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Vintage Bottles: Collecting and Displaying

Vintage Bottles: Collecting and Displaying

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Written by Stephanie Agnes-Crockett
Photography by Allison Aars

For blogger and shop owner Allison Aars of The Festive Farmhouse, antique finds like vintage bottles are opportunities waiting to happen. Allison, who has been operating an online store for the past several years, always keeps her eyes open for new acquisitions. “I love the hunt,” she says, “and even more, [I love] discovering old pieces in a brand new light. Ones that might otherwise be overlooked, but with a fresh vision, become the very pieces that make our hearts skip a beat.”

A collection of green glass bottles in front of a picture in a bookshelf.
When creating a nature-themed bottle display, green is the way to go. Allison grounds the vignette with floral artwork, creating an amusing optical illusion: it almost appears that the flower emerges from the central jug.

Allison’s love for all things vintage certainly comes through in her personal decorating style, where Allison introduces charming (and colorful) collections of vintage bottles into her quaint farmhouse decor. “I have a thing for old glass,” she explains. “Always have. [There’s] something about the way it catches the light. I also love the juxtaposition of the weathered patina and the shine.”

Allison weighs in with her vintage bottle collection tips. So whether you’re a “half-full” or “half-empty” kind of person, it’s time to gather your glasses and get to work. (On second thought, though, you may want to empty out the bottles first.)

Brown glass bottles on top an old book.
Ever heard that like attracts like? Allison pairs her amber Levi Garrett & Sons tobacco bottles with a worn-vintage book. Each of these items have had a past life; plus, they’re all within the same color family.

Where to Find Them

“I am always on the hunt for vintage glass for my shop, so I tend to keep my favorites,” Allison says. “Perk of the job.” But you don’t have to curate your own online marketplace to keep an eye out for these beautiful treasures. Scour estate sales and garage sales, antiques shops, barn markets, thrift stores, and, of course, flea markets.

A collection of small clear glass bottles in front of a basket.
Try creating an arrangement based on the color of your corks! Strange as it sounds, Allison’s woven basket works as a perfect backdrop for these bottles, especially because of the close tonal match between cork and container.

Accept the Imperfections

When it comes to selecting your vintage bottles, don’t be afraid of a little wear-and-tear. “I love incorporating vintage finds because they add an element of history,” Allison says. “Everything has a story, including us. And I love how vintage pieces remind us of that.” So embrace bottles with roughed-up labels and dried on residue. Love them for where they’ve been.

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Built-in cabinets filled with decor
Allison fills her twelve-compartment display with a delightful assortment of books, photos, natural artifacts and glass. Notice the way the soft-edged bottles and vases offset the geometric force of the grid-shape.

Coordinate by Color

“I love to mix textures and vary sizes, while keeping the color consistent,” Allison says. “There’s no rule that says you have to. I just prefer the look it creates. When you group similar colors, they tend to shine brighter together…creating more of a presence.” Even if you have two colors to pair, your collection of vintage bottles will help give your home decor a time-worn touch that’s well loved as well.


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