Sometimes, when goths grow up, we want nice things and can’t find them. Makers of bedding and housewares often cater to either the bright and sunny or tastefully beige crowd. They make it look like “having nice things” means giving up your personality. It doesn’t have to be that way, of course, but creating the right mood takes some thought, creative shopping, and occasional DIY.
Vintage glassware is an easy and often inexpensive way to add some gothy class to your home. I’m partial to Avon’s Cape Cod ruby glass and I’ve got little collection on my bathroom counter. Avon originally sold them as single pieces along with soaps and perfumes and such, so it might be a pain to collect a whole dinner set, but they add a great dark Victorian feel to a room.
If you’re looking for black or purple, search around for vintage Amethyst glass. It’s easy to find on Ebay or antiques sites, but be aware that shipping rates for glass are pretty high. If you like thrift and antique shopping it would pay to keep an eye out. As with any glassware, really old pieces can be rare and pricey but you can get cool pieces from the 1970s and 1980s pretty cheaply.
Fun fact: Count Olaf’s goblet in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events looks suspiciously like an Avon Cape Cod design.
The red and green dishes are just like ones I own. The purple and black I only hope to own when my budget allows. What’s on your wish list for home decor?