Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What a Crock!

Most of my readers probably know how much I like to go to thrift stores in search of treasures of one kind or another. I keep my eyes peeled for that certain item that I have my heart set upon. It  can take months or even years to hit the right place at the just the right time to find it--that thing I have been searching for without having to give up an arm and a leg to make it my own. I post today about one such item I have been looking for.

A week or so ago, I stopped by a little shop that I sometimes forget about. It is tucked away in an inconspicuous place and I glanced down and spied something that looked very much like something my heart had been desiring. It was sitting on the very bottom shelf of one of the displays. I figured it was a flimsy reproduction of some kind. I reached down, expecting to quickly lift it up to check it out. To my amazement, the thing was heavy--very heavy! I finally managed to get the thing on to a higher shelf, more at eye level, so I could examine it more closely.

It had a design on one side that I think is called "gaggle of geese" but when I turned it around looking for a maker's mark and a price., I saw a stamp on the reverse--a crown with an encircled number "1" and U.S.A., which I later discovered was the reason the item was so heavy. Such items made in the U.S.A. are very sturdy and heavy. The number 1 stands for one gallon. I was then wondering if there would be an equally heft price tag. When I found the price sticker I had to wonder if it was for real.

I asked myself,  "For the price they are asking, is this thing for real or is it a real crock?" It took a couple of minutes to soak in, but I decided, it is both. Seriously, it is not a "crock" as in not for real (an impostor or cheap reproduction). It is, however a real crock.  This seems to be a contradiction in terms.  It is not a crock but it is a real crock. Enough of the conundrums! A picture speaks a thousand words.

One Gallon Butter Crock 
I am one of those cooks who keeps a lot of kitchen utensils at the ready. I do not like to spend a ton of time digging through drawers as I work in the kitchen. I have utensils corralled in two different containers, one of which I was looking to replace. I had now found the perfect replacement, but was I prepared to pay the sticker price for this one? Would you pay $1.99 for it? That's right people, $1.99! Can you believe it?

You can visit some of the links below to see some similar crocks. There are vintage and antique ones out there. However, there do not seem to be many examples of the one gallon type for sale online.

Pinterest is a good place to find some good source to find ideas for using this type of crock for organization and decor.

Here is a comparable crock on Amazon.

Ebay is also a source for looking for some of these crocks and this antique one.

Well, I can tell you, I was not about to let it sit there a minute longer. I had been waiting a long time for this one and I could not get to the check out counter fast enough!

One Gallon Butter Crock to Hold Kitchen Utensils
I realized only after I was almost done with posting about the crock that the photo I had taken of the opposite side of the crock with the geese is one that I was planning to use for a future post. The other side does not particularly appeal to me and I will probably be using it with the maker's stamp side showing most of the time, anyway.

Granted, I discovered a vintage find, not an antique. It is probably not nearly as old as some old antique ones I have seen on some sites. It is not all cracked, chippy and crazed like those. It is, nonetheless, "genuine" and a true American-made product, something increasingly difficult to come by these days. For less than $2.00, I genuinely like it and am satisfied it will serve my purposes. Now, that's a real crock and what a crock!


My Garden Diaries said...

I LOVE IT!!!! A crock of good stuff for sure dear friend! This piece was meant to find you! I would probably burst out in a happy song if I came across something like this and the price was under 2 dollars!!! Are you kidding me?!?! You scored Lynn! I hope you are well friend! Happy day to you! Nicole xoxo

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Lynn,
What a deal....I have to tell you I have the same crock, but mine has the number 2 on it and I had to buy mine for $25.00 at a thrift type antique mall yikes!! I don't even want to hear about your deal :)

Well yours is put to beautiful use, as mine sits empty up high on a cabinet shelf. My crock is plain on the other side and is very old and show signs of it being overly used and loved a little to much, but now I am loving it from my view every glance, it's the crown on it I am sure to as why it appeals to me so :)
I hope your hands feel better, and that you can continue to visit all of us so we can visit you. You always grace your comments with so much beauty in your words, and such encouragement comes from your left comments. You really know how to joy someone's heart, even though you have been troubled with stiffening hands and a discourage heart with not feeling yourself these days. Keep those hands busy so they stay limber, this way you can continue to do all the things you love my dear.

Visit often Lynn, if not for any other reason then just a visit. If not feeling like you want to leave a comment, not to worry I so understand.

