If she meant $65 per pair of boots, that seems a little high, but not ridiculous. ($130 for each of you totally was, though.) I had heels replaced on a pair of vintage flats for around $12 five or six years ago, and I just recently had the zippers replaced on my own favorite boots for $28. In the end you have to weigh whether you'd rather go out and find a new favorite pair of boots for $250 or get your old favorite boots back for however much less than $250 it will end up being (again, get a second opinion on that because $130 for one pair of boots does seem ridonkulous). As a fellow strange-size-wearer, I vote that it is.
I recommend buying your jars on Amazon - Ball pint jars are less than a dollar apiece there, and if you spend $25 you get free shipping. Also, since you are in NYC, Jack's 99 Cent store frequently has them. (And I think I've seen them at the Target on 116th as well.) Plus, as you use up your jams and pickles, you can reuse the jars and rings, which should also save you money. (Lids are 3 bucks a dozen on Amazon.) Last night as I was putting the finishing touches on 10 jars of peach salsa, I made the decision: the second we move out of Manhattan and into an apartment with a decent kitchen, we are getting a pressure canner.
@cliuless It's OK, I work on that block too. It seems like such a desolate wasteland - I'm shocked that this was someone else's first thought as well.