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CDLaine 12-26-2017 11:04 AM

Re: Is Cast Iron Difficult to Find in Your Area?
 
Desert southwest... lots of quantity, slim pickings on quality. During the snow
bird season the pickings appear to drop off ("bargain" competition) significantly.
Still, I have to admit, it would be very easy to fill an entire kitchen with "users"
if one was so inclined. To my hunting experience... an abundance of Lodge, Wagner Ware,
BSR...then drops way off to Griswold, ...with Vollrath and WAPAK being almost non-existent.

But, the hunt continues .

Charles

SShort 12-26-2017 06:42 PM

Re: Is Cast Iron Difficult to Find in Your Area?
 
Never seen a Vollrath or Wapak in East Texas

Roland B. 12-30-2017 10:49 PM

Re: Is Cast Iron Difficult to Find in Your Area?
 
I'm about 40mins outside of Los Angeles, and pickings are slim at the antique stores; most are unmarked, with Wagner and Lodge being the prominent marked 'unmarked' ones. A little while back, I picked up a No.9 Smiley with a lid for $35 at an antique store. I attended the most recent antique fair held at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach. There. for the first time, I found a dealer who'd set up a table selling nothing but CI. He had lots of Wagner, a fair amount of Griswolds with lots of SBL's, and he even had one Wapak - $45 for a No. 7. $85 for an SBL N0.4. He said he's "cornered the market". There were also a handful of other dealers who had small to negligent inventory. My best bets have been placed and won on Craigslist (patience!), and my worst were on eBay. I'm headed to an army base in AZ in a couple of months for a visit, and I'll be scoping out the markets near the base. For me, estate sales have been like throwing darts - toss enough of them and one day, someday, you'll hit a bullseye. L.A. is spread out, and the millennials are fueling new dealers, so it's only going to get harder.

ZBaker 12-31-2017 02:26 PM

Re: Is Cast Iron Difficult to Find in Your Area?
 
Here in North Florida Wagner is most common. A not too close second would be BSR, then Griswold and Favorite, Lodge and Vollrath are rare but appear occasionally. Never seen a Wapak or Chicago around here though.

JeffreyL 01-02-2018 10:42 AM

Re: Is Cast Iron Difficult to Find in Your Area?
 
Here in Michigan I have pretty much found a horse of every color, except Vollrath, havnt seen one of those yet. BSR, Wagner, and Griswold are most popular finds. Vintage Lodge, Favorite and CHF harder to find, and only ever found one Wapak.

LyndaBaxter 01-07-2018 01:11 AM

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New member here!! I live in Alberta, Canada. I live in the country and make a point to go to thrift stores every week. I'm REALLY lucky if I even see a piece of CI. I see some online, but it's really expensive and I like restoring it myself. I just started that and I'm hooked!

Kevin Tunnell 01-10-2018 03:52 PM

Re: Is Cast Iron Difficult to Find in Your Area?
 
This is an interesting question. I am in Lubbock Texas and I hit estate sales, garage sales, Goodwill, and flea markets if you want to call them that here.
The secret to finding a good deal is to keep at it and do as much searching as you can, but make it fun and exciting so you will keep doing it and you will score big time. Knowledge is power and I think we all get burned one or twice, but over all I find BSR, Lodge, and unmarked Wagner's. Most estate sales the cast iron is a little under retail and most of the time I will walk away unless I know it is something special or I don't have it for my collection. I am seeing a lot of Asian cast iron now and I even walked away from a cast iron kettle that had "Made in China" on the bottom yesterday. I can spend that 10 dollars on something better. I go to Antique stores and WOW some of the prices are outrageous. But I get a feel on what the market is doing. Yes with the younger generation desiring cast iron it is only going to drive the prices up even higher. Another problem is people use Ebay to check prices before them mark an item and that is a very expensive place to buy cast iron. It becomes a compound problem driving prices up. But good deals are out there and we all have success stores of a great find.
I love the search and I love taking something old and bringing it back to life and using it. It is the nostalgia of cooking in a skillet that is over a 100 years old has an appeal for me. It is the love of cast iron and using it that keeps me going and forever searching.
That is my two cents worth, two copper cents that is.
Kevin from TX.

Christian James 01-12-2018 09:00 PM

Re: Is Cast Iron Difficult to Find in Your Area?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kevin Tunnell (Post 39230)
I go to Antique stores and WOW some of the prices are outrageous.

I wonder. I hear this sentiment a lot. I understand a piece costing more than a person is willing to pay, especially for the folks around here who all have plenty of the black stuff, but at what point does an item stop being overpriced? Maybe that's just what prices are now.

EdgarLopez 01-13-2018 01:16 PM

Re: Is Cast Iron Difficult to Find in Your Area?
 
Exactly Christian,when I first started I was willing to pay $75 for a Martin spider skillet with out lid and rusted bad,and drive 50 miles one way,now I found one with lid and looks new,for $20 and I was thinking,why that much?of course I bought it,when you have more pieces than you need,every thing is expensive, here the the people thinks if it is full of carbon it is old and ask a lot of money and when the good stuff comes up on line only last 30 min when I call is sold,only flea markets are low on prices they think all is same brand until they see me a couple time they realize some are good or better than others and next time I swing by they have signs grisgold,Wagner those made on 80s for $45 becouse it has its original lid(Made in Taiwan)or those with spikes(lodge)they says pre 1900s is funny,here only find lodge a lot,Wagner,and some griswold,I have 1 of each brand,Bsr a lot and lodge

SeanD 01-13-2018 03:46 PM

Re: Is Cast Iron Difficult to Find in Your Area?
 
I live in Central PA. It is fairly hard to find good CI for any kind of a "deal". I have a few spots that I hit up once in awhile, and I find Wagner the most, Griswold, Wapak. I found a Wapak #8 long griddle for cheap that needed work, but is real nice now. All in all PA in medium for CI where I am from.


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