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Yard Sale, Thrift Store, Junk Heap Shopping (Part 2)


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#211 Quiltguy

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Posted 28 March 2014 - 08:07 PM

Happy belated birthday!!

 

It's beauteous, great Birthday find and it's a nice size and shape. And amethyst!!

I got this Sunday, at a yard sale a few doors down as I was on my way home from a birthday breakfast (I'm officially 75).

 

It was covered with crud - I thought it was brown.  Finally got around to putting it through the dishwasher and

 

IT IS AMETHYST!  Hand blown, with a clean pontil/punty on the bottom.  One or two small bubbles but otherwise very nice.  It's heavy so I am assuming some lead content.

No marks.

 

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I love small pitchers.  This one holds a quart with 1 1/2 inches of headroom.


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Posted 29 March 2014 - 06:59 AM

Happy birthday, Andie! Beautiful pitcher.


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Posted 07 June 2014 - 09:17 AM

At one, found an unopened package of 8" wide bags and an almost full roll of 11" wide bags to be. Didn't need the food saver or attachments, since already have one that works fine... another yard sale find from past. Seller said what would you like to pay? I KNEW what the bags cost and threw out $5 offer which was eagerly taken.

 

At another sale, I see a much more advanced FS... with buttons for speed of vac & dry/moist foods... and a few others. Had most of a roll of wide bag material sitting inside & a box (unopened) marked "Super Value Pack" of rolls of bag stuff. It had a $10 price tag on it & I was willing to pay that, as long as that box-o-bags came with it. I walked over to seller and might have said something as simple as "that foodsaver on the table?" and she says $5... WITH the bags!

 

It's an "older" model... horizontal instead of vertical, so couldn't find a price/value other than on Ebay... $40-80 being asked. At FS site, the unopened box-o-bags costs about $40 and package of maybe 40 bags costs over $20.

 

Thinking my $10 purchases would probably be at least $100... I'm a happy camper! I REALLY like this thing since cooking for one. A regular sized package of bone-less chicken breasts (usually 4 pieces) is easily 2 meals (plus left-overs for lunch), so I just repackage and freeze. Any thing rock hard frozen is ready to cook after less than half hour in container of room temp water... and I never find any "mystery" items in bottom/back of freezer that are burnt beyond use.

 


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Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:33 AM

I have a special place in my heart for the copper-bottomed Revere 3 qt saucepan. It was the "used every day" pan when I began cooking the family dinner when I turned 13. I still have that pan although I don't use it. We received one as a wedding present and my wife liked it so much we bought a second one a couple of years later.  A few years ago I picked up one from a thrift store and cleaned it up. Then another one. Not long after that my dear FIL wanted to replace his 50+ year-old one. When I researched what was available I found that they were now manufactured off-shore and had warping problems. So I "lent" him one of mine figuring to get it back when he passes. A couple of years ago I found another one, bought, cleaned it up and added it to my ren faire cooking gear.

 

So yesterday I happened upon another one. But this one was different. It was old enough to be the really heavy construction from many decades ago. It weighs approximately 1 lb 11 oz. The ones I have from the 70's weigh about 1 lb 1 oz. I tried walking away from it. How many 3 qt pans does one man need? Then (I'm sure in desperation) I realized that I could clean this beauty up for my younger daughter and son-in-law. For $4.49 and some elbow grease on my part they will have a pan that should be with them through the years. Maybe my adorable 3-month-old grandson will cook with it one day.

 

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:38 AM

Porthos;

 

you would have been bereft had you walked away.


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Posted 11 June 2014 - 10:47 AM

Buried somewhere in my "stuff" is the large - I think it is a 12 inch - deep Revereware Chicken fryer with the domed lid.  It is much deeper than regular frypans and is very heavy.  I've had it since the '60s and it was at least ten or fifteen years old then. 

I kept it because it was given to me by my then mother in law - (we stayed friends long after I divorced her son) and it was larger than my Griswold chicken pan - and with a big family I usually needed both skillets to cook enough chicken. 

 

Some people turn their noses up at the copper bottom Revereware, but there is no question that the early stuff was quality.


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Posted 11 June 2014 - 01:08 PM

I had one of those with the double boiler insert. I loved that pan. And then one day I came home from a business trip to find one lonesome burnt-to-ash cylinder of a wiener in the bottom of the pot. DH decided to make himself a hot dog and forgot about the pan. The pan was ruined. I looked in vain for one to replace it but I never did find one.

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Posted 11 June 2014 - 01:48 PM

I had one of those with the double boiler insert. I loved that pan. And then one day I came home from a business trip to find one lonesome burnt-to-ash cylinder of a wiener in the bottom of the pot. DH decided to make himself a hot dog and forgot about the pan. The pan was ruined. I looked in vain for one to replace it but I never did find one.


