The Surprising Website That’s Overflowing with Vintage Le Creuset Cookware

published Apr 26, 2022
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There are lots of reasons why Le Creuset is one of the most coveted cookware brands out there. Ask just about anyone who owns (or who has cooked in) a Le Creuset, and they’ll gush about the breath-taking hues, high-quality materials, and superior construction that solidify the fan-favorite brand’s status as a leader in the cookware industry. But the biggest selling point? Longevity. Those of us who’ve inherited our parents’ (or grandparents’) pieces can certainly attest to their timelessness, but if you aren’t lucky enough to have anything that’s been passed down through the generations, fret no more! We’ve found a treasure trove of vintage Le Creuset on Etsy.

Whether you’re looking to get ahold of a Le Creuset piece at a slightly lower price point, searching for a match to your grandma’s decades-old Dutch oven, or simply browsing for unique kitchenware, these picks are extremely collectible. Just remember: Each piece is one of a kind and bound to sell quickly! We’ve rounded up nine must-haves below, so get shopping ASAP or you might miss your chance to score that Le Creuset of your dreams.

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aThe classic and timeless Dutch oven screams Le Creuset. Crafted by French artisans using the highest quality enameled cast iron, this piece of multi-functioning piece of cookware is easy to clean (it's even dishwasher safe), oven safe up to up to 500 degrees, and safe for metal utensils. This 2-qt. size is perfect for no-knead breads, light spring soups, and even creamy gratins. And how about that radiant Cerise red!

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This baking dish is the kitchen essential you didn't know you needed. Shallow enough to store away easily and yet wide enough for roasted asparagus or cobbler, you'll find yourself pulling this bright, fiery piece of cookware for all sorts of unexpected purposes. Originally from the 70's, this dish is in seriously great condition; the Le Creuset signature Flame outer enamel and interior cream enamel both look as good as new. At under $100, it's a steal!

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Have you ever seen a piece of Le Creuset in this hue? Neither have we! Slightly more complex and muted than the newer Chiffon Pink colorway, this antique Rose Pink is truly one of a kind. This model of Soup Pot is no longer made, which makes it all the more special. The gently sloping sides and generous depth make this piece the ideal size for one-pot meals, braises, and of course, soup. It'll never leave your stovetop.

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This covered Baking Dish is useful for so much more than just transporting your delicious goods. The pre-2000 stoneware baking dish is coated with non-porous enamel crafted to lock in moisture and heat as well as resist cracks and chips, as is evident by the minimal wear and tear on this versatile piece. You can easily take it with you on a picnic or to a potluck, but even when you're just using it in your home, its gorgeous deep-blue exterior makes for a lovely serving piece.

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It's not every day you stumble across one of these limited-edition Le Creuset pieces designed by Italian designer Enzo Mari circa the 1960's. This style of cookware was initially introduced to the American home kitchen by legend Julia Child, who found these fun Dutch ovens to be the perfect vessels for stews and roasts. This stunning beige model is in wonderful condition, and with its unique handles and design, it will certainly make a statement in your home.

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Having a heavy-duty skillet in the household is a must for home cooking pros and novices alike, and Le Creuset is the cream of the crop when it comes to even heat distribution and versatility. This particular vintage model is a rare ombre hue, transitioning from a darker brown base to a unique terracotta rim. With a radius of just over 14", this skillet is a do-it-all size that can tackle anything from frittatas to Dutch babies. A spout on either side makes it easy to drain fat or excess liquid from your meals.

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This petite stoneware Dutch oven is perfect for home cooks looking to make an individual dish or trying to infuse a little extra cuteness into their cooking. The premium quality of this stoneware mini-cocotte ensures evenly distributed heat and uniform browning. You can expect a non-reactive, scratch-resistant surface that resists stains and flavor absorption. Plus, it's safe for use in the freezer, oven, microwave, broiler, dishwasher, and with metal utensils.

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Innovative, fun, and versatile, this multifunction set is essentially a saucepan with a lid that doubles as a skillet. Crafted with Le Creuset's signature enameled cast iron, both pieces are oven safe, easy to clean, and reliable when it comes to even heating and heat retention. The glossy, all-black exterior will make it a distinctive addition to your cookware collection.

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This 1960's version of the modern Le Creuset Dutch oven we know and love looks as good as new. The vivid and variegated hue frequented Julia Child's cooking show, demonstrating unparalleled durability episode after episode. A Descoware Cherry Orange Flame collector piece, this Dutch oven is hard to come by — and we can see why. Aside from its good looks, the large looping handles, tight-fitting lid, and sturdy construction of this cookware make it an all-around winner.

This post originally appeared on The Kitchn. See it here: The Surprising Online Source That’s Overflowing with Vintage Le Creuset Cookware