In a moment of forgetfulness I walked away from a pan I had on the stove. With my glass stove top it is easy to forget that the burner is still on. I had left a plastic spatula leaning against the rim of my cast iron skillet. By the time I returned to the kitchen I found nothing left of the spatula but a puddle of smoldering plastic goo. Fortunately being a cast iron, the skillet suffered no lasting damage.
Since that day I have been on the hunt for a new spatula while thrifting.
After several fruitless months I finally came across three nice spatulas at Deseret Industries, where they sell kitchen utensils for 50¢ each.
I found 2 brand spankin’ new IKEA spatulas and one from Pampered Chef.I have a motto I try to keep in mind while thrifting…“There’s always a reason stuff ends up at second-hand stores”- every item should be thoroughly examined before purchase. That evening as I was washing my new utensils I found that the handle of the Pampered Chef spatula was cracked so the blade was no longer affixed to the handle.Never fear I was prepared with my handy-dandy basket of “stuff that holds things together” where I keep my supply of tapes and glues.I mixed up some epoxyUsing a toothpick I worked the glue as far into the crack as I could. Reinserted the blade and wound a couple of rubber bands around to hold the fracture until the glue dried.
6 hours later I had a sturdy bond and a useable spatula.The J.B. Weld costs $5.69. So it would not have been as frugal a fix if I purchased the epoxy just for this project. I would most likely just take the 50¢ loss and tried to find another replacement. As it turned out I already had the glue necessary for the repair so I rejoice in my THRIFTY FIX!
How about you have you ever bought something second-hand only to find you had nothing but junk on your hands. When it happens to me I take consolation in the fact that in most cases the money went to charity. Secondly I have gotten so many fabulous deals that to miss on one here and there doesn’t hurt (Much).