Saturday, July 30, 2011
Later in the day, I met a lady on craigslist who was moving and selling her mother's Pyrex. I happily took these off her hands:
Like a few others around here, I've also done some great trading. Got these today:
Here's my kitchen cabinet:
On the top (basically unreachable) shelf is my recently completed set of Pink Gooseberry Cinderella bowls. I never set out to collect Pink Gooseberry, but my mother-in-law still has the complete set from when she was first married in 1958. Most of them are in pretty bad shape, having hosted 50+ years of dinners, family get-togethers, and not a few trips through the dishwasher. But, for some reason, the 443 was still in pretty good shape, and she gave it to me a few years ago.
Since then, we found the 442 in the discount section of a Jubilee thrift shop in central PA (yes, they have a discount section in the thrift shop), the 441 at Unique Thrift in suburban DC, and just last week I found the 444 for $10 at an antique shop in Uniontown, PA (while sneaking out of a business trip to Pyrex hunt!). I think I paid $15 for the whole set, when all was said and done.
Next to the Pink Gooseberry is the Butterfly Gold gravy boat. I found mine without the underplate, and have been on a multi-year quest to find the underplate. If anyone has one to trade...
Below the Pink Gooseberry is the square Yellow Hostess set. You can see the larger bowl and lid- the smaller bowl, with lid, and two of the small ramekins are nested inside. The two bowls are one of my best ever Pyrex finds- $7 for both, including lids. I love them so much, I actually paid $7 EACH for the little ramekins when I found them at an antique shop several years later. I justified it by figuring that $21 for the whole set was still reasonable.
(Does anyone else find that the smallest pieces often have the highest price tags? Is that because the small pieces are "cute", or that they were used more, broken more, and therefore more rare?)
Next to the hostess bowls, is the Cranberry Visions set. I received these new shortly after graduating from college, and have dragged them from the East Coast to the West Coast and back again. Several times. I don't really think of them as collectible, and even thought about giving them away to make room for more milk glass Pyrex, but I'm glad I held onto them.
If you look closely, there are some Spring Blossom Green mugs mixed in with the coffee mugs. These were a gift from the woman who runs the Pyrex Museum in Bremerton, WA. Last August, we ended up with an opportunity to visit the Seattle area, so making the trek to the Pyrex Museum was one of our must-see sites. We took the ferry from Seattle to Bremerton, walked around the town and spent over an hour in the Pyrex Museum (I'll post pictures in another post). The owner, Amy, chatted with us and told us how her Pyrex collection started, shared some of her favorite pieces with us, and was asking what brought us to the museum. When we told her we had come from Washington DC to see the Pyrex Museum, she was floored that we even knew about it. She videotaped us talking about Pyrex for her local cable show, and then gave us the mugs as a gift. Interestingly, the two mugs have different stamps on the bottom- one indicates "microwave safe", the other does not.
Last, but most used, are the 501 fridgies and the cream and sugar sets on the bottom shelf. We have the cream and sugars sets for Old Town Blue, Golden Butterfly and Snowflake Garland. The creamers make great milk pitchers for cereal on breakfast trays. There is also a Federal Glass orange "atomic dots" bowl. It's my place holder until I find the REAL orange dots bowl!
Hope you enjoyed the Tour de Kitchen Cabinet.
With my new Pyrex friend Linda, I traded the Blue Horizon 045 for the Snowflake 045. I love the oval casseroles and was hesitant to part with my Blue Horizon 045 since I used it so much but it didn't go with my collection. Problem solved! Perfect.
Then, with my new Pyrex friend Lisa, I traded the Blue Horizon 443 for the Butterprint 471 (top right) as well as another Butterprint 501 (tiny fridgie). The pattern on the 471 is so mini and adorable!
This means that I am now one piece short of a full set of set of mixing bowls, 470 casseroles, AND refrigerator dishes. AHHH the torture! Does anyone out there have the Butterprint 404, 503, or 472 and want to trade it for any of my remaining pieces?
