Friday, April 19, 2013

Thrift Store Finds: Dansk Kobenstyle

The shelves in my favorite thrift store are constantly being restocked throughout the day so the kitchen section is always the first and last place I go every time I visit. That's one reason I like to visit thrift stores alone. It irritates the "Pickles" when they are ready to leave and I have to make "just one more pass" through the kitchen stuff. I can't tell you how often it's paid off. Like today. I made my final pass through and something bright and yellow caught my eye.

Hmmm...pretty. And heavy, though not as heavy as cast iron. It had a couple of dings on it but was otherwise in great shape. And I loved the handles on the side.

I flipped it over to see the price...only $5.99. At this point I honestly had no clue what I was looking at other than an enameled loaf pan but I like it and that was enough to sell me on it. In the cart it goes.

Of course, when I got home I looked it up. Dansk Designs France IHQ

Turns out, my $5.99 loaf pan is a mid-century Dansk Kobenstyle piece selling on eBay and Etsy for between $35 and $75. The thought of reselling it might have popped into my head for a bit, but I like it so much I'm keeping it for myself. And now that I know what to look for, I'll also be on the lookout for more pieces like it at thrift store prices.

FYI - I found the following instructions for cleaning your Dansk Enamel Kobenstyle Cookware so it looks like new. I haven't tried it since my loaf pan looks pretty good already but just in case someone needs the info:
  • Boil a large stock pot, large enough to submerge the piece of cookware to clean in boiling water.
  • Add 3-5 Tablespoons of Baking Soda to the water and allow the cookware to sit submerged in the boiling solution for 10 + minuets.
  • Next, remove carefully from boiling pot and wash in hot soapy water and scour with a nylon (not metal) scouring sponge.
  • Rub with white vinegar to restore finish to the enamel after the item has cooled.

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