If you're anything like us, chances are you can't get enough of old Mason jars. There's no question that they're practical and beautiful, not to mention that they have a seemingly endless variety of uses. You can utilize Mason jars for drinks, meals, DIY projects, and even making a ton of money in one sitting — if you own the right ones.
Old Mason jars are one of the internet's best-kept secret gold mines. And how good is this gold? Well, just take a look at the Ball ideal, a vintage Mason jar selling for $1,200 on eBay right now — and see if your jaw doesn't drop while browsing the vintage amber fruit Mason jar selling for about $500 on the same site.
There are also a couple of other old Mason jars out there in seriously high demand — and seriously low supply — from collectors today. (In other words, ka-ching, ka-ching for you if you happen to have one at home!) One great example is the ultra-rare upside-down Ball Mason jar. This glassware piece was only issued from 1900 to 1910. Now, it's worth about $1,000.
Some folks who enjoy hearing about happy mistakes might be tickled by the fact that an old Mason jar once considered an "error" is among these valuable items today. The infamous violet Columbia Mason jar developed a purple tint when it was exposed to the sun, which was a result of manganese added to the glass. But people were such fans of the lovely color that manufacturers actually began selling it in that shade — purposefully — in 1905. Considering that its estimated worth is $400 today, it seems like they made a smart choice.
How to Make Money From Old Mason Jars
- Confirm that the old Mason jar is truly considered "old" in the Mason jar world. (Hint: Mason jars were first invented in 1858.)
- Find out if your piece is a rare one. If it was only available for a short period of time, this is a great clue.
- Inspect its condition. Buyers today expect mint and rarely less than that!
After you make that cash, find out some super-helpful tips to save your hard-earned money in the video below: