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Old 03-19-2021, 04:37 PM
JulianH JulianH is offline
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Default Cast Iron Sources Other Than EBay?

Hello,

I see often folks from other parts of the country posting incredible cast iron hauls on social media, paying 'pennies on the dollar' for premium pieces at garage sales, flea markets, estate sales, etc. Facebook in particular is awash in posts like these.

I live in the PNW. In years of picking I've never seen collector quality cast iron for sale at a garage sale. It's even rare to see any in antique stores around here, and expect to pay top dollar when you do. As a result, I've been forced to purchase all my cast iron from eBay. The shipping alone is killing me, not to mention the winning bid. Am I missing something? Is there some other market I'm unaware of that isn't in the grip of this gold rush, or some venue where collectors trade with each other directly? For that matter, how do I find other collectors in my area?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-20-2021, 08:13 AM
Curtis Weeks Curtis Weeks is offline
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Default Re: Cast Iron Sources Other Than EBay?

I'm new here too and I hate to give away a good source but I can't buy them all. Check out Goodwill online, it's set up a lot like Ebay with way better prices and selections from their thrift stores all over the country. There is a lot of non collector stuff but there is good old stuff there.
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Old 03-20-2021, 11:21 AM
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Default Re: Cast Iron Sources Other Than EBay?

Well, I certainly do appreciate the tip, Curtis. Now that I think about it, I have seen some GW auctions bleed over onto eBay. It never occurred to me that they ran their own shop. It's a shame this forum doesn't allow tips about specific auctions or we could all bird dog for each other. In any case, I own ya one.
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Old 03-21-2021, 09:02 AM
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Default Re: Cast Iron Sources Other Than EBay?

I know what you mean.....I was at 2 new antique places here in PA yesterday, and zero cast iron......I mean nothing at all, lol.....the guys that ran the one place said its impossible to keep in stock, and that they sell high. Same thing with Pryrex to a point....its pretty steep for some of it. Anyways, I know a little local place that always has CI, but it all needs cleaned and so on ( the fun part! )....I have good luck there, and Goodwills, sometimes......and always ebay....I guess you gotta pay to play now adays, lol......well, good luck hunting!!!

Oh....I almost forgot....try the local scrap yards. Im serious.....if they have CI at all...you only pay for the weight of the CI....its a new place to ask anyways.

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Old 03-21-2021, 11:08 AM
Adam C Adam C is offline
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Default Re: Cast Iron Sources Other Than EBay?

I live in Southern Louisiana and finding anything other than BSR and 3 notch Lodge in the wild is next to impossible. Unfortunately I am constrained to Ebay and goodwill online as well. They also have the occasional online auction or estate sale, but prices have been way too high for what I'm willing to pay...

I do however agree that with all of the security measures that members go through to prove that they are not a scammer, should present an opportunity to have a members only marketplace for trading and fair sales between collectors.

I am still new to the forum as well, and I don't know if CIC ever had a marketplace at one time and shut it down for any reason, but I for one would support a new marketplace.
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Old 03-22-2021, 05:32 PM
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Default Re: Cast Iron Sources Other Than EBay?

Thank you to all who replied. This thread has provided some very valuable perspective! Judging from Facebook hauls, I had gotten the erroneous impression that I was the only one who wasn't finding deals left and right. Now I appreciate that rising prices are a measure of increasing scarcity, rather than pure price gouging. Granted, that's both good news and bad, but at least now I understand the market.
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Old 03-24-2021, 07:03 AM
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Default Re: Cast Iron Sources Other Than EBay?

I find Wagner Ware the most here in Central PA. I have the start of a set of them, just by running into the different sizes thru the years. Griswold was made in PA, but hard to find near me. Wagner was from Ohio, so thats probably why.
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Old 05-04-2021, 04:14 PM
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Default Re: Cast Iron Sources Other Than EBay?

If you have a FB account check out Iron Man Cast Iron Auctions in the groups.
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Old 05-04-2021, 09:49 PM
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Default Re: Cast Iron Sources Other Than EBay?

I have never bought anything from EBay. Most of my iron came from thrift shops. I have found some pieces from flea markets, yard sales and even Antique stores. I got one great deal (#16 Lodge Camp oven) and one good deal (Camp Chef Lewis & Clark Camping set in the wood box) on Craigís List that were local picks. Auctions and estate tag sales seem to be a good but they do a lot on Sunday and thatís a no for me. I retired and donít get to hunt very often now. But I donít need anymore.
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Old 05-10-2021, 04:12 PM
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Hang on to that #16 Lodge.
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