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Milk glass has been around since the 16th century, but the term itself was coined in the 20th century to describe the opaque white, pink, and the ever popular green color.

France was the first place milk glass came into vogue, and 19th-century French milk glass is highly collectible today. By the early 1900's, milk glass was a symbol of the style and taste of American households enjoying the fruits of the Gilded Age. These privileged individuals filled their homes with milk glass produced by 19th-century U.S. glass manufacturers.

Milk glass has been in constant production for so long that collectors have many items to choose from. One of the largest producers in the twentieth century was Westmoreland Glass of Grapeville, Pennsylvania; its factory closed in 1985. Only a handful of companies still manufacture milk glass, including the well-known Fenton Art Glass Company of Williamstown, West Virginia.

Prices can range from just a few dollars to several thousand. However, because few American manufacturers marked their glass, it can be difficult to tell when, where, or by whom a piece was made. An old, rare piece of milk glass can fetch several thousand dollars, while a charming hobnailed butter dish can be bought for $10. Some older milk glass contains quantities of lead and will ring like a bell when tapped, and may also display brilliant colors around its edges when held up to the light. But newer milk glass certainly has its selling points: it's plentiful, undervalued, and so sturdy that you can put it in the dishwasher.

At Wishful Living we have reproduction green milk glass available, ranging in price from $10 to $28. Stop in and see our selection! We're open Monday through Saturday in historic downtown Berthoud, Colorado.

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They say birds fly south for the winter, so rather than missing the sight of beautiful birds during these cold months, I like to decorate my house with unique bird décor found at Wishful Living. I started out decorating my baby girl's room with bird houses made out of vintage barn wood. Then I found beautiful bird pictures to accent her nursery walls and even a metal jewelry holder adorned with birds, which makes a great place to hold cute little head bands.

Rustic antique birdhouse from Wishful Living in Berthoud, Colorado

The desire to have more bird décor in my home blossomed as I found beautiful pillows with embroidered birds for the living room and a metal mantel clock with a bird attached. There are various antique bird cages throughout the store, some of which stand tall and would look great next to my favorite lounging chair. I found a beautiful canvas painting of a bird at Wishful Living, which hangs on the wall near our front door for all to see that enter into our home.

One would think I stopped decorating with birds after both the living room and nursery were finished, however I walked in the store recently to find some more beautiful bird pictures and wooden bird figurines for the kitchen. Who could resist the most adorable clock to hang in the kitchen with vibrant colors and a beautiful bird painted in the center of the clock? Needless to say my house is now filled with so many special bird décor items and I was able to decorate with all of these items as Wishful Living has fantastic prices!

Rustic bird cages from Wishful Living in Berthoud, Colorado

So whether you are in the market for a metal bird cage from Indonesia or a bird house made out of vintage barn wood from the USA, you will find a variety of amazing products to choose from at this unique boutique. There are many other fabulous bird décor items within the store such as wooden key holders, small jewelry or keepsake boxes and even a beautiful jewelry necklace with a bird house pendant. This store is filled with bird treasures!

As you walk through the store each room holds a variety of special gifts! Looking for a special gift for a friend? You can grab a unique card with birds designed on it. If roosters or owls are more up your alley, don't fret as there are plenty of spectacular items with roosters and owls to complete the décor in your home! Wishful Living has made my home charming and fun to show off to my family and friends when they come over! I know you will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of amazing merchandise this store has to offer!

~ Tiffany