I could spend hours in the cookery section of a department store. I literally salivate when I pick up dishes, and I often walk around examining different patterns, feeling the textures and materials in my hands. I am drawn to bright colors, and when I see a Le Creuset pot I try to justify why I could possible need another item to add to my already cluttered kitchen. The cool thing about the über-cute Pot + Pantry is that you can both buy and sell cookery, making it a must visit!
I stumbled upon Pot + Pantry when I was strolling along Guerrero after eating ice cream at Bi-Rite. I was immediately drawn to the outside facade, which is a collection of quotes and cooking words drawn on the window. When I stepped inside, I fell in love. It was full of both new and vintage items, and the decor reminded me of my own kitchen.
I really contemplated purchasing one of those salt boxes. I must have picked it up at least three times, turning it over in my hand and wondering if I had enough salts to fill it (I do!). There were so many interesting items, and a pretty big collection of Le Creuset. I found a pie dish that I might buy for my husband who likes to bake, and I need that bright green colander.
Pot + Pantry was opened in the fall of 2010 by Donna Sue Wageman. They carry both new and gently used kitchen items, and she even has a small selection of food from local artisans.
Behind the cash register there is a bulletin board, decked out in red and white gingham, that displays a "Skill Exchange." Patrons can post what they want to learn, and what they can teach in exchange to learn it. How cool is that? My husband is pretty good at making fresh cheese; I wonder if someone can teach us how to make a good souffle.
How can you not love a boutique that quotes Julia Child on the window? The store is open daily, but you'll need to make an appointment if you want to sell your items.
Pot + Pantry (@potandpantry)
593 Guerrero Street @18th, San Francisco, CA 94110