more fun with mason jars

I recently found the site Ready Made and WOW, what a fantastic little find. To follow-up on my post, What’s In My Mason Jar, I discovered this article on the site called 10 Things to Do with Mason Jars Besides Store Stuff. There are some rather clever and inviting ideas featured here. I’m not sure I would have ever thought to paint my jars fun and bold colors and plant flowers and herbs in them. And what about the on-the-wall storage idea filling the jars with cotton swabs and other various  bathroom items. How creative and useful!

There are so many crazy wonderful things you can do with your old jars. I’d love for you to share any pictures or ideas you have with me as well! I will repost them here. You can email me at [email protected] or leave a comment with a link to your blog or site featuring your fun jars!

What’s In My Mason Jar

I have a little obsession with old Mason Jars. Well, not only Mason Jars, any old jar or bottle really. I am not sure why but I think it has something to do with the fact most of them, if old, have history. Maybe they were used for homemade jam preserves in the 1950′s or maybe they held things such as extra buttons, loose change, or even used as a vase for some wild flowers. Each one was bought and used for something particular and in many cases, multiple times at some point or another.

Some of the jars I purchased at one of the small antique shops

More of the jars we got antiquing

All of the jars and the white cabinet

David and I were out antiquing the other day and I bought a couple new beautiful new jars (pictured above). I have big plans for these jars and I promised myself they would not collect dust on the shelves like other jars. These jars have a purpose.

One of our stops was at Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage, a beautiful old barn full of every old item you could imagine. Everything from doors and old wood beams to the most detailed old dresser nobs and stain glass windows. I didn’t get my jars from here but I did get an old white cabinet door featured in one of the above pictures.

Mike, the owner of Aurora Mills, took some time to show us around the previous dog food factory and originally a Hops Factory. This place looks big in the picture yet it still doesn’t even do it justice. It was as if we were lost in a maze, tunnels twisting and turning, uncovering more and more antique jewels. We spent some good time here lost in our amazement of how much history was sitting in this building. If you ever get to Aurora, Oregon I highly recommend coming in and taking a look at all the little treats hidden in this historical building. Remember to say hi to Mike. If you have something in particular you are looking for he is the man to talk to.

Aurora Mills

Antique shopping, like garage sales, takes patience, which I ran out of at about noon. But if you are patient, eventually, that shiny jewel you are looking for, and at the right price, will pop out at you. And in many cases, you will end up bringing home more than what you intended to. Like my jars. I love my jars.