I still have mine: double boiler insert, lid and all. I *think* it was a wedding present to my parents in the 1940's. I *know* I was given the set when my mother replaced her cookware with a 'waterless' (ha) cookware set that, to be fair, was rather well constructed even if it didn't live up to its hype. The pan in my Revere set has a slightly warped bottom, such that it rotates comically on the flat stovetop unless I drape a towel over the handle to anchor it. It isn't ideal, given our current cooktop, but it's been a faithful friend and I don't intend to replace it, ever.
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Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:10 PM

I just found one of these Lehman's "Reading 78" apple peelers, NIB, at an estate sale this past weekend for $12.  On sale at Lehman's for $180.

 

If you doubt these work, check out the video:  Ten apples peeled in under a minute.


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Posted 24 June 2014 - 11:07 AM

What a great machine! I've never seen one like that before. Good find!

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 06:51 AM

My son brought me a brand new in the box Tiger SMJ-A18U 10-Cup (Uncooked) Rice Cake Maker, ( retail $250-300) seven bucks!
Super score the thing works, like new because it is new!

I like mochi but, have grandkids who totally adore this kind of thing! All the yogurt shops have flavored mochi toppings now I hear? ..I thought about egullet? ..missed you guys and back I am to figure out, other than the traditional types, what else we can do with this machine, mochi and sticky rice.

I have the little kids a lot this summer so I wanted have as much fun possible :) mochi is FUN! I can plug it in outside and hose them off or just send them home after :)

I am searching topics now..sadly not much! If anyone can direct me?

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 04:09 AM

Welcome back, hummingbirdkiss!

Here are a few topics about mochi. Congratulations on your (son's) great find!

"Making Mocho & Ozoni" has a great tutorial, with pictures: http://forums.egulle...ng-mochi-ozoni/

"Local-style Mochi" refers to regional variations: http://forums.egulle...al-style-mochi/

"Mochi" also appears in the Japan - Cooking and Baking subforum: http://forums.egulle...ic/16333-mochi/

Have fun with your new toy and your grandchildren, and do let us see some of the results. :-)

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 10:27 AM

thanks so much will do! 



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Posted 01 July 2014 - 12:38 PM

Found another jug at a yard sale while out walking my dog early Sunday morning.  I had no money with me so asked the gal to hold it but she said no sense we walking home and back so sent her son along with me to carry the rather heavy jug. 

I gave him the money and a bottle of my homemade red wine vinegar for his mum and just got around to washing the jug this morning.  It's quite attractive and has an interesting glaze.  There are no marks on the bottom.

 

There is a red/brown underglaze and a blue/purple glaze.  I don't know if you can see the ribbing detail on the lower body of the jug but it looks like hand-incised ridges - they are not perfectly even so not from a mold.  Sorry the one photo is just a tad out of focus.

I paid $2.00 for it plus the bottle of vinegar!

 

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 01:12 PM

What a pretty piece of pottery.
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Posted 01 July 2014 - 07:11 PM

I love the starry night glaze on that jug.  Very unusual and pretty.  


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Posted 01 July 2014 - 08:01 PM

It is beautiful. I wonder if it's somebody's one-off pottery experiment, given that it has no markings? No way to know, I suppose. It looks very well-made.
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Posted 01 July 2014 - 08:25 PM

It's beautifully made, obviously an expert potter.  Achieving that ribbed effect around the body is difficult and the complexity of the glazes also indicates a great deal of expertise with the process.

 

It was very dirty when I first saw it and I thought it was black.  It had been on top of their fridge for a very long time, near the back, and she told me she couldn't remember the last time she washed it and doesn't recall ever using it.  She thinks it was a gift from one of her ex-husband's relatives...


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Posted 02 July 2014 - 02:03 AM

Found another jug at a yard sale while out walking my dog early Sunday morning.  I had no money with me so asked the gal to hold it but she said no sense we walking home and back so sent her son along with me to carry the rather heavy jug. 

I gave him the money and a bottle of my homemade red wine vinegar for his mum and just got around to washing the jug this morning.  It's quite attractive and has an interesting glaze.  There are no marks on the bottom.

 

There is a red/brown underglaze and a blue/purple glaze.  I don't know if you can see the ribbing detail on the lower body of the jug but it looks like hand-incised ridges - they are not perfectly even so not from a mold.  Sorry the one photo is just a tad out of focus.

I paid $2.00 for it plus the bottle of vinegar!

 

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That's a piece of stoneware glazed in a quite well-known but somewhat finicky glaze called "Floating Blue". As you can see, when the kiln gods are happy, it is wonderful. The glaze is brown breaking to tan where thin - like around the rim and getting the blue highlights where thick.  It really brings out the fluting on the side of that pitcher.  The glaze contains a lot of the ingredient Gerstley Borate (aka Ghastly Borate), which isn't mined any more.

 

The pot is fired in oxidation - most likely an electric kiln to cone 6.  Common in pottery schools and I suspect this is a student piece.  Nothing wrong with that.  Worth every cent. How well does it pour?


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