I want to talk about my recent thrift store find. It’s a red cast iron enamel coated wok.
So, there I was minding my own business, when I had this idea that I would find something worth finding at the local thrift store. Do you ever follow your instincts and realize you are brilliant?
Brilliant?! You are a freaking genius!
I have that niggling thought about the local thrift store.
I have some time.
I decide I will follow the hunch. Just to see what they have.
I go to the thrift store. I look around and feel empty amid the clutter of second-hand merchandise.
I think, “Why am I here?”
My body seems to know because it makes a beeline for the kitchen stuff, where I soon see this wok lurking on the bottom shelf, at a distance from the other pans.
Almost as though it is hiding from other patrons that aren’t me.
I look and I think, “No, it cannot be.”
I lift it up. I look at the handle. Sure enough. I am holding a Le Creuset wok just like the one I have at home. Well, the color is different and this one is coverless. But otherwise? Identical.
Le Creuset! In a thrift store!
I turn the wok over to see what the price is and my eyes bug out of my head.
One of these woks new, goes for close to $300.00. I think when I bought mine, it was $240.00.
The only thing wrong with this one is that it doesn’t come with the lid.
Mind you, you can get a replacement lid for . . . drum roll please . . . around $20.
I think the thrift store staff couldn’t have known what they had. If they had known, I wouldn’t have gotten it for seven dollars and ninety nine cents.
No way, José.
I look furtively around, clutch the wok to my chest so no one can snatch it from me and scramble to the cash register.
After I run to my car, I call Christopher and have to leave a giggling, silly message about my find. He calls me back and says, “What?”
So I tell him the story. He fist pumps me through the phone. I can’t see it, but I know he does.
When Christopher gets home, I have to pose with it so he can take a photo. This is what I normally look like when I’ve just purchased a Le Creuset wok for $7.99. This was taken with my iPhone, in my kitchen.
Yes, it needed seasoning but oh my word, the thing weighs around seven pounds and it is a work horse.
Why am I telling you this?
Because, when I make something that doesn’t need a cover, I use this wok. If it needs a cover, I use my yellow one.
I think you should know that. And I think you should know I paid $7.99 for a Le Creuset wok.
Dreams do come true!