I am praying for your use of your hands and that the you can enjoy all that you so love.


Pam @Threading My Way said...

What an absolute bargain, Lynn!!! I just LOVE it. And an awesome idea to use it to store your utensils within easy reach. I would pay a lot more than $1.99 for a find such as this.

Decor To Adore said...

Oh my stars and garters that is the deal of the day my dear friend. I love your crock.

I also wanted to thank you for your kind comments and wonderful friendship. You are a treasure. Have a blessed week!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I would have grabbed it in a heart beat!! Great price for that item!!
Thanks so much for ALL your visits and for ALL your sweet and thoughtful comments!! They truly make my day!!
I have been so busy lately and I just made 10 wreaths for a Craft Fair where I will be a vendor at next weekend!!

Am I crazy or not?????


Miss Kitty said...

What a find, Lynn!!! I'm glad that your hands felt good enough that day to lift the wonderful crock up into the light. I think that you got a real bargain...congrats!

lynn cockrell said...

Dear Friend,
Thanks for stopping by! As usual, I am late in replying. It has been a little crazy around here. Yes, the crock was a good find and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time! Have a really good week, Nicole!

lynn cockrell said...

Dear Dore,
I am so happy to hear from you and I am glad you like my crock. I am sure your crock is wonderful with its worn and well loved and used patina. I adore the worn look on things. Yours is probably twice the size of mine and even much heavier. As I understand it, the number is what denotes the amount it holds. You probably already know that your crock will hold up to 2 gallons. The mark of the crown is so appealing to me too. I have seen some large ones, with lots of use and age like yours, on places like Amazon and Ebay for much more than $25.00, so you probably got a really good deal on yours, as well!

I appreciate the well wishes. My hands are feeling some better, so I hope the supplements are working to rebuild the cartilage. It can be frustrating but things can always be worse, so I still feel grateful and blessed.

Your blog and the comments you leave for me on mine always inspire! I hope you will keep the beautiful projects and blog posts coming, dear friend!

lynn cockrell said...

Pam, thanks so much for visiting and leaving your lovely comments! I was totally tickled with finding the crock, especially with its most affordable price tag! Have a beautiful week, friend!

lynn cockrell said...

Laura, I know how busy you are and I appreciate the time you have taken to drop by my blog. You are such a special, beautiful and inspiring lady. I am truly grateful to count you among my friends!

Have a gloriously blessed week!

lynn cockrell said...

My, Debbie, you have been very busy! I hope the Fair goes well. I just know your beautiful wreaths will be big hits and will sell quickly! I hope you will post about the Fair!

Be blessed beautiful friend!

lynn cockrell said...

Thanks so much for dropping by to check things out over here! It took some maneuvering, but I was determined to check that crock out and I was so glad I did. It might not have been as well worn and old or as valuable as some I have seen on the internet. I adore the appeal of those, but the one I bought will give me lots of pleasure and I will enjoy putting my own wear and tear on it!

Have a wonderful week!

Julie Corbisiero said...

I love your crock Lynn! It's perfect for your utensils. Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy the weekend.
Julie's Lifestyle

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

That is a beautiful crock! I do not see crocks like that at all when I am out thrifting. I would definitely grab one if I did!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for always taking the time to stop by and leave such kind comments!! They truly brighten my days...... I just finished decorating the front porch and will be posting about it soon. I love Fall and missed decorating for it last year because of our Remodel.....
Hope you are well!!


111 LaLa Lane said...

What a find, Lynn. I love crocks, too. I, also, use them to hold utensils by the stove. I can't believe you got such a good deal. Vintage or not, the fact that it's American made makes it worth the wait. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. As it turns out, our new lake house is closer to you than I am now. Post to come soon.

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a great find! Sometimes I don't know if it is old or new, but I know that I love it! You got a beautiful crock that provides great storage. Wonderful!

Beth of ".E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

my mom has one of those that she keeps her utensils in. i love it!! she has had it behind the sink in that same place for years. you enjoy!! ( :

Holly Lefevre said...
I would certainly have purchase that too! I have a crock by my stove with my utensils....but I like this one so much better!

Anitha said...

That's a great deal Lynn.. love the crock and i can see that you made a good use of it.. have a fun weekend!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Wow! What a great price. I definitely would've paid $1.99 for it.