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Summer 2014 Yard/Estate/Tag Sale Scores

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Happy Summer, Everyone:

So, I was headed somewhere this morning and the "Estate Sale" sign snagged me. In the house I find this apple peeler in pristine condition. No, I mean literally pristine, with the safety coating still on the cutter edges and no paint gone off the gear teeth. Not sure if it was the real deal or a cheap knockoff, I bit at $12.

Once home, I nervously checked Lehman's and THERE IT WAS, a real "Reading 78" Apple Peeler, ON SALE for $190. Nineteenth Century technology at its best. Here's a video of it in action peeling TEN apples a minute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeuWD...

Cross another longtime want off my list. Now I'm looking for a similar-quality cherry pitter.

What have you all found so far this year, and what are you dreaming of finding?


PS Right alongside the peeler were 4 West Bend solid copper Moscow Mule mugs, 50 cents apiece. Got those too.

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  1. Just last weekend 3 Emile Henry baking dishes for $5 each! One squarish one, an oval and an oblong. These are fairly shallow ones - not the deep lasagna pan type. But they're perfect and I've already used one of them.

    1. Not too many "estate sales" in my area, but I'm so happy when yard sales start up again! Like you, when I make a great score, I go online to try to find out what an item is worth.

      I have a dinky little apple peeler/corer/slicer that SIL gave me after she quit doing Pampered Chef demos. I found an alternative use for it. Was getting ready to make a big cooler of REAL lemon-ade for a trip to the beach and thought of all that zest that I had no immediate plans for. I put the lemons on the apple thing and swung the corer/slicer parts out of the way. Ended up with a MOUNTAIN of zest ribbons & no pith! I let it get good and dry... actually crispy... and ground it to a powder... made lemon/pepper mix that wasn't mostly salt like what you can buy in supermarket.

      Found a LeCreuset square grill pan at Good Will. Blue enamel exterior in perfect condition (NO cracks or chips) & very little clean up needed on cast iron interior... $5... well over $100.

      Another time, at GW, couldn't pass up a "vintage" (faded yellow) KA stand mixer... crank up/down, bowl, whisk, paddle, & beater... in great runner order... $20. About a week after that found a spare bowl for $5.

      A few weekends ago, made a MAJOR score on Food Saver stuff! At one sale an unopened box of 4 rolls of bag material & a FOOD SAVER machine... much newer model than one I had (another yeard sale find). At another, 2-3 almost whole rolls of bag stuff and an unopened package of quart (maybe) bags. Spent whopping $10 TOTAL for both buys.

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      1. re: kseiverd

        Look on estatesales.net.

      2. For some reason when in Florida church rummage sales seemed to include Sunbeam electric juicers from the 50's.
        They had the filtery thing jiggle as well so all juice delightfully went through leaving some pulp but not all.
        l scored three of them at different sales.

        1. At a charity shop, four little tapas dishes, never used, $1 each. Not as spectacular a saving as some here, but I was very happy. Everyone I knows loves small dishes.

          1. Score!
            A good friend is a yard sale guru , she knows way beyond most people what's worthwhile and what's not. I go with her occasionally, but I have little self-control and tend to buy stuff I like and don't think about the fact that I have no use for it or any place to put it. And I've never seen anything like your apple peeler here. Maybe some day I will.

            1. My best so far this year were four vitamix units, two new plastic type units for $25 each, an older model 4000 stainless model with a second bin for $6.99, and one of their commercial units for $20. An older 6qt kitchenaide mixer for $15 (needed a new power cord). Four of the onetime $600 living air air cleaners for $20 total, a $600 commercial water distiller for $10, and a commercial hot dog roller (non-stick) for $20.

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              1. re: exvaxman

                Unfortunately, I bought a mint-condition Lifetime (West Bend) electric skillet for a very cheap price, but it was lacking its cord and it seems impossible to buy another one - oh, perhaps from their website: http://www.lifetimecookware.com/lten/... but they are very expensive, and that is even before the shipping to Canada. Pity, as it is such a useful pan. It is far deeper than the average "skillet", and would be fine for most any braise I'd want to do.

