Cookie Jars Aplenty at Dixieland Flea Market

The Dixieland Flea Market can be found in Waterford, MI. at 2045 on the Dixie Hwy. There we found a great collection of cookie jars which I would like to share with you now:

Cookie Jars Dilbert


I’ve had bosses like the one in this iconic comic strip so Dilbert is like a brother to me. Keep those arms crossed in defiance, my friend!

Cookie Jars DL Castle

Disneyland Castle

This was released for the 40th Anniversary of Disneyland (1995), and apart from the strange coloring, is a nice piece.

Cookie Jars 101 Pup

101 Puppy

One of the few cookie jars that actually chose a ‘cookie’ theme. Weird. And… he’s sitting in my cookies!

Cookie Jars Pluto


Mickey’s pup is ready for some fine dining, but I’m hoping there is more than bones in that jar!

Cookie Jars Beauty & Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Not surprisingly, this cookie jar was among the highest priced at $200.00 US. You pay for popularity!

Cookie Jars Chicken Run

Chicken Run

One of Aardman’s best movies, this chicken from Tweedy Farms is about ready to hatch a batch of cookies!

Cookie Jars Dwarfs

The Seven Dwarfs

Finally let out of Snow White’s sight, the Dwarfs spend the free time guarding, not just their jems, but cookies too!

Cookie Jars Sprout


This one is a little strange. How can a heathy vegetable character be holding a yummy batch of cookies for us? Contradiction, anyone?

Cookie Jars Dorothy

Dorothy and Toto

Most ceramic collectibles don’t quite get the facial features of real persons right, but this cookie jar got Judy Garland spot on! Not sure about Toto.

Cookie Jars Dagwood

Dagwood Bumstead

Blondie’s husband is known for his eating so it is no surprise he would show up as a cookie jar. I wonder if it holds sandwiches…

Cookie Jars Monsters Inc

Monsters Inc.

Choices, choices. I think I like the Mike jar the best. With a smug look on his face like that, he must have the best cookies!

Cookie Jars Jetsons

The Jetsons

Now that’s one crowded spaceship! The little version is a salt and pepper shaker.

Cookie Jars Alice


This depicts one of my favorite scenes from the animated classic. But would there be much room for cookies in that house?

Cookie Jars Donald

Donald Duck

I guess I’d be upset if everyone kept taking my hat off to steal my cookies!

Cookie Jars Red Queen

The Red Queen

Maybe taking cookies from this old gal wouldn’t be a good idea! “Off with their heads!”

Cookie Jars Buzz

Buzz Lightyear

“To snack time, and beyond!” Buzz can adapt his catch fraise for any situation.

Cookie Jars Coach

Cinderella Coach

If you eat cookies from an enchanted coach, they don’t have calories.

Now most of these cookie jars were priced between $50.00 and $60.00 US but were on sale for 50% off. The lady is closing her booth soon and is liquidating her stock.

We’ll end this post with the King of all cookie jars:

Cookie Jars Kong


So if you’re in the Michigan area and need a new place to keep your cookies, be sure to stop into the Dixieland Flea Market and visit this booth!

Walt Disney World Refillable Travel Mugs

My wife and I first visited Walt Disney World as a couple in 2006 and that’s when our collection of refillable travel mugs began. At that time, Disney was still releasing new designs each year, and separate designs for each resort.

Now they tend to be more generic, a one-mug-fits-all, if you will. It has taken the fun out of acquiring travel mugs as now they are not linked to specific trip memories. But what are you going to do?

Recently, we threw away all of our travel mugs because they had become too dirty and worn. We use them often for taking our coffee and tea on the go. Once gone, we realized just how handy they were! So I was thrilled to find these two mint condition examples in a local charity shop:

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The gang arrives at Walt Disney World

What I’ve always liked about the travel mugs is the designs. This one depicts Mickey and friends arriving for a vacation.

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This was back when each resort, or family of resorts, had their own designs. This mug was sold at Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach, and the Old Key West resorts.

As you can see by comparing these two examples, the handles and lids came in a variety of colors. This is still the case today.

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Check-in Time!

This mug has no resort indicated anywhere so it could be a more generic design sold throughout the resorts. Quite possibly the Value resorts.

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Trust Donald to complicate everything!

Now we have travel mugs again! Seriously, have you ever tried to find a decent travel mug in the local stores that isn’t priced too high? I was glad to find these for just $2.99 CAN each.

For more travel mug fun, check out our earlier post entitled Disney Souvenirs Under $20.

One More Disney Teapot

The other day I posted a Disney Teapot for One but today’s teapot can serve many more people. At least two or three!

But let’s start by showing you the back of the pot first:


Not very Disney, is it?

Not all Disney teapots have a familiar shape or obvious pattern. So to see the Disney side of this teapot, we need to turn it around to its front side:


Sledding fun!

This is what I call a ‘cheat’ product. Instead of designing something unique they have simply applied an image to an otherwise generic product.



