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Vintage Dairy Jars

Aren’t the simplest things always the best?

vintage dairy jars with flowers and spoons

It started with an impulse purchase of three vintage dairy jars near the checkout of an estate sale.

They weren’t the kind of thing I would usually buy, but I loved the look and feel of them. They seemed like a connection to the days of a milkman delivering dairy items (salad cream!) in glass containers at your doorstep.

Vintage Salad Cream Jar

Despite all that, I hadn’t done anything with them. They’d been in the back of a cabinet for the last year or so. Truth is, I had long ago put them in the should have just admired them and not bought them category.

vintage milk and ice cream jar

But last Friday, Tom and I were headed to Lawrence to take Lindsey out for a Valentine’s Day breakfast. I was looking for something to put her Costco flowers in to take to her and these little jars came to mind.

The mix of red, white and pink carnations in a vintage dairy jar looked just right for a daughter on Valentine’s Day. And because the jar was thick, it transported well. It even fit right in the cup holder of the car.

I was in too much of a hurry to snap a picture that morning, but yesterday I got a do-over.

vintage dairy company jar

I was scheduled to take dinner to a friend who recently had surgery and her family, and I picked up some Trader Joe’s tulips to put into another one of the jars for her.

Not a big, showy deal. Just something a little extra with dinner.

tulips in dairy jar

I posted this picture of the tulip bunches at Trader Joe’s on Instagram yesterday.

Trader Joe's Tulips

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This post is part of The ScoopTablescape Thursday and Seasonal Sundays.

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  1. It must be my Wisconsin roots – but I LOVE this idea! 🙂 With snow all over the ground in Michigan, it’s so nice to see some fresh cut blooms, too!

    1. Wisconsin roots…even better, Mary!

  2. What great jars you’ve found! They made great vessels for the flowers. I wish I had a Trader Joe’s to go to. Those tulips look wonderful. Can’t wait for spring!

    1. We need a little spring. I’m guessing you do too.

    1. I’m thinking it’s probably the earliest version of bottled salad dressing, Leslie Anne, but who knows?

  3. Wow, I love tulips! I use for V-days all the time! Great post and those jars are just adorable!

  4. Hi Julie This was such a pretty post and I just had to mention it in my blog today. I also used one of your photos! Please come and visit!

  5. Great use of the bottles. I have small creamers that I used on my latest tablescape. The Tulips really make me think of Spring.

    Cathy’s Cupboard Calamity <;)

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