If you are into food canning, you surely know about Mason jars but even if you're not and you're into DIY and crafts instead, you're also probably familiar with these lovely and useful jars as their use evolved from food preserving to home and party decor, storage, and gift ideas. A quick online search will give you hundreds of results for Mason jar crafts.
This Mason jar craze, of course, also reached Manila a few years ago and everyone was on the lookout for suppliers selling these jars. One of the most popular brands is Ball and I've seen online shops here sell them before for as much as Php 200 (about $4.50) but since we can find more of these from a lot of sources now, the prices became more and more reasonable. There are even Mason jars available now in Divisoria and you can check out Ang Istorya ng Divisoria's post about this, there may be some real stuff there and of course imitations for cheaper prices. For food preserving purposes, you're safer with a legit Ball Mason jar as it is of good quality and is food-grade, but for other projects that don't involve food you're probably good with a cheaper version.
This is what I found yesterday, Ball Mason Jars on sale at Ace Hardware! Okay, so I honestly don't have any idea that Ball Mason Jars are available there so imagine how excited I got finding them at 50% off. They're sold in bulk and come in boxes of 12 and I just paid Php 499.87 for a box or a little over Php 41 apiece (about $1). I was at Ace Hardware V-Mall and the store personnel told me that the jars are also available and half-price in other branches as they're having an All American Brands Sale for the whole month of July. I didn't really look for the other items on sale as I don't need anything else at the moment but you can drop by their branches to check, some brands I've seen that are on sale are 3M, GE Lighting, Rubbermaid, Coleman, and Energizer.
Anyway, I just want to share this good news to Mason jar fans, this is a good time to hoard, right?. I was planning to buy two boxes but I think a dozen is good enough for now, I already have my fix for the whole year.
Well, gotta go and start playing with these jars. Bye!