I remember in my very early days of antiquing, I saw a little marmalade crock sitting on a window sill in an antique mall. I was immediately drawn to it and, at $8.00, it was something I could afford to buy. I used that jar for years to hold pens and pencils on my desk. Now, I own at least a dozen antique marmalade crocks, much older and larger than the $8.00 purchase that started my collection.
A few years ago, I bought several large lots of advertising pots, including marmalade crocks at a wholesale price. While I sold most of them at the Lucketts Spring Market, I kept a few favorites for myself.
I use them all over my house. Marmalade crocks hold antique flatware in the kitchen…
…knitting needles and crochet hooks in the studio…
…scissors, rulers, pens, and pencils as well.
And brushes. Of course, brushes.
I find these marmalade crocks are getting back to their roots. They are for the purpose of holding something, containing something, but the marmalade crocks themselves are a part of the package. They are art. They are interesting. They are more than just a pencil holder. They are a part of the entire aesthetic.
And, isn’t that the point of our things as well as the things that hold our things? And the things we put our things on that hold our things? They are all words in a sentence and sentences in a story.
When you’re collecting and decorating, keep that in mind. It’s all a part of the larger story. And that’s one reason why I love collecting antique marmalade crocks. Their usefulness and character. And the fact that a “disposable” container was saved and can now be a part of the story of my home.
My two most recent marmalade jars arrived in my most recent box of goodies from Ponder & Purchase. I can’t wait to show you the rest of the things Julia sourced for me. She has already sold several marmalade jars, but she has a few more she’s listing today on Instagram HERE or Etsy HERE. If you mention “feels like home”, she’ll throw in a bonus gift with purchase. You can also see the goodies available in her Etsy shop HERE. If you have something special you’re looking for (in England), let her know! She’s a great personal shopper and her prices are always very fair. Or you can follow her on Instagram HERE to see her latest finds.
These marmalade jars are becoming rarer and more expensive, so you’ll see prices upwards of $100 for some of them! Anything around $50 is a good price for these in this day and age. The days of finding $8.00 marmalade crocks are probably over.
And, there are a couple of different prominent brands (Keiller and Frank Cooper) with different sizes and designs. So, look around and find what speaks to you. Most are cream with a black design, but some have a dark blue design!
If Julia sells out, I’ve sourced a few more well-priced marmalade jars if you’re interested…