Recently I decided to help jump start future collectors. How? When I went to a recent baby shower, I asked if the grandmother was going to be attending. When I heard she was, I brought her a special present -- a cookie jar that reminded me of the baby's mother. I attached a little note mentioning how many people remember their grandma's cookie jar and here is one to help her start making memories. It was a huge hit and something I will continue giving at future showers.
Now the collectors tell their stories.
Anita: I took my son to visit a store with a lot of cookie jars and the lady who owned it really loved her jars but just had no room to keep them. My son was about 6 at the time and asked her all about the jars and then she asked him to pick the one he liked the most.
He picked the porky pig sitting in a chair and she gave it to him as a gift. He was so thrilled and then started liking jars and wanting to learn about them so I had a buddy for my hobby.
About 11 years ago I was looking through our local newspaper and saw a cookie jar collection for sale $100.00. I phoned and asked what kind of jar were in the collection. He said he had a clown, Hershey's Kiss and Fred Flintstone and others.
I said to my fiance what if it is an American Bisque Fred Flintstone? He said it will just be a common Fred jar you are not that lucky. I went to the collector's house he had most of his jars displayed on his china cabinet. I looked up and could not believe my eyes it was the American Bisque Fred. I started to shake. The collector told me the Hershey jar was the best one, but I knew better! I then asked would he take $90.00 for the collection he said yes.
I came home and told my fiance that it was the American Bisque -- he could not believe his eyes. Because it had a chip on the golf club, I still did well and sold it for $570. US which in my money came to $750. for a jar if I paid $10.00. I was lucky. I will never ever forget that day and either will my fiance.
Terri & Terrell
I have way to many to select just one memory. Allow me to incorporate a few with the hopes of inspiring many, perhaps. My wife and I began collecting cookie jars, about 12 or 15 years ago. We were given some very good advice from antique dealers. They suggested we avoid any item that was chipped or badly damaged. Unless it was one we were searching for or it might complete our collection. There may always come a day when we might run across one in perfect condition, and possibly, trade up or something like that.
Our collecting took a rather sudden turn when looking twice at the Twin Winton selection of jars and other items. We became almost obsessed with their work and have collected probably close to over 200 items of the Wintons. Our collection includes cookie jars, statues, salt & pepper shakers, cereal bowls, figurines, candy jars, ice buckets, pretzel bowls, and a variety of home range, dinner ware, including platters, plates, saucers, cups, mugs, pitchers and an assorted selection of hillbilly items. We are near a point where we are not so compulsive about our purchases and are able to be a little more selective. We may still ponder and enjoy the work of others and have quite a collection of other cookie jars. Our eyes light up when we discover a new or unique Twin Winton.
I hope with this narrative, I was able to express the passion, both my wife and I have for just collecting. It has been a major part of our relationship and bonding. This month we will celebrate 20 glorious years of marriage. We may have to move in order to acquire more space for our collection, but I don't see us being able to quit collecting.
Good luck to all of you and I hope and pray that your passion runs as deep and thorough as ours.
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