Who puts a teapot in the microwave?

You know Fall is in the air and Winter looms over the horizon when I start posting items with snow on them! I’m not ready for the horrors of winter yet but at least Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto seem to be enjoying it!

Disney Teapot For One

‘Tea for Two’ may make a great song, but this Disney teapot is even greater because it can make tea for one! And it is covered in Hidden Mickeys:


“Tea for one, and one for tea!”

These are really neat little teapots. They are a three-part product, if you don’t count the teapot lid.


Notice that both the handle on the cup and teapot are actually Mickey’s arms? And who can miss the ‘Hidden Mickey’ plate?


Hats off!

This item doesn’t have much in the way of markings. No company name or design line but just a very simple…


At least we know it is copyrighted

So the next time you are a ‘party of one’ and fancy a ‘spot of tea’, don’t wait for Mrs. Potts to show up! Just get out your ‘for one teapot’ and enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures!

For more tea fun please check out our previous post entitled UK Pavilion Merchandise. Spoiler Alert: There may be other teapots featured! And be sure to check out One More Disney Teapot here!

Huey, Dewey, or Louie Salt & Pepper Shakers?

I hope everyone loves a mystery! Today I have a vintage set of Disney salt and pepper shakers in the likenesses of two of Donald Duck’s three nephews. But which of the three are represented here?

Let’s start our investigation:

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They measure about 3 3/4 inches tall and about 2 1/4 inches wide

In their very first cartoon Huey wore a green shirt and cap, Dewey orange and Louie red. But the red-blue-green designation was later invented in the comics, where their shirts were black but their caps have those three now-recognizable colors. Today, the shirts and caps are color coordinated for each character.

And so because Disney did assign a shirt color to each duckling in later years, we will be able to name our two spice merchants.

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Circa 1950’s (?) and stamped ‘Japan’

So we have red and green, although they have swapped caps with each other just to be difficult. Well, that’s in character!

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4 holes for salt and 3 holes for pepper

We will assume the shirts are on the right duck. Let’s get some more information from Disney’s former Chief Archivist Dave Smith: “Note that the brightest hue of the three is red (Huey), the color of water, dew, is blue (Dewey), and that leaves Louie, and leaves are green.”

So it appears that our two spice merchants here are Huey and Louie.

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Stripes on shirts aren’t character appropriate

Here is how the three mischievous ducks look today:

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Perhaps you noticed the corks in the, er… tail feathers of our two ducklings? Here is a closer look for those who aren’t faint of heart:

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Unfortunate placement!

I guess you have to get the spices into them somehow. But… seriously? This could be why Huey has an annoyed look on his face:

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Angry, or constipated?

These shakers are listed in the book 1003 Salt & Pepper Shakers with Values by Larry Carey and Sylvia Tompkins for $200.00 US which seems a tad high. Sites such as eBay have them listed for auction starting at about $70.00 US. As usual the sellers are claiming they are rare.

Just can’t get enough Disney salt & pepper shakers? I have many in my collection and most of them are featured here in this post entitled Disney Salt & Pepper Shakers.

Donald Duck Florida Orange Juice Vintage Can

I have seen these great vintage orange juice cans for years along with the miniature reproductions but have never been to a place that had one for sale. Today I was visiting a flea market/antique store and there one was, holding up a glass shelf with four other vintage juice cans (non-Disney).

$15.00 later and it was mine!

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Anyone thirsty?

It took a little research to date this particular 48 Fluid Oz. can but here is what I came up with. Donald Duck juice was a brand of frozen and refrigerated orange (and grapefruit) juice produced by the Florida’s Natural Growers agricultural cooperative, which was known as Citrus World from 1969 to 1998, and before that as the Florida Citrus Canners Cooperative.

You can see in the picture to the right below that the Florida Citrus Canners Cooperative is listed on this particular can which should place it pre-1969. The Donald Duck brand was first introduced in 1940 so it had to be manufactured between those dates, but only knowledge of when different label designs were used would date this sample with any more accuracy.

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The fact that the can is also stamped with W.D.P. (Walt Disney Productions) doesn’t help us narrow the date of release down for this company name was used by Disney from 1929 to 1986. So both the Canners Co-op and W.D.P. could have appeared on this can between 1940 and 1968.

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Top and Bottom w/vintage rust

There are some random production letters on the bottom of the can but I doubt they would help with our attempts to date the can unless we could find documentation from the plant that recorded them and their meaning. Not going to happen!

So again, are you thirsty?

Fun Fact: This can mentions that it was distributed from a production plant in Lake Wales, Florida. For many years Donald Duck also appeared on the juice plant’s water storage tank in Lake Wales, until 1998, when the cooperative decided to remove the Donald Duck logo as part of its name change and re-branding.

