Vintage glass is one of the easiest collections to start. You can find options for every budget, from antique bottles to exceptionally crafted Murano glass chandeliers. But before you start collecting, there are a few things you should know about buying vintage glass. From recognizing brands to the most in-demand colors, here are a few pointers to guide your shopping:
Know the easiest categories for collecting.
Depression glass, carnival glass, and milk glass are found in abundance at flea markets, estate sales, and antiques stores. Because they’re plentiful, they tend to be more affordable for beginning collectors. Depression glass refers to glass made during the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s. Carnival glass was made in the early 20th century, and is identifiable by an iridescent finish. Later reproductions of carnival glass (made during the mid-century) lack this finish. Milk glass is easy to identify for its opaque white color.
Invest in art glass.
If you’d like to focus your collection on higher end pieces that’ll appreciate in value a bit more, look into art glass. Designed and crafted by artists, these stunning pieces function more as sculpture — though some art glass pieces are designed with functionality in mind (especially in the case of chandeliers or paperweights). Certain artists can command higher value, depending on auction cycles, though Murano and Lalique pieces tend to always be in demand. Condition also matters when it comes to value, with flawless pieces always commanding top dollar.
Colors can impact price.
Clear glass is the most common “color”, which means these pieces tend to be lower priced than others. The one exception? When collecting high-end crystal pieces, like those from Baccarat or Tiffany. However, even in this case, colored crystal by these brands still can command a higher value than clear.
Pricing can also be impacted by the trendiness of certain colors. For instance, pink and green Depression glass have surged in popularity. But, like collecting anything else, it’s all up to your style. Whether you focus on your favorite color or a favorite artist, you simply can’t go wrong.
Want to start collecting? Take a look at a few of our favorite new and vintage glass pieces for sale at Viyet:
First row: Vintage Art Glass Paperweights, Mid-Century Modern Murano Sommerso Glass Teardrop Vase designed by Flavio Poli, René Lalique 1920s French Art Deco Clear And Frosted Glass “Gros Scarabees” Vase