Old canning jars are popular among collectors for their lovely colors, interesting shapes and the nostalgic memories they evoke. Many of us remember our mother, grandmother or favorite aunt displaying a hand-picked bouquet of wildflowers in a pretty blue-green quart jar. Once a common, inexpensive, household item, some old canning jars now come with a healthy price tag. With plenty of reproductions and just plain fakes on the market, collectors must pay attention to the details to get the best picks. Look for jars embossed with the Atlas name in raised lettering.
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Image courtesy: flickr. They have been re-appearing in flea markets, groceries, home shops, you name it. People have been rummaging in their attics and cupboards hoping to find these items not only to join the fad. Very rare mason jars have recently fetched up to a thousand dollars, while antique ones can be priced for up to a couple of hundreds online. The interesting part here is, the older they are, the rarer they get, the more expensive they can be. Just like wine, mason jars that have been produced at a certain time period may cost more. But even before we talk about that, what are mason jars really?
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Curious about Atlas Mason Jars? Canning, drinking sun tea, and displaying flowers on the kitchen table are some of my favorite things to do with mason jars. There are some big names in the mason jar world. Image Credit: by Jennifer Longaway via Flickr. Authentic Atlas mason jars were made by Hazel-Atlas Glass from to
I have a lot of old, vintage canning jars. I love the history they carry as well as their charm and character. While it is okay to use them for storage or even as a refrigerator container, you should never process old jars in a canner. Plus, the old fashioned sealing method is not reliable. But vintage jars are great on your pantry shelf to hold grain, etc.