The Hunt for Apothecary Jars

Honestly, it feels stupid to write a post about apothecary jars. And yet, it also somehow feels necessary. Are you planning on having a candy buffet? Well, then you’ve undoubtedly seen many adorable images of others’ buffets.

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Frickin cutest candy bar ever. (Image from C.R.A.F.T.)

Jars in cool shapes. (Image from Koyal Wholesale)

Because our wedding theme is kind of revolving around candy, we basically have to have a candy buffet. And I have seriously been on the hunt for these dang apothecary jars for months now!

Now, I’m not talking about the simple cylindrical ones. I’ve been able to find those relatively easily. But the fancy shapes are hard to come by. And when I did find them, they were expensive! Target, my go-to store (they don’t really have too many Wal-Marts out here on the East Coast), had one, but it’s $25!

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Medium Apothecary Jar from Target

Unacceptable! If I want four jars, that’s already $100!! You might be thinking, “You crazy girl. You don’t need special jars to have a candy buffet.” Of course I don’t. But it’s still several months until our wedding, so I wasn’t going to throw in the towel until things got much closer. Lucky for me (and lucky for you, because I’m going to share my info), I found them!!

The Knot’s Wedding Shop sells apothecary jars. The prices aren’t really that great at first glance. BUT, if you get their emails, you’ll know that they have sales all the time. I bought the beauty below for $6 during a sale.

Image from The Knot

And this one was only $10. It’s not free, but it’s better than $25.

Image from The Knot

I also found several different sizes and styles at my local Michaels. I so wish that you could shop online through Michaels, but unfortunately you can’t at the moment. But if your store carries the jars, then all you have to do is go online and get one of their 40 or 50% off coupons, and you’ve got yourself a cheap apothecary jar! Just for fun, here’s another I found.

Kmart and Sears both sell this set of three for $30. (These were not stores that came to mind at first, but sometimes you just don’t see it coming.)

Image from Sears

Sharing is caring, so I’m thrilled to share my finds with the hive. Now I just have to find the right candy”¦


Mrs. Blue Whale

College Park, MD
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May 2013
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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:12 pm

    Those are gorgeous! My wedding has already passed but I reeeally want one now just because they’re so adorable. I wonder what I could put in one to justify buying it?

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 2:16 pm

    Awesome finds! I love a good deal like the next girl, and these prices totally make me happy. Can’t wait to see them all together in your recaps!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:55 pm

    Those are some awesome finds! I know tjmaxx has a lot of great jars as well, which is where I was planning on getting our vases and jars. I think I will have to look into kmart and sears though!

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    itwasntme 5809 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:35 pm

    Check HomeGoods! They always have plenty.

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    jlpalumbo 628 posts, Busy bee @ 6:02 pm

    There are a lot of people selling them on craigslist! That is where I got mine!

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    wedding telegram, Guest @ 9:54 am

    These jars are amazing! I love the bright colours in the retro-sweets display.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:54 pm

    They’re so cute I want one to put candy on my living room!

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    Liondragonxustom, Guest @ 1:59 am

    Oh, what a beautiful “first look” picture! So sweet!

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 8:22 am

    @jlpalumbo: Craigslist! I didn’t even think of that! I still need one or two, so I’ll be browsing soon. Thanks for the tip!

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    jkyv2013 27 posts, Newbee @ 2:27 pm

    I’m having a candy bar as well… I found my apothecary jars at Marshall’s all were between $7-$14 each :)

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    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:08 am

    Good bargain shopping! I can’t wait to see how they all turn out together! I olive candy buffets – obvi because its free candy, but they are also invariably cute. Can’t wait to see yours!!

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    TheHotMrsG 395 posts, Helper bee @ 5:12 am

    Thanks for all the great ideas ladies, as always. But hey don’t forget thrift stores and flea markets

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 11:38 am

    this shopping method is how i got my mercury glass too!

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    Librarian, Guest @ 1:15 pm

    There is a Walmart in Landover Hills, only 15 minutes from College Park. I have no idea why you would say there are no Walmarts on the East Coast, that is complete nonsense.

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    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 1:31 pm

    @Librarian: But they’re old run-down non-super Wal-marts with tiny aisles that close at 10pm :( In the south and in the midwest, we have Super Wal-Mart, and it’s open 24 hours and is a gigantic monstrosity full of everything you might ever possibly need. After that, the Wal-Marts out here are mostly just a disappointment. (And if they’re the only Wal-Marts you’ve ever been in, you’re missing out!) :)

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    Trish2008 66 posts, Worker bee @ 2:59 pm

    I need jars like these too, My wedding will be in Jamaica and i live in Canada. So i have to think about shipping them there too as i’m a DIY bride, but the prices in Canada are crazy

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    iya, Guest @ 9:04 am

    Hi ScottishMrs, there’s no need for you to justify buying these adorable apothecary jars. You can display them as they are and if you have parties at home or your loved one’s parties these will make great displays for your candies when you decide to make a candy buffet

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