Sort of money-saving

kaye820July 27, 2013

I love keeping my staples in glass jars to keep them fresh longer, and I have several with the metal wire around the neck and a clamp thingy in front. One them has sprung its clamp and I want to replace it but I don't know what it is called. I hate having to use the word "thingy" because it sounds immature. Besides, I'm a savvy senior (and I'm not talking high school) who is for darned sure not immature. By the way "gizmo" and "widgit" are even worse. Thanks to all.

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Google "French canning jars" --- is that what you mean? Try following the Amazon links and seeing if you can buy the parts separately. I know you can buy the rubber seals.

The proper term is thingamabob. ;0

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 7:16PM
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My favorite word when I don't know what it is, is "dofunny". It's just a word we picked up in high school in the 60s.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 7:25PM
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It's called a jar bale or a latch.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2013 at 8:34PM
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You can find some replacement wire bales, and the hard-to-find rubber gaskets at the link below. I just hope you can find the right size. -Grainlady

Here is a link that might be useful: Replacement Parts

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 7:39AM
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Ha, ha! When I saw the word "staples," I had a vision of metal staples that go into a stapler and was wondering about why you felt the need to keep them fresh.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 9:55AM
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I wasn't too sure of what they were called until I looked them up. SURPRISE!

When my wife and I were married in 1972 we got a canister set with these latches. Flour, Sugar, Coffee & Tea containers.

Believe it or not we still use them.

You see, we have the BEST money saving plan ever devised.

"Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without."

These canisters have yet to think about wearing out.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2013 at 7:37PM
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Lol , I also had the thought upon seeing staples that it is for stapler thing . Anyways , hopefully you can find one . :)

    Bookmark   September 25, 2013 at 11:54AM
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Some people have small ones like that, about the size of a spice bottle, and use them for spices.

I have one with dill in it.

ole joyful

    Bookmark   December 3, 2013 at 5:41PM
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Christopher we also have a set of those jars. 4 sizes, no words on them, but they do have strawberries and green vines and leaves.

Got them as a wedding gift in 1981. Scoop my coffee out of one every morning.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 9:17AM
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If you have a bottle with the bale intact ... and a farmer/mechanic friend, take both to him/her and possibly a couple of minutes work with a set of pliers or vise grips can put your bent one back in shape.

ole joyfuelled ... who's also frugal

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 4:34PM
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