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!


Kimberly said...

Sweet! I scored a truckload-literally-of canning jars this summer. Added to my own cragslist collection, I am set for life!

SonyaAnn said...

Jar rubbers!! Giggle!
I'm so happy that you found what you needed! I can't wait to see what you put in them.

Fertility Path said...

Totally cool. What a great find. I remember all my grandma's canning stuff... I wish I had kept it!

Opal Desert said...

Do not try to can with the old jar rubbers. However if they are not hard and cracking you can use them with the old glass lid and clamp seal mason jars. You have a gold mine.

Keep on canning!

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