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Old 01-14-2013, 02:02 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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Does anyone else have a fancy for these? I remember the first jar I came across, I guess I was 16 years old or so. It was just an old canning jar and I filled it with marbles and I put some fabric on the lid and screwed the band on. After that, old jars always caught my eye, especially the colored ones.

I bought a half gallon sized ball jar on the side of the road one day at a vegetable stand. It was aqua with the glass lid and metal bale. You would think I won the lottery!

I brought it home and filled it with potpourri and wrapped a ribbon around the neck. I always smiled everytime I saw it. I don't know why. Maybe it reminded me of my grandma or canning with my dad.

I moved and that large jar got left behind but I bought another one almost just like it this past week. I think the other one may have been wide mouthed and the glass lid is shaped a little differently.

My SO gave me flowers the first day we met and they had a ribbon wrapped around them, a very pretty blue. He has asked me all this time why I have held onto it. I knew it would find its place!

It is a Ball Ideal canning jar from July 14, 1908. Aqua.

Anyone else like the old colored jars?
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I use them for canning, so yes, you could say I collect them.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:42 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I use them for canning, so yes, you could say I collect them.
Well, I had some for canning, but they weren't over a hundred years old. To think of all of the ones my grandma and others had that were tossed out, used for target practice, etc....
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I do like old jars - and old milk bottles too. I don't have many but I really like the ones I have. Every once in awhile I'll find one and bring it home. Mine are mostly on top of my cabinets with my baskets and antique tins and coffee grinders, that sort of thing.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:15 PM
 
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I wish I could find some of the old bailing wire style canning jars. Here in the big bad city, it seems people stopped canning a good 50 years before they stopped in the sticks.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:48 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I wish I could find some of the old bailing wire style canning jars. Here in the big bad city, it seems people stopped canning a good 50 years before they stopped in the sticks.
I only find them in old stores or antique type places. Actually I have a hard time finding the bail type. I bought my most recent one on Etsy.
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:50 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I do like old jars - and old milk bottles too. I don't have many but I really like the ones I have. Every once in awhile I'll find one and bring it home. Mine are mostly on top of my cabinets with my baskets and antique tins and coffee grinders, that sort of thing.
That sounds really pretty...
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Old 01-16-2013, 04:28 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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I've got hundreds. I use them for canning too, except a few very rare early ones. I was at a barn sale last summer and there were literally thousands in crates in there I could have taken for free, but I didn't have the place to put them all. It would have taken a while to sell off the common ones. I did bring home a few early ones, but someone else beat me to some unusual colored ones (evidently they had some vaseline glass canning jars, but I never saw them myself).
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:40 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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I've got hundreds. I use them for canning too, except a few very rare early ones. I was at a barn sale last summer and there were literally thousands in crates in there I could have taken for free, but I didn't have the place to put them all. It would have taken a while to sell off the common ones. I did bring home a few early ones, but someone else beat me to some unusual colored ones (evidently they had some vaseline glass canning jars, but I never saw them myself).
A barn sale. Wow, that sounds really exciting. I can think to back when I was younger, these things were just sitting around. Now no one in my family has them or collects them. I guess I am the only one.

I just told my bf its better than liking Coach purses.... =)
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