Thrift Store Finds : Gorgeous Green Glass

Well, it seems I have a new collection! Before last fall, I had a few random pieces of green glass. Then, I found an interestingly shaped vase and the gates opened up; with each visit, I began noticing all the green glass pieces on the thrift store shelves. I didn’t worry about spending too much, as all of this together came to about $25 Cdn, as much as could easily be spent on a single nice “first-hand” item to decorate your home.

While having been previously used, you’d never know it. Each piece is perfect, without a single chip or scratch in the batch. Everything was made in the United States, where several different companies used to make quality glass.

Here’s what we have …

↑ The Anchor Hocking Forest Green “Beehive Vase” (right) that started it all, with it’s close relative, the Anchor Hocking “Optic Swirl” vase. There’s one more out there that was made by them during the same era, called the “Coolidge”, that I’m now on the look out for. Anchor Hocking was founded in 1905 in Lancastor, Ohio, near The Hocking River. These vases were made from the 60s to 70s. ↑

↑ More Anchor Hocking Forest Green, from the same era. These are “Roly Poly Tumblers”. They came in different sizes and this is the largest. ↑

↑ And even more Anchor Hocking, this in their other shade of green, called Avocado. The bowl is from the 60s and is “pressed glass”. I’m not sure of the real name of the pattern but I’ve seen it called “Oval Starburst”. ↑

↑ Matching almost exactly in colour and age, this Indiana Glass Company vase is in the “Harvest Grape” pattern. They called their shade of green “Olive”. Indiana Glass is another American Glass company, this one founded in Dunkirk, Indiana, in the early 1900s. I believe this vase was made in the 50s. ↑

↑ This fruit bowl was made by, yet another, historic American glass maker, this one called Hazel Atlas, founded in 1902 in West Virginia. This bowl, made in the 50s, is in the “Thumb Print” pattern and was originally part of a set containing a large serving bowl of the same shape, and a number of (6?) individual small bowls like this one. ↑

↑ This is the oldest piece we have here today, known as “Depression Glass” made by The Jeannette Glass Company, from Jeannette, Pennsylvania USA. This dessert plate is in the cube pattern, made between 1928 and 1938. ↑

↑ I’m pretty sure this was made by American glass company “Viking Glass”. It’s called a “Footed Swung Glass Vase”, made using an art-glass technique where a molded vase is literally swung upside down while still hot, causing the glass to stretch and form that shape. ↑

Thank you for visiting. As you may have guessed that I’ll be back early next week to show you how I used all of these green pieces within a bit of St. Patrick’s Day decorating.

In the meantime, I wish you a good weekend, spent in good health. As for us, the virus is known to be out in Toronto, so we’ve been sticking as close to home as possible.

Follow Up: Here’s the post showing these pieces in action within St. Patrick’s Day decor.

xo loulou