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Would appreciate any leads from local 'hounds on finding a used 13/14 inch metal skillet, and a separate five quart metal pot appropriate for chili, boiling pasta, or making beef or mutton stew.

Our last metal cookware, a 10-inch Revereware skillet has rounded it's bottom...after nearly 40 years of use! We're loaded with "coated" fry pans and pots; but honestly, I don't trust them at high heat.

I've shopped local restaurant suppliers for used cookware, and honestly, that's like dealing with a shady used car salesman.

Tips. Pointers and all advice gladly welcomed.

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  1. DTW?

    Dead chef estate sales?

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    1. re: Bellachefa

      Metro Detroit.

      1. re: RedTop

        can't help you there, other then to keep a search for restaurant auctions and pre action sales? GL

        that means good luck!

    2. goodwill

      1. Craigslist? Estate sales are worth checking. There is a free email that lists estate sales in your area (whatever that area is) and will often give some details on features at listed sales (special furniture, 4 sets of kitchen stuff, mostly clothing, etc.).

        1. There are several search engines for auctions/estate sales that will let you specify the area and keywords. I've used them to find local sales and look at the listings. I can't look them up now because I'm at work, but they should be easy enough to Google.

          1. it would not be used but TJ Maxx/Marshalls often has Lodge cast iron at great prices,

            1. Thanks for all the great suggestions!

              There are a number of thrift stores nearby my house. And Gibraltar Trade Center is just up the road...

              Now I'm off to craigslist to poke around there.

              1. Ebay.....I bought a bunch of All Clad there!

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                1. re: OCEllen

                  Second Ebay. Largest kitchenwares store in the world.

                2. IMHO, just look for yard sales. I was taking my son to a college visit when he told me that I had to see a yard sale we passed. It was incredible, an 80 year old was selling his wife's stuff off before he went into a home. Multiple times I asked him to let me consign the things or sell them myself. He was selling for pennies. I ended up buying everything from her kitchen (including a $2k chocolate tempering machine) for under $200. I did turn around a lot of the stuff and presented him with a check for $7k once I found out where he was living. I kept the chocolate tempering machine, the kitchenaide KSM-5 mixer ( so now I own three, the kid gets one when he moves out), a commercial set of pans, etc.

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                  1. re: exvaxman

                    Great recollection! Thank you for sharing here. Nice touch of charity on your part, too!

                    Our local Salvation Army resale store is a super center. The community newspaper we get just had a long promotional piece on the store, with a couple of pics of used kitchenware. Lots & lots of used kitchenware. Going to shop that store tomorrow.

                    1. re: exvaxman

                      Good on you for kicking a pretty significant something back to him.

                    2. Look for estate sales. Last month my son stopped me and said we had to go back to a sale. An elderly man (80) who's wife had just died. He was getting rid of everything in the house. She had been a professional chef. I offered the man for me to make arrangements to get a reasonable amount of money rather than his prices. He refused, wanted everything done that day, calling me honest. I bought lots of professional and semi pro equipment for $200. Multiple trips with the car. I picked up a vintage kitchenaide KSM-5 for $5. A semi-professional $2k chocolate tempering machine for $15. I sold much of the stuff and am filtering the profits slowly to his assisted living place to cover some of his bills.

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                      1. re: exvaxman

                        Hi exvaxman. Did you find a Thermomix by any chance? I would love to have one.

                        http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/S...

                        1. re: Fowler

                          Wow. Never even knew of them. I did see one once on a tour but didn't realize what it was. You can trans ship from amazon, but $3k.

                        2. re: exvaxman

                          what an amazing act of kindness

                          1. re: exvaxman

                            What an act of generosity and kindness.

                          2. Escorted my dear wife to a local Salvation Army resale outlet last Saturday, to look at housewares. What. A. Mistake! She fell in love with the store. Gave me signs, early on, that she/we could spend hours inside looking for "finds". Thankfully, we only went through the housewares department, and the gently-used furniture department, before I steered us back to the registers. One of the most diplomatic engagements I've ever pulled off.

                            We walked out with an Ecko Copperelle Saute Pan ($3.99), a 12-inch, Revereware fry pan ($4.99), a 10-inch, pot lid ($0.99), a white plastic platter--smaller than our turkey platter ($1.99), and a faux, cut glass fruit bowl "this looks just like one my Mom had" ($0.49).

                            I got the feeling that yard saleing is in our future this spring and summer.

