I posted a want ad on craigslist this week offering 25 cents a jar for mason jars. I got the usual I have a new case for $10 type responses, but one guy emailed me and said he’s cleaning out his grandmother’s basement and they have a lot to get rid of…25 cents is fine with her. I talked to him on the phone to schedule a pickup, but mostly to make sure he didn’t sound like a serial killer before I headed over to a strangers house.
He and grandma met me at the door and we set to work finding all of the jars we could in the basement. I paidfor the ones we counted and we got to work hauling them upstairs and to my car. But grandma stayed in the basement and pulled up tons more goodies for me so about 1/3 of what I brought home was free. Including some zinc canning lids because she liked how tickled I was by the fact she still had a box, 3 perty wood fruit crates, my first blue jar…a big half gallon one, and and entire case of lids with bands. My total haul:
3 cases of jelly jars
10 cases of regular pints
5 cases of wide mouth pints
2 cases of regular quarts
12 boxes of lids with bands
11 boxes of lids
1 box full of baby food jars to use for seed and spice storage
My total for all this was $55, which may not seem like a steal until you realize you can only get 5 cases new for that price!