Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Reprise - Sweetie Jars

This was originally posted in September 2008. These wonderful jars are such a part of Linderhof's kitchen. And this summer, I added one more -- for the mere sum of $10! It's got a bright blue lid but it seems to complete the set.

Please join Chari at Happy to Design and see what other favorites are selected for this Sunday.

For several years now I've coveted what I called English candy store jars. They are fairly large, have labels on them and are displayed in candy shops in Britain. About 20 years ago they switched from glass to plastic and the glass ones became collectible.

When we were in England, I didn't buy them -- too hard to bring them back in my luggage. I had forgotten them for a long time and then decided that they were just what my kitchen needed. I googled, I ebayed and alas, nothing . . . until one magical night, there they were listed on ebay. I watched the auctions like a hawk and was able to procure SIX of the jars!
I find that they are perfect in the kitchen to hold odd things like tea, whole wheat flour, self rising flour, sweetner and vanilla sugar. I love the labels of the English sweets. And although I didn't get them on one of my trips to England, they still remind me of those trips.

My everyday tea of choice is an English brand and I feel it is so appropriate that that tea is stored in these British jars.

In England, they call candy "sweets" and a shop that sells candy is a "sweetie shop" not a candy store. Thus, there are really "sweetie jars" not candy jars.

Whatever you call them, they are perfect for my kitchen!


Maggie said...

Hi Martha,
Loved reading about your sweetie jars, they took me back to my childhood.I wonder what brand of tea it is that you enjoy so much? PG, Yorkshire or Typhoo?
a bientot
Maggie @ Normandy Life & QCI

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Martha,
Those jars are adorable and like you said, just perfect for a kitchen to be used for a litle of this and a little of that.

Have a wonderful day!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

I had never seen these kind of jars before. Thanks for sharing. I missed it the first time around.

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Yes do share your tea brand preference. Being from a little north of you and a different country we have other brands here and I believe our strong British roots makes us tea toddlers.
The jars look wonderful on the counter and a perfect way to RR&R (reduce, reuse and recycle).
Thanks for dropping by for a visit, it is always wonderful to meet new folk.

Martha said...

PG Tips although the last time I bought a box of PG and Typhoo -- I thought they were both good.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What great jars. They are so unique and such perfect containers to store your essentials in. Love them. Hugs, Marty

Pondside said...

I love to find the quirky or unique, or to re-purpose something altogether. Great use for those old jars.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Love your sweetie jars! Great graphics on the labels. Isn't it lovely when something so adorable is useful too?


Anonymous said...

Have never seen these kind of jars- they are wonderful with the sweet labels. I do store almost all things in glass jars. Not only healthier than plastic but much prettier- and pretty is everything around here my hubby says!


Brenda Pruitt said...

I really like these! The shapes are simple and have such an old-fashioned feel to them.

Lori E said...

We have a candy or should a say sweets shop nearby here and they sell everything you can think of. All kinds of things that haven't seen since I was a kid. Unfortunately some of it seemed old enough to have been there that long. I guess business is a little slow there.
I will go by one day and take pictures.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Martha...

Ohhh...what a treat! Your "Sweetie Jars" are awesome and I love how they look on your counter! I can only imagine your excitement when you found these on ebay...Congratulations, my friend! I love the pretty, colorful labels! You know, I didn't realize that the English call their candy "sweeties"...I learned something today!

Well my friend, thank you so much for sharing your "sweetie jars" with us today for Sunday Favorites! What a "sweet" treat! Hehe!

Warmest wishes,

Collectible Glass said...

Congratulations on finding your glass sweetie jars! They look great!