Today, I will explore a favorite antique of mine: jelly jars. :)
|Available in my eBay store :)|
The perfect little size for little hands, Welch's jelly jars featuring designs, cartoon characters and more have been on the market since the 1953, over 60 years. Welch's first decided to market their jelly jars with designs after realizing that people were saving the jars after the jelly was gone to drink out of. It was smart - people would buy extra jelly just to round out their collection.
Coming in various shapes, sizes and colors, the first series featured Howdy Doody.
|From VintageGypsies on Etsy|
A good condition jelly jar will have a bright picture, free of fading or clouding. Clouding that you may see on these is typically a result of being run through a dishwasher or being left in the sun. Never put jelly jars in dishwashers if you're able to avoid it.
|Via Google Images - a faded design on a jelly jar|
- Check the design. Is it faded, scratched, or even missing pieces?
- Run your finger (carefully...!) around the lip, inside and out. Does it have any chips?
- Give it another look - is there any cracks, is the bottom faded or cloudy?
Every once in a while, I run across some in my travels. Check out the ones I have in stock today in my eBay store!