Friday, December 28, 2012

Reselling Vintage Le Creuset

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! Ours was busy and fun, and we are enjoying the rest of the holidays!

I have been buying and selling vintage Le Creuset cast iron pieces here and there. Sometimes I see a smoking deal and sometimes I am just looking to pare down my own collection... I am always tempted to keep them, but it is probably a good idea to keep things moving!

Photo courtesy etsy seller peachychicboutique

This beautiful set from the 50s is in the pastel "Elysees Yellow" colour and came with a 5 quart dutch oven and a small saucepan. I purchased it off etsy for $40 plus $15 shipping and flipped it for $120 locally.


I think my buyer still got a great deal, as the set was in great shape. Apparently Marilyn Monroe owned a Le Creuset set in this colour! The original etsy seller doesn't ship to Canada but my sis picked it up for me across the border.


Another piece I sold recently was this flame coloured large #20 saucepan with wooden handle. I had actually found the orphan lid in the wild while thrifting a couple years ago, dreaming that I would be able to find its bottom.


I caved and bought a lidless pan on ebay for cheap, reunited them, and sold them to another happy local buyer. I spent about $20, and was able to sell it for $50.


I rubbed a little mineral oil on the old wooden handle because these get pretty rough over time.

I like to keep my collections kind of light because I have a tendency to hoard my thrifted goodies! Hopefully I will be able to stay disciplined and keep only the items I really love and get lots of use out of!


4 comments:

  1. Wow, I admire your discipline! I should try that with some of my vintage bling. I used to have a friend who'd buy wheelchairs and electronics at garage sales, then flip them for a great profit. I think the key is finding a product category or collectible, as you have, that truly has value. Happy holidays!

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  2. I love vintage Le Creuset. Great tip about the mineral oil. I have a set of aqua pans with wood handles and will try it!

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  3. Nice finds and good profit on those. I rarely see Le Creuset in yard sales around here. It's nice that you've found a market locally for yours.
    Happy New Year!
    :)
    C

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  4. How fun! I JUST found this pan at our local Savers for less than $10. There was no lid but man, now you have me considering trying to flip it as well ;)

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