Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I Struck Gold...!!

Well, it really isn't gold, but something almost as good for storage minded folks!

I found a lot of lids, the Tupperware type, that I don't have any containers for. Quite a lot of them, actually! There was only one place I could think of where I might find a large number of containers without lids...my Mother's house.

Mom has a big drawer in her kitchen cabinets, way down on the bottom, where she keeps most of her Tupperware type storage containers. Just on a hunch, I took all my orphan lids to her house. Sure enough, I started finding containers that I had a lid for!

Big ones, little ones, in between ones...light, heavy, medium weight! I found clear and colored and opaque ones with names like Tupperware and Glad and some with no name at all! I found a LOT of containers that I was able to match and reunite with a proper lid!

For nearly 20 or 30 minutes, I sat there and played with all those containers and lids! It was like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle in 3D plastic! Finally, I was finished! I had the top of Mom's stove covered with storage containers, most all with proper lids. What a find!

Where did all the containers come from? Well, you know how people do when they come over for a family get-together? They bring food...at least the folks in my family do. Most of the food they bring is in...you guessed it, plastic storage containers with lids! Now sometimes when they go home, they'll take any left over food or dip or cookies or cake or whatever with them. Sometimes they just leave it for Mom. At the end of the day, the icebox is full of containers, more containers than Mom had before the get-together.

Now, in the old days when we all went to a gathering where everyone brought food containers, most people would put their name or initials on the bottom. That way most of the containers would eventually find their way back to the proper family when all the food was gone, and the container was properly cleaned. But, like so many other things today, that practise has all but disappeared.

That's where all the containers come from. As far as not being with the proper lid, Mom takes the lids off to store them, one inside another, because it takes up less space! Then, the next time you need a container for something you reach in the bottom drawer, take out a container, maybe a lid or maybe not! Soon plastic wrap or tin foil or something that looks like a shower cap for containers replaces the proper lid. Presto...orphan lids and semi naked containers, each in a different place!

After I managed to find lids for so many of the containers, there was a nice little stack. Mom said "I don't need all of those!", and being the good son that I am, said "The ones you don't have room for, I'll take home with me!"

So I came home with a LOT of new storage containers, some with lids and some without. I have big ones and little ones and in between ones...light, heavy, and medium weight. For me, it was a very useful and rewarding way to obtain some extra storage space without having to buy more containers. And the best part, they were all free! Free is good!

There was only one problem with bringing all those containers home, They were all empty! Every one of them...no leftover cake, no cookies, no extra dip, nothing...! I guess you can't have have everything!

Now how would you like to have a fresh cup of coffee, my friend? It's free, and free is good!

13 comments:

Lydia said...

Good morning,

Jim! You might have my lids too!!

You know? They are like socks, they just disappear, to who knows where. (well, the lids obviously go to your house!)

But here is what I think. I think you planned this ahead of time, by taking those lids, then finding the *empty* containers so that you can drop subtle *empty container* hints to your sisters or anyone willing to fill them with goodies like peanut butter cookies!

Right? ;)

Have a great day..If I lived closer I would fill those for you with your favorite goodies!
Lydia

HermitJim said...

Hey Lydia...well, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't! Anything to get some free peanut butter cookies!

Since we don't live close together, how about I just send the empties to ya by FedEx and then you can fill 'em? No?

Well, it was worth a shot! Thanks for stopping by, my friend!

Windjammer said...

Good for you! Now you can store some preps. Sorry you didn't score any goodies. Was thinking that Americans have been a throw-away society for a long time now.
Possibly one of the things that might change, is that we learn to "recycle". You knew that being a prepper was going to make a societal change, didn't you?
Hope you can score some goodies down the road.

HermitJim said...

Hey Windjammer...I figure that if I whine enough, someone will bring me some cookies! Maybe if I threaten to play my ukulele...

I use that expression all the time! In fact, I have been going through the storage shed at Mom's and I'm amazed at how much we DON'T throw away, but save!

I guess the way us poor old country folks have always done things, is now starting to become fashionable...

The more things change, the more they stay the same!

Thanks for coming by!

molly said...

Being a thoroughly modern male you can cook all sorts of goodies now and fill every last container..no? LOL!

Nothing better than finding new storage room for preps!

HermitJim said...

Hey Molly...thanks for coming by! Yeah, I can cook pretty good, certainly well enough to fill all these containers! But you know as well as I, that things always taste better if someone else makes 'em.

The grass is always greener, I guess!

Ken said...

...Tupperware...almost pornography to a prepper eh ?...i swiped all the 'big' ones fom my wife a year ago(still catch hell for it too)...

HermitJim said...

Hey Ken...thanks for coming by! I couldn't believe that all this stuff was free, ya know? The biggest was large enough for a big 2 layer cake, several bread sizes also!

Now I'm just like a kid in a candy store! Sometimes you just get lucky, ya know?

Ashley said...

Sounds great! But I do need that glass bowl back that I left the pudding in.

Hugs,
Ashley

HermitJim said...

It's here...and it's clean! Just waiting for ya!

Stephanie in AR said...

We have the same collection too. My problem is if the mate doesn't show up after awhile then it gets pitched - only to find the missing half.

HermitJim said...

Hey Stephanie...That's why I'm getting to the point where I don't throw anything like this away anymore! Just a bearded pack rat, I guess!

Sure am glad you could drop by!

ConfessionsOfAnOverworkedMom said...

Way to go! I love Tupperware. One of my favorite things to buy at tag sales!