How to Collect Vintage Cake Stands


I have been collecting vintage cake stands for years. I honestly thought I was the only person that collected these. Then last year I opened my Magnolia Magazine and sure enough, I found another wise person who collects cake stands … Joanna Gaines.

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A lot of the flea market vendors told me they sold out of their cake stands after the magazine came out. Good thing I bought all of my cake stands before they became a popular collectible item! Cake stands come in all sizes, heights, and materials. I own glass cake stands, metal cake stands, and even a wooden cake stand. Many of them are vintage but some of them are not.

What Makes a Cake Stand Collectible?

The most popular vintage collectible cake stands are milk glass, depression glass, cranberry glass, jadeite, and metal. You can find all of these on eBay and at antique stores. The best prices can be found at flea markets. All cake plates come in different heights and it really comes down to your personal preference. I wouldn’t buy a cake stand that has a lip on the outer edge as it would make it very difficult to cut a cake! Some of my cake stands have a round indentation in the center. This doesn’t matter if you are using it for cake. But if you want to stack cookies or collectibles, it can be a problem.

Where Can You Buy New Cake Stands?

There are a lot of very nice looking cake stands available in stores and online. The Pioneer Woman has a Jadeite pedestal cake stand and it’s my favorite. I also love this Mosser Black Glass Pedestal Cake Stand. I have a few of them on the bookcases in our living room and they look great! If you are looking for a white cake stand, BIA Cordon Bleu has a glass pedestal cake stand that is really inexpensive (under $30). I also found a Whitewash Decorative Traditional Cake Stand that is really cute. It almost looks like it is made out of wood. You can always check out my Amazon Store for a lot of cakestand options.

What are Cake Stands Used For?

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I use all of my cake stands for entertaining and even displaying my vintage items. I love to add height in all of my displays so I am always grabbing a cake stand to use for my decor. I found this silver and glass cake stand from my friend Debra Hall at Debra Hall Lifestyle. It just might be my all-time favorite cake stand in my collection!

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The wooden cake stand on my island is by far my most popular cake stand with all of you. This is a wooden cake stand and I added a wooden bowl (from Magnolia) on top. I change the contents of this bowl every month. Usually, it has fruit (real and faux) but at Christmas, I added vintage Christmas ornaments.

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I use my cake stands most frequently to display food. Such a clever idea. Haha.

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And believe it or not, I even use them to display cakes!

This coconut cake recipe is fabulous.

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Over the years I have collected some very colorful cake stands. I absolutely love these.

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As I was opening the top cabinets in my butler’s pantry looking for the five or six cake stands that I knew I had, I quickly discovered that my collection had somehow multiplied. On their own. Because I am sure there are now a lot more cake stands than I originally bought. Hmmm. I’m okay with this cake plate fairy though!

What’s your “thing” that you collect?

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  1. I am a collector from way back – I am going back tomorrow to pick up 3 from an estate sale if they are still there. They were way overpriced. My prized one is my grandmother’s square Fostoria American cake stand. I also like punchbowls – if my spouse ever found out how much glass I really have he would keel over. Good hunting my friend!!!

  2. Where is date stamp on a Fostoria cake stand in the “Coin” pattern? Mine is clear glass but cannot locate a date.

  3. Hi there i was curious sense you have some good knowledge about cake stands i am i search for a different ones that i dont know maybe the correct names
    The first one i dont know and am looking for is a “glass” cake stand that has a detachable neck or stem the ones i remember either had a star like male to female connection point or had a twist together type connection. When i was a child i recall accidentally tightening the twist one way yo tight at accidentally getting it stuck . Which in turn stuck the 2 pieces together and made it so difficult to take apart that the conection piont broke off. Any way long story short trying to find ones similar to this and other but would like to start off with these

  4. I collect crackle glass primarily in turquoise or teal. I have since the 70s. Last count i had over 200 pieces. But I bought all colors. I give the other colors to friends and family on birthdays.
    I am trying to identify this cake stand. What better person to ask for help. I hope I can add a photo.

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