I had been looking for canisters since before I got married. I had almost every other household implement — spatulas, 9×13 pans, a complete set of Blue Willow. But the Perfect Canister Set eluded me. Every time I found a set, it had a fatal flaw — ugly, or $80 apiece, or (most frequently) it would hold approximately five cups of flour.
I was visiting my dear friend Kate one day and spied her mother’s canisters on the counter — vintage jars! Why hadn’t I thought of this? It was brilliant! So I began the search with a more specific target in mind. My first buy was the second jar in the lineup here — a vintage Orvus jar from the flea market, bargained down from $10 to $8. We’re talking 90% savings over that canister from Dillard’s! So my flour now had a home.
A week or two later was the estate sale of the century — a hoarder who had superb taste and took excellent care of her things. The other three jars pictured here came from that sale. And at $4, $3, and $2 apiece, I got my last three canisters. The sugar canister will hold more than one entire bag of sugar — which was my goal. (I mean, really, who wants to have sugar in the canister AND a half-empty bag in the cabinet?)
So, thanks to Kate’s mother’s genius idea and a helpful hoarder, the canister search has come to an end, after a long and arduous four-year search. And if you’re struggling to find the perfect canisters, I hope this helps!