                1. re: lagatta

                  Please hit your local thrift stores. Most by me have controllers for $2 and under. Based on my history (I used to go to the West Bend outlet every other week when it was in West Bend, they had a couple of standard controllers) mnany are interchangeable. I think that the foindue pot controller works with the skillet we have.

                  1. re: exvaxman

                    Thanks, exvaxman. I've been doing that, with no luck so far. Soon I'll hit up a "flea market" a bit north and east of my place, as I know people have sighted them there. I think most of the West Bend controllers would work, but the more "standard" type (on my electric wok and a skillet I'm discarding because the non-stick is worn off in places) do not.

                    I think they might be a bit less common in Canada than in the US, though the products were certainly sold here and I bought the "skillet" at a yard sale here. As you can see from the Lifetime site, that deep covered skillet is as much a braising pan as a skillet.

                    I'm a charity and thrift aficionada, to give as much as to get these days. Too much stuff, in a not-very-large apartment. Something in = something out.

                  2. re: lagatta

                    Check American Science and Surplus- sciplus.com
                    They have so much rndom stuff I wouldn't be surprised if they had a couple.

                  3. re: exvaxman

                    Wow- score.

                  4. now i want one of these... how cool!

                    1. I have been trying to stay away from the thrift stores - I just cannot justify needing more cookware but sometimes I fall victim

                      latest dubious finds
                      All Clad 12" Chef Pan with Lid $14 - totally don't need it but could not reists

                      Paul Revere 1776 copper gratin $8
                      like this

                      22 Qt presto pressure canner for $18 (but I ordered weights so that added cost


                      I also picked up a like-new nesco food dehydrator

                      UGH I am not doing a good job - time to purge

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                      1. re: JTPhilly

                        Your chef's pan is a little wok (for western stoves)! If you don't need it, it would make a splendid gift, for someone starting over or starting off, who needs a good quality, multipurpose pan. I couldn't resist that either. I don't need one as I have a flat-bottomed "Peking Pan", but I know exactly where I'd take it if I had one.

                        The copper paella pan is also extraordinary.

                        Remember, give away or sell on internet at least one item for every new one. Most of these will be giveaways, to get rid of unused stuff fast. You are making someone else happy and cleaning out your house.

                        1. re: lagatta

                          Yes, consider donating the "giveaways" to the Cookware Lending Library, Duffy H, Head Librarian.

                          1. re: lagatta

                            yeah, I have a carbon steel peking pan - I will probably give away the AC pan ultimately if I dont find it to be particularly useful - I give away and donate alot of stuff - things I find better version of or dont really do what I wanted - still it is time for a review and purge of some redundant items... and to finally install those shelves I have been lazy about LOL

                            1. re: JTPhilly

                              Hi JT,

                              If you decide to part with (sell) the AC chef's pan (and our lending library doesn't get launched), will you keep me in mind? I'm considering trying the stainless style of induction stir fry that Swissaire does but don't want an investment piece to practice with. I'll be your best friend and take you to the circus.


                          2. re: JTPhilly

                            Those are some seriously good scores, JT! Well done.

                          3. Looking for a few items for the college kids' apartments, found: 1. Brand new, never used (still in the box) Cuisinart Toaster Oven, $7.50 and 2. Brand new, never used (still in the box) 6 qt original Crock Pot, $7.50.

                            Both of these items came with the original owners' manuals and recipe booklets. In the case of the Crock Pot, that was a hoot as it was circa 1992 (publication date). The date on the toaster oven was 2001, but I've tested it extensively and happy to report it works perfectly.

                            1. What a score!

                              My cher
                              ry pitter is a one-at-a-time one by Oxo, I think. But check out Chef.com and other sites for kitchen stuff, and you'll find a good pitter

                              1. OK, ok I am not even going to admit to everything I bought today (I am watching for the "hoarders" film crew to show up) but one "find" was really good

                                10" wood handled Wusthof chef knife for $2.90 and that is with a stiff japan made spatula that the thrift store had for some reason decided to group it with - this is a lovely knife and in good shape, feels great in my hand and hey - the spatula was worth $2.90, its pretty nice itself so this knife was practically free