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The benefit of having access to great farmer’s markets here in the city is getting great milk. The downside – a large collection of milk bottles at my house. We usually return the bottles, but sometimes they collect on my kitchen windowsill and I fantasize about creative ways to repurpose them.

alyssa ettinger milk bottles

These vintage glass milk bottles by Alyssa Ettinger are so springy and pleasant in chalky white porcelain. They’re just right for brightly colored flowers and would work in just about any space. Makes me think I should hang on to a couple of those milk bottles of mine.


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10 Responses

  1. Kelly says:

    Thanks for sharing. These are beautiful! They're not painted glass, however. Alyssa is a ceramic artist and they're porcelain vases she casts from vintage milk bottles. Lovely work.

  2. HGTV_Kelley says:

    I actually have an old cardboard bottle top from a creamery in our neighborhood. This reminds me that I want to research it — and go to the flea market for milk bottles!

  3. Anna@HGTV says:

    I want! Especially if they were from Mathis Dairy. I remember the milkman making his delivery every Tuesday morning at 5am when I was growing up in Atlanta. And the chug of his truck as he backed out of our steep driveway. Every once in a while I find the original glass Mathis bottles at yard sales and on ebay!

  4. Susan says:

    I'm 41, and grew up in a Boston suburb. We had milk delivery when I was a child…I remember the metal box on our back porch!

  5. Oneonta is a neat little college town here in Upstate NY. Hartwick and Oneonta are the universities there. They have a beautiful lake there with a very old resort.

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