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Collecting 101: Cookie Jars


Starting a Collection

Start your collection with a cookie jar that you like or maybe a cookie jar that is meaningful to you. Maybe you’re looking for the cookie jar that used to sit on your grandmother’s kitchen counter when you were little. When you spot the one you want, make sure you conduct the appropriate research before buying, especially if it is claimed to be an original or antique.
The Hidden Treasure
Search garage sales or estate sales for cookie jars to collect. Often it is possible to find a cookie jar tucked away in the corner at these sales. If you are lucky, you might even find one that is worth considerably more than the garage sale price.
Looks Can Be Deceiving
Flea markets and antique malls usually have a nice selections of cookie jars intermingled throughout their displays. Again, be careful of what you are purchasing, if it has a large price tag make sure you are purchasing what you think you are.
To Bid or Not to Bid?
Browse the online or Internet auction sites. These are terrific venues for shopping and researching the various cookie jars out there to bid on. Look at the photos carefully to guard against buying a cookie jar that has cracks or chips, as this would decrease the value. If necessary contact the seller to verify the condition. Be wary of blurry photos as they may be intentionally concealing flaws.

Betty Boop Character Cookie Jar

Character Cookie Jars
Character cookie jars come in all shapes and sizes so there is something for every type of buyer. Whether it’s Blues Clues, Cat in the Hat, Disney characters or Harry Potter, a character cookie jar can be found for just about any pop culture category. Perhaps you are looking for old-time character cookie jars with characters, such as, Betty Boop, The Flintstones, Garfield, Looney Tunes or the Pink Panther, they are all out there.

Coca~Cola Cookie Jar

Memorabilia Cookie Jars
Vintage Coke memorabilia, a staple among collectors, makes collecting more exciting for some cookie jar collectors. Coca Cola cookie jars are created with different styles and personal preferences in mind. The result is a large selection of various types to satisfy the need of every cookie jar collector.
Animal Cookie Jars

There are animal cookie jars created with every type of  animal lover in mind. Whether it’s an owl, rooster, dog, cat or bear, animal cookie jars exist with your favorite animal. Many animal cookie jars are crossover collectibles with characters from pop culture, like Garfield or Snoopy.

Cookie Jars on Bonanzle

Cookie Jars on Ebay

Cookie Jars on Etsy

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Collecting 101: Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers

I’ve learned a lot in the last few years about vintage salt and pepper shakers. In researching the owl shakers from my grandmother’s collection I have come across some excellent manufacturers including Holt Howard, Napco, Lego, and Enesco. Most of these seem to be imported from Japan. Here is some background and lovely examples of these great companies.
Holt Howard

Brothers John and Robert Howard, and Grant Holt met and became friends while at the Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. The parents of the boys loaned them $9,000.00 to start their business. The business started in 1949 in an apartment on 35th Street in Manhattan, New York.
Originally they did not start out as an importing company. In the beginning they concentrated on Christmas items since in the 1950s Christmas items were very popular. Soon Holt-Howard began to branch out into kitchen-related items which also met with great success.
Pixieware is what the Holt Howard company is best remembered for, produced from about 1958 until the early 1960s. Holt Howard Pixieware is immediately recognizable for the elf heads which adorn the condiment jars and other kitchen ware, painted with bright colors and clever facial expressions from happiness to sadness.
Holt-Howard ceased production in 1990.
Napco Ceramics
Established in 1938 in Bedford, Ohio, the National Potteries Corporation, otherwise known as Napco, imports various styles of ceramic, glass, and china giftware. Irwin Garber, who would later launch INARCO, joined the company in the mid 1940’s and spearheaded its development of head vases. Owned and operated in the Midwest, Napco distributed a variety of collectibles, including decorative wall accessories, ashtrays, ceramic and wood house wares, floral arrangements, ceramic planters, decorative glass, novelty figurines, mugs, trivets, and Christmas ceramics.

Napco used a wide array of marks for its head vases—some transfer marks and some paper labels. The paper labels feature various wording, such as: “A Napco Collection,” “Napco originals by Giftware,” “National Potteries Co., Cleveland, OH, Made in Japan,” and “Napcoware, Import Japan.”

Lego Imports

Lego Imports-Goldman Morgan, the company’s full name, which represents a fusion of the first and last name of the company’s president: Leo Goldman. Based in New York, the manufacturer is known for distributing a variety of collectibles, including bar accessories, figurines, and mugs. The company’s head vases feature a paper label that reads: “Fine Quality Lego Japan.”


Enesco Imports

One of the largest head vase manufacturers in the world, Enesco was founded in 1959 by Eugene Freedman. Originally operating a small plastics and figurine company in Milwaukee, Freedman soon joined a Chicago-based import company, which had spun off of a prominent wholesale merchandising operation, N. Shure Co., the name of which morphed into N.S. Co.—and ultimately, Enesco.

The company began by marketing Southeast Asian giftware out of its modest Elk Grove, IL facilities; by the 80s, Enesco had expanded its presence throughout the U.S., and into Canada, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, and Europe. Most designs of Enesco head vases were made by Japanese pottery makers and are marked exclusively with paper labels