my grandmother. Sometimes I have a hard time selling milk glass because I love it so much. How can you not love milk glass?! Great story. I love your lamp!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 7 years ago

    Not sure I see the attraction of milk glass. But, a nice collection.

  • sarrahr

    sarrahr said 7 years ago

    i once cut my finger on a beloved glass that broke while doing dishes, it was the deepest cut i've ever had. milk glass has edge!

  • rachellucie

    rachellucie said 7 years ago

    Love milk glass, and was myself thinking of starting to collect some vases, but there's not so much of it in the UK. Great article, interesting hobby!

  • myothermind

    myothermind said 7 years ago

    White is my favorite color! Love milk glass, white cotton t shirts, socks, etc...you know. Plus when in doubt wear white. Milk glass is like that! Goes with anything, is durable all purpose beautiful. I love color on walls with bright white trim. Milk glass just sets it off. My hand has a mind of its own when it comes to milk glass, it just reaches out. We'll be posting more this weekend.

  • roxyrox

    roxyrox said 7 years ago

    There are milk glass drawer pulls for sale on ebay, but they are not vintage. There mass-produced. :( I would love some cool white knobs for my vintage MCM bedroom furniture, but I really want vintage ones!

  • funkomavintage

    funkomavintage said 7 years ago

    I love Milk Glass because it's cheap and pretty...Just like me !

  • roxyrox

    roxyrox said 7 years ago

    Oops, forgot to say that I started collecting about a year ago after seeing some blue Fire King on etsy, but now I focus on just white vases, anything hobnail, and vintage bakeware. :)

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    I always enjoy your articles, Kristal! Kristi's collection is wonderful! Makes me wish I'd kept the milk glass collection I sold a couple years ago. :(

  • ArtsyG

    ArtsyG said 7 years ago

    Milk glass holds a special place in my heart. My grandmother had a huge set of dishes, vases and decorative items. She has now past the set on to many relatives. Thanks for helping me remember!

  • BohemianAngel

    BohemianAngel said 7 years ago

    I love milk glass, too! Fun read. Thank you!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 7 years ago

    Thanks for showing your collection!! We have a couple vases for flowers :)

  • twigandleafbotanical

    twigandleafbotanical said 7 years ago

    i'm definitely an addicted collector. tons of vases, mugs, cups, bowls, and rare items. love love love milk glass. thanks for the post!

  • kennedybentley

    kennedybentley said 7 years ago

    Saw the lamp and had to read the article! the lamp is similar to the one i got from my great grandmother!

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 7 years ago

    Milk glass never went out of style. So pure and clean. Great for weddings.

  • Vintiquesandmore

    Vintiquesandmore said 7 years ago

    I too am collecting Milk glass vases and the sort... for my Daughter's wedding reception tables. I'm gathering groupings of various vases on top of vintage mirrored vanity trays, and I even have a collection of milk glass jars (cold cream, baby cream etc...) that I plan on making candles in and setting them on the other side of the mirror...just add flowers!

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 7 years ago

    White monochrome is gorgeous! Great collection!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Nice I like milk glass the shapes and textures are fascinating, always reminds me a little of porcelain!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 7 years ago

    These are great! It reminds me of my childhood - my mom used to collect milk glass vases and she had them all over the house. Thanks for sharing!

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 7 years ago

    How pretty!

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 7 years ago

    Kristi! Dollface! I don't know who is prettier...you or the milk glass! Well, that's not really true...it's you, of course! :)

  • rivahside

    rivahside said 7 years ago

    I don't really have any unusual collections, but my sister, who is a nurse, does. She collects forceps!

  • thelittlereddoor

    thelittlereddoor said 7 years ago

    yay kristi!!! :D

  • bailybellecreations

    bailybellecreations said 7 years ago

    Kristi you are too cute!!! Awesome to see you here. XOXO

  • frogtoprince

    frogtoprince said 7 years ago

    I share your passion for milkglass and also hobnail milkglass, I think it looks very elegant. Nice collection here.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    Beautiful collection!

  • emleehandmade

    emleehandmade said 7 years ago

    i love milk glass. thanks for writing this.

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 7 years ago

    Very Nice. I would put almond milk in mine....

  • MadisonStreetBeauty

    MadisonStreetBeauty said 7 years ago

    Who knew there was that much milk glass. Thanks!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Great blog! Very nice collection!

  • akvjewelry

    akvjewelry said 7 years ago

    Love it!

  • AMradio

    AMradio said 7 years ago

    + simply a perfect collection + many, many thanks +

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings said 7 years ago

    One can never go wrong when choosing milk glass. I love IT.

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 7 years ago

    Love it - thanks for sharing... Made me think of my grandmother and the collection of buttons she passed on to me!

  • harbes2

    harbes2 said 7 years ago

    milk glass reminds me of beach houses... what a fun thing to collect... aside from a childhood nutcracker collection {I was obsessed with the ballet} I've never really collected anything although I get a kick out of people who hoard shot glasses and/or mini-spoons.