Disney’s José Carioca Cookie Jar

Polly want a cookie? Actually, we should ask if José wants one, as today’s collectible is that famous anthropomorphized parrot from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And he’s looking as dapper as ever:

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Leeds circa 1940-1970

José was created in 1942 for the movie Saludos Amigos as a friend of Donald Duck, described by Time as “a dapper Brazilian parrot”. He returned in the 1944 film The Three Caballeros along with Donald and a Mexican rooster named Panchito Pistoles.

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This cookie jar is typical of the work produced by Leeds with the minimal cold paint trim. Many examples you find have much of the paints rubbed off, especially the smaller salt and pepper shakers, as they would be handled more often than the bigger cookie jars.

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Minimal detailing is especially evident from behind

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Don’t try this at home!

The more common José Carioca cookie jar is a double-sided version with Donald Duck. You can find many of these on eBay and other selling sites. Prices fluctuate wildly from $50.00 to $250.00 or more, depending on condition. Missing paint is the most common problem that lowers the price.

Fewer examples of the stand-alone José Carioca cookie jar are available, even online, which makes its price higher and more stable. Still, you should be able to find a nice one for around $100.00 or slightly higher. Luckily, I found mine on a local selling site for just $20.00 CAN.

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‘Joe Carioca from The Three Caballeros Walt Disney USA’

Notice it identifies the character as ‘Joe’. This is appropriate as ‘José is the Spanish and Portuguese form of Joseph. It is pronounced jo-SE in case you were wondering. And the feminine form is Josefa. The popularity of the name peaked in the year 2000 and is still slightly more popular now than it was in the 1940’s.

Jose Character Suit

Fun Fact: “Carioca” is a term which refers to a person born in Brazil. So basically his name means ‘Joe of Brazil’.

Mickey & Minnie Cookie Jar

What’s red, white and blue all over? With mice on it? In your kitchen? Hopefully not your cookie jar, but there is a cookie jar that fits this description:

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Modern Mickey and Minnie

This is another Value Village find that came to me from a friend and that was purchased for just one Canadian dollar! You can buy it on eBay today for just under $15.00 American.

It is approximately 7″ tall with the lid. The opening is approximately 3 1/2″ in diameter.

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Mickey profiles, Mickey hands, and stars motif

This nice little cookie jar was probably sold in the late eighties or sometime in the nineties. It’s capacity is a tad small, but that should help the diet, eh? Apparently this was sold as a premium with the purchase of a Hallmark Keepsake ornament. There were matching mugs available.

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Motif is repeated on the lid

Not it’s on the bottom of the cookie jar that we find the most intriguing feature:

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Just the other day I was lamenting that my current cookie jar wasn’t microwave safe. But thanks to Disney, I can now warm up my cookies right in the jar!

Hmmmm! Warm cookies.

Muppets: Swedish Chef Cubeez

“Eeb duh bulio smork dim stacker boo!” – Swedish Chef

Famous quotes are plentiful, but few have as much meaning as the one above! The Muppets most culinary member, the Swedish Chef, has a knack for summing up the cosmos in just a few words of complete and utter gibberish.

If only we could see inside his head. Well, now we can, and it’s empty:

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“Bork! Bork! Bork!”

Some have said that the Chef is a little square, but never has it been so literal as now. As a Cubeez character, he truly is a blockhead!

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I’m running out of punny insults!

I have a few other characters done over in this merchandising style. You can pick them up at any Hallmark store. Of course, the offerings aren’t confined to Disney characters:

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I have Buzz Lightyear and Woody from the Disney/Pixar line, and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker from the Muppets line.

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These are not a bad buy at just $7.95 CAN each. They are meant to be a stackable storage solution to organize your smallest treasures.

This Cubeez version of the Chef will find a home beside his plush version atop our refrigerator:

Plush Chef

“Aahhh! De bork duh bork und twinny me-me!”

I think that means he is pleased that he will soon have some company up there! I don’t think he could have cooked up a better idea himself!

Disney-themed Shot Glasses

Or toothpick holders, depending on what era of Disney you grew up in!

Lots of taboo things used to be sold in the parks, like cigars and cigarettes, ashtrays, and the like. Today, you just don’t see these things on display. But you can find them at flea markets and in charity shops:

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By volume, would these glasses hold more alcohol or toothpicks? (Trick Question) I found this set of three shot glasses at my local Value Village.

Let’s take a closer look, starting with the Leader of the Binge:

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“You’re serving alcohol?” – Mickey Mouse

Pluto seems just as confused by the offering of spirits:

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“Woof?” – Pluto

The only one who seems happy about the impending deluge of tequila shots is Minnie Mouse:

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Minnie waits for her supplier during Prohibition

Each shot glass has the image repeated on the inside-bottom of the glass:

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In case you can still see when your glass is empty!

I’ve searched far and wide for other Disney-themed shot glasses but they are few and far between in Canada, if not non-existent. My search will continue!

In the meantime, check out my post entitled Taboo Disney for more great old discontinued stuff (PC’ers need not click!)