Fancy Glassware

February 7, 2009 at 9:35 pm 4 comments

jarsLook at these snazzy glasses I bought at Pier One. Or Ikea. They only cost $10 each. Can you believe it? What a deal.

Gotcha! I actually didn’t pay anything for these glasses, and they’re  not even glasses at all – they’re jars. But I’m using them as glasses, because every time I buy glassware it ends up broken (thanks, Boyfriend), and it’s not worth buying new ones. Instead, we just look for peanut butter and jam and pickles and whatnot that come in glass jars, and when they’re empty we wash them out and use them for drinking. They’re free, durable, and sometimes even attractive. The big ones are good for water and the little ones work well when we’re treating ourselves to a cocktail or glass of wine.

So forget buying new glasses at the store. It’s a waste of time, money and resources. Next time you’re shopping for food, think about the container that it comes in and whether or not you can re-use it. Be cool like me and drink from jars!


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  • 1. hiddenhollowsfarm  |  February 8, 2009 at 3:15 am

    We call it mason jar chic. Some of my family laugh at our glassware but it holds up well to the beating that a family can give. Rarely do they crack or chip, they are easy to clean and you can get them at very economical prices at sales.

    I like to think if we ever open a bed and breakfast that we will still use them for the ambiance they provide.

  • 2. Jimmy Cracked-Corn  |  February 27, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    My favorite fruit juice glasses have always been Kraft pimiento spread jars. We had a dozen or so when I was a kid and we have our own set at our house now.

  • 3. gwen  |  February 27, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    I always loved the Welch’s jelly jars that had cartoon characters printed on the side. I think that the company even meant for you to reuse them. Nutella also made jar/glasses for a while, too. Why aren’t companies building re-usability into their packaging any more?

  • 4. Jimmy Cracked-Corn  |  February 27, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Most jars aren’t reusable for much…but some foods come in jars with standard sized canning jar threaded lids. Classico spaghetti sauce and pesto, just to name one company. There are quite a few if you look.


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