Shop Vintage Glassware on Etsy: 11 Best Shops to Browse

Whether winding down after a long day or hosting a dinner party, there’s no better

Whether winding down after a long day or hosting a dinner party, there’s no better way to serve beautiful beverages than in one-of-a-kind vintage glassware. Unique colors, interesting shapes, and affordable price points make these vessels great accent pieces at the table or for simply “romanticizing your life,” as Kaitlin Spring, home decor influencer and owner of Yin and Yang Vintage, puts it. Even better, these pieces come with history and give a little peek into what life could have been like when they were originally created: Maybe they toasted an engagement in the 1970s, or they graced a family dinner table in the ’50s.

However, finding the right glasses can take hours digging through your local thrift store or scrolling down Instagram to find a set for your perfectly curated bar cart. As of today, there are 352,000 vintage drinkware listings on Etsy alone, and over the last year, searches on the site for glassware, drinkware, or barware have increased by 147{df277fece0e332513078d4db57f50d7f29a9f255adc120b3235ad73f23ad2e97}.

“As shoppers increasingly look for items that stand out from the crowd, many are turning to vintage items,” explains Etsy’s resident trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson. Etsy’s vintage shops have all sorts of exceptional drinkware perfect for customers who are looking “for those one-of-a-kind pieces that no one else will have, while also shopping sustainably by giving existing products a new life.”

We spoke with decor experts who share their best advice for finding vintage glassware on Etsy that you’ll love forever.

Ask questions

Etsy shop owners typically upload between five to eight photos to ensure that customers get a clear idea of what condition pieces are in. Kaitlin Spring recommends messaging the sellers to ask about “any chips, scratches, or imperfections because the sellers don’t always show them in the photos. Don’t hesitate to ask for close-up photos of any imperfections either!” It doesn’t hurt to examine the fine print either. Hannah Baxter, deputy beauty editor at The Zoe Report and a self-proclaimed Etsy fiend suggests asking sellers about their policy after purchasing. “I want to know how the seller handles the situation if something breaks in transit,” she says. “It’s the risk of not buying glassware in person, but experienced sellers understand that, and will do their best to work with you.”

Don’t be afraid to mismatch

When curating a drinkware collection, don’t be discouraged if you can’t find full sets. “I used to only buy in sets of four, but that was getting old because I realized I love the mix and match,” Kaitlin says. “I think it’s more fun and allows you to have a bigger eclectic collection.” To curate the perfect mixed-and-matched vibe, she recommends purchasing items that have a similar color or shape. Look for glasses that are all in the same color family or that serve the same purpose.

Follow your instincts

The more you love the piece, the more likely you’ll use it! When shopping for vintage drinkware, try to find glasses that remind you of a special moment or a place that you love. As a former bartender, Hannah is drawn to the “classic shape of an Old Fashioned glass.” And when you find the perfect piece, don’t hesitate, Dayna advises. “Most likely this item is one-of-a-kind and will not have multiples.” she says. “So, if you see something you love, buy it! It may not be there a few hours later.”

Use drinkware as decor

Whether on your bar cart or a display shelf, glassware is a great way to add color to your common areas. “Available in a variety of shapes and colors, vintage drinkware adds a touch of charm and personality to any table, bar cart, or even shelf display,” Dayna says. You can use a pitcher to display your favorite flowers or a clear martini glass to display your matchbook collection. Interior designer Michelle Gage recommends purchasing drinkware with hints of “blues and golds” to help bring out the holiday spirit or look for items with “hints of pink” that can be used and displayed all year round.