Here's some of what's on that list:
- Pyrex casseroles--with the current collecting craze, almost any Pyrex is a rare find. Things like mugs, white divided vegetable dishes, and other plain white pieces can sometimes be found (and grabbed up) but even these are getting harder and harder to find.
- Revere Ware stainless pots and pans. Thank goodness I bought mine while Teflon cookware was still popular and people were getting rid of the stainless!
- Older kitchen utensils, graniteware. I used to find them from time to time but now they're scare even at auctions.
- Homer Laughlin dishes. Sometimes I find a few here and there, but once you could buy whole sets for a song. These, along other dinnerware from the 30's-60's, are not nearly as commonplace as they once were in the thrifts, and command a good price when they do show up.
- Aluminum canisters. The mid-century modern decor people love these for their kitchens. Add to this the Lincoln Beautyware canister sets, also not easily come by.
- Crocheted doilies. I used to find baggies of them for a dollar or two; now an individual one is often priced at a dollar and up.
- Paint-by-number paintings. You guessed it--people collect them! They're also after the old crewel embroidery pieces too that many of us made in the 60's and 70's from kits we'd order in the mail.
- Metal lunch boxes. Scarcer than hen's teeth these days, except for the more recent, poorly made ones from China (which will one day become the collectible ones!).
- Glassware (tumblers, juice glasses, etc) from the 50's and 60's: lots of these are being collected too, especially those with flowers or other designs on them.
- Nice crystal stemware. I guess people were getting rid of their stemware when I started thrifting. Nowadays I find only the odd one mixed in with the dollar store stuff. (I started to type "dimestore" when I realized there's no such thing as that anymore either!)
For you non-collectors, check your cupboards. You might be sitting on a rare Pyrex casserole that you use for family dinners, or a paint-by-number by Great Aunt Gertrude that some collector out there is just dying to own. As they say, to each his/her own. I am just grateful that I put together the kitchen I wanted when the kinds of things I like were easy to find!
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