Lance's Journal: Incredible Cookie Jar Collection, Sept. 19

The Sweet Shoppe is located at 605 Howard Street in St. Paul, Nebraska.

The Sweet Shoppe has been tickling taste buds in St. Paul for the past quarter century. And for the past 17 years, Sweet Shoppe customers have also been enjoying one of the most incredible cookie jar collections that you could ever imagine.

Personally, I think 50 to a hundred cookie jars could be a pretty impressive collection. But a broad array of 1,363 cookies jars...that's just off the charts.

The Owner of the Sweet Shoppe is Alice Osterman. You name it, she's got it. From Babe Ruth to Marilyn Monroe. This is what you might call wall to wall cookie jars, "It's the wow effect. When people walk in they look around in amazement and it's like wow."

Alice started her collection 17 years ago when she was on vacation, "We'd try to find a cookie jar that reminded us of this place and then it kind of snowballed. If I was in a store and I saw a cookie jar that you looked at and it gave you the warm fuzzies I bought it."

Alice can hardly believe her collection has now surpassed 1, 300 cookie jars, "Sometimes it is a little overwhelming especially on days when I think about dusting them."

Alice's collection make her mother Dora very proud, "I think it's an awesome collection. I didn't know there was that many cookie jars in the world."

As you may have noticed, Alice seems to have one of just about every kind of cookie jar imaginable. But, believe it or not, the queen of the cookie jars says that she is still searching for the ever-elusive Disney-based "Pluto" cookie jar.

So if you know the whereabouts of Pluto jar and you'd like to take credit for number 1,364 -- please drop by the Sweet Shop and make your presents known.


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