I love to savor moments in antique shops, imagining the lives of cooks of kitchens past and exploring their (sometimes weird) tools. In New Bern, NC, I stopped in on a hot and humid day to visit Poor Charlie’s Flea Market and Antiques. The space is a time capsule, and in spite of the fans moving hot breezes around, I stayed and played with culinary antiquities for a very long time.
Check out this strange tool. I’m guessing mid 60s, when bouffant hairdos were in and cooks wanted to live a more glamorous life. Just look at this salad queen with her jaunty little paper cap. She lived in the era when backyard barbecues were all the rage, and every hostess wanted a fancy dish to show off to friends. Remember those wooden pineapples that held skewered bits of fruit? Same dinner table!
Antique shops like Poor Charlie’s are a great way to understand culinary trends through the decades – and find the perfect accessories for every special party. Hosting a Mad Men highball bash? Pick up a set of atomic glasses and a proper bullet shaker. Fancy a fondue party? Pick up the pot, but don’t forget the long twin-pronged color-coded forks with bamboo handles.
208 Hancock Street
New Bern, NC 28562