I never bought the sugar bowl for my Corelle set of dishes. The reason being is I hardly ever drank coffee. My husband and I decided we wanted to drink coffee. I prefer having a spoon or so of sugar in my coffee.
Looking around my kitchen, I realized I had enough small items I had bought at garage sales to use for decorating my home or to use for what they were made for. I never got around to using some of these items for their intended use. I decided those items would make great sugar bowls. Many of these items cost me anywhere from a nickel to fifty cents.
My Top 5 Ideas for Sugar Bowls
Below are the ten things I had ideas for using as a sugar bowl.
Blue Metal Cheese Crocks with Lids
I found a blue metal crock that once was the home for cheese that can be bought at a few sites online and offline. Since I was collecting the style of metal dishes this blue metal cheese crock was in, I bought it for something like a quarter.
It had been sitting around until just this week when I noticed a partial bag of sugar had a hole in the bottom. I decided to pour the rest of the sugar into the crock because the sugar canister was full.
Oil or Vinegar Carafes
I had bought a small oil or vinegar carafe at another garage sale for next to nothing. I had planned on using it for what it was supposed to be used for. Since I had it for years and never used it, I decided to put part of the open bag of sugar in it for my coffee.
To fill it, I used a small funnel to get the sugar into the container. It works just as well as one of those sugar dispensers you can buy at the store for around $4.
Half Pint Canning Jar
On occasion I will see someone selling half pint canning jars at garage sales. Even if you have to buy a box of new rings and lids, the cost will still be far less than a sugar bowl.
The reason I mentioned the half pint canning jars and replacing the ring and lid is because most of the time you can get the jars from ten cents up to a quarter. The box of lids and rings may cost around $4. Just replacing those when they start to rust out of the box of lids and rings will be far cheaper over the years considering the prices of sugar bowls.
There are people who will sell cute little jelly jars they have bought jelly or jam in at stores. Often times, you can get them for free. There are jelly jar lids and rings you can buy like the canning jar lids and rings for about the same amount at the store. Again over the years this will save you money when replacing a sugar bowl.
Green Small Decorative Storage Jars
I found a set of green decorative jars with wooden lids at a garage sale for $1. One of those will make a great sugar bowl too. If you find a set like that at a garage sale and have a travel trailer or RV, the other one could be used in that as a sugar bowl or sugar canister.