Oh if I only knew then what I know now......
I let so much cast iron slip away that I could cry. But at the time it was everywhere, and it it would always be there, I took so much for granted, it was just the cast iron pots and pans, no big deal, right?
That is OK, I am older now and maybe just a little wiser. I left home with a couple of skillets and thought that I would just pick up the dutch ovens the next time I went camping. 25 years later the homestead along with the cast iron is gone, the few times that I made it back home I just never thought to pick anything up. All gone to auction or landfill.
You can buy just about any cast iron peice that you want, but some has become very collectable and alot of the imported stuff is kind of, lets say, rough around the edges. Resale shops are the best bet along with yardsales, but they are hit and miss. Sorry to say that while I like Lodge stuff, they are a little steep on the price for new stuff. Antique shops are awful proud of their stuff too, even the stuff that is not so antique. I will stick with looking around at flea markets and yardsales for the smaller stuff but I would consider a well made imported 10 gal bean pot. (Like I have a real use for one)
I don't really know what my count is with stuff scattered around. I got a couple of skillets that I use regular atop the stove and in the oven, A couple of DOs that have seen very little use in the past years, a griddle (I think) somewhere but I cant remember ever using the griddle because the skillet will do the same thing, and maybe an odd ball bisquit/muffin pan. Sounds like it is time for a round up and inventory!