Friday, August 1, 2008

Grandma's cookie jars

My Grandma is an avid cookie jar collector. She began her collection in 1962 and it continues to grow. It's a bit of a funny collection, but it does make gift buying rather simple. When I was a child we told her that she should bake a different kind of cookie for each jar, but that never happened for obvious reasons. I was even guilty of breaking one - a San Francisco row house... oops. Anyone who knows my Grandmother has memories of her and her cookie jars.

I love bringing friends to my grandparent's house because they are always amazed by what a collection she has. At last count she said she had roughly 300 scattered around her house, and then she has some holiday cookie jars in storage.

One of my favorite things about them is that each contains a scrap of paper inside referencing what year and sometimes date she received it, as well as who it is from and who wants it down the road. Whenever people travel she requests that they look for one, which can be rather difficult in foreign countries. I did find a makeshift handmade covered jar in Ireland, and of course a Bavarian motif in Munich.

My favorite cookie jars are the NYC taxi, from my great-grandma, and the little white 招き猫 (Maneki Neko) 'beckoning cat' that Stefan and I gave her last year, which brings luck, creativity, and purity. The Dutch girl is also quite sweet.

I should start looking now for something cute and unique to give her this year.

5 comments:

Bluefish said...

I like the castle one. I never knew there are so many different kind of cookie jar. I collect shot glasses myself.

Cathy said...

When I went in NY I wanted to buy one and bring back to France. My husband didn't want to.... I'd allways regreted it. Next time I'd perhaps bring back one !

Emily said...

bluefish...
It's crazy how many there are - I bet you also have quite a few shot glasses. At least those are easier to store!

catherine...
I wish you would have been able to bring it back! I guess it just means you have to go back.

Melissa said...

Hi! I'm a cat lover and would absolutely love to own the beckoning cat cookie jar. Can you tell me where you found it? Thanks so much! Melissa

Emily said...

Melissa... the beckoning cat is from Urban Outfitters, although it's several years old. I hope you're able to find one or something similar. Maybe you could start an ebay search where they email you if someone posts one.