ISO Punch
November 6, 2012 9:16 AM   Subscribe

Where can I shop for an awesome, unique punch bowl?

I'm in the market for a punch bowl set and everything I've looked at so far is BORING. I'm not interested in crystal and price is pretty open although I can't see shelling out for solid sterling silver. Silver plate is cool though. The bigger the bowl the better!
posted by tealcake to Shopping (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Etsy has a lot of vintage/retro options. Many are the typical crystal, but some are more interesting.

If you have the time and like to see things in person, most of the antique malls I've ever visited have had lots of random sets available.

Now I am in the mood to buy a set and throw a party!
posted by cessair at 9:32 AM on November 6, 2012

Have you looked at Etsy? And what exactly are you looking for in a punch bowl?
posted by blazingunicorn at 9:32 AM on November 6, 2012

Are you near a good thrift store? I see punch bowls all. the. time at my local one. Usually crystal, but they always have some weird options too. Definitely would be unique!
posted by amicamentis at 9:34 AM on November 6, 2012

Most of the punchbowls you see at thrift stores are glass, not crystal. Tap the bowl. Does it "tink" or "thud"? It's glass. If it's crystal, it'll ring like a bell.

Yes, Etsy is probably best bet, or possibly eBay. Also estate sales, and, if you're the kind of person who routinely finds four-leaf clovers and $50 bills, thrift stores.

You might also check Replacements if there's a particular style you're looking for.
posted by sportbucket at 10:30 AM on November 6, 2012

I have seen some awesome punch bowls at estate sales. You might want to look at eBay as well
posted by Fig at 10:32 AM on November 6, 2012

Trolling estate sales in ritzy areas is a guaranteed bet. The next best option is to hit antique or consignment stores.
posted by JJ86 at 10:40 AM on November 6, 2012

There's this simple convertible number in glass; you could customize it with an etching cream.
posted by Iris Gambol at 12:24 PM on November 6, 2012

Check with your local glassblowing studio (if available)? They might even be able to custom-make something for you.
posted by urbanlenny at 2:25 PM on November 6, 2012

I'd check out MOMA and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. Both have beautiful pieces that are unique.
posted by luciddream928 at 7:42 PM on November 6, 2012

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