One of the loveliest and prettiest things to collect, display and use in your home is Depression Glass. Collecting Depression Glass can turn into a great hobby for you – scouring antique stores, flea markets, thrift stores and eBay among many other places to find pieces to add to your collection can be so much fun and a lovely rewarding thing to do. Depression Glass looks pretty – it comes in lovely colors, including rose pinks, vibrant greens, and cobalt blue and it can be used for a variety of things in your home, being useful as well as pretty to look at.
What is Depression Glass?
Depression Glass is glassware made exclusively between the 1920s and 1940s. The times were depressing, so glass manufacturers wanted to put some joy and loveliness into peoples lives, with pretty colors and pieces. However the glass isn’t the best quality – it could contain bubbles, mold marks and flaws. But that made it affordable for people, and to be honest you would have to look really closely, which most people didn’t, for any flaws. But the glass was so affordable – a piece could cost about the same as a loaf of bread, therefore housewives could pick up a piece of glassware that looked pretty in their homes for next to nothing. Some pieces were even given away as free gifts by gas stations and stores.
Here is a great Pinterest site featuring original ads for Depression Glass – to give you a great idea of what was being offered, prices etc!
Today Depression Glass is a wonderful collector’s heaven. The pieces can be displayed prominently and lovingly in your home, and you can find so many uses for the beautiful pieces, not just the original uses they were intended for!
Here are some ideas for displaying and using Depression Glass in your home:
This is a beautiful pink glass Depression Glass bowl that I purchased from a flea market. It is a dessert or jelly bowl, but it makes a beautiful and very functional storage bowl for pieces of jewelry. This is a beautiful slightly iridescent pink glass that works so well for this purpose.
Tea cup Candles
Pretty glass teacups can be turned into great candles. A candle made from glass can have a really subtle more simple pretty look. This post from Running With Sisters shows you exactly how to make a teacup candle.
A pretty tea party!
Well I am British! I would have to choose the tea party! But throwing a tea party with the lovely colors of a depression glass tea set would be a really lovely thing to do. This would also work well for a childrens tea party – for instance the pink depression glass could be great for a little girl’s tea party!
A gorgeous colored dinner party
Make your dinner party extra special by using beautiful colored glass tableware.
This post here from Hometalk.com displays a beautiful dinner party setting that was used for a Breast Cancer Foundation event. As you can see the beautiful pink of this Depression Glass setting worked so well for something like this.
Use the plates as serving platters
The plates could be used as centerpieces to any party that you have – a nice colored glass plate could really offset any food display that you have.
This is a beautiful rose colored plate
Use as pretty colorful pencil and pen pots
Glasses and vases can be used as really pretty pots on you desk to store your pencils and pens.
Use as makeup holders
Glasses, vases and dishes can also be used to store your makeup pieces. Your pencil/crayon type makeup pieces can be kept together in a glass. You could store eyeshadows or lipsticks alone inside a vase or glass etc.
Decorate for Christmas
Colorful Depression Glass pieces can be decorated for Christmas and placed in view as beautiful Christmas decorations. Such as a glass vase full of Christmas baubles.
Pretty dressing table platters
A pretty colorful glass platter could be placed on your dressing table/chest to store your perfume bottles etc. It would really pretty up your dressing table and showcase your perfumes and other items beautifully.
Display it beautifully in your home
Display your pieces prominently in your home in display cases, on mantle pieces, bookshelves etc.
This display from A Beautiful Mess showcases the owner’s collection perfectly and beautifully
Where to find Depression Glass
Scour antique stores, flea markets, boot sales, jumble sales, online market places such as eBay and more. But beware – some of these places can charge A LOT for pieces of Depression Glass. I wouldn’t advise paying a lot for a piece, unless you really really want that piece. The whole point of Depression Glass initially was that it was so affordable, so I really find it hard, even though it is now collectable, to pay a fortune for Depression Glass. If you familarize yourself with Depression Glass (see below for tips on books and places to find out more), you will always know you are getting a good price or an authentic piece.
Resources for learning more about Depression Glass
If you seriously want to collect Depression Glass it is more than worth your while to research and learn as much as possible about the different types of glass, markings, manufacturers and more.
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