The End of the Epic Canister Search

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?)

The Amazing, Incredible $4 Sugar Jar

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!

About Charity

I have an inexcusable number of cookbooks (and like to experiment with them), have worked in architectural antiques, and have been sewing most of my life. I recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Apparel, Merchandising, & Design from Iowa State University. Doing household things (except for cleaning!) and hunting for antiques are my favorite pastimes.
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2 Responses to The End of the Epic Canister Search

  1. Ruth Calvin says:

    Do you have any idea of how many of these I have? I have very old spice tins, etc., in mine. Had you forgotten that? You should have told me you were looking. You DO know Aunt Terri will someday probably throw them all out. I think I will start putting your name on some of this stuff so it won’t get tossed or given to someone else.

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