Years ago, while on a community house tour, I spotted a mercury glass vase with peonies in it and immediately fell hard for it. As it was a decorators home tour, everything was for sale, but when asked about that one sweet vase, the owner said that was the one thing that wasn't for sale. I've always remembered it.
Last year, while antiquing with a friend, I came upon this mercury glass vase and couldn't leave without it. With this one exception, all of the vases I use are flea market finds that are usually a dollar or two, but this vase was special and was priced as such. I hemmed and hawed about whether to buy it or not, but I'm so glad that I did because I enjoy it so. And my peonies (the first of the season!) couldn't be prettier in it.