Giveaway: Progressive International Lid Lifters

October 23, 2013(updated on October 3, 2018)

Progressive lid lifters

The Food in Jars giveaway took a bit of a break last week, but happily, I’m back with one of my very favorite canning tools. While I was down in the D.C. area over the weekend, I stayed with a dear friend who happens to live just a stone’s throw from a Crate & Barrel outlet. I am powerless in the face of such possible bargains and so we dashed in for a quick glance at the deals.

I picked up a few extraordinarily cheap Christmas ornaments, a holiday gift for my mom, and a handful of these lid lifters to share. To my mind, this Progressive International Lid Lifter is one of the best versions of this tool on the market. I find that the magnet is just a touch stronger than other lifters and I like the ring on the end (it allows you to extend your reach a little if you’ve dropped your lids in a deep pot of water to soften).

I have four of these lid lifters to give away. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about your favorite bargain. .
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random (using and will be posted on Sunday, October 27, 2013.
  3. Giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.

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271 thoughts on "Giveaway: Progressive International Lid Lifters"

  • The thrift store close to my home had a $1.00 sale on items they’ve had in stock for a while. I bought two designer brand sweaters with original tags still on, a paper back, and a planter – all for four bucks…. and because the store is non-profit, no tax at all. Luv it!!

  • My favorite deals are when stores don’t know where they stick things, so they are in hiding somewhere in the store and go to 90% off before they find them and I pick everything up.

  • My favourite bargain is a wool pea coat in mustard, royal blue, and red plaid that I got at the local antique mall for 18 dollars!

  • I was on my way home from a very long drive and was tired so I stopped at a neighborhood swap meet. I had $25 cash on me. I ran across a guy who was selling a Fenton peach crest vase for $50. I told him I only had $25 but would he accept it and he said yes! The vase is worth over $275, now that’s a bargain!

  • My best bargain recently was buying a Nesco Dehydrator from Amazon. It usually retails for $98.99, was reduced to $59.99 and I had a 20% discount credit from them which brought it down to $47.95. And the shipping was free!

  • My best bargain was a hot water bath and pressure canner for free. I thought I hit the jackpot. I have gotten so much use out of them. Amazing!!!

  • i once got a vintage camera for $3. it came with 6 rolls of expired film and little did I expect it to travel 3 continents and 9 countries producing the dreamiest photos possible…but it did!

  • My best bargain of the year was going to Lowe’s and stocking up on all my canning jar’s for the next season! I got such a great discount too 🙂 Ironically I do not have a lid lifter! I’ve been using a huge snake magnet that mechanic’s use for working on auto’s! People laugh at me when they see me using it but I always seem to blank out when I go to the store to buy one 🙂

  • Bargains???? Half Priced Books is my favorite…and this weekend they had a clearance event! 29 books, 5 videos and 7 misc. items- total- 49.07! Woo Hoo!

  • My most recent bargain was a Williams & Sonoma tomato press for $2.50 at the charity shop. Sells for $45 plus tax! I don’t believe it had ever been used and now I’m itching to make applesauce with it!

  • I do love a good bargain, and am always on the lookout! My fave were my dining room chairs! I had held off on chairs when we bought our table because I didn’t care for the chairs so decided to wait. Was I ever glad I did, when I found the perfect Mission-style chairs, upholstered in a fabric that perfectly matched the paint in the dining room, for $13 each!!! If you didn’t know they weren’t a package deal with our table, you’d never guess because the wood and stain match the table perfectly. Happy girl was I that day!

  • Nothing makes me happier than 90% off! Especially if you get there early before all the other bargain shoppers!

  • I love free shipping from Internet sites. And shoes on sale. And seconds at the farmers market. A peach with a bruise is just as tasty and sometimes at 50% off, tastes sweeter!

  • I like farmer’s market deals: giant red bell peppers for a $1 each, huge pumpkins for $5, 1/2 pecks of tomatoes for $8, etc. – those are the things that make me happy.

  • Last Black Friday, by combining coupons, rebates, and deep discounts at Kohls I bought a Kitchen Aid mixer for $129!

  • Remodeling my bedroom, I was horrified at the cost of wallpaper. Excited that I found a website
    With 60% off. Affordable!!

