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Will you be looking for anything specific at yard sales this season?

Fowler Apr 3, 2012 02:51 PM

I had never really paid attention to spring/summer yard sales until last year when I was visiting some friends and we spent a beautiful spring Saturday stopping by several yard sales in their community. I found it to be really interesting and even found two French copper pans for $10!

This year I am going to try looking around some more. Will you be shopping the yard sales this season? Anything specifically you will be looking for?

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  1. kaleokahu RE: Fowler Apr 3, 2012 07:23 PM

    Hi, Fowler:

    I throw out the anchor at nearly every sale I see. Good vintage knives are always on the list. Quality baking and pastry molds. A heavyweight copper tea kettle and Dutch oven would get my attention this year. Maybe a jamboniere?


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      Querencia RE: kaleokahu Apr 3, 2012 09:58 PM

      At an estate sale I opened a basement closet to find it full of restaurant tablecloths so thought "If they ran a restaurant let's see what's up in the kitchen". Found a drawer full of knives with sign "Knives $1". Picked out all the Henckels.

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        pinehurst RE: kaleokahu Apr 5, 2012 12:11 PM

        Ditto on the Dutch Oven. And always, good covered casseroles, and good cast iron pans.

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          Fowler RE: kaleokahu Apr 5, 2012 12:32 PM

          " Good vintage knives are always on the list."

          I would love to find a good vintage Japanese knife. Probably quite unlikely in my area but that will be something I will seek.

        2. Veggo RE: Fowler Apr 3, 2012 07:38 PM

          I'm on the lookout for another 12" seasoned cast iron skillet, similar to the one I bought in Cheshire CT, for fifty cents in 1978, when I bought my first house there. The skillet was my best buy ever. More recently, I'm looking closer to home in Florida for any of the stemware that walked away from my house. I'm willing to buy it back. I wasn't burgled; my friends take roadies. Too many.

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            cleobeach RE: Veggo Apr 4, 2012 06:21 AM

            Come north to PA for cast iron, most old rural houses have stacks of it rusting away in the basement, no joke.

            Roadies! We have that problem too. In fact, I am on the hunt for a source for what I call bar beer bottle glasses, those skinny, thin walled glasses that bars offer when someone orders bottled beer. We use them at our cottage and all but 2 caught a ride home with friends and neighbors.

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              pdxgastro RE: Veggo Apr 20, 2012 01:47 AM

              Veggo, you should start a new thread about ROADIES. I bet CHers have lots to say on the subject. (Very annoying!)

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              Querencia RE: Fowler Apr 3, 2012 10:06 PM

              There have been online discussions of recent-vintage Pyrex being made in China with an ingredient that makes it explode sometimes when it gets hot. Older (second-hand) Pyrex seems more reliable. Also I find Corningware at yard sales plentiful at $1-$2 per casserole. Fancy baking pans (used once) always show up eg $1 for a train-shaped cake pan that was $35 in the Williams-Sonoma catalog.

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                janetofreno RE: Querencia Apr 8, 2012 08:16 AM

                Hubby came home from a garage sale yesterday with one of those two-cup sized Pyrex measuring cups. He considered it a "find" for 50 cents; it looked like it had never been used. I'm sure it was an older version...but we wouldn't use it in the microwave anyway.....

                He also finds a lot of cast iron pans and casserole dishes at garage sales. I have good luck with wine glasses. And of course we are ALWAYS on the lookout for additions to our martini glass collection:-)

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                  coll RE: janetofreno Apr 8, 2012 12:01 PM

                  Wish you were closer, we have an overload of martini glasses which I am always forcing on people that mention it.

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                    sueatmo RE: janetofreno Apr 8, 2012 05:23 PM

                    I use my Pyrex all the time in the micro. I would never use it in a conventional oven.

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                      susancinsf RE: janetofreno Apr 12, 2012 08:51 AM

                      my current favorite go-to wine glasses are a garage sale find, at 20 cents each or something like that...

                  2. sunshine842 RE: Fowler Apr 3, 2012 10:22 PM

                    I have overwhelmingly found that if you go looking for something in particular, you won't find it.

                    If you look with "let's see what I find" -- you'll find things you didn't even know you needed...

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                      wekick RE: sunshine842 Apr 4, 2012 04:47 AM

                      1+++++++++++++++You'll know it when you see it!

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                        illy RE: sunshine842 Apr 4, 2012 07:52 AM

                        soooo true, sunshine! Last year, it took me about 6 months to find a replacement for my broken glass vessel for my Bodum. Now that I don't need it, (and before it broke), I see them all of the time!

                        I look for basically any Swedish/Danish/German etc. kitchen items.

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                          Fowler RE: sunshine842 Apr 5, 2012 12:07 PM

                          Probably true,sunshine.

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                            sueatmo RE: sunshine842 Apr 7, 2012 07:24 PM

                            My experience as well. You guys are enticing me to do garage sales again, after a hiatus of many years. The problem is, I don't need too much, so a lot of times, I feel I am wasting my time. However, I may give this a go for a few weeks.

                          2. CindyJ RE: Fowler Apr 5, 2012 01:05 PM

                            I THOUGHT I'd be hunting yard sales, but I happened to find what I was looking for at a thrift store just last week. West Bend's The Poppery -- a vintage hot-air popcorn popper which, some say, is considered the "holy grail" of popcorn-popper-turned-coffee-roasters. It appears to never have been used. I paid $12.50 for it. Compared to those on Ebay, I got a bargain.

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                              sueatmo RE: CindyJ Apr 7, 2012 07:25 PM

                              I cannot remember a recent kitchen find from a thrift store. I just have no luck at all. Kudos for finding something you can use.

