I have become somewhat of an addict when it comes to collecting cookie cutters. You can blame it on one little snowflake. The catch is that I like only a very specific type of cutter. They are the Wilton Comfort Grip metal cookie cutters (Cushion-grip cutters with extra-deep stainless steel sides). And apparently Wilton has a following because some of the rare cutters that I have been searching high and low for run up to $250 a piece. That's right! Don't you worry your little head about me. I will not dare spend that much money on a cookie cutter. I have one specific cutter that I have allowed myself a bit of a pricey limit with conditions only.
It is the 3-tier cake and the conditions are as follows:
1) $50.00 maximum, and that is only if I cannot find any other cheaper listing for over a course of a year.
2) Attempt to bargain the price down
3) Keep my eyes open: ebay, rummage sales, antique stores, craigslist, friends
It all began with the darn snowflake two winters ago in 2010. I will admit that I had received the butterfly for my bridal shower but then moved to Texas and had it in storage for a few years so it didn't affect me. Well when I saw the snowflake during my time in Dallas I began to fill my creative inspirations come back and thought it would be okay to invest in one cutter to use ($3.50 approx). This is when John and I were commuting and living in two different Texas cities so I had to rationalize, its not like we were in a home together. Once the transaction was done I was fine. That is until I moved to Austin to live with my husband in October 2011 and there was a bat cookie cutter that I missed out on for Halloween. Well since I love bats and Austin is the city of bats and one of my favorite bakeries in my neighborhood was selling edible glitter cookie bats my heart started to race. That is when I made my first purchase on ebay....for around $5.00. And then the downward spiral began.
It has been a rollercoaster of hot and cold. Some months/weeks I am strapped in and not allowing myself to fall prey to the cookie cutters but then there are weeks were I can't stop visiting all of the craft/bake shops and constantly checking ebay.. I have learned to go into TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls to get any seasonal ones that I don't have. With them pricing slightly cheaper it balances out my overpriced ones. First of all, $3.50 is a lot for a cookie cutter when I could just go to Sur La Table and by all of them for 99cents each. I absolutely do not purchase online unless it is a cookie cutter that is discontinued or retired and no retail store sells it or it is out of season. But here is the deal....I so dislike regular cookie cutters. They hurt my hands and they are toooooo small. I love oversized cookies. I love to gift oversize cookies, I love presenting oversize cookies, and I love to eat one oversize cookie instead of overeating 5 tiny cookies. Over the course of one year my cutter collection has gone from 4 (bat, pumpkin, butterfly, and snowflake) to 30. I have also listed towards the bottom of the cookie cutters I am currently seeking and the price points I am finding.
I own these:
- Gingerbread Boy
- Christmas Tree
- Mitten (Just found!)
- Santa Head
- Snowman Head
- Snowman (Just found! This one was stressful)
- Gingerbread House
- Candy Cane
- Daisy (Just purchased)
- Teddy Bear
- Bunny Face
- Double Heart
- Flag (Retired & HTF)
- Oak Leaf (Retired & HTF)
- Maple Leaf
I would love to acquire:
These are current prices I have found
- Round Christmas Ornament - $250.00
- Shaped Christmas Ornament - (unsure this may be an imposter company)
- Mickey Mouse head - $100.00 ***Desperately Desire
- Tulip - $40 to $100.00 ***Desperately Desire
- 3-Tier Cake -$200.00 ***Desperately Desire
- Scalloped Edge Square - $100 ***Desperately Desire
- Stocking - $55 ***Desperately Desire
- Angel - $50 to $100
-Witch's Hat - $10
-Seashell -$140 ***Desperately Desire
-Santa's Hat - $25
-Diamond - $100
|Round Christmas Ornament|
|Seashell from 1998|
|Mickey Mouse Head|
I got the 3-tier cake! I am so excited. We found a used one in nice condition on ebay and John got it for me for Christmas. Very happy and I cannot wait to use it in 2013. Someone have a birthday or a bridal shower so I can make cookies please!
I got the penguin cookie cutter!