By Stacey from Mission, British Columbia
Here in Fresno, California, I have found teal jars at the 99cent and only store. I have purchased them there. I don't know if you have them in Canada.
Where I live you don't get the antique blue jars for $1.00. I imagine they could have went down in price in the last several years. I haven't really checked, but in the 80s they were quite expensive.
Contact Gladewater, Texas - antique capital of East Texas. The town is full of antique stores and you should find all you need. If not there, then Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It is full of antique stores as well. Try the chamber of commerce for these towns.
Does it have to be an authentic Ball Jar with the wire? If you are just looking for transparent teal glass jars to decorate for an occasion, a convincing alternative to get the "look" is to use transparent or glass paint, but buy it in bulk. Don't go to a craft store where it's sold in a 4 oz jar.
Blick Art Supply sells it in larger bottles cheaper, or you can just enter "transparent paint" on a search engine to check prices. Keep in mind using a paint brush or dabbing it will look terrible, (been there and tried that) the best way is to pour some paint into the jar, swirl to coat and let drain into the next jar and continue on, so you will want a lot of it. This will flake off over time, so if you only want a temporary look that may be a better way to go financially.
Also, are you planning to use the jars as vases? If so I would recommend dipping them into the paint so it's on the outside. I bought a garden stake a few years ago that had a "red glass" medallian in the center. After being outside less than a year it was clear, so I know they painted it also. I still have it in my garden and love it, but I sure was convinced I had purchased red glass.
I have one. It is the bi-centennial Ball jar. I would sell it. You pay shipping and you can have it. We will discuss price. Email me at classyncntry AT hotmail.com
I see them in every antique shop, antique mall, junk store and auctions (particularly in rural areas). Usually $1 each where I live.
I bought mine at a garage sale, and at the local thrift shops. Hope you find some! Good luck! Oh and even try freecycle.org or .com lol Sorry I can't remember.
The canning jars are pretty, and the most likely would be to find them in antique shops, they are old.
You could probably ask for them in Craigslist, or Cheapcycle, or any others similar like that, or even try freecycle, and look for them closer to you, if they have them to sell them to you around in your area. It's most likely that if people have them still, they probably only have a few of them, so, you would have to get ahold of more people, and their prices could vary, from free, to lot's and lots, and your time, gas and milage.
Sheesh $40 for just shipping for just one! Probably concerned about being broken in the mail.
Well, it's worth giving it a try, you might have a better chance of just looking for anything, like vases in blue glass, the various varieties and different colors of blues can be just as quaint too.
You may luck out with someone who still lives in their older house from back when they used to canning way back when, and they still have them down in their basement or cellar, and they probably aren't online to know about them are wanted, that would probably have to be by word of mouth, putting out your requests, and hope that someone finally hears about it.
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