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Summer 2014 Yard/Estate/Tag Sale Scores

kaleokahu Jun 22, 2014 05:15 PM

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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    Nyleve RE: kaleokahu Jun 22, 2014 05:31 PM

    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.

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      kseiverd RE: kaleokahu Jun 23, 2014 06:38 AM

      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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        Querencia RE: kseiverd Jul 3, 2014 08:15 PM

        Look on estatesales.net.

      2. Delucacheesemonger RE: kaleokahu Jun 24, 2014 05:31 PM

        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.

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          lagatta RE: kaleokahu Jun 24, 2014 05:56 PM

          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. EWSflash RE: kaleokahu Jun 24, 2014 07:05 PM

            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.

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              exvaxman RE: kaleokahu Jul 1, 2014 05:13 PM

              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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                lagatta RE: exvaxman Jul 1, 2014 05:59 PM

                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.

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                  exvaxman RE: lagatta Jul 3, 2014 02:18 PM

                  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.

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                    lagatta RE: exvaxman Jul 4, 2014 04:00 AM

                    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. alarash RE: kaleokahu Jul 1, 2014 10:32 PM

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

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