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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  14 comments for “How My Spice Jars Became Collector’s Items

  1. velma blair
    02/09/2014 at 10:45 am

    I have the full set of 24, unused!.. Bought at a thrift store about two years ago for 2.00 each.. Anyone care to make me an offer ?.. Vels vintage.. Etsy… Thanks!.. ~Velma

    • admin
      02/09/2014 at 11:33 am

      What a great find! I bought mine when I lived In Australia directly from the manufacturer. I think I paid $2.99 each for them in the 1970s Carol

    • Cathee Willis
      02/06/2015 at 3:40 pm

      Dear Velma:

      I’ve been wanting this set for virtually YEARS! I thought of trying to piece together a set using the replacements website, but they cost a small fortune there! I’d love to make a deal with you…I can pay in cash or money order or my paypal account. I hope to hear from you soon! Cathee Willis. P.S. I’m not concerned about the rack…I have a friend who is a carpenter by trade….I’m sure he’ll help me. Thanks again

      • admin
        02/06/2015 at 4:18 pm

        Hi Cathee. I think my daughter would have my head on a platter if I sold them. She is a cat lover and she would be so disappointed not to get them when I am gone. Thanks for the offer though. I hope you find a set at a reasonable price. I had no idea until recently how expensive they are to get.


      • Tim
        08/10/2018 at 3:59 pm

        I have 20 of them that I’m willing to sell and I won’t break the bank. I’m sure you can find a rack and the four that are missing without much trouble. Tim

        • Daniel
          10/16/2018 at 8:36 am

          Hi Tim, I would be interested! Are you still selling?

        • Daniel
          10/16/2018 at 8:37 am

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

        • Daniel
          10/16/2018 at 8:43 am

          Hi Tim, are you still selling?

      • Daniel
        10/16/2018 at 8:49 am

        Hi Tim! Are you still selling?

  2. velma blair
    02/09/2014 at 11:44 am

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

  3. Daniel
    10/16/2018 at 8:44 am

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

    • Carol
      10/17/2018 at 2:30 pm

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

  4. TC
    01/07/2019 at 10:34 pm

    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.

    • Carol
      01/08/2019 at 1:54 pm

      I put spices in mine and use them everyday! Carol

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