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                            1. re: RedTop

                              Don't feel too bad. This morning I picked up my fourth cuisinart pasta maker for $10 at a thrift store (yes, all four can be used at once, long story), a second electric non stick tortilla maker, and (what I was looking for) an ancient (30 some years old plus) Raytheon microwave pizza crisper. The kid is looking at colleges and apparently at a lot microwaves are allowed, but nothing that has a calrod element. I explicitly wanted this unit for him.

                              My big screw-up was misreading an auction for microwave crisper bags. I thought it was for 50 bags for $2.50. It was for 500 bags (various sizes) for that price. The kid has a dorm room life time supply.

                              1. re: exvaxman

                                Great reply, thanks.

                                And, what, and how are microwave crisper bags used?

                                1. re: RedTop

                                  Sorry for the very late reply. A microwave crisper bag has a very minor layer of a metallic substance that heats the metal, rather than the included food. Raytheon put out a great unit with their first microwaves for pizza cooking.

                            2. Oh, coming close are the Zoshi expensive fuzzy logic rice cookers if you see one. The 5 year battery if it has not been plugged in is coming close to end-of-life. You will see no display. The solution is de-soldering/soldering in a new $9 battery to make it functional again.

                              1. I might suggest something. After next xgiving, pick up a masterbuilt turkey fryer for a closeout price. $45 was mine each for two. Go on Amazon and pick up a temperature controller ($75-120) for a great decent capacity souis vide unit. You will need a vacuum sealer ($5 goodwill..) as well. The masterbuilt is also fairly decent for doing fried chicken. For several years the teenager had a fried cornish hen (when they were cheap) with a rice side as his get home snack from school.
                                Standard butane torch is under $20 at a hardware store.

                                1. Once again, thrift stores. We went through our closets this weekend, and based on my late father's preferences, delivered electronics to Goodwill, Books to St. Vinnies, and clothing to the Salvation Army. While in the Salvation Army, I picked up a BRAND NEW IN BOX VITAMIX for $6.99. As well as two extra containers for it at $2.99 each. And to make matters even more over the top, Goodwill had an older vitamix (3600) the stainless steel model that I like better than the new ones, looked unused due to the labels and tamper being in perfect condition for $12.99. I'm making a huge pile of things the kid gets when going off to college in 15 months, five days (not that I'm counting) and he gets the newer model.

                                  1. Once again, thrift stores. We went through our closets this weekend, and based on my late father's preferences, delivered electronics to Goodwill, Books to St. Vinnies, and clothing to the Salvation Army. While in the Salvation Army, I picked up a BRAND NEW IN BOX VITAMIX for $6.99. As well as two extra containers for it at $2.99 each. And to make matters even more over the top, Goodwill had an older vitamix (3600) the stainless steel model that I like better than the new ones, looked unused due to the labels and tamper being in perfect condition for $12.99. I'm making a huge pile of things the kid gets when going off to college in 15 months, five days (not that I'm counting) and he gets the newer model.

                                    Oh, a couple of cuisinart pasta makers from the last go rounds for under $10 each

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                                    1. re: exvaxman

                                      "the kid gets when going off to college in 15 months, five days (not that I'm counting)"

                                      Not creepy. Definitely not creepy. ;)

                                      1. re: boagman

                                        Teenager. Sullen. Angry, it will get worked out.

                                    2. Oh - something to keep your eyes open for. Most of the (then exceedingly expensive) fuzzy rice cookers from Zoshi, Micom, Sanyo, etc used lithium batteries as backup. Those batteries if the cooker has not been kept plugged in are at their end of life. I have started seeing these (very good) units at thrift stores with dead displays for cheap. Manufacturer's repair costs are around $150 plus shipping. The battery is $7 with a $3 holder and (very little) solder work. Just an FYI.

                                      1. I know this isn't a classifieds board, but I have a nearly-new Anova sous vide circulator I'm looking to divest myself of (it's great, I'm upgrading). If anyone is interested, get at me.

                                        1. Latest find, a 48 count Teflon commercial hot dog roller listing for $2k new, looking like it was not used, for $19.99 at St. Vinnies. While my wife wants it sold, the kid and I have offered it to our local charities for fund raisers so long as it gets cleaned. Surprisingly, egg rolls cook great on this unit.

                                          1. Oh, to those doing things over Craig's list, the local police departments suggest a meet up (with letting them know) in their HQs. Due to the high mugging/theft rate.

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                                            1. re: exvaxman

                                              I find drugstore parking lots to be a good CL location. Usually high traffic and well lit.