Resale shops are a great resource not only for furniture and home decor items, but for foodies looking for gear! See what we always look for when out thrifting.
Resale Shops – Finds For Foodies To Search For
You know how socks tend to disappear and it’s often difficult to find the mates? It seems to me that it’s the same with cutlery and in our home forks always go missing. I search the bins and give the once over to the cutlery in search of forks in decent enough shape to take home. They don’t all need to be matchy-matchy in our home and in fact I prefer a great mix!
Dishware, dinnerware, dishes and plates are in abundant supply in most resale shops at the moment, as the older populations are downsizing and donating. Again, mix and mingle and don’t rely on just purchasing sets of everything. I talked about mixing patterns in THIS POST. Look for platters, white dishes and don’t forget the drinkware…always copious amounts in the thrifts!
Wood is a hot trend in modern kitchens right now and for the foodie resale shops are often a fabulous source. I found a salad bowl set for just a few dollars in my favorite shop for a few dollars and use it often. Wooden utensils can almost always be found at thrift stores and are the best to use for cooking soups and stews. Take them home and give a good scrub with a soap like THIS (looks great on the sink too;-) and then condition with food grade product like THIS.
Vintage pottery is abundant in the resale shops and looks great in a kitchen with it’s generally neutral glaze. I talked about the fact that I was a potter at one time in THIS POST and use my own pieces for cooking and serving. As long as a piece was made after the 1960’s or so it most likely does not contain any lead and should be safe for use. Stoneware pieces go in the oven up to a high temperature and leftovers can be stored in them in the fridge.
Pots and Pans
Pots and pans and again, you can always find these available. I’m on a copper kick right now and it’s there in the thrifts if you look carefully and go often. My favorite way to clean them up (in THIS POST) makes copper and all pots and pans shine like new.
Look for kitchen electronics such as toasters, coffee makers, electric hot water pots, panini makers, mixers and more. Don’t forget to test out the electronics before making a purchase. Just look for an outlet and plug it in!