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Oct 26, 2013 01:08 PM

Least expensive place to buy spice tins?

I'm looking to buy about 75 small metal spice tins. I don't need magnetic backings on them, since I intend to stick them to a magnet but they do need to be flat bottomed.

My ideal would be 2oz, 4oz and 8oz square tins with metal tops (not see-through) something like these: but round tins in similar sizes would also be fine (again, ideally not see-through tops).

I can find them from a variety of suppliers in the US for 60-75 cent per jar, but then shipping, even before brokerage fees ends up being prohibitively expensive. In kitchen stores where I've found them in Canada, they've run about $2.50-$3 each, which seems excessive.

I haven't had much luck finding them here, though, and I'm wondering if people know where they might be available. There weren't any at Tap Phong last time I looked. The ones I found at Creative packaging didn't have flat bottoms and the ones I found at Luv2pak were $3 each and not great sizes (I could have those two stores mixed up, since I often forget which is which). I feel like this is something Dollarama used to carry, but I haven't seen them there recently, either.

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  1. Did you try b&j trading when you went to tap phong? It's at spadina and Baldwin and they have a great selection of jars and tins. Not sure of the price points though. Maybe worth a look if you are in the area?

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    1. re: LexiFirefly

      I did not, since I'm not familiar with it, but having Googled it, I shall definitely put it on my list of places to check out. Thank you!

      1. re: Jacquilynne

        I love that place. They are also the only place I have found that sell the spaghetti jar I had growing up as a kid!

    2. Recall seeing some at BulkBarn stores. Little India?

      1. Have you looked at Lee Valley Tools? A quick look at their online catalogue turned up these:

        1. I would try Dollarama
          they have a nice variety of jars and tins

          1. I got mine from Real Canadian Superstore (with magnetic backing) but I don't recall the price. Worth checking there and maybe IKEA has them too? (haven't looked but seems like something they might have).

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            1. re: ylsf

              IKEA has them, but unfortunately, they're fairly expensive -- $8 for a set of three.

              I'll check out Superstore, though. I don't need magnetic backing, but if they're a good price, I could work with that.

              1. re: Jacquilynne

                The one's I got from Superstore were like these ones at Canadian Tire... I think they sold them in packs that were cheaper... But, that was years ago. Quiet possible they have more variety now: