EAST TEXAS (KLTV/KTRE) — Mama Steph and digital content manager Jeff Awtrey have been colleagues for 11 years and have found mutual interest in presenting.
Of course, you know Mama Steph as the host of East Texas Kitchen. If it has to do with cooking, Steph knows it.
Jeff and his wife recently took up picking garage sales as a hobby. Every weekend, they venture into garage sales and look for bargains.
This is how “East Texas Kitchen Pickin'” was born. Each week, Jeff will show his discoveries to Mama Steph, and Steph will share his thoughts or stories related to his discoveries.
Here are some finds from the weekend of September 3:
Tupperware storage container:
Jeff: Tupperware is the dominant theme this week and you could see it for many weeks. I don’t know much about kitchen utensils, but growing up in my mother’s house I knew about Tupperware. More on that another week. Anyway, the first find is the Tupperware storage container. The ID number is 515-3 and that is the nine inch container.
Stephen: Yes, it’s a handy 9″x9″ container for storing cupcakes, cookies and that sort of thing. Very convenient ! I think that old softer white plastic lid means it might have been made in the 50s. It doesn’t matter when it was made, I might just have to buy it from Jeff.
Jeff: This thing is super clean and cool. There is a lid on the top and you can change the season symbol. A heart and a star are two examples of shapes.
Stephen: It’s really a nice gelatin mold! Looks like someone’s Mamaw didn’t use it very often. I love that it has different shapes for different parties; Christmas tree, heart, etc. Anyone got a fruit cocktail? Let’s do this.
Jeff: They just look like they’re something you give away in the school cafeteria lunch line. I only brought one to the newsroom, but we bought five last weekend, all in different colors.
Stephen: I’ve never seen them, so they were definitely made after my mom’s Tupperware years. It would have been fun to have these when I was raising my three little boys in the 90s, especially with these fun colors.
Jeff: This is my Tupperware weekend favorite. Again, super clean and it’s green. This is article 892-2. We received all of this week’s Tupperware from a widow in Cherokee County. Really lovely lady who knew how to keep her things clean.
Stephen: This cute jadeite green pantry is from the 1970s. My mom had the matching colander and salad pan, which had a cool tip you stabbed the head of the iceberg lettuce on. We had salad with every meal so this thing got a lot of use and really kept the lettuce fresh! The one you found would be perfect for storing carrots or celery, that’s for sure.
Jeff: The first thing I look at when I see a dish is where it was made. If it’s made in the USA, I keep looking at it. If not, I put it. Nothing to do with personal preference. I’m just looking for value and that’s where the value is right now. I was at an estate sale looking at CorningWare dishes when someone came up to me and asked if I was a picker. I said I was and he said “that’s a good price. I can’t get it because I have too many things. So I decided to pick it up. “The” is painted on the front of it. A Google search says it means “the tea”.
Stephen: Tea is definitely what my mother used to do at home! His had the original blue blueberries, but otherwise looked like this one. They are so useful! My sister-in-law still uses hers.
Oscar Coleman cooler:
Jeff: Same estate sale. I had heard of it but had not experienced it this summer. But I walked to the carport and saw a cooler. As I got closer, that logo was more obvious, it was an Oscar! I picked this thing up so fast. I didn’t care how dirty and unpleasant it was, I had to say I found one. The Oscars are always popular in selection circles and I can say that I have one now. By the way, my daughter cleaned this up and it’s spectacular. I learned there’s a little calendar at the bottom that tells you when it was made. My Oscar was born in September 1981. He is 40 years old! And it holds up really well. Eat your heart, Yeti.
Stephen: When Jeff told me he found an Oscar, I thought he was talking about someone’s old Academy Award. No, something he prefers: an 80s cooler! I’ve never heard of it, but there’s no denying how well this thing held up. Well done, Coleman.
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