It’s In The Jar

by Sherry Riter in Decorating,Product

Mason jars were invented in the 1850’s by John L. Mason. They are also known as Ball jars, after Ball Corp., which was an early and popular manufacturer of the jars.

two Mason jars

metal lids for Mason jars

Are you sitting down because you are not going to believe this next fact? Of course you’re sitting down! You’re at the computer! Antique mason jars are sought by collectors. Most jars sell for only a few dollars, but some have sold for as high as $30,000! Now that surprised me. The value of the jars is based on its age, rarity, and condition.
I don’t know why, maybe because I am a true country girl at heart, but I love the look, feel and meaning of Mason jars. There is a feeling of home associated with the jar that is made of thick glass, a metal lid with rubberized edges and the raised words across the front.

I remember all the beautiful food in Mason jars lining the pantry shelves at my great grandmother’s house and in orderly rows in my grandmother’s kitchen cabinets. Every day there was delicious, freshly canned fruits and vegetables. The “food sharing” always evokes the feeling of family, safety and comfort.

food canned in Mason jars

I have a rather strange decorating style (Isn’t that surprising?) which I call modern country elegance. With each passing year, my style is evolving into a more simplistic, relaxed style. I’m tired of a million knickknacks or in other words, ornamental dust collecting trinkets. While surfing the internet, which is the only surfing I can do, I started looking at Mason jars. I never knew that so many things could be done with them! I think Mason jars are going to be my new, old “thing.”

Weeping Cherries Chica And Jo bird feeder lighted potpourri Mason Jar sewing pincushion Mason jar
The pictures are linked, so enjoy the other websites.

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alicia June 12, 2009 at 7:19 am

I love the candy dispenser idea!! That's sooo neat!


2 Kathie @ my net finds June 12, 2009 at 10:08 am

I like all of those pictures of what you can do with mason jars! 🙂


3 mommytoalot June 12, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Wow..absolutley amazing what you can do with those mason jars.
Great ideas..i may try some.
thanks for stopping by my blog on my saucy day


4 Shawn June 13, 2009 at 3:04 am

Hey there! Thanks for visiting my blog—yours is great!!

Hope to come back some more…..


5 Kimberly August 17, 2009 at 7:33 am

Those are amazing!!


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