Most of my collection ideas revolve around consumables, like maybe...
...or vintage Pyrex?
Every now and then, I toy with the idea of collecting vintage bar ware. It's funny because I'm not really a big cocktail drinker. I'm sure you're thinking that I've just fallen victim to the sexiness of Mad Men, and I'm not going to argue with you on that point. But there's just something so fascinating to me about all of the detail and attention and accouterments that come with cocktail-making. And for who knows why, I LOVE niche tools. I mean, seriously, because of cocktail-making, we own an absinthe spoon and like six different kinds of glasses--including a set for sake and whole other set just for limoncello. How cool is that?! Ok, well, maybe I'm the only one that thinks this cool. Some of you may even be thinking we might have a drinking problem.
Anyway, about that bar ware collection... In nearby Old Town Alexandria, there's the most adorable vintage bar ware store called The Hour, and seriously, it makes me want to quit my job; slip on a swing dress, a petticoat, and my finest pearls; and start whipping up cocktails for the inevitable moment at 6:00pm when Michael comes through the door chiming, "Honey, I'm home!" (Again, let's not tell Michael about this because he often says--with visages of Betty Draper in his head, I'm sure--"Why don't you learn how to make me some of these cocktails?" And yes, you have free reign to judge him for even suggesting this.)
Check out some of their offerings:
A little pricey, but how beautiful?! If you're in the neighborhood, you should definitely check this shop out.
If you live nowhere near Alexandria, Etsy has some pretty decent and affordable offerings, too. Like these: