Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Failing with Style

Well, if I am going to fail this No-Spending Experiment, 
I'm going to fail it in spectacular fashion.  

Tell me what you see below:

And if you answer (as my husband did) "A box of crap", then you are wrong. 

What you see above is a box of All-Clad cookware I bought at my local thrift store.

For $24.95. 

ALL-CLAD : $24.95

I very nearly had a heart attack when I realized what lay before me. 

And almost had another one as I hoofed it out the doors 
& back home to grab some money from my secret cash stash. 

I was sweaty and giddy when I handed over my precious dollars to the slightly puzzled clerk. 

Even typing this, I am a little light-headed.

Can you feel it?  

If you like to cook, and you're not familiar with All-Clad, you need to educate yourself. 
All-Clad is to Cooking as Ferrari is to Driving. 
Sure, a Yugo will still get you there, but the ride won't be nearly as quick, smooth, or enjoyable.   

I know - it's not pretty, but in this case it really is what's on the inside that counts. 

The box contained: 2 saucepans, 3 pots, 2 lids, and a steamer insert.  
All but the steamer appears to have an anodized exterior (similar to what is now the LTD2 line).  

These were clearly used, but not at all loved.  
I think that the previous owner didn't know how to take care of them.  If I had to guess, I'd say they were put in the dishwasher and the soap and heat discolored the outside.  

The insides all looked like this. 

But a little Barkeeper's Friend fixed them right up!

They are still not purty, but man, are they amazing to cook with!

Here is a breakdown of what I bought, with approximate retail pricing:

1.5 Qt. saucepan  $149.95
 3 Qt.  saucepan  $234.95
2.5 Qt. casserole  $110*
3 Qt. casserole  $130*
 4 Qt. casserole  $156*
8” Stainless steel steamer insert  $105
 Retail total:  $884.90!

*These prices are for comparable products in the Stainless line.  There are no LTD2 pots in this size right now, but if there were, they would likely be about 30% higher than these prices. 

Although I felt awful at breaking down during No Spend month, it was totally worth it.  It was serendipity, I swear it was.  If I have one actual hobby that I enjoy doing, it is cooking.  And cooking is soooooo much more enjoyable if you have tools that work well.


Jen said...

ok, that is so awesome!! way to go! and what was all that business about failing??


Ashley said...

I know nothing of all-clad cookware but your sheer excitement and the money you's like you beat the mother system of good deals and I love a good deal and beating the system!! ---and way to make the pots inside shimmer like new (I do love my barkeepers friend for our porcelain sink- who knew it works so well on pots). Yea for going out in style amd scoring a simply amazing deal!!!! And yea for you to be able to see quality things in not so perfect exteriors- I really think that's a talent in and of itself!
Ps your hubby's comment made me laugh---Haha!!

Mom said...

You really hit the motherlode of deals. Give yourself a big pat on the back. Congratulations!