When I first noticed demijohns on Pinterest and on blogs I have to admit I had no idea what they were. Did they have to be green? Did they have to have the wicker jacket? Where do you find them? I was clueless. As I looked around a little more I found out some very interesting things. As my knowledge grew, so did my fascination. I wanted one…or two!
I began with my go-to places to find anything. I began stalking eBay and Etsy in the hope that I could find a demijohn I could afford. It took months of looking but I finally purchased my first one.
Isn’t he cute? I know it’s not big like a classic demijohn but for a beginner I thought I got a great deal. Found this on eBay and including shipping I paid $32.00.
When it arrived and I opened the package I was greeted with the smell of smoke. It was also pretty dirty…ok, it was really disgusting. But I cleaned it up and sprayed the wicker with Clorox Clean-Up. That pretty much took care of the smell. I was in love for sure.
When I was strolling through Google Images I came upon this picture from the blog Vintage Finds. These demijohns are very much like mine but bigger. As a newbie collector, I wasn’t really sure if what I bought was considered a real demijohn. Reading this post made me feel much better…especially when Mallori said they range in price from $125 – $475!
On one of my eBay forays I also won this little guy.
The wicker isn’t in great shape but I thought he was so dang adorable. I couldn’t resist. I’m sure this isn’t considered a demijohn but it looks great on the tray with the other one. The difference in size and wicker color adds a little interest.
What I’ve learned? Here are the basics. Demijohns can be all sizes but are usually darker colored glass. Browns, Golds, Greens. They can have the wickerwork or not. The bigger the bottle, the higher the price. When buying online don’t forget to take into consideration the shipping costs.
Some bottles have the small handles at the top but then again, some don’t. If you get really lucky some still have the label on the wicker. Be prepared to do some cleaning. Don’t be put off at one that’s not in perfect condition. I think the wear and tear add charm.
After all…isn’t that what vintage is all about?