Goblets and Glasses and Ceramics, Oh My

By Kate Riley June 30, 2009

It is rare, and I mean rare with a capital R, that I find good glassware at my local Goodwill. Most of what I usually see are those clear uninteresting florist vases or mismatched glasses of mixed variety and low quality. Yesterday was different. Very different. It was like Macy’s unloaded their stock that day. I was delighted bring home a few lovely little gems to add to my collection.

I am a complete sucker for colored glass. My eyes are always drawn to it right away, so when I saw the selections available, I made a bee line for the glassware section.

Check out these foot tall tea light candle holders I picked up for $2 each. They are perfect for adding height to a dining table, and will come in very handy during the holidays when I put candles on just about every surface in my house.

glass tea light holders

Ooooh, I just love that sparkle.  

colored glass crop

Then take a look at these colored goblets. This shape is too wonderful, and they are oh so perfect for adding dynamic color to a spring or summer table. They were $1 dollar each !

colored goblets

I also found a fabulous set of martini glasses, perfect for my Martini Book Club. They were also $1 each. Added bonus: I find that martini glasses make the most elegant serving dish for desserts. We have a great group of friends that get together every year for a Murder Mystery Dinner Party, so I can’t wait to serve sorbet in these babies next month ! I’m thinking blackberry sorbet, with garnish. Très chic!

martini glasses

Many of my friends would call this next item the perfect size margarita glass: extra large. But I actually bought it for $3 for serving candies during the holidays. Can you picture it filled with candy corn at Halloween, butterscotches and Thanksgiving, and peppermints at Christmas ? I think I might try etching it, or even painting it, for added flourish.

giant margarita

I subscribe to the theory that decor is always better when complimentary, and not too matchy. I use wine charms all the time to keep guests’ glasses from getting confused, but what I really love about this next set of wine glasses is that they share the same form, yet they are subtly different in their individual pattern. Not that you’d remember which pattern is yours after you’ve had a few glasses of wine. Again, $1 each. Total steal.

multi wine glasses

And you all know how much I adore white ceramics. I found a set of two canisters, one with radishes, and the other with tomatoes, for $5 for the set. I also found a large white ceramic sugar dish in the same theme for $3.


sugar dish

Now these lovelies are right at home on the mantle above the range in my kitchen.

white ceramics

That’s what I love about thrift stores. You just never know what delights you’ll find.

Speaking of, I found an amazing mirror at the Goodwill that used to be paired with a dresser from what I can tell, but no longer has its mate. I can’t wait to transform it. It will look so spectacular in my living room, when I’m done with it.


  1. Beautiful finds! I love the blue/green goblets and the pretty wine glasses!

  2. Lovely!!! I always look throught the glasses isle too. I found a store near by where they sell each glass for only $25 cents! Crazy huh?
    Love the colored glass, it gives some inspiration for my next visit to the thrift shop. Thank you!

  3. What great finds! Total jackpot. Those white ceramics are perfect for your kitchen!

  4. i have that same large "martini" glass. I put silver ball ornaments in it this year for christmas with some beads, and it was so pretty. :)FUN FINDS!!

  5. Great finds! I'm actually headed to GW today to look for a mirror…and of course will check out everything else while I am there. Hopefully, I'll be as lucky as you! Love those wine glasses that are the same size and shape but have different textures.

  6. WOW! My GW is barely worth going to! You really scored!

    m ^..^

  7. Love all of the gorgeous glasses. The different patterns and colors are all just wonderful. I also love the beautiful white pieces. You found some real treasures. Hugs, Marty

  8. Love your thrift shop finds! Looking forward to seeing the mirror when it's done.


  9. Awesome finds; love the Goodwill. Ours here is quite lacking, but in Ohio–love, love , love Goodwill! Love your tall candle holders, too cute! I have way too much glassware=)

  10. I love your recent finds- especially the tall candle holders! I really never find anything good (in regards to glass) at my local Goodwill, so I am very jealous!

  11. omg i am loving your blog! i think i found my new daily read! thanks for sharing!


    i am looking at you diy project for bed headboard. i am looking at that style actually for my master bdrm. so maybe i will just make it!

  12. Great finds! I love glass, but I've never found the jackpot you just did! Our local mission thrift store had a set of adorable sundae glasses for $2 last week. Who can pass that up?

  13. Isn't it funny how sometimes there seems to be a flood of a certain thing at Goodwill? I was at my local store yesterday and I have never seen so many couches! Why did so many people decide to donate couches over the weekend? Who knows!

  14. I love thrift stores…..the thrill of the hunt…
    Mo ;-)

  15. Tres chic indeed! You made out like a bandit there. Rock on. I think the votive holders are a perfect height for a dining room table, and what a magnificent idea about the martini glasses being used for dessert.

    You are just super creative little ma'am!! I can't wait to see what transformation you do with that mirror, you are truly an inspiration to me.

  16. I love! I am currently collecting various wine and champagne glasses… I heart eclectic tablescapes, and finding pieces at consignment prices only makes it sweeter :)

  17. Beautiful finds…and what steals too!

    I used your metallic taupe paint trick to soften up some goldy gold accessories in my post today. What a difference..thank you for the idea!


  18. I just have to tell you, you have become one of my Favorite blogs! I love reading and looking at every post. Seeing a new post is like getting a little gift everyday! You are just inspirational and creative! These finds are great! I love the hunt of findiing the treasure. So fun!

    Hugs to you,

  19. I like the glaasses. They are very beautifull and exquisite.

  20. I remember breaking a set og glasses just like those. I got yelled at a lot.

  21. Eyecatching glasses. Filled with wine they will just look awsome

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