Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Thrift Store vs. Antique Store

I have a thrifting win to share with you today!
This is Denver's largest antique mall. It's over 50,000 square feet and has almost 300 dealers. I can always find some good Pyrex here, but the prices aren't cheap!

I stopped there today to hunt for Christmas gifts for my antique-loving friends, and while I was there I saw this {I always see a few sets of these when I'm there}:
A complete primary fridgie set for $75.00. 
This is a very typical price for antique stores, I've found.

But today was a WIN for me, because before I stopped in the antique mall, I ran down the street to Savers. I have a problem with passing a thrift store, I HAVE to stop in to see what I might find.

I'm sure some of you can relate...

Anyway, I immediately checked the "Pyrex shelf" as I always do first thing when I enter a thrift store. Sadly, there was no Pyrex in kitchen ware today. 

BUT, when I turned the corner and went down the knick-knacks aisle,
Sure, it was one red 501 short of a full set, but I didn't care! I snatched them up and  ran for the registers to make them officially mine. 

They even have the old style lids:

So this is an old set--which made it even more exciting when I got them home, washed them, and inspected them to find...
 They are mint! Not a untensil scratch, not a chip to be found. Even the corners show no wear whatsoever:

And now, at the risk of making you all completely green with envy, 
check out these prices!!!

That's right. 
$0.99 for the 501. 
$1.99 for the 502
$2.99 for the 503. 


I could kiss the person who priced these. 

So that's my major win. 
The antique mall down the street wanted $75.00 {including the 2nd red 501} but I paid a whopping $6 for my happy little set. 

And we all lived happily ever after...
The End.

Cheers, Heather @ Lark & Lola


  1. Oh WOW! I never see these in Australia let alone buy a set at that price!

  2. Merry Christmas to you - what a great find and a steal for sure!!!

  3. Major score!!!! Good for you! That's why I'd rather thrift my Pyrex, it's such a thrill when you find beautiful, mint pieces like these!

  4. I just fell out of my chair! Mint and only 6 bucks, super find! This may be the Pyrex find of the year when you consider condition, age, and price! I am working on collecting this set. I have the red frigie and have my eyes peeled for more. I know I could go on ebay and just get it all in one shot, but I like the thrill of the find and the cheap prices at the thrifts. Merry Christmas :)

  5. That is THE best deal EVER! Congrats on your find! :)

  6. Thanks everyone! Merry Christmas to all of you as well ;)

  7. JEALOUS!!! What a great find! Congrats. :)

  8. You are one lucky girl! They are beautiful pieces, at an unheard-of price. We only recently got Savers in our area. I find their prices on the high side (compared to Goodwill and other thrifts). The thrifting gods were with you!

  9. this is AMAZING - and so the reason why it is SO hard to not stop when passing a thrift store!

    merry christmas indeed!

  10. Right?! Never pass a thrift store without checking for Pyrex. And to think I almost decided not to stop at Savers that day...

  11. WOW! I think this is the best Pyrex find I have ever seen! Congrats! & I hear y'all talk about these "Savers" and I really, really wish we had one :(