This is just a quick post about the kinds of jars that are available in Divisoria.
My friend actually chanced upon this blog because she was looking for mason jars to use as decorations for her cousin’s wedding.
The bad news is that, so far, I have not seen any mason jars in Binondo. I’ve only ever seen them in malls and department stores, and they go for quite a lot.
Pinterest-users would know that mason jars are the modern-day bride or homemaker’s answer to making cute, rustic decor. The reason Americans use them a lot is because they’re ridiculously cheap. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here.
If you want to stick with the spirit of (cheap) mason jars, I recommend you go to the corner of Tabora and M. De Santos and look at the stalls on the street. Tip: The stores that sell jars usually also sell some abaca products, paper boxes and other cute things.
I purchased the jars in the photo above for P50 and P40 (P50 for the large ones, P40 for the smaller ones). I believe they’ll go down to P30 if you buy a lot. They’re still not dirt cheap, but they are brand new and good quality. I especially liked the milk bottle. I actually spray-painted it and used it as a vase:
Now, if you have a budget to stick to, and you’re crafty enough to make them look just as nice, I suggest you use those jars with plastic lids, which are available across the old Divisoria Mall on M. De Santos:
These sell for only P4-P6. They’re cheaper than the brand-new, metal-lid ones, and they’re definitely much cheaper than any mason jars you’ll find.
[UPDATED FEBRUARY 2015]
Great news, Pinteresting people! Mason jars are now available in Divisoria. Many stalls in 168 sell them (the same stalls that sell all kinds of knock-off Starbucks mugs, etc), and they’re also readily available on Tabora Street.
The price of a standard-sized one was P60, but that wasn’t wholesale. I’m assuming you can get it down to P40 (or less for the smaller sizes).
I’m putting below photos of things I found along Tabora Street, including mason jars:
Another edit [4/24/2015]: Sin Kian Heng in Quiapo also has the same jars that they sell in Divi. You can reach SKH at any of these numbers: 7332133, 7336381, 7332129, 7332131, 09178111922
They’re pretty hard to contact, though, but at least you can call in advance (unlike the stores in Divi). They also deliver if you order huge quantities 🙂 Good luck!