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 7 years ago

    I have some milk glass items. Love them!

  • MorningGloryEmporium

    MorningGloryEmporium said 7 years ago

    I've got my mothers collection of milk glass and I love it. I just wish I had more room to show it off. Thanks for sharing!

  • AThymetoSew

    AThymetoSew said 7 years ago

    I have some milk glass in my collection- I love it! Great post!

  • NewModernArt

    NewModernArt said 7 years ago

    White monochrome is gorgeous! Great collection!

  • edithweezie

    edithweezie said 7 years ago

    I collect milk glass too! How great that a family member had such a beautiful piece to hand down to you :)

  • elegantjewelz

    elegantjewelz said 7 years ago

    love it ..its beautiful and goes well with shabby chic collections

  • WarmCountryMeadows

    WarmCountryMeadows said 7 years ago

    Milk glass has always been beautiful and goes great with any other color.

  • sarahdagger

    sarahdagger said 7 years ago

    I too have a milk glass collection, mainly compotes and vases. I used every piece I have at my wedding a few years ago as center pieces with white dahlias and it looked so nice. I have them all displayed in my built in cabinets around my fireplace, the white really pops on the dark wood. I started collecting it after seeing it in a Martha Stewart book with candles in them. They look really pretty with tea-lights in them.

  • BurkeHareCo

    BurkeHareCo said 7 years ago

    loveLoveLOVE monochrome collections! this is wonderful.

  • catiques

    catiques said 7 years ago

    Love it and it's beautiful. For anytime or place, holidays just mix the colors and display. I love Fenton MILK GLASS and have collected for years.

  • FizbanFunDesigns

    FizbanFunDesigns said 7 years ago

    I collect dragons because, as a symbol of wisdom and strength, two things I've always wanted, they make me happy. I have a five-headed oriental dragon that we call Tiamat. It was the first thing that my now-husband noticed when he walked into my place and I've always felt that that made it special. He said it was "so cool" and that's how he later described me to his friends. We now have 25 dragons of all sizes and kinds. Frosted glass, wood, ceramic (I made those myself), stone, resin, silver, copper...every once in a while we find another one that begs us to take it home. I've always collected key-chains from different places, blue glass serving pieces, candles and candle holders, even milk glass too, but my dragons are my real love for collecting.

  • OutTheBackDoor

    OutTheBackDoor said 7 years ago

    I love the lamp! I have cameras and milkglass from my grandparents too. I inherited their passion for collecting, for sure - that is how I ended up having both in my shop. Too many at home, and as the number of my children increased, so did my fear for safety of my vases and cameras so I thought I should find them new homes! :) {The collections- not kids, LOL} TK

  • TalesofTime

    TalesofTime said 7 years ago

    I am a lover of Milk Glass as well. You can also change the look with the seasons to make it stand out. I have a Curio Cabinet full of Milk Glass. I am always buying more and more but I do have to let some go as well. I think of it as "Sharing my love of Milk Glass with a new collector". Come look to see what I have and I will share with you too. P.S. Funny, I love cameras too.

  • FrannieBee

    FrannieBee said 7 years ago

    I have collected milk glass for years and I am very particular about the quality of glass I buy and sell. Please check out my shop for some real oldies but goodies!!!

  • isitsecretisitsafe

    isitsecretisitsafe said 7 years ago

    I remember these from my great grandma's house. I didn't realize it had a specific name. I always loved how it looked, though!

  • YBINUCAROL

    YBINUCAROL said 7 years ago

    I love milk glass. Try putting those battery operated votive candles in pieces at Halloween. Your gorgeous milk glass will have a fun ghostly glow. I will borrowing some pieces from my shop to do this for my Halloween bash.

  • spierce09

    spierce09 said 7 years ago

    Hi, I love milk glass too, I have a few pieces for sale if you know anyone interested. A pair of boudoir lamps that are adorable among other pierces. Let me know if you know of anyone interested. Thanks, Susan

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 7 years ago

    Love milk glass. My mom collects them. I don't collect anything now but I used to collect stuff before I moved overseas.

  • doolshandmade

    doolshandmade said 7 years ago

    Milk glass works great for a wedding reception! I used it for my own wedding this past March—everyone loved the look.

  • mydogsclothes

    mydogsclothes said 7 years ago

    I too am addicted to milk glass. I have the same lamp that Kristi got from her step mom. I love everything white, its so much fun to add other colored items to go with them. My favorite piece is my Antique White Bed.

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 7 years ago

    I'm looking for the milk glass BASKET, It was my mother in laws favorite, but she gave hers away to her sis because she admired it .I'd like to replace it for her, she had it for about 50 years. anyone know where to find it?

  • tllc55

    Teresa Church from tllc55 said 6 years ago

    Check out my blue milk glass, just added today. Beautiful. There is so much to look at and choose from these days, but I really think this is a rare find.

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