Anna is an artist who enjoys collecting and repurposing old objects to turn into special things.
Collecting and Curating
Cookie jars have been and always will be a favorite item to collect. Not only can you add to your collection often because you can find them almost anywhere, but they also come in so many varieties that you can choose even to theme or group your collections. You can group them into vintage jars, cartoon-inspired jars, characters holding something, occasion jars, animals, people, and so on.
In the beginning, my problem wasn't that there was a lack of choices; it was my ability to discern which one to buy. To make collecting these jars a bit more exciting and prevent you from buying just any jar or all jars you see for that matter, I suggest not only categorizing them but also having criteria. Not only can you curate your collection, but it will also help you decide if you want it or not. This, of course, if you are concerned about the space or where you will put them or your budget.
Challenge No. 1: Animal Cookie Jars
This is probably the easiest to find, so giving it some guidelines you need to follow will make it easier to curate the choices. If you follow these criteria, you can limit your animal collection to nine pieces, at least in the beginning. If you see that you have more space in the future, that would be the time to add more. Limiting the number of jars and kinds of jars will help you narrow down the collection. Thus saving space, maybe save some money and leave room for other jars in the different categories.
- Only 3 marine animals
- Only 3 mammals of different species
- Only 3 non-mammal jars
Challenge No. 2: Christmas Cookie Jars
Christmas cookie jars are so fun to collect; you can look forward to adding to it every year. At least this is something that you can only grow gradually. There are so many choices but let's narrow it down. Let's make it a bit more challenging.
- Christmas characters wearing a Christmas sweater.
It doesn't matter if its Santa or his reindeer; they all have to be wearing a sweater! This will make it a little harder to find.
Chalenge No. 3: Sweets
This is for the sweet tooth; try to collect a cake, candy, or cupcake. This will surely be a colorful addition to your collection.
- Oversized; the jar has to be an oversized version of itself
Challenge No. 4: Vintage Cookie Jars
It is easy to find vintage cookie jars with cylindrical shapes or jars with the word biscuit or cookies emblazoned on it, so; I would remove that from the list. Faces are a bit more exciting and a bit harder to find.
A little background on the cookie jar's history, cookie jars were first made of glass with screw-on lids, pretty much like a Mason jar. The cookie jar became popular in the US during the Great Depression. After, these jars evolved from glassware to stoneware, which is still popular to this day. Early cookie jars were simple. They were painted with floral and leaf designs.
These precious cookie jars are often passed on from one generation to the next and are considered family heirlooms. Collectors often find these in thrift shops, estate sales, barter groups, and other collectors.
Let's make this fun and a little more challenging!
- They must be faces
Challenge No. 5: Characters Holding Objects
This is quite specific, and I always have my eye out for it. These jars have to follow criteria because it is so easy to get every cookie you come across. This narrows down the choice.
- The character has to be holding another object
- Or, the character has to be holding another cookie jar
Challenge No. 6: People
This is also a fun jar to collect, especially if you buy them in different places because some of them will reflect the people and culture of that particular place. For example, you might get a cookie jar from Japan in the shape of a sumo wrestler or a Kokeshi doll. In this example, it is a full-body monk cookie jar.
- It has to be full-body, not just a face
Challenge No. 7: Popular Characters
How about a cartoon character group?
- You can have at least three jars with three different characters from the same show. You cannot repeat a character even if it looks different or it's of a different color.
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