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Thrifted Glass Apothecary Jars to Get Yourself Organized

April 7, 2018
If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to get organized and keep it pretty at the same time, thrifted glass apothecary jars are an easy and resourceful way to go!

Clear Glass Apothecary Jar

I’ve been having some fun out treasure hunting for glass canisters, apothecary jars and bottles. My mission is to rework the pantry. It’s a work in progress as I make my rounds, but such a great excuse reason for stopping in at my favourite thrifts. I’ve had some good luck, and to be honest, the hardest part is deciding what makes the cut to come home with me.

Small Apothecary Bottles for Sea Salt and Spices

We have a growing collection of local infused sea salts, but they come in little paper packages. I managed to find small apothecary bottles for some of them, and now I have two more to add to the mix. These little bottles are perfect for our sea salt packs, pepper corns and other spices, too!

Glass Bottles to Organize Sea Salt and Spices

Anchor Hocking Glass Canisters for Rice, Pasta and Dried Things

Anchor Hocking containers are some of my favourites, like the ribbed one above, so when I came across these two Anchor Hocking bubble lid canisters, I was thrilled. Especially since they looked like they’ve never been used. We have different kinds of rice, pasta and other specialty pantry things (like whole dried chili peppers) we like to keep in airtight containers. These glass jars are perfect because we can see what we need at a glance.

Clear Glass Anchor Hocking Apothecary Jars

Labeling Glass Containers Makes Cooking a Breeze

Not only do I want my pantry to look nice and be able to find things with ease, but I also need to label the odd thing. You know like the special cooking instructions that come with the package, or that super spicy Paprika you could mistake for mild? For some pantry items like these I have printed what I need onto a label, and put it on the back of the jar. For others I have clipped the label and used Scotch photo tape to stick it to the jar.

Glass Bottles and Jars to Organize a Pantry or Open Storage

Our collection is growing, and the pantry is coming together. The glass containers I have found so far are a mix of vintage and not so new. The super small bubble lid apothecary is a thrifted IKEA jar that still had the store label intact, and the large canister with the glass handle was actually a mark down buy from Winners. I think my favourite find is the vintage jar with the galvanized lid. It’s so unique. I haven’t seen another one like it.

It’s fun to thrift without anything in mind, but I like having this little mission on my list, too. It turns my outings into intentional sourcing, and gives me the opportunity to find other fun treasures along the way!

How about you, do you thrift glass canisters and apothecary jars for your home? What’s your plan of attack for their use? I’d love for you to take a photo and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #audreywouldvintagehome

Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Reply Kathy A. April 29, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    I have loved apothecary jars of all kinds for 30+ years starting with spice jars! I also have several bail top cannisters that I use for rice, pasta, spaghetti, barley etc. Some in milk glass and some in cobalt, too. It sure makes for an interesting (and cluttered!) kitchen counter but I love it! Even though I once had 3 containers of barley; I added it to soup till my supply was down to 1 jar!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller April 29, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment Kathy. I’m a fan of bail top canisters too! I love your description of your counter – that to me sounds perfect 🙂

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