Tuesday, April 3, 2012

VINTAGE BALL MASON CANNING JAR, THRIFT STORE FIND

Vintage Ball Mason Jar
Picked this up at a thrift store about a week ago.  It's a vintage "Ball" canning jar, the bigger, large sized one.  It has the old type metal lid that has discolored with age and has that bluish green tint to the glass.  I put it on the NEW DESK but I'm not sure what to put in it? It's too big for paperclips or something like that.  I like it on the desk though, it's something people see when they first walk in. Is there something I could collect on the property that I could keep in there? Any ideas?

26 comments:

mugwump said...

antique marbles.

Anonymous said...

Buttons, or vintage spools of thread?

Tombstone Livestock said...

Binder clips, Hershey's kisses, wrapped hard candy like peppermints.

dianefaith said...

Plain old rocks, if you have interesting, small ones on the property.

Annie*s Granny said...

I keep a jar of candies on my desk. They change with the seasons, but I try to basically stick with hard candies as they take longer to eat!

Tonya @ My Cozy Little Farmhouse said...

I like the ideal of antique marbles, vintage buttons, wooden thread spools or rocks.

What about shellacked nuts, small pine cones and interesting seed pods? (I would shellac them to keep them from rotting)

You could DIY some twine spheres.

However it doesn't have to be just small items. Maybe you showcase 1 spectacular item?

I guess I didn't help....haha, sorry!

1st Man said...

Wow, irony of ironies, SOMEWHERE in storage, I have a bunch of old marbles that my Grandparents used to keep in jars on their windowsill. I NEVER even thought about that. Very tempting!!! Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

Wow, buttons would be so colorful. And so would thread spools. Great ideas, thank you very much.

1st Man said...

Dang, y'all are coming up with some great suggestions, thanks. I've got a jar on the coffee table (soon to be made coffee table that is) that has Hershey's kisses in it. Peppermints sounds good to me too.

1st Man said...

Ingenious! Not sure how many interesting rocks we have but really, if we find it interesting ourself wouldn't it still be ok? Ha. Thanks much!

1st Man said...

MMMM, hard candy is a great idea too. And colorful. Thanks Granny! :-)

1st Man said...

Well girl, you're no help! LOL! No seriously, there are even more great ideas. I like the "one spectacular item" being showcased too. Decisions, decisions...keep em all coming everyone!

Frugal Living UK said...

Vintage marbles or buttons is good. Or how about you put something in there that you could change with the seasons? Pine cones in winter, conquers or acorns in autumn, different stones in spring - (I get a bit stuck after this), but maybe something you find around the property in each season.

Farmers Wife said...

I like all the ideas above - I would add maybe some dried flowers or apple slices to the ideas.

mugwump said...

no you need more jars.

Lynda said...

I have loads of antique jars...some filled with marbles, buttons, jawbreaker candy, rock candy, small bars of soap, bubble bath, bath salts...and the jar on my desk holds scented votive candles...I take the lid off and the lovely smells fill the room...yummy!

1st Man said...

I could live with that! ha!

1st Man said...

Oooh, never thought about dried flowers and/or apple slices, love it.

1st Man said...

Yet ANOTHER awesome idea. I like the seasonal theme, that's pretty nice.

1st Man said...

I'll have to put them all over the house now, thanks a lot, lol. And I mean that in a good way. Love it. And scented votives are awesome. I like the idea of having something that has a scent when you want it. Hmm, maybe potpourri is an option too?? Thank again.

sb158 said...

Here's a blog I found that might be right up your alley:
http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/04/31-ways-to-use-a-mason-jar-in-your-kitchen.html

1st Man said...

Thank you for that! Some awesome ideas there. I can't wait to peruse through it. Thanks again for sharing the link.

danaj said...

I have several around my house, some empty, some full. I love Mason jars. I have shells, leaves, buttons, spools, marbles, a memorable single dried flower, tiny quilted pillow pincusions, sewing notions, cotton balls, etc...They are spread out and part of many vignettes, so not as compulsive as it sounds. But I think with your wildflowers, some dried colorful sprigs would be sweet.

1st Man said...

Wonderful ideas. I am glad to know i"m not the only one that thinks they make great storage jars. Wildflowers would be great. I need to go get some before they are all gone for the season. Thanks for commenting!

Anonymous said...

I Love all the ideas above and have mason jars of my own that I have been trying to fill.....Some I put different colors of sand in...Layer them...It is really beautiful not only for visitors but also for yourself. I Live in S.C. and alot of people use shells. I know this is a bit strange but children like to see those little grow spongey things in jars. There are alot of different things...Open your mind and think really hard....Different is better. Something really strange...but I have seen done...is put holes in the lid and add a couple of small fish.

1st Man said...

Wow, thanks for those ideas. I like that. Think outside the box huh? Thank you for the suggestions!!