The past few months Dan and I have been collecting canning jars for our personal canning use later on down the road. We’ve even gone as far as choosing different spaghetti sauce for the fact that it came in a canning-appropriate quart size (in addition to being HFCS free).
The other day, I stopped by our local thrift store looking for a Dutch oven. Instead, I found a few canning jars and proceeded to check out. While standing in line, the customer in front of me asked me if I were canning or just collecting. I replied, “well, I guess I’m collecting to can.” Five minutes later, I had a slip of paper in my hand with her name, address, and phone number, along with an invitation to stop by later that afternoon to pick up a few jars.
When I arrived, Ms. Rose had two boxes brimming with jars set aside for me—and I could only talk her into taking $10 for what looked to be 40+ jars. “No, no,” she said, “I’m the seller…I’m happy with $10. Enjoy them and just think of it as God’s been good to you today.” He most certainly had. The generosity of a stranger increased my stock of jars by about 30% for far less than I could hope to buy them for—even at the thrift store! Thank you Ms. Rose—you definitely made my week. :-D
Added to the extra jars from my parents, my most recent canning jar census tops out at….
11 jelly jars
2 miscellaneous sized Mason jars.
Now, just to get that garden so I can fill them!