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