1.) Dollar Stores. While dollar stores are known for their inexpensive glass jars, they also typically carry a selection of plastic jars as well. Depending on the size you need, you may be able to find them in multiple packs, saving even more money. Any plastic jar can be turned into a plastic candy jar, so keep your mind open when exploring various shapes and designs.
2.) Online. Looking online is probably the most obvious choice. Whenever something is difficult to find, it seems that most people turn to Ebay, Amazon or Etsy as their trusted sources. Plastic candy jars are lightweight and can typically be shipped cheaply. Check out several sites and compare the prices to find the best deal on the jars you need.
3.) Mass Merchandisers. Mass merchandisers, such as Target and Walmart usually carry a large selection of plastic dishes, bowls, platters, and jars. Take advantage of the low prices and large selection to get the plastic jars you want at a price you can’t resist. Try searching online to preview your local stores selection before heading in.
4.) Thrift stores. Thrift stores typically carry a little bit of everything and if you’re lucky, you might just find some plastic containers. Look carefully, as plastic containers aren’t likely to stand out or be placed in a place of prominence. If you’re lucky enough to find the plastic jars you want at a thrift store, they will probably cost pennies on the dollar.
5.) Friends and family. As a last resort, try asking friends and family if they have any plastic jars they aren’t using. Be careful to only ask people you are inviting to the event, or you may stir up some hurt feelings. If you can borrow your plastic jars from people you know, you will save a lot of money.
Once you locate your plastic jars, you can arrange them into a fantastic candy bar. Using a combination of different shapes or staging the jars at different heights, you’ll be able to create a unique and interesting display your guests will love. Stock the jars with your favorite candies for a colorful and delicious display your friends and family won’t soon forget.