The rise of mason jars isn’t hard to understand; they are cheap, easy to find, and instantly evoke rustic charm or vintage flair. They are also a blank canvas of sorts, lending themselves easily to candles and flowers and rubber stamped motifs. Mason jars have permeated popular culture in the last few years, but they have been primarily pervasive at weddings. I think they are lovely, even if they are a bit overused, but it seems time to let a new trend take root.
So in the spirit of beautiful glass that is cheap, easy to find and both rustic and vintage, I’d like to suggest Depression glass as a trend contender. You may not know it by its name, but you have certainly seen it before. It refers to a specific kind of glassware produced very cheaply and often in one of several signature colors, during the depression. These days it is a collectible, but it’s easy enough to find at thrift stores or your grandmother’s living room.
In fact, once you start looking for it, you’ll find Depression glass or at least close reproductions, nearly everywhere you go. Before you know it, you’re bridesmaids will be texting you pictures of the glass they found at Goodwill. You’ll amass a collection large enough decorate all your reception tables at a very inexpensive price as long as you are willing to do a little legwork, and as long as you steer clear of antique stores in favor of thrift stores. What is also great is that because you are buying existing pieces you get a look that is more varied and much less cookie-cutter. By finding pieces with each trip to the thrift store you can weave your centerpieces into a beautiful sort of multi-facetted tapestry with glass in different shades and shapes.
And after the wedding you’ll have a beautiful collection of glass that can either adorn your own tables and shelves, or you can donate it back to thrift stores and provide other brides with the chance to make their own centerpieces.