Announcement Our love for the iconic mason jar inspires kitchen and bath accessories, jewelry, wedding decor, and unique gifts. Since 2009, handmade in Illinois.
Our love for the iconic mason jar inspires kitchen and bath accessories, jewelry, wedding decor, and unique gifts. Since 2009, handmade in Illinois.
brpajak on Jan 17, 2017
I am very pleased with the product and would definitely purchase again from MidwestFinds! Thank you!
corrina on Jan 17, 2017
Very happy. Looks great. Great gift to give!
San Franciscan on Jan 16, 2017
This item was a gift and I just had a chance to see it in action. It works really well and the person who received it loves it, especially the gorgeous blue color. Jena responded to my queries and sent it super-promptly as I was in a big panic to send it on in time for the holidays, both of which I really appreciated.
Mason Jar Maniacs
We are Bernard and Jena, living among the corn and soy bean fields of East Central Illinois. We met in college while he was singing and playing the piano in my dorm lounge (I guess I’m a groupie). That was 32 years and three children ago! He teaches college music theory and bassoon. I'm a retired homeschooler and reading teacher.
We live in a century-old church building and have always loved history and treasure hunting.
Our Etsy shop started in June of 2009 because of a garage sale. Bernard came home with a basket full of miscellaneous jars. When we looked them up, we found a complete subculture of Ball jar collectors! That intrigued us and the more we studied, the more fascinated we became. So we decided to become collectors ourselves.
That's how we started buying jars. But you can't buy just one. They come in boxes, jumbled together with barn dirt and mud. That's why we decided to try an Etsy shop. We wanted to sell our extra jars and make some money to fund our habit.
As our jar obsession began to take hold, we wanted to incorporate them into everyday life. Standing at my kitchen sink, I looked at my plastic soap dispenser and thought, “Why can’t a Ball jar be a soap dispenser?” We had never seen one but my creative husband went to the basement and came back with a pump lid to fit a jar. He just does that. Give him a problem and he solves it.
Our hanging jars developed more slowly. We’d seen other hanging jars but didn’t like the way they looked. Eventually we came up with the chain and wire combination. His years of making bassoon reeds came in handy–working with wire and pliers is second nature.
At an auction in 2010, Bernard bought a kiln on a whim. That was the biggest thing he had ever brought home! He wanted to try melting jars, and through trial and error, he came up with his design. No one had melted mason jars like this before! His process keeps the adorable jar shape. I immediately said, "Spoon rest!"
During the summer of 2010 we were Etsy Featured Sellers and put melted jars on our shop. They were very popular, but by the end of 2010, Bernard was suffering some pretty severe health issues and the kiln went into retirement...until the summer of 2013 when they became very popular. It's fun to see people love our melted mason jars just as much as we do.
Our soap dispensers continue to improve. Our first ones were made out of antique zinc lids. I loved the look, but they didn't last long. Rust. Then we moved on to coated lids and they worked well with some liquid products, but not my harsh dish soap. So then I decided we needed to go 100% plastic to avoid the corrosion of metal lids. But it had to look nice, mature, stylish. I wanted all black. Turns out those aren't readily available, so we found our own parts and made our own 100% rustproof and all black. Love it! An added benefit is these lids are food grade, so they not only work with soap but condiments, salad dressings, and anything else that can be pumped.
Bernard continues to create. He loves making jewelry, so we have an ever-expanding line of earrings made from mason jar parts. He's also designed a wind chime that gets rave reviews.
Many of our ideas come from our customers. That's the fun of Etsy...the give-and-take between buyer and seller that brings the joy of community into something that is so much more than a business.
Bernard and Jena
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
We are a husband and wife team and we just love mason jars! Why? They remind us of a simpler time when families were more self-sufficient and stretched every penny. They are a beautiful and practical way to touch the past.
Meg and Missa
Shipper, Customer Service
Our daughters pitch in with shipping and general encouragement whenever we need it. Our son lives in Chicago, but whenever he's home, he's also part of the team.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
How long will it take to get my order?
Before you order, check the "Shipping & Policies" tab on your item page. There you will find "Ready to ship in..." to let you know how long it might take us to create and ship your item.
After you order, check your invoice for "scheduled to ship by" right above your address. You can find your invoice by going to "your account" at the top of your Etsy page, then "purchases and previews."
Please let us know if you need an item by a particular date and we will do all we can to get it to you on time.
You will get an automatic email with tracking info when we create your label. You can also get to your tracking number on your receipt. Go to "Your Account"--"Purchases & Reviews:--"View Receipt"
Be prepared to pay customs charges. Each country has different laws pertaining to packages, and custom charges are not prepaid. Those charges are your responsibility, based on your country. Our shipping charge is simply the cost of sending your order through the US postal service.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
Refunds and Exchanges
We want you to be happy. If you don't like your order, you can ship it back to us (at your cost) within seven days of its arrival and get a full refund of the purchase price.