This is my very first post at the collective. I'm also new to collecting Pyrex. I had a vague understanding of vintage Pyrex from what I'd seen around the blogosphere and Flickr, but I never really "got" it until I saw some in person. That's when it all clicked for me, and I've been on the hunt for more ever since!
I was at a flea market for the first time, a place my mother in law suggested, when I spotted these two bowls and quickly snatched them up. Honestly, I probably over paid. The 403 Autumn Harvest bowl went for $12 and the 402 Butterprint set me back $10. But I knew nothing about Pyrex when I bought these. I just new they were pretty. The Autumn Harvest will make an excellent serving dish come Thanksgiving. The Butterprint was sold to me as "Amish Print," which seemed like an appropriate purchase as I was in Amish country, and I love anything aqua.
So why do I have Pyrex photographed with some not-Pyrex? Because I bought it, thinking it was Pyrex. Then took it home and photographed it, thinking it was Pyrex. Then I tried to identify the pattern and had trouble. For a brief moment, I thought I'd come across something rare. I started thinking I was secretly a thrift shopping genius. Then I, the genius, got the bright idea to turn the piece over. It's Glasbake. The Spring Blossoms casserole, that I did flip over before buying... and chipped the lid in the process! The dealer felt sorry for me (although I felt sorry for him, having some klutzy lady breaking his stuff) and gave me a discount. If I hadn't dropped it, I probably wouldn't have bought it, but then I wouldn't have a pretty casserole dish for my baked ziti. So it all worked out in the end.
You live, you learn! I've already learned so much more about Pyrex since I came home from the flea market and thought to myself: "I wouldn't mind having more of this!"