Monday 12 August 2013

Rocks In Their Heads!

I'm quoting my Dad here.  Whenever someone did something he thought was just plain crazy he'd say, "They must have rocks in their heads".

Just before I started into my annual pickling season, I took a day trip to visit my daughter in Toronto.  We did a little shopping and I went into Williams Sonoma to totally rip off look at their design ideas.

Artfully scattered around the displays were these. ~

For $8.95 you could purchase a quart sealer.  Seriously?  And to think I was upset because a case of 12 had gone up to $6.99 at my local hardware store!  When did plain, old, clear sealers become high fashion home decor?  They aren't pretty colours, antique copies or zinc lidded.  They are just sealer jars.

If you need lids for those jars, you can get a package of 12 for $13.60.  Or, go to my hardware store and buy the same number for $3. ~

Now, if you want a crock to go along with the jars, you can have this one for $99.28.  It doesn't have a lid and you can buy the same plain Jane crock at a yard sale for a few bucks.  ~

I sincerely hope I'm not hurting anyone's feelings, but those are crazy prices just to have a little country feel in your kitchen.  Isn't that exactly the opposite of what country is all about?  I have visions of Gucci clad young professionals scooping these things up to add a homey feel to their designer lofts.

On the bright side, I've figured out how to make my fortune!  I'll dump the contents out and sell the jars! ~

Any buyers?

If you did buy those jars and can't think what to put in them, you can find my world famous (maybe not world but certainly village famous) garlic dill pickles here.

Then, you really should have those rocks removed from your head!


  1. Loved this, I sent the link to my son, he is always canning pickles and looking for new recipes...Girl friend, you are amazing, you do it all!!


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  3. I think John has rocks in his head, seriously LOL
    And those prices are just ridiculous - and you have it right on - Gucci clad crowd thinking they've found a bargain lmho -
    Great post Maureen!

  4. We say that too lol. I know what you mean our HOUSE stores were selling jars in a 4 pack for $19.95 the exact same I picked up for $1 each only difference was the packaging they came in....and they were selling them like hot cakes. Insane!

  5. Your canning pickles and relish look so good. I would buy your jars if the pickles were included. Love the pickles ... maybe I should can some. Need to check out the Farmers Market to see what they have.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  6. Amen, Maureen. Don't you just wonder about things sometimes? Something so common and everyday elevated to the status of TRENDY. lol Think of the humble burlap bag once used to hold grain and, as a kid, I dreaded having to haul those bags of feed out because they made me itchy. Oh- to have saved them to sell- I'd be living like Sam Walton's relatives. (Walmart) xo Diana

  7. I progressed from helping you do your dills to doing my own (24 qts) & I've finished my relish - what a great feeling to see those jars all lined up. Thanks for sharing your dill recipe with me. Just looking at my crocks and thinking I could get a vacation out of them!

  8. I laugh at the 'design' catalogs and the high prices on things that I have that are old and real and they are making these 'look a likes' Crazy and yes they have rocks in their heads!

  9. Right on, Maureen! I was thinking of burlap and what they've done to it (just as Diana stated) as I was reading your post. How dare they!!! But the silly people who pay the high prices do have rocks in their heads. Btw, those pickles look so DELICIOUS!!!

  10. Oh we are just way too down to earth! Sam's dad just gave me the coolest old crock...he was going to throw it away and then thought I might like it. Geeze...after 23 years, I've finally got him trained!

  11. Well said, Maureen! The whole point of country is getting by with found objects or objects found for a low price....silly people to pay that much for a jar!


  12. My mother-in-law (who has now passed) used to say, "you must have toys in your head"! So funny to hear the different expressions. :) Those prices are nuts!


  13. I almost peed my pants laughing at this vey funny and totally sensible post. I only buy from the Williams Sonoma Outlet when they have a 75% off sale.

  14. Okay, what is going on in the world??? Please tell me people are not falling for it...really???

  15. You should go to your local store and buy loads and loads and set up a market stall in Toronto and sell them for $6 each, you'd make a fortune.
    You could have a sign saying 'way cheaper than at Williams Sonoma' !!
    You could probably take some rocks and sell those city folks some of those too !!!

  16. Hahahahaha, okay...honestly, I'll take them. I like them a lot. But its true that people are selling anything in the name of cottage/country @ obnoxious rates. I remember falling for a chipped wrought iron hook and literally was thwarted at the price: 5000 INR. What!!! This is an old hook. No?

  17. I shudder to think of people spending that kind of dough on a Mason jar!!!!