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    Pewter Haul

    I was doing a job 200 miles from home this week and had to pass through CT (I hate CT...idiot drivers...but I digress) Since they have a reputation for being such upiddy snobs, I figured they might have some good pewter donations so I checked out a local "Savers" donation center. I got 9lbs 12 oz of hardware for $33. Not a bad take if I do say so. I'm up to about 15lbs of Pewter now....I think I'm safe to slow-down a bit...that should last me for the next 5 years.

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    Nice score. You also sound like you have more discipline and sense than I do. Unfortunately I'm beginning to treat the collection of pewter like that for lead: once started it never stops, and I am never convinced I have enough.

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    Haha...I wouldn't say I have discipline as much as I'm running out of room to put stuff. I have over a ton of COWW, Range Lead, and Linotype. And now....Pewter. Fortunately, I only need a small amount of pewter to add to all this other stuff so...15 lbs every 5 years should be enough...however....If I'm in a donation store again and see something good...I won't pass it up.

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    Good find. last pewter I found (4.2#) was a buck a pound at the scrap yard! I was smashed modern food service ware.

    All the "thrift" stores around here think the stuff is silver and charge a fortune for anything stamped pewter.

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    Nice Score! Pewter is hard to find around here. Most of it is priced at antique prices. I have to depend on yard sale and flea market solder for my tin needs.

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    Yep, Savers is one of my known enablers. Sorry that their Henrietta NY (near Rochester) closed recently.
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    Figure I have about 20 lbs. now. Pretty much cleaned out the local places. Got 300 lbs. of nice clean lead to alloy it with. If it's heavy and malable I buy it.

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    I`m down to about 50 lbs. +/- pewter to smelt down now that I let my Daughter and her 2 adult Daughters pick through the boxes I had set near the burner ready to smelt.Robert

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardcast416taylor View Post
    I`m down to about 50 lbs. +/- pewter to smelt down now that I let my Daughter and her 2 adult Daughters pick through the boxes I had set near the burner ready to smelt.Robert
    That's why I plan on melting mine when nobody else is at home

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    Up here 90% of what you find are "modern" tankards for around $3/lb.

    Last time i checked i was around 70lbs with no intention of stopping

    It is a good currency for buying or trading.

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    I'm with you, Retumbo. I probably have enough to alloy 12 tons of lead, but I'd buy more if I saw it in a shop. It's always good "currency" in a trade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardcast416taylor View Post
    I`m down to about 50 lbs. +/- pewter to smelt down now that I let my Daughter and her 2 adult Daughters pick through the boxes I had set near the burner ready to smelt.Robert
    If you notice my picture....most of my Pewter is bent up....I do that on purpose so the wifey doesn't get any ideas. I generally store up enough to melt at one time. But with the Pewter, I'll just do it in small batches since I don't have/need that much of it.

    And yeah...you guys convinced me...I'm gonna keep buying....its good to trade or barter with for sure....especially during a zombie apocalypse. I'll just have to get rid of the wife's shoes in the closet to store all the ingots. I'll make space for it. haha

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    And yeah...you guys convinced me...I'm gonna keep buying....its good to trade or barter with for sure....especially during a zombie apocalypse. I'll just have to get rid of the wife's shoes in the closet to store all the ingots. I'll make space for it. haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by lightman
    You do that and you may have a zombie apocalypse!
    Yeah...you're right...after 29 years of marriage... I shoulda knowd better.

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    My wife is my main buyer for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retumbo View Post
    My wife is my main buyer for me
    Unfortunately my wife wouldn't know pewter from pewteret. And I'm sure I'd end up with a pile of Wilson - Our Daily Bread platters. They are everywhere.

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    Do ya mean their not useable pewter????
    What to do with a box of them?????????????
    I guess I have personal bread plates for a convention meal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mold maker View Post
    Do ya mean their not useable pewter????
    What to do with a box of them?????????????
    I guess I have personal bread plates for a convention meal.
    I remember reading it has aluminum in it. It doesn't melt right.

    There is a lot of great info in the Hallmark sticky thread...but its a lot to weed through. I also did some Google investigations. I stay away from all the Wilton RWP stuff from Columbia PA. (sorry...I typed Wilson before...its WILTON)

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhawk0 View Post
    n - Our Daily Bread platters. They are everywhere.

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