Monday, September 13, 2010

Decorating with Antique Glass Jars

I wanted to show some of the antique glass jars that we have. We use them to hold our collections of white rocks, sea shells, and sea glass that we've found at nearby beaches.

I took these first three photos outside, since it's so cloudy here today, and my inside photos were coming out too dark.

White rocks...


...sea glass...and even a ring that we found (can you see it?)

It will take us a while to fill these up, but I think they are pretty to put on a shelf or windowsill.

Since our house is new-ish, we don't have wide windowsills. This pass-through from the kitchen to the family room is the widest "window sill" that we have, so that's where they live. I think they would look even prettier on a window sill that gets lots of sunshine.

Our jars are light blue, but they come in other colors as well. You can usually find these jars in antique stores for around $8 - $20 apiece. Some styles and colors cost more than others.



Two of our jars are labeled "Atlas" and one is labeled "Ball." Jars like this are commonly referred to as Ball Jars, even if they aren't that specific brand. If you are interested in looking for more information about Ball Jars, check out The Ball Jar Collector's Web Site. He has a huge collection! He also shows Ball Jars in different colors, and explains how the different colors of glass were made.

Do you collect anything? Tell us about it.

The Lettered Cottage

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12 comments:

Julie Bryant said...

My mom used to collect those little "medicine jars" - they came in different colors - blues, greens - I wonder if she still has them. I bet she does! The woman is like the Smithsonian when it comes to keeping things. I remember them looking so pretty when the light hit them.

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

I heart old jars!!! Love yours!

Heather said...

I love these antique jars. I have been on a hunt for blue mason jars the past couple of weeks.

Anji* said...

I love those old jars, especially the aqua blue ones like yours.. they are not so common here in UK unfortunately, and tend to fetch a higher price. I would love some to store my beach treasures in!

Jamie said...

Love old jars! have tons and use them for everything!

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Kimberlee said...

I love jars with the sun shining through them. I had a friend that collected a whole bunch of different colors, and put them on a board up high within her window (no sill for them there), and the sun shining through them was just wonderful.
~Kimberlee
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Hootin' Anni said...

I have tons of sea shells here that would be perfect for these jars!!! I like how you composed the photos and the back lighting makes them very nice.

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Have a super Friday!

Laura @ House of Thrift Decor said...

What a great idea for displaying your sea shells. Antique glass jars are so great!

I hope you can stop by this Sunday to my Show Off Sunday Party. I would love for you to share your project with my followers. :)

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larsinnh said...

Thanks, I'll check it out!

kathy said...

Love these! I started collecting vintage canning jars over 30 years ago and I have well over 100 from different manufacturers. They are all lined up on a shelf that runs all the way the dining area in my kitchen and I use them in the same way. They hold my collects (or accumulations!) of little things - square nails, seed pods, matchbooks, wooden thread spool, etc. Like collection in collections!

Becky said...

I really like jars, so many uses and can be used in a variety of decorating styles. Thanks for linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence's Under $100 Linky Party

Antique Jars said...

Great post! If you ever get tired of displaying them and keeping decorative pieces in them, you can also choose to hang them out on the patio and light some tea lights/candles. They're like instant outdoor lamps!!

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