I collect what I like, and, what I like date mainly from the 1940's and 1950's, and hail from makers such as American Bisque, RRPCo and Brush McCoy. I am the first to admit there are MANY ugly cookie jars out there. Both new AND vintage; common AND collected. As with any collection it is personal. As a visual example, here is a summary of my reactions to three Humpty Dumpty cookie jars:
|Oh my God, I never thought I would find one of these in person! It is only $35, I am going to die with happiness. Let me not wet myself with excitement as I carry this trophy to the checkout counter.|
|Part of the Warhol Collection|
|American Bisque Pig in a Poke|
|American Bisque Magic Bunny|
|RRPCo Hey Diddle Diddle or The Cow Jumped Over the Moon|
|RRPCo Hootie Owl and Brush 1959 Peter Pumpkin Eater|
I have quite a few, and, now that they are all on display I rarely buy more. I did find that cute little Dalmatian Jar a few weeks ago at the Flea that I showed on Facebook, but, other than that, it will take something really fun and special for me to keep adding. I think the $45 jar was the most I ever paid. I typically pay $15 - $35 per jar, with some as low as $3 - $10. It just makes it more fun to find a great jar somewhere that needs a bath but looks great cleaned up, than to pay a ton of money on-line for someone to send you something. At least for me. And I have bought a few on-line. I used to troll eBay on major holidays that people had items ending when no one was on-line. I would grab them for a song. But I only did that a few times and no one is ever not on-line anymore! Buying on-line is still a great option for people who do not have the time or the inclination to go poke through dirty stuff at flea markets and shops, so, I will provide some links at the bottom of this post as well.
Most of my collection:
|American Bisque Clown; Brush Humpty Dumpty with Beanie; American Bisque Chick in a Tam; Sierra Vista Train; American Bisque Kittens and Beehive.|
|Early RRPCo Oscar; American Bisque Elephant with Sailor Cap; Hootie Owl; Peter Pumpkin Eater; American Bisque Boy Pig with Scarf; American Bisque Milk Wagon; American Bisque Puppy in a Pot.|
|American Bisque Pig from MosaicGirl on Etsy|
|A different "American Bisque" Cookie Truck from MuggseyandMae on Etsy|
|Regal Humpty Dumpty from GoodLookin on Etsy|
Note: I made some corrections to this post and published an addendum post on August 4, 2011.