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January 14, 2013

Guest Post: The Goodwill Gal


I recently asked my Facebook friends what their favorite finds were for the year 2012.

A vintage Barbie tea set, brand name winter coats, shoes, an office chair that currently retails new for over $800 and so much more.  My friends are amazing Goodwill shoppers!

One of my favorite items from Goodwill for the year 2012 is actually not one item, but several of the same item, vintage milk glass..

I purchased several, okay, a lot, of pieces this year and use them throughout my home all-year-round. Not only do I purchase milk glass from my local Goodwill, Goodwill of Central Arizona, but also other Goodwill stores nationwide.  Goodwill is my go-to source for pretty much everything, even when I travel.  I believe it’s the perfect spot to pick up a memento from my travels.

This is how I’m currently using some of my milk glass vases.  After all the holiday décor is packed away, I love to keep things nice and simple.  These are my ‘winter whites’.

I even have a milk glass bowl next to my stove, to keep garlic and onions within reach.  Believe me, it’s everywhere you look.

Last year, this is how I displayed my collection on my hutch for the spring season,

And used just a few for the holiday season.  You can see my entire collection on Pinterest.

Last year, my husband asked me, “How much is too much milk glass?”  My response was, “I don’t know?  I’ll have to get back with you on that.”  He will still be waiting for an answer while I keep looking for more milk glass in the year 2013.

Do you have a favorite item or collection from Goodwill?  I love to hear about all of the great items people find at Goodwill.


Thanks, Lisa! I totally understand your love of milk glass–I have a few pieces, myself!

Lisa has a great blog, The Goodwill Gal, where she shares and styles her Goodwill finds. Hop on over and let her know how much you appreciate her post!



  1. Love all of the displays! So creative.

  2. I have a huge milk glass collection myself that was thrifted. It’s that that one thing that blends into any decor style depending on the piece.

    • goodwillsc

      I totally agree! So versatile.

  3. I adore milkglass. We decided to use milkglass vases and some other pieces as part of the decor for our wedding reception coming up next spring. It was so fun to hit up various Goodwills with my fiance to find unique pieces. Plus, they will be so great to integrate into our home decor once we are married.

    • goodwillsc

      What a great idea! That will be beautiful.

  4. I just started collecting milk glass also! It’s so cheap when you can get it from thrift stores. My mother passed along a tip on cleaning glass (she collects cut-glass items): use denture cleaner (the kind that fizzes) & a very soft brush. Very helpful when you get those vases at a store & they aren’t too clean inside.

    • goodwillsc

      Whoa! Great idea! Thanks for the tip!