Jar Collection for Work & Play

by on January 15, 2011

My little fascination and slight obsession with vintage jars, little jars and big jars was never a secret. When I had to shop  and style for a lifestyle photo shoot, I was over the moon to have to shop because it was part of the job. :D I did a little happy jar dance.

I found a completely adorable and inexpensive collection of recycled Spanish glass bud-vases at my local West Elm store. If you haven’t been into a West Elm store, you should brace yourselves for some terrific decor and design ideas. A big plus is that the prices are very reasonable and fit my budget for the project perfectly.

The small sizes were perfect to fit the scale of my photo scenes. It’s not easy to find an consistent, but eclectic collection of jars that are small.

Even better, I’ll be using these in some food shots for recipe posts on the blog. I think they’ll be perfect as little food props. Double whammy for work and play.

So I stumbled up these jars, in all different sizes, shapes and colors for about under $10. If you’ve ever been on the hunt for vintage jars and glasses, you’ll know that they can be pricey, at times over-priced, for one collectable piece. But when I found these that averaged $6, I went to town.

I bought big jars.

And little jars.

And stacking jars.

And I bought almost everything!!

jar love,


{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dinners & Dreams January 15, 2011 at 8:48 am

I love the colors these jars come in and it’s so cool that you can stack them. They would look so pretty on a kitchen counter or shelf and capture so much light.



2 Susan January 15, 2011 at 8:58 am

I adore those stacking jars!


3 Thatshowiroll January 15, 2011 at 9:06 am

Beautiful pictures. I love the transparency of the jars and the light colors. It’s wonderful that they can be stacked together, never saw that before with jars. Great composition!


4 Susan @ SGCC January 15, 2011 at 9:37 am

Oh, I wish you could visit here! You would go nuts! My husband has the most fantastic collection of antique bottles and jars in every shape, size and color, most of which he dug up himself from old abandoned homesites and towns in Virginia and Pennsylvania. It was a big passion of his. He has everything from jam jars, bitters bottles, soda, medicine and perfume bottles from the 1800′s to the 60′s – literally hundreds of them. I don’t know why I never think to use them in my photos. I kind of forget that they’re here. You’ve inspired me to do so with your lovely pictures, though.


5 Nicole January 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

I love the mini carrot!


6 Cassie, mamamakesitbest.com January 15, 2011 at 10:11 am

BEAUTIFUL! I recently refurbished a gorgeous bottle of sparkling lemonade-removed labels and will look gorgeous as a vase for a few simple daisies!


7 Nicole January 15, 2011 at 11:57 am

The stacking jars are so cute!! I love all the different colors. I don’t live near a West Elm anymore, but I’ll have to stop in to the San Diego store next time I’m down there visiting. Thanks for the inspiration!


8 Caron Golden January 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Terrific and lovely idea — but who’s going to dust them all? ;)


9 Sophia January 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Oooh I love these. I dont think we have these in NC. I love little jars and bottles too. I save and clean my mini orange Pelligrino bottles. Once I bought one of those mini Patron tequila bottle just so I could have the bottle. Don’t worry I drank the tequila;). I too love a good margarita;). Must do research and see if I can find a way to get these.


10 Renee January 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Those are great! I love the stacking ones- how cool. And the amber glass is beautiful! We have a small collection from a sunken barge that Ari dives on up here every now and again. (I’ve purged a lot of them over the years-who knew!) I use one to keep dish soap in by the sink. Looks better than the original container! Love the old bottles.


11 Grace January 15, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Your collection of jars is so pretty. I have a thing for glass bottles and jars, not bowls or plates, too, although I don’t buy them unless I have real use for them. But I love, love, love to look at them when I see them in stores. Your pictures are so lovely and refreshing looking as the lights shine through the translucency of the glass.


12 Barbara January 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Love those stacking jars.


13 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day January 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

This whole post made me happy! I just love your work.


14 Brandon January 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I love this jar collection as well. My jaw just dropped when I first saw it a while ago. I have all of them now except the yellow color. I wonder if that is a new addition… Now I have to go in and check :)!



15 Kausambi@Coloredgrains January 16, 2011 at 6:42 am

I keep telling myself I should take some photography lessons from you :) You are simply awesome…


16 Digital Backround Gal January 16, 2011 at 7:03 am

I just love the unique shapes and colors of little jars and bottles…thanks
so much for sharing!!!


17 bunkycooks January 16, 2011 at 7:15 am

These little jars are so cheery! I can see why you like them so much. :) I wish I had one of those stores here in town. I’d be jar shopping, too!


18 Sally January 16, 2011 at 7:37 am

Dianne, I think I have jar envy. I have a collection, too and have to hold back when I see them in a store. I have not added to my collection in a while. Seeing these and looking at how your photos enhance their beauty is a happy pleasure. Thank you for sharing–it will keep me out of the stores for a little while!


19 susan January 16, 2011 at 7:41 am

I, too, love collecting and if I had a bigger house, I would probably collect more! Gorgeous photos! I love all the different colors of the jars and that little carrot-oh so very cute!


20 Gracie January 16, 2011 at 8:09 am

I adore jars as well and have been on the hunt for them! You’re absolutely right when you say that they can rather pricey and finding relative cheap ones are rare gems. The collection you got is absolutely lovely!


21 Maria January 16, 2011 at 8:24 am

Great finds! I love them all!


22 Alyse January 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

Lovely- really lovely.


23 Karen at Globetrotter Diaries January 16, 2011 at 11:55 am

i love vintage jars too!! These are beautiful… I especially like the stacking ones!


24 dario @ foodpixels January 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm

They are so pretty Diane, great props !


25 Stephanie January 16, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I want to see some video of that *happy jar dance*!!!!


26 Melissa January 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

oh i love them! I have a jar fix too. I’ve had to cut back because of lack of storage but these are so sweet and pretty!


27 Kulsum@JourneyKitchen January 17, 2011 at 11:56 am

I think I just found a new obsession. Thank you or not?


28 Antique Jars January 19, 2011 at 9:18 pm

I really love the amber colored ones you bought. The colors are so pretty, and they’ll look great as little centerpieces! What a great find!!


29 Terry January 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I love the little jars. I too have some and have a question. Some of mine are very old and are dirty/stained or etched or something on the inside. Do you clean yours with something that really works well? Thanks


30 White on Rice Couple January 20, 2011 at 4:11 pm

We’ve just washed ours like any other jar, green scouring pad and dish soap. The etching we usually like anyways, tends to give the jars character.


31 Nicole January 22, 2011 at 9:28 am

Last weekend I saw those stacking jars when I wandered into a West Elm and almost bought them – but was trying not to stray from my budget. Now I am totally regretting it since they look so lovely here!


32 a frog in the cottage February 1, 2011 at 8:20 am

your collection is so romantic !! beautiful, peaceful, adorable !! thanks for the link to the shop site !


33 Summer February 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I LOVE these! Did you get all of these jars shown in this post at the west elm store? I looked on the website & saw a couple of them but not the stacking jars or the ones w/ the cork in them. I would LOVE to get some for sure! Thanks so much for sharing!


34 Summer February 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Okay I found them :)


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