Sometimes, you really want a set of tart tins, but don't want to pay Williams-Sonoma prices. The answer may be Broad Street's latest edition, Seasoned (1016 N. Broad St., 860-748-1739; www.free-the-food.com), New Orleans' first store devoted exclusively to the sale of secondhand cookware.
Located underneath a barber shop on North Broad Street, Seasoned opened quietly in November, stocking its shelves with everything from waffle irons and cocktail shakers to whisks and copper teapots. It offers a great range of vintage cookware, and there are used cookbooks and magazines covering a range of culinary topics, including some quirky ones. There's a DIY area to brew coffee or tea while browsing, making the experience feel homey and welcoming.
"You can always buy [secondhand cookware] online," Seasoned notes in its mission statement. "However, when you do this, you miss the opportunity to explore the merchandise more carefully and compare notes with another cook. We have cookbooks, magazines, free coffee and all the inspiration you need to reclaim your kitchen."
Seasoned is open from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday.