Mary Engelbreit Collectibles

Published: August 31, 2021
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Mary Engelbreit on born June 5, 1952 and is an artist whose illustrations have been printed in books, cards and calendars. She attributes her beginnings in art to getting eyeglasses in second grade and being able to see details of the world around her clearly for the first time. After meeting her first artist, at age 9, she became convinced she needed her own studio space, which her mother helped set up in the family linen closet. At first she would copy her favorite illustrations and prints from old books her mother read to her and her siblings each night, but slowly she developed her own style. Her first job was at an art supply store, where Mary met lots of working artists and learned about all the tools of the trade. An entire industry has grown up around Engelbreit, but it all began with a young girl who just wanted to draw pictures.

mary engelbreit cookie jars

Early carreer

Interested in art throughout her school years, the artist eventually began to work for a local advertising company, Hot Buttered Graphics. Hoping to work as an illustrator of children's books, she shopped her portfolio around New York City without success.

Life is just a bowl of cherries

At the suggestion of one art director, she began working in greeting cards; her first nationally distributed greeting card featured a malapropism that played off the old saying, "Life is just a bowl of cherries," and showed a girl looking at a chair piled high with bowls, with the legend "Life is just a chair of bowlies." Mary has been married to Phil Delano, a social worker, since 1977; in 1986 they formed their own company, presently called Mary Engelbreit Studios. The couple had two children, Evan, born 1980, and Will, born 1983. Evan Delano passed away in June of 2000.

She has her own star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.


Engelbreit Studio makes lots of different lines of collectibles, including:

  • Tins
  • Figurines
  • Fabric
  • Ornaments (Christmas)
  • Calendars
  • Cards
  • Art prints
  • Books
  • Mugs
  • Ceramic products
  • Accessories (magnets, pins, etc.) 
  • Cookie jars


Mary Engelbreit Collectibles value and price guide

What's your Mary Engelbreit Collectibles worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items with prices.

Item Title Date Price
Mary Engelbreit Mary Engelbreit Advent Mini Mary Engelbreit Advent Mini Christmas 06/2021 $ 468.75
Mary Engelbreit Mary Engelbreit Tiny Teeny Mary Engelbreit Tiny Teeny Halloweeny 07/2021 $ 351.56
Mary Engelbreit Mary Engelbreit Cotton Fabric Mary Engelbreit Cotton Fabric BUNDLE FOR 06/2021 $ 281.26
Mary Engelbreit Mary Engelbreit s ANN ESTELLE Mary Engelbreit S ANN ESTELLE 10 Doll 06/2021 $ 228.52
Mary Engelbreit Daisy Kingdom Mary Engelbreit Daisy Kingdom Mary Engelbreit Dress Long 06/2021 $ 234.38
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