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How to Find Rare Cookie Jars

Updated on March 10, 2014

Getting Started

Cookie jars have been around a long time. You can find some that are over 100 years old and still in good condition.

Decide on the kind of cookie jars you’d like to collect. Do you want only animals? Only rabbits? Just clowns? There are so many types out there that narrowing down the field may help you spot the ones that are meaningful to you.

You can leave your options open, of course, and pick up any that you see in your travels, but it’s best to at least have a theme in mind for your collection.

Using eBay

Start by scouring eBay and other auction sites online. You will find listings for cookie jars of every type. Some will be junk but others will be fine and quite old. If you see one that sparks your interest, check out the seller’s feedback. It will appear on the upper right hand side of the item’s page. You’ll see the seller’s name (user name, not real name) and their feedback rating. Anything less than a 98% on Ebay is considered cause for concern. Read all their feedback. Did they not ship on time? Were items packed carelessly and broke in transit?

If the seller looks okay to you, be sure to read the whole listing. Details like “has a crack in the lid” should be listed in the full description. Ask questions of the seller. You can click a button that says “ask a question about this item” and an email will be sent directly to the seller from you. If you’re not sure what it’s made of or how big it is, ask before you bid or buy.

Choose from “bid” or “buy it now” style auctions. If you see a cookie jar that you can’t live without, snatch it up as it may be gone the next time you come back to make up your mind. Things sell quickly on Ebay.

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Antique Dealers

Another place to find rare cookie jars is through antique dealers. If you have a great antiques store in your area, pop your head in and make friends with the owner. Tell him that you’re looking for rare cookie jars. When he’s in his travels to the antique shows with the good stuff he’ll remember you asked and let you know he’s got them for sale at the shop. It can be great to have an insider looking out for you.

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Get to Know Your Product

Get a book or two on the art of collecting rare gourmet cookie jars. The market is flooded with cheap knockoffs, so you’ll want to know how to spot an original.

Know which marks the various makers used and how old a piece is by certain markings it has or doesn’t have. Study up and it can be really fun hunting out your next find.

Once you start looking for cookie jars, you’ll find you stumble across them in your daily travels. You might run across a friend who has one she’d like to find a new home for or see one at a neighborhood tag sale. Be prepared (having done your homework) to know the top amount you’d be willing to pay should you find a nice jar. If it’s worth it to you, there’s no price too high.

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    • alocsin profile image

      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Here's another vote for Ebay. I find prices there are generally cheaper than antique dealers, whatever the collectible. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Pinkchic, I love the cookie monster cookie jar. Great suggestions and tips.

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      Janice S 6 years ago

      My Grandmother had the best antique cookie jar and I have fond memories of eating chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies on a daily basis. E-bay is a great place to find antique jars. Great hub!