  • My favorite bargain is getting a packet of jar lids for half off the regular price. Such a necessity and so great when they’re a bargain!

  • I was just in the North Carolina High Country last week and was able to purchase two straw children for 1/2 price. A great bargain and they are well made.

  • One of my best scores ever was finding a cashmere sweater marked down to $4.99 on the clearance rack. And it was in my size!

  • My favorite bargain was the pink kitchen aid mixer for my daughter. It was the floor model and it was less than half price.

  • My favorite bargains are the unadvertised ones. When strolling down the aisle of your hometown grocery store and you get a great surprise bargain!

  • My dad just found a huge hutch for our new place on the side of the road. And the people getting rid of it helped him load it in the truck! It’s amazing and just need to be refinished!

  • My favorite bargain was when I went to a “high end thrift store” and was able to purchase a HUGE box of over 150 clothes patterns for only $1.00!!!!!! My best deal yet!

  • So many great bargains over the years, hard to pick out just one that is the best. Although the $3500 wool rug I got for $50 may be the winner.

  • I helped make my nieces’s halloween costume with my sister using an old stuffed animal we got from goodwill for $.50 cents!

  • Favorite bargains?? I’ve got so many 🙂 one was as I was getting canning supplies for this year, a local grocery store had jars 30% off, which made them dollars less per pack than anywhere I’ve ever heard! Yipee!

  • Today the UPS guy brought me a new Fagor pressure cooker that I bought for 20% off, free shipping too. Not my best deal, but my old pressure cooker doesn’t work right anymore, so it was time to upgrade.

  • My favourite deal was the tilia food saver handheld unit called “Mr. Coffee”. I had my friend who lives in California order it online and bring it up to me in Canada when she came for a visit. The website wouldn’t deliver to Canada. Together with the 2 different sized mason jar lid attachments, I can vacuum seal all my dry goods in mason jars air-tight. (Not for canning purposes like jam or preserves). This handheld unit is no longer sold.

  • Best bargain was last year when I got a pile of ornaments at Crate and Barrel to give to my grand kids this year.

  • I love any bargain! I recently got about 30 mason jars for $2 from a church sale–that was a great find!

    Thanks for the giveaway–I recently lost my lid lifter in a cross-country move and am learning that canning without is a bit tricky!

  • My favorite recent bargain is the winter coat I bought this summer. My last winter coat just plain wore out right at the end of February (as in, you could see through the fabric where my backpack straps wore against it). Somewhere towards the beginning of summer, or maybe late spring, I was at a thrift store and decided to look at coats. I found a full-length gray wool coat that both fits me and looks good on me (not an easy task, given my size and shape). It had the original “made in the USA” tag in it, along with another tag from the union workers who made it. It was orginally about $20, but the day I found it, it had been marked down 25%. Add to that a coupon I had for the store, and the coat came out to about $11.38.

  • I didn’t know that such a thing as a lid-lifter existed! This would be a better alternative than my usual fishing around in the bottom of the pot with a pair of tongs.

    Best bargain ever still has to be my KitchenAid mixer, which I got at a yard sale for $25. The woman who sold it to me thought that because the motor sounded different than her new KitchenAid, it must be worn out. Approximately 7 years later, I still have no idea what she was thinking, because the mixer is still going strong!

  • I recently bought a kitchen-aid convection oven with no price tag. After having the cashier check the price i found out it had been returned and got it for 75% off!

  • My favorite kind of bargain is running into piles of fabric at estate sales. I love digging through what tends to be decades worth of crazy polyesters and half finished knitting to find the amazing vintage bits like wool suits and vintage cotton prints.

  • I don’t think I have a favorite bargain! There are so many great ones-maybe my wedding dress from the Filene’s Basement running of the brides!

  • The lid lifter would be perfect for my mom, because although she’s well-equipped with most canning supplies, she doesn’t have one yet! I love bargains, and my favorite recent one was a floral house dress I got at a silent auction for $3. It’s clearly genuinely vintage, I think from the 50s, but the best part is: it has pockets!

  • Our local Friends of the Library booksale! It has over a quarter million items, so they can only run it twice a year (it takes over 10,000 volunteer-hours to sort it all), but there are always amazing finds there. Needless to say, I hit the cookbook section!

