Crystal! What to do with it?

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I do not have anything at home on display, but I got tons of crystal from my Grandma and Grandfather and i'm not sure what to do with it, my home isn't themed for such. Does anyone have any ideas? I don't think it's worth much, but I'd hate to give it away.
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  • Z Z on Sep 29, 2014
    Photos would help Amber. Not knowing what you home looks like makes it even more difficult. What's your home decor style? What type of crystal is it?
    • Amber Thach Amber Thach on Sep 29, 2014
      Becky, you better believe I'll be snapping some shots tonight and post them. I've seen some where they've painted them and they do look fabulous. I'll get back with you!
  • Vicki K Vicki K on Sep 29, 2014
    Creative gals are using colored and clear glass plates, bowls, cups, vases and stacking them up in a pretty design to make "totems" or 'flowers" for their flower beds, google it or search on hometalk or pinterest. Use GE Silicone II glue, its weatherproof. I've seen amber and clear, cobalt blue, green and clear, all mixtures. Use thrift store colored glass if yours is clear. Cup n saucer holding a candle is sweet in a guest room or powder room, soaps in a berry bowl or on a salad plate. Use them around your house as memory decorative items. Decoupage a colorful pretty napkin faving toward the plate to show from the back of a plate or platter and hang one or three vertically by size in your kit or din rm.
  • Ct Ct on Sep 29, 2014
    Don't be so sure it isn't worth that much. Do your homework online and pattern match. You might be quite surprised.Otherwise, if you have a yard sale, I want to attend lol.
  • Lisa Shackelford Lisa Shackelford on Sep 29, 2014
    Using crystal in unexpected ways is always fun. Decanters are a wonderful thing to use for everything from mouthwash, dish soap, even adding colored h2o in a grouping is nice. Small to medium sized bowls are great for dresser tops bathroom items, potpourri or floating fresh flowers. Sprinkling these things into unexpected places and giving them purpose is a great way display them while giving your decor a well traveled feel. Would love to see photos.
    • Amber Thach Amber Thach on Sep 29, 2014
      Hannah, I cannot open it, but I think I clipped it! It's gorgeous if its what I'm thinking of. I thought about using burlap on the inside somehow.
  • Amber Thach Amber Thach on Sep 29, 2014
    Here's one. I didn't get to the big pieces tonight.
  • Amber Thach Amber Thach on Sep 29, 2014
    Plate set
  • Amber Thach Amber Thach on Sep 29, 2014
    Tea party
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    • Amber Thach Amber Thach on Sep 30, 2014
      CT, great info! Thank you for that great little study you did for me. I'll be definetly checking the other tubs hopefully tomorrow or this weekend. Thanks again,
  • Amber Thach Amber Thach on Sep 29, 2014
    Grape.
  • Amber Thach Amber Thach on Sep 29, 2014
    My favorite, however I don't think it's crystal.
  • Amber Thach Amber Thach on Sep 29, 2014
    Fancy
  • Amber Thach Amber Thach on Sep 29, 2014
    Beautiful. Lost a few due to poor wrapping.
  • Amber Thach Amber Thach on Sep 29, 2014
    Made in Israel.
  • Amber Thach Amber Thach on Sep 29, 2014
    Little boy
  • Amber Thach Amber Thach on Sep 29, 2014
    Perfume holder?
  • Amber Thach Amber Thach on Sep 29, 2014
    Great, great, great Aunt Thelma. Passed away @ 103. A lot of these were here's when she traveled.
  • Z Z on Sep 29, 2014
    Oh @Amber, you have some beautiful treasures here. I'll ask my sister in law if she knows of any place in Des Moines, (I met and married my hubby there) where you can find out the value of these. I personally think the greatest treasure, though maybe not in monetary value, is the photos of your great, great, great aunt. Those are charming. What beautiful child she was.
  • Lee Cunningham Green Lee Cunningham Green on Sep 29, 2014
    If they matter to you, then you find a way, I have 2 china cabinets one for family treasures and one for antiques I have collected. I move things around and even hide pieces in them because in truth, the pieces are not being displayed as art but rather are memories of people I have loved and lost. I have a tiny shelf in my kitchen with a child's tea set. It is charming and very small. Most people don't notice it. But it reminds me of my daughters when they were small. Treasures are just that. You can have display cases created as well for more special items. Frame shops locally should be able to direct you to someone that makes shadow boxes and hanging display cases. Your things are lovely and should be cherished.