And now we're off to Bele Chere for a day of good friends, music, art, and food. Can't wait! Hope you all have a great Saturday as well.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I am looking forward to sharing more with you all!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Can anyone tell me more info about it? I know it's old due to the D handle but it looks different from the one I found previously (below). The pyrex logo is different:
Now I have these four measuring cups. Though, I'm not positive that the one on the extreme right is pyrex, since there is no pyrex stamp on it. Plus the bottom says Mexico...so it's probably not pyrex I'm guessing.
Also, I recently moved to a new apartment so I had to take inventory of all my pyrex. Here is a nugget of some of my collection. I'm planning to do a blog post of it all on my blog so don't forget to check it out!:
Sunday, July 24, 2011
I haven't posted here in a while. It doesn't mean I haven't acquired any Pyrex, though. In fact, I've only been collecting for a little over a month and already have amassed quite a bit. It's actually scary how obsessed I've become... but I know I won't be judged here. :)
Anyway, this is what I bought while in Monterey, California. I love the tulip print, and the Butterprint fridgie is my first fridgie.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Greetings fellow Pyrex
This is my first time to post but I couldn’t resist sharing my find. In the Dallas area, it seems like thrift stories rarely if ever carry any vintage Pyrex (lots of the clear stuff – but no fun colors or patterns). That means most if not all of my finds have come from estate sales. I usually hit at least one or two each weekend. I work 8:30-5:00 and this weekend I have class from Friday to Sunday. So I found one sale that was fairly close and started 7:00 AM this morning. And I saw from the pictures they had a promotional white casserole WITH CRADLE. Score!
Now the downside to estate sales is that I have often had to leave pieces behind because they are WAY overpriced. I once went to a sale where they were asking $12 for a small fridgie in terrible shape (half the color worn off, no shine, chipped lid).
But fortunately, this was not one of those sales.
Yep… $4 for both.
And in decent condition too. It’s so shiny. I’m not sure what the dark markings are. Any advice for cleaning? I was thinking I’d try a magic eraser (really carefully). Any other, safer ideas?
And does anyone know if this is called Bluebirds of Happiness or just Bluebirds?
Thursday, July 21, 2011
How do you decide on which patterns/colors to focus your collections on? I am suffering from Pyrexia Nervosa at the thought of swapping, selling or otherwise getting rid of any of my pieces. I have narrowed down my collection to Pyrex only with the exception of the gorgeous Fire-King Tulip Bowl. Don't get me wrong, I still have more Fire-King... I just don't display it.
THIS WAS A HUGE WEEK:
The Forest Fancies, Primary Yellow and one of the Spring Blossoms were all scored from a local online auction where I bid on the entire contents of a cabinet by photo alone. I paid $7.99 and also included were some great pots and pans, vintage rolling pin and other kitchen goodies.
The stacked Daisy set with two lids, one of the Flamingo Pink round casseroles, a Gold Butterfly small casserole, Green primary, several pieces of Fire-King and a Maid of Honor fridgie were all scored on Craigslist for $20. I will be gifting the Fire-King and adorable Maid of Honor Fridgie
A generous friend gifted me the Autumn Harvest set of three, a Yellow primary, Gold Butterfly casserole and two Early American pieces, a 4 qt. Town & Country cinderella AND a couple of Spring Blossom mixing bowls!
I now have over 50 pieces of Pyrex and need to focus and organize. Does anyone have any opinions on which pieces you think I should stay with or does anyone have a trade you would like for me to consider?
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
|Even the box has snowflakes!|
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
It has been a busy summer with some wonderful finds! After a slow start this spring at the thrifts, things have picked up nicely around here.
First we have several additions to our pie plate collection.
Left to right we have turquoise, desert dawn pink, white deep dish with tab handles, lime green and flamingo pink. The white, desert dawn and lime green are all new finds this summer.
A few more pieces in desert dawn pink:
A 221 round cake pan, a 213 loaf pan and a 232 2 qt oblong pan.
And more turquoise:
Cake and loaf pans, and a 231 1 ½ qt oblong pan. We found both loaf pans last winter but the others are new this summer. The butterprint refrigerator dish is our third; It was only $1 so we couldn't leave it behind!
Finally we came across a few carafes as well:
I love these. I am trying to get away from using so much plastic so these will see a lot of use.
We have had a lot of company so far this summer and I used a lot of Pyrex but forgot to take pictures. It is nice to see all your pictures of Pyrex in action! Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! More later...