Friday, September 24, 2010

One of my Top Ten!

Honestly, this item has to be one of my top ten favorite things to use in the kitchen.

This Anchor Hocking Microwave dish may not seem like a big deal but to me it means the world.

Let me go back and explain something real quick. 

Most of the time I microwave only in this dish, with the lid on. 

This means that I don't melt any plastic bowls, I don't waste paper towels, I don't have to cover everything in that horrid cling wrap and I don't burn my hands on dishes that get too hot in the microwave.  I place everything in my microwave dish, nuke it and put the food on a plate or in a bowl and eat. 

I blogged about my love for the Anchor Hocking Microwave container when I talked about how I make apple sauce.  

A few years ago I needed to have a second container so I paid too much for one on eBay.  Right now I've noticed there are a few with an opening bid of $5 and one going buy-it-now for almost $30.  Well, they aren't terribly hard to find, but they are hard to find in great condition.  I've only seen one at a garage sale (and I bought it) and all of the others that I have purchased have been off of ebay.  Some are really beat up, that's for sure.  I think I've given a few of these to both of my sisters and now I'd like to put them in the rental condos for my tenants.

A few nights ago I was looking at the latest Estate Sales in the area when I saw a stack of beige

in the middle of the table.

I'd recognize those anywhere and I knew I'd need to get them. 

There was one problem.  The sale started at 9am and I've been sleeping until 10 because I've been going to bed so late.  I was going to have to get to bed early, get up early and drive across town to get those dishes. 

I managed to get to bed around1:30 and I got up at 7:30.  I was out of the house at 9, a little late, but I was was confident that there was enough stuff in that house that my dishes would still be there.

I was mostly concerned about what I was going to have to pay for them.  I planned on $10 a piece and I saw three of them on the table, in the photo, so $30 was my top price for all three or for one, if they were asking too much for them. 

I walked into the sale house and peeked in every room looking for that table.  This house was filled with stuff, thousands upon thousands of items, but the stack of three was still there. 

Squealing was heard coming from my mouth when I saw that they were marked $1.50 each!!!  I gathered all three up and put them in my bag.  Then I decided to look around at all of the other items, since I did have a little extra money :) and wouldn't you know it -

I found a brand new one, in the box, in a closet in a different bedroom.  It was marked at $1.  Brand New for a buck!  I've never had a new one!!!

I tried to get them to discount the used ones down to a buck, but they couldn't reduce any prices on the first day of the sale.  I had to ask, but it wasn't going to change my mind.  :)

So this is one of my great loves.

What do you think?  Am I totally crazy?

If there's any interest, I might have a giveaway for one of these.  Let me know in the comment section if you'd be interested in one of the used ones.  I don't think I can give away the new one.  I don't know if I can use the new one yet, either :)

It was a lovely lovely day. 

Hope you have a great day, too!


Condo Blues said...

Yay for finding a new one cheaper than used! Woot!

I used to have something similar before I got my veggie steamer. When I was a single gal and got some late from work (often) I'd just steam some veggie for dinner and call it a day. I really only use my microwave for heating up coffee, defrosting bread, and making candles.

gaelikaa said...

We all have things we find valuable. Mine is weird. When my kids were in diapers (youngest is now seven) I used mostly cloth but I found these wonderful cloths known as 'nappy liners' in a type of 'stock reduced to clear' specialist type of shop and purchased two packs. These cloths made the kid feel dry even in a cloth diaper. I found that by washing them in disinfectant you could make them good as new for many washes. Those two packs lasted me through three babies. I was on my second at the time. I even gave some away to another mom and she found them great too.

Strange, isn't it?

Ann in the UP said...

I agree that you had a wonderful "take" at that estate sale! I love finding some gizmo that is super useful, saves other resources, and doesn't cost the moon. We use our microwave a lot, but I seldom do the cooking.

I did make a killer apple pie this week though! Just so you know...

Julie Stiles Mills said...

I can definitely see the benefits of this! I'll be watching for one at garage sales and thrift stores now! ENJOY!!!! I LOVE a great find/deal - I ride on the high for at least a week!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I know that my jaw dropped when I saw this. I HAVE ONE AND I LOVE IT!
I am very jealous of your find but also kudos to you. Then on top of that you mentioned your apple sauce. I was looking for easy recipes this morning on google. We are going to an apple orchard today. This post was meant just for me. Thank you so much. Now if you find you have too many of those Anchor Hocking dishes you have my address.

StarTraci said...

What a find!!!! It was definitely your lucky day!

Anonymous said...

Geeze you've got to be the luckiest person on earth. I've been looking for similar microwave cookware for years and I've never been able to find exactly what I want.