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How My Spice Jars Became Collector’s Items

Cats of Distinction Spice Jars Have increased in Value over the years.

Anyone who looks on eBay, Ruby Lane, or other sites that sell vintage items will see old kitchen items that you may have used at some point being offered for sale.  Today, I discovered that my lovely Cat Spice Jars are now in that category.

Lenox Cats of Distinction Spice Jars

I discovered this little gem of information when I was responding to a comment on a recent recipe for snicker doodle bread.  The lady who wrote the comment asked me where she could purchase the cat spice jars shown in one of the photos.   I responded by telling her that I had purchased them in Australia about 30 years ago and doubted you could get them now.

After I posted the comment, I searched in Google for “cat spice jars,” and lo and behold, there were my prize kitties!  They were made by Lenox china and are being offered now as by Replacements Ltd.  Most range from $30 to $40. 

I also went to eBay and found this little beauty called “Nutmeg” available for $40.99!

Nutmeg Spice jar

The moral of the story is….don’t throw out old kitchen items until you check value of them.  I paid $2.99 each for my jars.  Granted, this was 30 years ago, or so, but even counting for inflation, these jars have made me a tidy profit.

My daughter has dibs on them already for when I am gone. Who knows what they will be worth then?

Do you have any household items that have turned into investments for you?  Please leave your comments below.

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Sunday 13th of October 2019

Its even better😀i can pick it up monday for 75€ 50 kilometers from home. When i see another one here in the Netherlands i will let you know.have a nice day.


Saturday 12th of October 2019

I see on a second hand market place here in the Netherlans, the rack inluding 24 jars for 100€. I hope i can make a deal😀

Carol Speake

Saturday 12th of October 2019

Goo luck. That is a good price for them!


Monday 7th of January 2019

I was gifted a set as well about 5 years ago. I just put in my curio and really have no clue what to do with them.


Tuesday 8th of January 2019

I put spices in mine and use them everyday! Carol


Tuesday 16th of October 2018

Hi Tim, I am interested! Are you still selling? Daniel


Wednesday 17th of October 2018

Tim might not see this Daniel. He was a commenter quite a while ago. Carol

velma blair

Sunday 9th of February 2014

That was a great buy!.. I didn't get the wooden display rack with mine.. ~ Vel