Brown or amber glass bottles are a fun vintage collectible to hunt for and showcase in your home.
Amber glass was very practical and purposeful between the 16th and 19th centuries. It was often used by chemists and pharmacists to store liquids that were sensitive to light. Sometimes you can tell the history by any raised designs or seams on the amber glass bottles, which could indicate production during the Great Depression era. Even if you discover a piece that’s newer, like vintage Clorox bottles, these are so much fun to collect.
I have brown Amber brown glass bottles in all different sizes and purchase them based on their appeal, not necessarily their history. I’ve found them at garage sales, thrift stores, antiques stores, flea markets and even a small one buried in a dirt pile. One of my favorites is a gallon jug with the old cork inside the neck, which I found on a dusty clearance shelf at an antiques store. The search is so much fun because you never know where you will come across one.
Amber glass bottles can be displayed with pottery, crocks or other glassware in your favorite hutch or on an open shelf. Some people display them atop kitchen cabinets to add warmth, visual detail and keep them out of the way. Amber glass bottles make a beautiful tablescape with almost any color scheme, or add interest to gardening or potting supplies. I like to add seasonal flowers and greenery to mine.
Amy and her husband live on almost six acres in Florida, and Amy loves to decorate, treasure hunt and repurpose vintage items. She has a decor blog, Cotton and Rust, and a small business selling some of her finds.
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Amy and her husband Mike live in Florida in their dream farmhouse on almost six acres. They built and designed their home with curated vintage, antique and architectural pieces and share the farm with their dog and chickens (who live in a cottage style coop fit for royalty). Amy’s collections of ironstone, scales, amber glass, clocks and primitive goods can be found throughout their home. She shares their home with her followers on Instagram @cottonandrust and finds inspiration from media platforms as well as publications like American Farmhouse Style magazine, of course! Amy and Mike hope to one day retire to a life of traveling and enjoying their faith, family and friends. Who knows? Maybe you’ll catch her at an antique or thrift store in your neck of the woods! She knows the treasures are out there!