A few months ago, I was shopping in one my favorite thrift stores and found a single gold glass that looked like one of these below. I bought it for $1.00 or $2.00, I can’t remember. The gold was sort of worn and I loved the vintage feel of it. I thought it would be cute to put flowers in. A month later, I ran across an entire set at the same store, some had different patterns than I had seen before. They were in great condition. All the glasses were marked on the bottom and I was trying to find out what it meant, since I had never seen it before. I had no idea who made them and when they were made. I decided to go for it and bought the whole set. I figured I would use the large one as a vase, the tumblers as vases or drinking glasses and the small ones for tea lights or drinking glasses (I multi function my glassware). I just loved the glasses and had to have them. Here’s a peek at a bunch of them piled up in my hall closet (I’m running out of room for all my glasses and mixed matched plates). Fast forward to the photo below this one……
A few months ago, I get my issue of Architectural Digest and I’m flipping through the magazine, when I see this picture of Claire Weiss’s Apartment in NYC (see below). Everything came to a screeching halt. I read the article cover to cover hoping that they would share who makes these glasses since she had such a large collection of them. There was nothing. Since I can’t remember what issue I found this photo in you can see view the article here. I decided to take a chance and email AD to see if someone knew who made those glasses. I received a prompt email from Robert Rufino, Interiors Editor of AD. He advised me he checked with Ms. Weiss and that they were called Shoji. With a little more research, I found out that these were made by the Imperial Glass Company who produced these glasses between 1965 and 1979. I was so happy to learn the source of my glasses so I could collect more. In all my years of antiquing and shopping, I had never run across these. I got an entire 15 plus set including the large vase for $75.00. I just saw the vase on eBay for $1400.00 and the tumblers are selling on replacements.com for $25.99 each. I’d say I got a bargain. I’m in love with this bar and how she displays the various patterns. Now I’m on the hunt for the other patterns and the ice bucket and decanter. If you want o send me something for Christmas here you go, LOL!.
I was at my friend Nick’s house the other day and she had a bunch of trimmed kumquats in a little vase. I commented on how cute they looked and she said she had a whole bag of them. I took a whole bunch of them home and filled four of the tumblers on my dining room table (see the photos below). Next week it might be peonies and the following week it might be sparkling water for a dinner party. Either way, I love the versatility of the glasses. If you spot them on your travels let me know, I’m on the hunt for more. I love a great bargain and I’d say I hit the jackpot on these. Now, I don’t want to be fighting you on EBay for these! LOL!
I can’t help but smile when I see these kumquats in my bargain tumblers. Stay tuned Peggy & Fritz will be opening a little online shop in the upcoming months full of my thrift store bargains. Why shouldn’t we all benefit. Also, if you’re on Pinterest, stop by and visit.
PHOTO CREDITS: Photo 2: Thomas Loof, Photo 1, 3-5 by Peggy & Fritz