Jar Collection for Work & Play

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. 😀 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,


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  1. Summer

    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!

    1. Summer

      Okay I found them 🙂

  2. a frog in the cottage

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

  3. Nicole

    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!

  4. Terry

    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

    1. White on Rice Couple

      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.

  5. Antique Jars

    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!!

  6. Kulsum@JourneyKitchen

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

  7. Melissa

    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!

  8. Stephanie

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

  9. dario @ foodpixels

    They are so pretty Diane, great props !

  10. Karen at Globetrotter Diaries

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

  11. Alyse

    Lovely- really lovely.

  12. Maria

    Great finds! I love them all!

  13. Gracie

    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!

  14. susan

    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!

  15. Sally

    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!

  16. bunkycooks

    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!

  17. Digital Backround Gal

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

  18. Kausambi@Coloredgrains

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

  19. Brandon

    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 :)!


  20. Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day

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

  21. Barbara

    Love those stacking jars.

  22. Grace

    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.

  23. Renee

    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.

  24. Sophia

    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.

  25. Caron Golden

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

  26. Nicole

    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!

  27. Cassie, mamamakesitbest.com

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

  28. Nicole

    I love the mini carrot!

  29. Susan @ SGCC

    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.

  30. Thatshowiroll

    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!

  31. Susan

    I adore those stacking jars!

  32. Dinners & Dreams

    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.


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