Honestly, vintage cast iron is far superior. Lighter, made from better iron ore, smoother, machined interior rather than just a rough cast surface...all of which makes for better heat transfer and better nonstick performance when properly seasoned. Get yourself an antique Griswold or Wagner, get it cleaned up and properly seasoned, and you won't look back.
Honestly, vintage cast iron is far superior. Lighter, made from better iron ore, smoother, machined interior rather than just a rough cast surface...all of which makes for better heat transfer and better nonstick performance when properly seasoned.
Get yourself an antique Griswold or Wagner, get it cleaned up and properly seasoned, and you won't look back.
I've yet to see any good vintage cast iron in a thrift store, but I can't knock the Lodge stuff I already have. Also it's somewhat recently been discovered that flaxseed oil is superior to any other oil when it comes to seasoning, at least according to Cook's Illustrated's rigorous testing.
So I've pretty much gave up on thrifting. Went to a few today and it was just depressing. Swung into my secret spot to possibly lift my spirits and it did the job. It's a small discount store that gets everything from junk (Kohls) to amazing designer stuff (45 RPM, stuff from Barneys, Ron Herman, Fred Segal, Bergdorf Goodman, etc) and it's all priced the same (basic thrift prices). Today was red and white pants day, I guess. Everything is NWT/NWOT. - RLPL red cotton trousers. 34 - RLPL white cotton trousers. 36 - Vestium Officina white trousers. Euro 50 - Bryan Husky white cotton trousers. Euro 48 - Garbadine red cotton trousers. Euro 48 - Filippa K white cotton shirt. XL - Steven Alan plaid L/S shirt. Small (Arrrg! Wish this were an XL!) - Paul Smith mainline S/S shirt.
From what I've seen there isn't much to write home about; probably because nobody in Southern California likes to wear anything outside of jeans, shorts and t-shirts.
This is true with most Californian thrift stores 90% jeans, shorts, t-shirts,... BUT when you do find something it is great condition. Many people buy a nice tie, wear it once and just end up donating it. When I do find a nice pair of shoes they rarely have been worn more than 2 or 3 times.
I discovered there's a thrift store near my office today, and there are a couple nice suits that are too big for me (a 42R charcoal Oxxford, a 43R mid-grey RLPL), but are priced the same as the blown out polyester crap on the racks...
Should I be hoarding these to sell in B&S once I hit 45 days? If so, I'm going to have to go back there tonight.
that will finance at least a month of drinking
About a month ago, Nataku was nice enough enough to sell me a beat up 1966 Omega Seamaster in pretty rough shape that he thrifted. Here's what it looked like when he sent it to me: Here's what it's looks like after the jeweler put in a new crystal, cleaned up the innards, polished the case and put on a new strap: Thanks again, Nat!