I simply cannot keep it inside any longer.
It is about THE jar.
BUT it is time we have a chat about THE jar. Here is are some FAQs about the jars.
It is just a jar, isn't it?
Well, yes and no. I wrote about the jars in 2010 on the blog. At the time I was much more forgiving about calling all jars mason jars. Now it is has been over a year or so and I have come to have an appreciation for each jar. People generally refer to canning jars as the MASON JAR. MASON is a type of sealing closure for canning jars and also the name of some canning jars. MASONS were produced by BALL (confusing, huh?). Plus some of my very savvy couples are making specific requests for KERR, BALL or CROWN or ATLAS or GEM.
If you ask for a blue (some say green) jar, well that would usually be a BALL jar that you want. We will talk more about that later.
When should I use brand new jars?
It is inexpensive to buy a dozen canning jars at the grocery store or big box retailer these days. Heck, I do it every year when I make jams and pickle all sorts of goodies from my garden. A box of 12 new jars costs about $7. There are party uses that are specific to new jars. They are a good choice for DIY projects like wrapping them in lace or twine.
When it comes to table centre pieces and other arrangements or candle light in the venue, I would highly recommend going with a true VINTAGE canning jar (it goes without saying that I am bias). It all comes down to the look of the jar. True vintage jars look great on their own as a single arrangement or as a collection to create a centre piece. When you put candles in them, they glow differently. The bubbles and imperfections in the glass give a true vintage glow.
The difference is subtle but it is there.
You know we prefer to prepare custom quotes but I'll let you in on our jar pricing. Our jars range in price from $3 each to $5 each, depending on size, quantity or a specific brand and any extras you might need (i.e. a piece of twine wrapped around the top, a wire handle for hanging in the trees, etc)
It has come to my attention that there are some rental companies passing off new jars as vintage jars. This makes a difference to some renters. If it does make a difference to you, make sure you ASK! Do your homework. There should be a significant rental price difference too. Remember it costs $7 for a box 12 jars. This is the look you would get with NEW jars.
If you LOVE jars, I mean REALLY LOVE them AND you have the time to collect AND the space to display your collection AND the extra cash to buy them, please follow your passion. Start collecting. It is a great hobby and fun too.
Spring is here and so are the flea markets and antique shows. I'll give you some tips for buying jars.
1) Check whether it is a fake or not: Glass should have bubbles and imperfections in it. Ask it the jar colour has been enhanced. Ball jars are the ones that are predominately blue (they made clear ones too). Hand dying jars is popular right not, so make sure you are buying true vintage.
2) Buy with the lids and rubber sealers. It is more valuable as a collector to have the entire jar.
3) Price. Some jars are very unique, others not so much. Do some research on the web before you go.
4) Take a box with you to carry home your purchases. Jars don't survive well in bags, so bring along some extra tissue and a box for packaging.