Thursday, December 31, 2009

Why I Love Craigslist

A few days ago I was bored at work during my lunch break. I hadn't checked Craigslist in a while so I decided to check out the free stuff people were giving away. I hit the jackpot! I found a wonderful old man that had just retired and was cleaning out his basement to make room for his ceramics studio. Guess what he was giving away? ALL of his wife's old canning stuff!!!

Check it out!
I walked away with 28 wide mouth quart jars, 4 pint jars, and 3 half gallon jars (one of the half gallon jars was a wide mouth!).... I had to stop at Walmart on my way home to get these little crates that conveniently held a dozen quart jars each. The nice man just seemed to want all the stuff out of his basement and he also handed me a bag with random canning stuff. Check out the vintage items. I might keep them around just for giggles :)

Neat old spices :)

I know these lids aren't vintage but they are typically pricey. Plus they were still in the original packaging so I think they are brand new :)

I was half-tempted to send these forms in to see if they'd send me a book...

Jar Rubbers - I giggled when I read that :)

These lids aren't so vintage but they are almost a decade old.

So I am completely ecstatic about this. I thought I was going to have to BUY a bunch of the wide mouth mason jars so I saved a TON of money. If you haven't heard of Craigslist, check it out. Just click on the city nearest you to start finding stuff. People are giving stuff away everyday. If its not free, it's usually pretty cheap :)

Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sewing Machine

I splurged and finally bought a sewing machine - a Singer 7467 !! I went to JoAnne's thinking I was going to get a cheapo model that I could learn on, but after talking to the experts there, I got a $200 model that was discounted down from almost $400! It's a good thing I got it before Christmas :) Now all of my gifts are sewing/craft related!

I'll have pics of the first craft I made later :)