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Apr 3, 2012 02:51 PM

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

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. 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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    1. re: kaleokahu

      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.

      1. re: kaleokahu

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

        1. re: kaleokahu

          " 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. 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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          1. re: Veggo

            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.

            1. re: Veggo

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

            2. 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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              1. re: Querencia

                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:-)

                1. re: janetofreno

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

                  1. re: janetofreno

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

                    1. re: janetofreno

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

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                    1. 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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                      1. re: sunshine842

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

                        1. re: sunshine842

                          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.

                            1. re: sunshine842

                              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.