Monday, August 25, 2014

Thrifting Finds #64: Two bucks

Hi, kids!  Did everyone have a wonderful weekend?  Your ol' Uncle Veg had a nice quiet one, which is just the way he likes 'em.

So Hubs and I managed to do our usual weekend rounds, though there was much disappointment.  Out of the 8 thrifts we visited, only one yielded any finds at all.  Oddly, I  started finding Pyrex again, after a dry spell of several months.  I have no idea where it all went.  Unfortunately, it was nothing I could use.

I'm also starting to find the British Pyrex (it has a name, but I've forgotten it.)  Was it imported here?  Seems kind of strange to have it keep showing up--often enough that I can recognize it without looking at the bottom.

What I'm not finding is Corelle.  No, I haven't started collecting it.  I just need one microwaveable plate to keep at the office and since Corelle is hard-to-break to boot, that's what I looked for.  Naturally, since I want it there is none to be found.

Well, no.  There is some to be found.  I got a few plates a couple of months ago for the princely sum of 48 cents each.  You can imagine my surprise when I picked up a Butterfly Gold plate yesterday and saw it marked three bucks.

Three bucks?  Really?  For one plate?  Another instance where I want to go in the back and start smacking heads.

Anyway, that's my rant for the week.  Here's what I found:



1.  Another cookbook???  Yes, but look--it's no ordinary cookbook.  The recipes are magic.

Magic.

Do you know what that means?  I think it means you can put turnips and cabbage in the Osterizer and pull out a steak.  I haven't actually read the book yet, so that's just a guess on my part, but you have to admit that would certainly qualify as "magic", no?  Savers, $1.00


2.  Seriously??  I bought another Betty Crocker cookbook?  You bet yer buns I did!  Because I need "a wealth of ideas for today's entertaining", not to mention "more than 400 guest-tested recipes."  I mean, who doesn't?
Plus, look at that house on the cover!  I would kill for a house like that.  And if I had one, you can be sure I would be entertaining.  A lot.  Savers, $1.00.

It was half-price book day at Savers, btw.

And that's it.  I'm wracking my brain for some interesting little story to share, but I got nothin'.  So I'll just go ahead and link up with the Usual Suspects:   Sir Thrift A Lot, Thrifter/Maker/Fixer/Farm,  We Call It Junkin and The Nifty Thrifty


18 comments:

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    1. I have a love/hate relationship with cookbooks. I love to read them but I hardly ever make any of the recipes. Is that weird?

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  2. JAJ and Phoenix are the main Pyrex manufacturers in the UK

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    1. JAJ--That's what I was thinking of. Thank you!

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  3. If you had that house I'd be coming round for dinner - obviously you would be taking paying guests no?

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    1. If I had that house, I'd probably be so rich that I could afford to entertain for free. 'Cause I'd be making money from the kickbacks I'd get from Betty for letting my guests do the recipe testing!

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  4. At least you found something - whew!

    I'm almost afraid to tell you (in case you are serious about killing) that I live in that house's cousin. Mine has glass walls. Very MCM. Come visit whenever you're on the West Coast! (But not if you're still willing to kill for it.)

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    1. What's your address, and what time do you go to bed?
      Er, um, I mean I'd LOVE to fly out for a visit some day! Whew.

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    1. Thanks--so do I. I can't wait to actually read 'em!

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  6. I love that Hostess cookbook! It is one of the first that I found that started my vintage cookbook collecting frenzy. I just bought another one at the thrift last week to give to my BFF. I am a total enabler :-)

    ~Erica

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    1. You are, because when I picked this up, I actually thought "I wonder if Erica has this?" LOL.
      I passed over the Cooking for Two cookbook because I figured I'd never use it, but now I'm starting to second-guess myself.
      So tell me--is our goal to own the BC cookbooks we like, or own ALL of them?

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  7. Just discovered your blog....you are a hoot. I love to buy cookbooks but now, I feel like they are pure fiction because I read them but rarely use them to use recipes. A million years ago, when I had a family and was a domestic goddess, I learned how to cook from Fannie Farmer and would devour all types of cookbooks and COOK. I was/still am a good cook but since I just cook for myself, ease is what I want. But, cookbooks still call to me and I try to be strong, but I don't always win that battle.
    I want a MAGIC cookbook. I always tell the person taking my money is that what I really want is someone to cook for me.
    Am going to follow your blog.

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    1. Well, thank you! I still haven't read my MAGIC cookbook, but it makes me happy just knowing I own it, you know?
      And maybe I should actually consider using my cookbooks, as I'm getting tired of making the same old things.

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  8. I'm really getting "into" vintage cookbooks, I'm trying hard not to buy but they are just so cool! Featuring this on my History & Home features board on Pinterest this week

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    1. Oh, it's a slippery slope, Dawn. I get most of mine from the Goodwill, so if I read one and it's not a "keeper", I just give it back. Thus, the Goodwill becomes my own personal lending library!

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  9. I'm usually a lurker, but I had to comment because when I Betty Crocker's Hostess Cook Book on your blog, I knew that I needed a copy. I found one yesterday at an estate sale ($1.50). I promptly lost the damn thing on my way home. No idea how or where. I wonder how long it's going to take me to find another? Or perhaps the exact same copy (marked up, of course)?

    By the way, love your blog!

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    1. What a bummer! (am I dating myself?) Frankly, that sounds like the kind of thing I would do. Luckily, those BC cookbooks are plentiful, so you should find another one soon.
      And thanks!

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