Things I Love Today: Crazy Fork

Things I Love Today: Crazy Fork

Rob and I went to an estate sale last Sunday on our block. The building used to be a dry cleaner’s (established in the 1890’s according to the sign) downstairs and an apartment for the couple upstairs. They must have done pretty well in the cleaning business according to the large collection of art, china and silver for sale.

In one of the misc. silver bins, I found this fantastic, spring loaded serving fork. Spear something on the end and then press the back of the handle to push it back off again.

Perfect for serving carved meats and other foods likely to get stuck on the fork. And the best part is that I bought it for only $2!

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  1. e at 4:16 pm

    what sort of dry cleaner’s is it? just curious because i’m writing my dissertation on the architecture of chinatowns, and most laundries operating in the 1890s were run by Chinese. regardless, those types of shop houses are really interesting.

    by the way, a friend of mine needed to buy a car. i suggested the Honda Fit because of your rave reviews, and she bought one. she has nothing but wonderful things to say about it.

  2. mrsem Author at 4:38 pm

    What a fascinating topic! San Francisco is really mecca for Chinese laundries. The shop on our was called “G. F. Thomas Dyeing & Cleaning” so I don’t think it has the same Chinese heritage.

    Yay for another happy Fit owner!

  3. mrsem Author at 4:41 pm

    According to a quick search: “Gustaf Francois Thomas arrived in SF from France in 1854 and opened the G.F. Dyeing and Cleaning Works”

    Older than I remembered.

  4. hannah m at 4:58 pm

    We had something like that growing up and used it as a pickle picker–you can get sliced pickles from the jar more easily. Fun!

  5. Louise at 5:11 pm

    Very cool! On another topic, I have a style question that I think requires your expert insight — but I can’t find your email address anywhere on ths site. Doh! Can you let me know how to send it to you? Thanks so much…your biggest fan in Vancouver.

  6. mrsem Author at 5:32 pm

    Hi Louise! There’s a link to email me on the right hand side of the page 🙂

  7. Leslie at 8:49 pm

    i believe that is called a pickle fork, and i only know that because i picked one up at bed bath & beyond last Christmas to stuff in my hubby’s stocking. He’s a pickle dork, so he needed a pickle fork. 🙂

  8. e at 12:53 am

    it’s amazing how old the laundry is. the main reason why Chinese immigrants took on the laundry business was because there were few women during the Gold Rush period, and men were unwilling to do their own laundry. in fact, dirty loads were shipped to Hawaii and China before Chinese laundries were founded! thanks for the info, emily!