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                                CindyJ RE: sueatmo Apr 8, 2012 06:53 AM

                                It was funny... earlier in the week I had listened to a podcast of The Splendid Table where Tom Owen of Sweet Maria's spoke about using The Poppery for roasting coffee. I can't remember ever even being in a thrift shop before, but I had taken my mom to the bank, and while she was inside, I noticed the consignment shop right next door and decided to go in. Bingo!

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                                  coll RE: sueatmo Apr 8, 2012 07:48 AM

                                  We have a nearby thrift shop that specializes in cleaning out older people's houses after they pass on. Not too many matched sets, but kitchen oldies/goodies galore. We have some great thrift shops around here, since there are a lot of "summer people"; one has a library of books, many signed by the author, another designer duds for $5 (or the last week of January before they close $1!!), they all have their niche. They all have a kitchen area with great finds, just lucky I guess. It's a fun hobby to checking them all out. It's a great way to collect antiques.

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                                Omeghan RE: Fowler Apr 8, 2012 07:34 AM

                                I will be looking for .....
                                Old stove top perc or an electric coffee perc
                                Old Baking glasswares or Corning ware
                                Potatoe Ricer

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                                  thinks too much RE: Fowler Apr 8, 2012 12:20 PM

                                  I live in a college town, so the best sales are right after the semester ends. They don't always have the greatest kitchen ware, but I am sometimes surprised.

                                  I am always looking for something to add to my le creuset collection.

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                                    goodeatsgal RE: Fowler Apr 20, 2012 12:23 AM

                                    I will be looking for a glass lid for the vintage slow cooker I recently bought. It's from the 70's and has a Lexan lid. It works okay, but I'd prefer glass if I can find the right size. I'm also looking for old Pyrex beakers and Ball jars. And the old Revereware and copper pans & pots that the Chowhounders talk about!

                                    1. pdxgastro RE: Fowler Apr 20, 2012 01:51 AM

                                      I had been looking for a used Food Processor for the longest time. Almost found one at an Estate Sale but it looked like it might be missing pieces, and had no manual, so I gave it a pass. Got a brand new one for Christmas.

                                      I would look for copper pots this time around.

                                      1. gingershelley RE: Fowler Apr 20, 2012 10:22 AM

                                        I regular cruise through several thrift stores looking for cookbooks and kitchen items I might use. Not big on gadgets, but have had my eye out for any le Crueset, a terrrine mold, copper bowls, blades I don't have for my Cuisinart (and a spare blade stem). Vintage 60's glassware.

                                        In a nother month, I will check garage sales for these items as well. Love to drive to a couple of the more exclusive neighborhoods in warm weather and cruise the 'divorce' sales...

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                                          sunshine842 RE: gingershelley Apr 20, 2012 10:35 AM

                                          gingershelley, we should work out a deal.

                                          The supermarkets here in France sell their empty terrine dishes for a couple of euros all the time...Only reason I haven't bought one yet is that really -- who needs 3 kg of terrine at a time?

                                          ...hmmm....I smell a mail-order business.

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                                            coll RE: sunshine842 Apr 20, 2012 11:01 AM

                                            I was thinking of visiting estate sales and thrift shops, and selling stuff on eBay, turns out thousands of people thought of it before me. Not that it will stop me from trying! My neighbor had a whole bunch of Shelley English bone china in her basement, from her great aunt, and was almost going to throw it out, but I'm selling it piece by piece and handing her an envelope every week. I mean, look for yourself first, but keep an eye out too! Just put your terrines on eBay and make some pocket money.

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                                          latindancer RE: Fowler Apr 22, 2012 08:22 AM

                                          Always looking for fabulous table linens...tablecloths, napkins.

                                          It's amazing how people, literally give them away because starching and ironing, to them, belongs in the dark ages.

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                                            coll RE: latindancer Apr 22, 2012 09:41 AM

                                            I've found all different type of lace tableclothes, because everyone (including my husband) thinks they're too old fashioned. I think they're beautiful.

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                                              wekick RE: coll Apr 22, 2012 09:59 AM

                                              I recently saw somewhere where they dyed some old napkins and tablecloths deep rich colors to cover discolorations that made them otherwise unusable.

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                                                kaleokahu RE: wekick Apr 22, 2012 10:16 AM

                                                Hey, wekick:

                                                Keep watching... their clothes will all look like the napkins after the first wash!


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                                                  wekick RE: kaleokahu Apr 22, 2012 11:48 AM


                                                  You do have to be careful!

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                                                latindancer RE: coll Apr 22, 2012 10:13 AM

                                                I do too :).

                                                I love white linen, starched and crisp...
                                                To set a table with roses and candles and beautiful dishes and stemmed glassware, to me, is exquisite.
                                                It's definitely difficult to maintain but well worth it.

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                                                  slowshooter RE: latindancer Apr 27, 2012 08:17 PM

                                                  + 1 to that.

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                                              elenacampana RE: Fowler Apr 27, 2012 07:47 PM

                                              Love mixing bowls, like I need more bowls in my life. Why are they irresistible???? I found a 4-piece set of them, turquoise blue with sailboats flying around the rims - heaven.

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                                                wekick RE: elenacampana Apr 27, 2012 10:54 PM

                                                I have a serious addiction to bowls too-- pyrex, ironstone, mixing, serving and my favorite are square ones.

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                                                slowshooter RE: Fowler Apr 27, 2012 08:17 PM

                                                I will probably go look for another toas tite.

                                                1. TraderJoe RE: Fowler Apr 28, 2012 05:53 AM

                                                  Left handed smoke shifter
                                                  Bacon streeeetcher
                                                  Antique meat cleavers


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