Flea Market Finds for The Big Green Egg

Flea Market Finds for The Big Green Egg


By: Title Town Egger

Mrs. Brew City Egger loves to go to flea markets, one reason is to hunt for vintage jewelry.  She repurpose these vintage jewelry finds into new pieces.  She is actually very talented and this is a great creative outlet for her, much like cooking is for me.  I usually go with her on these “hunts.”  We might find some odds and ends for the house, sometimes even antique furniture.  This time I was on the hunt for some items for my Big Green Eggs, cast iron.  I have a few pieces of cast iron, but I recently discovered a new way to refinish and “season” old and rusty cast iron.  I was also looking for some smaller cast iron pieces that would fit on my MiniMax.  The hunt went well, I saw several pieces early, but kept looking to try and find the right deal.  When I finally made my first purchase, I scored a no 5 skillet by Vollrath, and a no 8 skillet by Wagner.  The best part of this find, was that the pair only cost me $5.  What a great deal! The outside of the skillets were kind of roached, but the cooking surfaces were very smooth.  I knew that I could make these skillets like new again. 

No 5 Vollrath and a no 6 and no 8 Wagner that cost me $12 total

No 5 Vollrath and a no 6 and no 8 Wagner that cost me $12 total

My next purchase was a bit of an impulse buy, but I am more and more excited about this purchase the more that I think about it.  My wife stopped to look at some vintage broaches when I spotted a case full of vintage knives.  As I look through this case one knife really caught my eye, it was a 5 inch mini butcher knife by Cattaraugus.  The blade was in great shape, no nicks or cracks to be seen.  The handle was also in good shape, and seemed to fit my hand just right.  There was no price on the knife so I did not want to get too excited.  When I asked the gentleman selling the knife what the price was, he said “$5.” DONE!  I wasn’t even going to try and negotiate a lower price.  I am hoping that this knife will work well for chopping herbs.  The blade is fairly dull, I made need to look into getting the blade professionally sharpened and maybe even reshaped.  Upon further investigation I discovered that Cattaraugus actually closed in 1963.  From what I can tell, the knife is from the late 1930’s to early 1940’s.  It is pretty cool to have such in old knife in such great shape.  I am hoping with a little luck and possibly a little sharpening, this knife will be a staple in my kitchen until the late 2030’s.

5 inch Cattaraugus Mini Butcher knife that I paid $5 for

5 inch Cattaraugus Mini Butcher knife that I paid $5 for

Continuing my search for cast iron, I wanted a no 6 skillet.  The no 6 skillet measures 13 3/4 inches long, the MiniMax has an inside diameter of 13 inches.  I know that I will need to cut the handle down a little in order for it to fit on my MiniMax.  Since I know that I will need to “modify” this skillet, I did not want to spend top dollar on a skillet.  I remembered seeing a few skillets early and returned to a booth that had several cast iron skillets for sale.  There was a no 8 chicken fryer from Wagner that caught my eye, but I did not want to buy all of my cast iron now.  I need something to look for at future flea markets.  I found the no 6 Wagner that he had for sale, it was a little rusty, but again the cooking surface was very smooth.  Knowing that I could make this skillet look great, I paid him the $7, and went on my way.

All and all it was a very productive day, my wife found some jewelry to make her “pretty things,” and I found some cast iron to make my “tasty things!”