  • There was a boutique-y little shop attached to a cheese factory in the village of Balderson that had an amazing sidewalk sale once a year. What I liked best the “mystery boxes” – small for $5 or large for $10. Each box easily held 5 to 10 times the value of what you paid for it. I would happily spend $30 on an assortment of them and then go home and open my boxes. I ended up with a $40 asparagus pot, linen place mats, stainless steel cheese picks, eclectic glass vases and candle holders. My favourite item(s) were a set of wonderful square jade green appetizer plates. Perhaps not necessarily always stuff that I *needed*, but some of it is definitely stuff that I love.

  • My favorite deal is the greenhouse near by, the best tasting tomato and basil and more for less than the grocery store

  • My favorite bargain is the ice cream sandwiches at Diddy Riese in Westwood, CA. Well, they used to be my favorite bargain, but prices have been climbing. At $1.75, though, getting to choose your own cookies and ice cream is still a pretty good deal!

  • I love looking on Craig’s List to see if anyone has jars that they are giving away. Free is a pretty good bargain to me!

  • Not related to canning, but I got a suit for a steal recently. I also love, (in a perverse sort of way), that some stores sell canning jars, (and lids), at nearly twice the price of other stores a few blocks away, so the lower-priced store feels like a bargain, even if it might not really be.

  • My favorite bargain was finding a dehydrator for $5.00. It will be used in my preserving food for my family.Thanks for sharing your products in this contest.

  • Last year I had decided I wanted to get a dehydrator but I didn’t want to spend $50 in the process. I was worried that I would fall in love with it, once or twice, and then it would sit in my cabinet for the next two years. I found one at a garage sale, filled with dried flowers that I purchased for $1. After a thorough washing I have used my dehydrator many, many times. What a bargain!

  • My favourite bargain–canning jars at the Goodwill, of course! I’ve only found jars once, so I’d snap them up quick!

  • Ah – the Crate and Barrel outlet in Alexandria, perchance? My sister used to live nearby, and we’d always go when I visited.

    Probably my favorite bargain is the black plastic composting bin in my backyard – got it at least 10 or 12 years ago at the flea market table at a neighborhood may fair for $15. Squirrels have chewed through a couple of the vents, so I thought about replacing it a few years ago and was stunned to discover a similar one for $150! Decided it’s just fine as is.

  • I could get amazing peach seconds at the farmer’s market by my old house – $5 a bushel! I canned so many peaches that year…

  • My best canning related bargain has been at my local farmer’s market when the farmer that I regularly bought eggs from sold me a large box of beets for around $3. I think it worked out to be less than 50 cents a pound!

    My best big box steal recently was snagging free corduroy pants and a pair of earrings at Kohl’s when the clearance stock was marked down an extra 30% and I had ten bucks Kohl’s cash to spend.

  • My favorite bargain this month was finding finding a $20 off coupon for Wolfgang Puck’s 5.6 qt enameled cast iron pot at my BJ’s Wholesale Club which totaled $39.99 with the savings. But the best deal of the year was finding a Tech Inferred Pattio Grill in great condition on Craigslist for $250 and after it was cleaned (it took me a week) it looked brand new and works great – these grills start pricing at over $2,000.

  • my best steal/deal was my current printer a few years ago. it retailed at Staples for about $150, i got it during a sale, ordered online with cashback from a rebate site, with a coupon i bought online for about $2, and got an instant rebate for turning in an old non-working printer someone had given me free when i went to pick up my new printer at the store. in the end, they paid me about $7 to take the printer off their hands!

  • I sew a LOT. I had an old favorite fabric shop (sadly, no longer there) in LA’s garment district where the short, round, jovial proprietor would sing loudly while tossing around rolls of cloth. Once I got some lovely white linen for 50 cents a yard, a big bag of buttons for a dollar, black velveteen for $1/yard… I miss that store.

  • I love my Quattro Stagini jars. I love the rustic simplicity.
    I have only made strawberry and cherry and. Blueberry jam so far
    This summer. I have been consistently fermenting sauerkraut & veggies.
    Time to make pickles.
    I would love to win this give-away