Confit and Olive Jars

by Sherry
I have always had this “thing” for confit pots and olive jars, even before
they became so popular.  My first purchase was from a flea market over
twenty five years ago.  I probably paid about $15.00 for the first pot.
Confit pots were originally used in the South of France to store meat
and other perishable food. They would be filled and then buried in the
ground to keep the food cool.
The antique pots have now become very expensive and a lot harder
to find.  I have seen rare ones priced as high as $900 and others
normally sell from $185 and up, depending on condition.  Fortunately
there are reproductions that can be bought at a fraction of the price.
No, they do not have the charm of the antiques but many are still very
pretty and look great in a French Country style home.
Recently Steve and I stopped in downtown Winter Park for lunch on the
way to take him to the airport.  Winter park is such a cute town with great
shops and restaurants.  We went to a French outdoor cafe for lunch and guess
what was across the street?   A Pottery Barn!  
Pottery Barn had this yellow confit  pot at 70% off.  How could I resist?
The dark olive jar was found at the same flea market where I bought the
giant clam shell.  I couldn’t believe an antique dealer was selling the jar for
$10.00.  Between this purchase and the clam shell bargain I was dancing on air!
Below are just a few photos of my confit pot collection, both new and antique.


These are just a few of my collection. Sorry,  I can’t find pictures of all the pots.
I currently have four antique confits and three reproductions.
Before I leave I want to share a picture of my favorite olive jar.
This is just one of my many collections…you didn’t think the name of
my blog was a coincidence?
To see more Confit pots check out my Pinterest Board,  French Country.
I would love for you to follow me while there.
What do you collect?
Thanks to everyone that joined the Open House party last week and
I hope to see you Wednesday evening for this weeks party.

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Shelia January 14, 2013 - 6:15 pm

Hi Sherry! Oh, what a pretty pot! I've never heard the name before and I just learn new every day in blogland.
Glad you got such a great deal and love all of your decorating.
be a sweetie,
Shelia 😉

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style January 14, 2013 - 6:48 pm

You know I collect lots of things. One of them are the olive jars which I have quite a few of. I want the confit pots, but like you said they are expensive. The cheapest I have found them here is $95 for a small one. Maybe one day I will bite the bullet and just pay that.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting January 14, 2013 - 7:56 pm

I love them both Sherry! You have a beautiful collection, especially that large one in your family room with the fern!!

Kristi January 14, 2013 - 8:35 pm

I love olive jars, pots of almost any kind and bottles too!! Love seeing all your pretties! 🙂

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor January 14, 2013 - 8:49 pm

Very neat….love those pots! You really should as what don't I collect…that might be easier!!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria January 14, 2013 - 10:25 pm

Love these always have the best things..I pray all is well on your side of the mountain my dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR January 14, 2013 - 10:41 pm

Sherry, your jars are wonderful! I love olive and confit jars. You have quite the collection!

Calypso In The Country January 15, 2013 - 2:02 am

Nice collection, Sherry. I love the way you decorated with them!

Yvonne @ StoneGable January 15, 2013 - 2:38 am

The yellow olive jar is a great addition to your WONDERFUL collection!!! What great decor elements!

[email protected] January 15, 2013 - 2:51 am

Sherry, you have a beautiful collection! I love all of them and so happy that you found both of the newest ones for such good prices.

Have a great day.

Karen Albert January 15, 2013 - 3:46 am

Dearest Sherry, this makes me want to trek up to Pottery Barn tomorrow just in case! What an amazing find. Your entire collection is wonderful.. I have not been a big collector over the years. I have a nice linen collection and Cross Bottles though.

2013 Artists Series

[email protected] January 15, 2013 - 7:53 am

The jars look very Mediterranean to me. It's like I can feel a hot breeze on my skin just looking at them… And wait: are those cicadas I hear in the background?
I'm an obsessive collector: teapots, teacups, egg coddlers… And I live in a very tiny house!!!!

The enchanted home January 15, 2013 - 10:39 am

Nice collection, great deals!! These can add instant personality to a space/vignette, love the elegant rustic quality.

Reply January 15, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Your collection is envious! There is something about the jars and pots that is elegant in their earthy rustic way. Timeless I guess, they are beautiful

Nancy January 15, 2013 - 2:11 pm

I love these yellow pots. What a wonderful thing to collect. Thanks for sharing.
xo Nancy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) January 15, 2013 - 2:19 pm

All of your wonderful pots and jars are fabulous Love how you use them for displays too. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Leslie Harris January 15, 2013 - 4:58 pm

I can't believe the prices you got on some of your earlier purchases. I love these pots, but it's so hard to find a deal anymore. They sure add such warmth and personality to a room.
Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles January 15, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Your pots are wonderful, and isn't it exciting when you find a bargain?!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home January 16, 2013 - 3:05 am

Such a beautiful collection!

Moni - Zuhaus at Home January 16, 2013 - 3:42 am

What a beautiful collection..of olive and confit jars!
Great deal at PB!

[email protected] The Vintage Nest January 16, 2013 - 1:20 pm

I feel like we need to build an ark with all the rain Va. has been getting! Love the jars you found Sherry. Old jars and jugs have always been a favorite of mine. Mom has a Rebecca jar that I covet. 🙂

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch January 16, 2013 - 2:51 pm

Sherry, those are gorgeous, and what a deal. You know I love a good deal. They are so Frenchy. Thanks to you, I started collecting big wicker baskets, and now oh no, don't get me started on confit jars.

Wild Oak Designs January 16, 2013 - 4:10 pm

I only recently learned about confit. Very interesting! The pots now make more sense, and of course, I will watch for them…..
Love your collection, thanks for sharing!

J9's Happiness in the Every Day January 16, 2013 - 7:15 pm

Wow! What a collection you have!! I seem to be drawn to floral, shabby, vintage porcelain and fabric!! It has a pull for me! I've just become your newest follower! Please do pop over to my bit of blogland if you get a mo! J9 x

Elizabeth Johnson January 17, 2013 - 2:43 am

And education and lovely visuals to boot. A very nice post.

Revi January 17, 2013 - 5:57 am

Great collection! Now, I want some. :)-Revi

Fairhope Supply Co. January 17, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Cute Pots! I love Winter Park. I'm sure you had a good time there.

I'm a new follower!

Sarah January 18, 2013 - 12:06 am

Beautiful collection, Sherry. I couldn't begin to name all the different collections that have happened through the years here. 😉 No Minimalist Here either. LOL

Bonnie January 18, 2013 - 1:57 am

Sherry, What is the difference between a confit jar and an olive oil jar? How do you tell the difference. I realize they had different uses but to look at a jar what is the difference?

Sandy January 18, 2013 - 4:48 am

What a deal! Doesn't it just make your heart skip a beat or two? I love Pottery barn and it's rare that I find a great deal like you did. Thanks for the education about confit jars. I had no idea what the history was or what they were called.

Sandy January 18, 2013 - 4:49 am

Forgot to add….I'm off to check out your Pinterest board. I'm already a follower there.

Kim @ La Belle Époque January 18, 2013 - 2:26 pm

Of course, I love the confits! I have one antique one and one large olive jar (biot). I'll be going back to France a couple times this year and hope to find more.

Designs By Pinky January 19, 2013 - 2:41 pm

I love these pots too, just don't have any:( I have always had Asain pieces but I SO admire the French country look I see. Your collection is beautifu. Now I am off to Pinterest to check out your boards too!!!! XO, Pinky

EvalinaMaria January 19, 2013 - 7:45 pm

Awesome pots! What do I collect? It looks like… hmm… just stash.

You have a lovely blog, thank you for sharing. I am a new follower and 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun at the party!

Evalina, This and that…

[email protected] Designs January 22, 2013 - 10:47 pm

Great finds Sherry!…I have been to that Pottery Barn and also ate at that restaurant in Downtown Winter is such a great place…always love going there.
Love your collection.


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