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My Jadite Collection

Be prepared for a slew of pictures, many of them of the same item.

I couldn’t help myself.

I started collecting jadite last Summer. It all started when my mom wanted me to research a “green pottery” which Martha Stewart made popular. My mom had bought some green pottery many years ago and wanted to see if it was worth something. I found nothing. The next month I received my issue of Martha Steward Living, while flipping through the pages I found an article on collecting jadite! That’s what my mom must have been thinking of because Martha did start the jadite collecting trend, but instead of pottery, it’s a jade colored glass made in the Depression era. I looked at more pictures of the stuff on the internet and fell in love. For the next long while I checked our local thrift stores for jadite, it took forever but I finally found some small plates! Six of them for $7. That’s the best price I’ve found so far. (these six plates are pictured below)

I continued to check the thrift stores multiple times a week, this little collection was a bit small and didn’t make much of an impact.  Finally I started checking out antique shops and had a little more success. It is more expensive at the antique stores… but driving to thrift stores multiple times a week is expensive too.  And so my collection grew.

My family has caught on and now know what to get me for Christmas!

My sister gave me this cream and sugar set.

And my parents got me this mixing/serving bowl.

I previously purchased a smaller bowl that nests quite nicely inside of it. There is a third smaller bowl that I still need to get to complete the set.

And here’s some shots of the entire collection which sit on some shelves in my room. When I get my own home I would like to put these on some open shelving, preferably white, in the kitchen.  It would be gorgeous!

I also bought myself a little Christmas present, this book!

Now I have a better idea of what these jadite pieces are worth, and how much I should and shouldn’t pay for them.  So far I’ve done well. Take my shakers, for example.  I paid $39 for my sugar shaker, in good condition. I was worried about that price, but I didn’t think I’d ever see another one again so I bought it.  According to this book, I did good. That’s a relief.

And that’s my collection! I hope I didn’t inspire any of you to start collecting it, I’d like there to be plenty of jadite available for me. 😉


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  1. kim

    Your collection is coming along nicely. I collect Jadeite too. I keep my pieces at my Lake House. So far my favorite pieces are a fish that I use as a soap dish in the bathroom, my coffee cup and my chicken on a nest salt dip that I use to keep my rings in. Collecting it gets addicting!

    1. Alissa

      ha! I think I’ll start some big dreams of getting a lake house for my jadite pieces. That must be lovely. Collecting DOES get addicting, I was a maniac for a few months there.

  2. Briitte

    Love Jadite!! I have a tiny collection….yours is fabulous. It has become very hard to find since I moved to California. I love these funky little vases I found years ago the best. Jadite just goes with everything, including Old Country Roses, which surprised me.

    1. Alissa

      I don’t think I’ve seen any vases, but I’d love to have some! I’ll have to keep an eye out for them, we have several rose bushes!

  3. 00292716986312588840

    Following you from thrifty decor chick-stop by for a visit!!

  4. Carrie

    I ADORE Jadite. It is the perfect Martha green, isn’t it?! I’ve never bought any of my own but always admired it at stores. I’ve started collecting petalware, which is very cute, but I feel Jadite will NEVER go out of style! Thanks for linking up to Making Lemonade, and may 2012 be full of wonderful things for you and your blog.

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