Est. 2011

March 21, 2013

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thrifty entertaining | vintage canning jars

To me, few things communicate that cozy, welcoming feeling in the kitchen better than tastefully displaying your favorite, most-used items. In my kitchen, this includes my copper kettle, wooden spoons, my dry goods, and a few other trinkets. And for my dry food goods, I will chose vintage canning jars over just about any other storage option. They’re functional, beautiful, and usually in perfect condition. I love imagining what else my little mason and ball jars have been privileged to store over the years. A few of my jars have pieces of tape with descriptions of contents and dates. I hope these markers remain on them forever (which means super careful washing).

All of my jars were purchased at thrift stores, and I paid no more than $4 for each. Usually the price was closer to $2. I keep my eyes open at almost every thrift store I visit, and buy them whenever I see them (when I agree with the price, that is). My collection has jars found throughout the Northeast, including New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, and West Virginia. Can’t wait to add more.

Keep your eyes open for these beauties next time you’re hunting for treasures! But look out, antique shops (and some thrift shops) like to charge way more than I’m willing to spend, and if you’re patient, you’ll find a bargain!

So tell me, what are you favorite thrifted kitchen storage options?

  1. Leah says:

    i love the look of grains/pasta/spices in jars like this. it gives the pantry such a beautiful look!

  2. Kelly says:

    Your jars look great! I love your idea of displaying your most used items in a pretty way, almost like honoring them. We need to work on that; my husband is a professional cook and things can get out of hand quickly…

    • Rebecca says:

      Kelly, love what you said about honoring these treasured items 🙂 Also, if I'm not a pro and things get out of hand easily, I can only imagine what it must be like cooking with a pro 😉

  3. These are so adorable to hold your dry goods and grains! It's a great way to display them in your kitchen too 🙂 ALSO I wanted to thank you for turning me on to the Restore. Because of your post, I am now volunteering with them 🙂

    • Rebecca says:

      MILYNN! That's just wonderful; thanks for letting me know. Aren't they a wonderful organization? Which Restore are you working at?

    • I am volunteering with the one in Clearwater, FL. I mentioned your blog to them too 🙂 and they are! I loved learning more about them when I went to meet the coordinators, and I am beyond thrilled to help out. I've been looking for volunteer opportunities and this one is just perfect 🙂

    • Rebecca says:

      Milynn, wow, so cool (and thanks for spreading the blog love). 🙂 Hope you love your time w/Restore!

  4. BON+JOUR says:

    Love this! Mine have labels out of blackboard foil on them and I can write with chalk on it whatever currently is in the jar :)!

  5. I love these jars too! I have one that my grandma gave me; I keep my buttons in it. 🙂

  6. Fiona says:

    I'm absolutely in love with your blog and photography.
    These jars are beautiful. I love collecting glass bottles, jars and vintage bone china at local charity shops.
    x x x

  7. Gives the kitchen such a quaint and charming look! You have a lovely collection.

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