I'm a big believer in slowly building out your kitchen. There are so many products that just clutter your space and end up in the trash or giveaway pile when you realize you never use them. I always recommend assessing what's holding you back or creating a bottleneck while cooking before making big purchases so you can make a really intentional and informed decision. You can get by with very few kitchen products, and you should be selective about what you invest in because your kitchen is prime real estate! Yay for mindful shopping.
Whether you’re trying to be mindful of how much you spend or you’re shopping secondhand for the sustainability aspect, I wanted to share my tips on sourcing thrifted cookware. Particularly the more expensive investment pieces. If you're buying a product that's made with incredible craftsmanship it will last a lifetime. Plus, if you know what to look for, you’ll likely find some incredible pieces at a fraction of the cost. Bonus points if you can score a truly vintage or antique piece with lots of character. Save this guide and refer back to it as you slowly add to your kitchen.
Make a list of products you are looking for and save them as a note in your phone. That way when you feel like making an impulsive shopping decision you can consult your list. Not on the list = future kitchen clutter. If you need help creating a list, use the below as a starting off point for some of the bigger ticket items:
The below brands and materials are built to last. Copy and paste these keywords when sourcing to narrow down your search and find some gems:
Enameled Dutch Oven + Cast Iron:
Stainless Steel Skillets + Saute Pans:
You're ready to score that perfect vintage piece! Search these keywords if browsing online, or chat with someone in store if you head to a brick and mortar location. Here are my go-to places for thrifted kitchen items:
I hope this inspires you to start your secondhand shopping journey! I apply my list and keyword practices for thrifted clothing (take my money, The Real Real), and for investment furniture pieces in our home, and it's been a game changer for finding quality items that will last a lifetime. You can always find my vetted, new and ready-to-ship products on the Shop page of my website, too. Any categories I missed? Or did you use this guide and score something special? Let me know in the comments!
I’m so grateful you’re here! Try some of my recipes and stay for deep dives into culinary techniques, food and travel guides, + my favorite products.
Sign up for my email and be the first to know when new recipes drop. I'll also share menus, meal plans, guides, + more.