A cookie jar collection brings a smile to everyone's face, whether young or old. Many are taken back to their grandma's kitchen with the smell of cinnamon wafting in the air and the selection of that one "perfect" cookie taken carefully from her cookie jar.
It's those childhood memories that are responsible for many collections, especially with cookie jar collectors.
These resources will help you find that elusive jar, put a value on a jar you already have or help start a new collection!
A pictorial guide to vintage and antique cookie jars, along with current values, sizes and history of the jars. Hundreds of jars are pictured, along with the history of numerous pottery companies and results from cookie jar auctions across the country.
It's a confusing genealogy -- trying to figure out the true and accurate history of the Louise Bauer Little Red Riding Hood jar. Is it a Hull, Regal or Royal China and Novelty Company? Although not all the answers are known, hopefully this article will be a start and save you from making mistakes when purchasing online.
Be wise and beware when it comes to reproductions! Although eBay has been cited as one factor for the fall of cookie jar values, reproductions also play a large part. Collectors are afraid to spend big bucks on an item that might be a fake, as well they should be. Recently an informal survey of current auction listings showed that over 10% of the jars marked McCoy were fakes.
If you're a long-time collector, you probably recognize a lot of these mistakes that were made in the first thrills of building a collection. Most of these "mistakes" can also apply to other collectibles and are common sense, but are things we tend to forget when seeing an item we don't already have.
An alphabetical list of companies producing collectibles and stuff we collect. Contact information, addresses and web sites are shown when available.
Free printables of some of the original patents applied for in the 1940s and 1950s for Shawnee, Hull and Redwing jars. Also check out many of the original mail-in order forms and catalog sheets from jar companies.
Find out the results of a recent survey asking collector what their favorite jar was from a particular company, try out a few tried and true recipes from jar collectors. Or you can read the stories what started folks out on their road to collecting.
Have you ever wondered why collectors might not redecorate very often? Take a look at this picture and it should answer that question.
You've found a new cookie jar at the antique mall it looks pretty good, but does it have a hairline or just a little crazing? How about the sound test? Flick the jar with your index finger and see what kind of sound it makes.
There is nothing better than having a book filled with pictures of jars. You can compare, find pieces to add to your collection or figure out if what you have is the real deal or not.
Although it's been several years since the latest book has been published, these can all be found on the secondary market.
Your primary goal is to make sure the cookie jar or other breakable item arrives unbroken. It doesn't help to sell an item, if the cookie jar is shattered by the time it arrives at the buyer's home. Yes, insurance will usually cover the costs, but it's always a major hassle.
It seems that everyone wants to know just how many cookie jars other collectors have. If you're a new collector starting out and are trying to figure out the space problem, the question is "how many jars can people really have"? Find out what they do have, along with the spots most collectors buy their jars, what's the most spent and more questions you've wondered about in the middle of the night. Okay, maybe not in the middle of the night -- but you get what I mean!