Friday, April 27, 2012

Pie? Oh My!

Recently I was lucky enough to appear in this Etsy treasury that is so dear to my heart I wanted to share it.

I began collecting tin and aluminum pie pans in 1985 after seeing a photo in a Martha Stewart cookbook.

Martha Stewart's Pies and Tarts, 1985, page 22.

Now Martha is controversial, a kind of love her or hate her kind of gal. But this book came out at a time when my mother, sister, and I were heading to outdoor flea markets nearly every weekend. I was getting a bit bored (hard to believe, isn't it? My, how I've changed!).
At the time, I was working in a pastry shop, as a baker and decorator, an avocation that became my vocation. Pies were not particularly my specialty. Be that as it may, the picture resonated with me and I thought how fun it would be to collect pie pans! So I did. 

By the way, these are pans with the name of either the bakery or the restaurant embossed into the bottom. When a pie was purchased, a small deposit (between 5 and 10 cents) was left and was given back when the pan was returned.

Little did I know how many are out there.  Along the collection trail, I started to hang them up on my kitchen walls; eventually they were on all four and heading into the pantry. True dust-catchers, I must say!

After many more years, I finally realized I had enough and resisted the temptation whenever I saw one I didn't have.

I got married and when I moved in with my hubby, the pans went into three large boxes, ... down to two because I have sold about 18 of them in my shop.
 I sell them with a bit of reluctance but also with joy 
because I know those who are buying them may have 
the same passion for them as I do --three people 
bought two each and two bought three each!

    “Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness” ~Jane Austen


Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Wow! You've opened my eyes to an entire new items to collect. I never even thought about these beautiful pie tins being so collectible. What a great idea! Congratulations on having yours featured in an Etsy treasury. I'm with you on Martha her or hate her..haha.
Thanks for sharing.

WolvesAtTheDoor said...

Ah, now that's the good stuff! I love them!!! Do the words actually emboss onto the bottom of a pie or whatever you bake in them? And I love Martha Stewart! Your posts always give me something new fresh to think about!

autena said...

Hi Nadya! I guess they demboss on the bottom. I don't think I've ever used one to make a pie, though!

gina♥ said...

How many do you have and would you be interested in selling the whole lot? They would make perfect serving plates for my country wedding :)

autena said...

Gina, please contact me through my email if you are still interested, as there is no way for me to contact you.