Vintage Mason Jars

vintage mason jars If you've been following me for awhile now, you know I have some hoarder tendencies.  I just love old things, especially items that have a history or a great story behind it.  I've collected quite a few mason jars over time but I've never (until now) owned any jars quite like these.

I was on the hunt for 50-60 pint size jars for my centrepieces and other fun wedding stuff.  I came across an ad on Craigslist with the subject line:  'Vintage Mason Jars - $50' and a photo with a set of 8.  My first thought was, '$50! are you MAD?  That's like $6.25 per jar!'  But after further inspection, I noticed he had TONS of jars, like boxes of them.  So I decided try my luck and contact the guy.

vintage mason jars

Now, I've seen a few of these Crown jars at antique shops but never purchased one since they usually go for a higher price point.  Well, I really lucked out because the previous owner had an entire lot that was used for his wedding and he was dying to get rid of them.  So I basically paid $50 for about 65 jars.  SCORE!

vintage crown mason jars

And these are the real thing; I just love the crown design on the front.  I was able to get pint and quart size jars, some clear glass and some aqua colour.  After some digging online, I discovered that Crown canning jars were made between 1880-1965.  The ones with air bubbles (which mine all have) are likely to be handmade and pre-1920's.  The lids come in two parts, a glass top and a zinc screw on lid.  The cap even reads 'Made in Canada'.

vintage crown mason jars

The idea is to use these for centrepieces and/or favours but I'm not sure I will be able to part with all of them.  I will have to keep a few for myself!  The craftsmanship on these jars are incredible and as cheesy as this may sound, it feels like I have a little piece of history.  Pretty cool.

There's so many different ways to use mason jars, here are some of my favourites:

vintage mason jar ideas

Do you collect mason jars?  What's your favourite way to use them?

Sources: 1. via Ruffled, photo by Caroline Ghetes 2. via One Fab Day, photo by Jodi Mcdonald 3. via 100 Layer Cake 4. via Bridal Musings, photo by This Girl Nicole 5. via Style Me Pretty photo by Jessica Watson Photography 6. via Wed Candy, photo by Joy Marie Studios