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!