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June 09, 2016

Start a Collection!

I had no clue I would be starting a collection of amber glassware, but most collections start when you least expect them.

If you’re wanting to start a collection of your own, I first suggest finding inspiration for what you want to collect.  Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook are all great places to find beautiful images.

I often host dinner parties for myself and for my clients. That means I’m frequently on the hunt for inexpensive items to create a signature tablescape. Since I love glassware so much, it was no surprise that I would stumble upon vintage amber glassware. 

When I looked through Pinterest, I noticed there were a lot of event images that featured vintage glassware. I knew if I stumbled upon any of them it would be an amazing place to start. Inspiration gives you a great little motivation to continue hunting and searching.


When I found these glasses, I knew I had to have them for my next dinner party. Since they were so unusual, they were a great starting point to my collection. These tumblers are really a collector’s item because you don’t see them in regular retail stores. This is one thing I look for when collecting.

Here are three questions you can ask when you are in a thrift store and are wondering if what you’re looking at would make a great collection:

1. Is it expensive?

2. Are there enough available to start a collection?

3. Is this collection for display or will I be able to get use out of it?

Since I started with 8 pieces I knew I would get use of them, and since I’ve seen amber glassware in the past at Goodwill, I knew I would also be able to find more. Being able to find several of them one day doesn’t mean I will find more the next day, but if I continue looking, I will be able to spot a few pieces here and there.

The thrift angels were on my side, because just a few days later I found these. Score!


The most important thing to remember when trying to start a collection of any kind from Goodwill is to know what you like, not what someone else suggests. Because I host a lot of dinner parties, glassware and plates are ideal objects for me. A collection should serve a purpose, whether its simply being beautiful, or even just something you want to pass along to someone else. A thrifted collection should never waste space.

Have you started any collection from a random find at Goodwill? I’d love to see it!


  1. I collect lots of different things. Vintage handbags, vintage costume jewelry, wooden German Rauchenmenner (smoking men that have a spot to put incense and then it looks like they are smoking), zombie movies and books, vintage dresses and fabric….the list goes on. Love your blog and would love it if you could check out mine at Cheers, Michele

  2. I collect the glass vintage swans.. they’re mostly for display, however I recently used them for serving dip and they made a great look for the table

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