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Collectible and valuable cast iron skillet

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I had an amazing Griswold pan. That surface could season SO easily. Wagner pans are close, of course. Which is to say that I've enjoyed the beauty of using vintage cast iron.

Which is how this headline caught my eye.

Why This Cast Iron Skillet Costs $8,000

I had not heard of the Spider Skillet before. Now up to $10k US. Wow.

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Clearly not being purchased to use as cookery!  
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My wife and I enjoy looking through antique stores and thrift stores -- we're on vacation right now and that's something that's always on the agenda as we drive through small towns.  Cast iron can usually be found on the lowest shelf (or sitting on the ground) where kitchen stuff is found.  Now I've got something new to look for --- the spider logo.

Its crazy to me how much the price will vary from store to store for cast iron.  One place, you'll find a Wagner #8 skillet for $20, and the next place it'll be $50.  Lodge has been around long enough now that non-educated people assume that it's as old as Griswold or Wagner.  Nope -- not even close.  You'll see a Lodge skillet priced the same as a Griswold.

I'm glad that I'm not the only one out there that enjoys shopping for and using cast iron.  My poor kids are going to inherit a lot of it . . . or shall I say, my rich kids.
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