Sunday, December 2, 2012

Fun Finds at Savers!

Things are getting back to normal and we have had the chance to go to our favorite 2nd hand store and browse around a bit. Look at our cool finds:

First, we found a Guardian Service coffee pot. 

Back in the day, the brand was the best you could buy. A pot set in todays money could run you about $2000.

You pour boiling water in on top and t has a forever filter on the bottom.

We could keep it warm by putting it on the bun baker in the cold winter months. 

I found a bit of history of the Guardian Service company and the pot:


Guardian Service cookware (GS), aka Guardian Ware, is a highly sought after collectible these days. There are a variety of reasons: the heavy-duty construction of this hammered aluminum waterless cookware makes it almost "bullet-proof; the excellent way that the cookware prepares the food; and the nostalgia of cooking with the same type of cookware that your parents or grandparents did. The fact is, many of the pieces from the 1940s and 50s are still around, and people love it!Century Metalcraft Corporation of Los Angeles, California manufactured Guardian Service cookware from the mid 1930s until 1956, when the plant burned down. Independent salesman sold GS cookware similar to the way that Tupperware was sold during the 1960s. A hostess would host a party at their house, and invite several of their friends over. At these dinner parties, the GS salesman would prepare a delicious meal for the guests, all in hopes of selling them some of the GS cookware.GS cookware was considered to be an expensive set of cookware during the 1940s and 50s. It would cost about a month's pay to buy the full set. In today's dollars, that would be about $2,500! In many cases, the dinner party guests would only buy one or two pieces.
GS cookware is constructed out of hammered aluminum, and is considered to be heavy-duty in contrast to today's cookware. During the pre-WWII years, this cookware had metal lids. But, because of the rationing during the War, the lids were then made from oven-proof glass. GS cookware has the trademark Knight's helmet (looking left) logo stamped on the bottom of the cookware. There were 3 different designs of the logo: One had the Knight's helmet and crossed swords, the next had the helmet and 2 stars on either side, and the last version had the helmet and 3 stars on either side. The glass lids also were etched with the Knight's helmet, but they also had crossed battle axes."

Then we found a set of these. for $1.40 a piece - Look out Chinet!

We thought it would be a fun alternative to paper plates for Summer grill parties

Lastly, for $1.99, we found this cute little pitcher that I can use for a vase

(spool of thread so you get an idea of the sixe)

With it's imperfections I'm pretty sure that it is at least partially hand made. But in the end, it doesn't matter, I love it!

I did find something special on eBay too. A set of 3 BratÓ“pfeln!

These are used to make baked apples. I had pizza plates from this company and I loved them. Can't wait to put them to good use and fill the house with the delicious smell of baked apples.

So, Have you found anything special lately?

Aloha a Hui Hou!

1 comment:

  1. Great finds - especially the coffee pot!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger


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