Sunday, December 30, 2012

Merry Pyrex Christmas To Me!

Since my sister and I only started seriously collecting Pyrex almost a year ago, this is the first Christmas that we have actually exchanged Pyrex as gifts.  We both definitely went a little overboard with what we bought each other but you will hear no complaints from either of us!  Ready to see what my fabulous Sister put under my tree?

This Garland casserole dish is the perfect addition to my pink and turquoise collection.

Finally!  I am now the proud owner of a Pink Scroll Space Saver!

I know all of you eagle eyed Pyrexers out there spotted this beautiful Pink Butterprint dish in the background of the prior picture.  Yes, I do have the Best Sister in the World.  Enough said.

I will get Sister to post her Pyrex lovelies here soon. I'm sure you will all love them!

Until then, you can head over to our blog The Adventures of Two (Pyrex Crazy) Thrifting Sisters (And Their Sidekick, Maddie) to read more about our crazy adventures.

Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Pyrex Christmas

My husband does not share my love of all things Pyrex. He has said on a few occasions that he would never buy me Pyrex as a gift. He thinks I have too much already and doesn't get my obsession. He sort of understands though, if he compares it to his own obsession with math and science books. So imagine my surprise when I opened up by Christmas present this morning and found this beautiful set of New Dots. It was on my list. I hoped he would get it. It was the set of Pyrex I coveted most.
It's lovely, don't you think? And it fits nicely on my primary sets shelf.
My dear knew just how to make my Christmas bright. Now we are preparing for a blizzard. Keep warm and make a snowman if you can! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Vintage Pyrex shines in the news!

Christmas fudge in Pyrex, recipe here
I just had to pop in to share this article I just read, as it talks about newer Pyrex & Anchor Hocking compared with older, vintage pieces. Turns out, a recent study shows that vintage Pyrex is less likely to break and explode!

Here's a quote:
"‎"Not your grandmother’s Pyrex... Their article, published this fall in the American Ceramic Society Bulletin, concluded that the newer glass is far less able to withstand rapid swings in temperature than the older material, now used mostly in pans sold in Europe." "

Just one more reason to support our addiction, isn't it?

Merry Christmas!

Heather @ Lark & Lola

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Recent Pyrex Finds

Hello Fellow Lovers of Pyrex!

 I have found some lovely pieces recently and wanted to share them with my Pyrex friends.

For all the details on my new treasures stop by to my blog at Joyful Treasure Hunting

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Red Hostess double duty!

I don't know about you all but pyrex has been hard to find in patterns I want and at prices I want to pay! I haven't found a reasonably priced piece in the wild in some time! It's sort of depressing! I was at the Vancouver Flea market and there was a lady selling some pyrex, she had the turquoise scroll bowl but she wanted $35 and wouldn't accept my offer of $25 so I guess it wasn't meant to be! And this is my point I'm so desperate for pyrex I'm willing to over pay! Hopefully things pick up soon!
I took some inspiration from the thrifter sisters and took some of my vintage ornaments and put them in my red hostess and set it on my mantle!
Here's hoping everyone is having better luck than me!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Elusive Classic Butterprint Set

I've been collecting Butterprint for several years now. I even have the set of all-white Cinderella bowls and two of the orange ones, but I have just now acquired a set of the "classic" Butterprint bowls. I'm so excited!!!

I actually only found the two blue bowls yesterday, the white ones are borrowed from the all-white set. But the final product is the same! Now I just need to find two more white ones and I can display both full sets at once!

These are the other treasures I found yesterday:

The pink pie plate was at Goodwill for $1.99. It was coated in brown sticky grossness but after some serious scrubbing it is in pretty good condition after all!

I'm so in love with the lamp! There's a close up picture of the details here. It's just gorgeous!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Holiday Display

Holiday Pyrex

Just thought I'd pop in really quick to show you my new "holiday display" of Pyrex! Before this, some of you may remember, I had all pinks & turquoise on my grandmother's hutch. I decided a few days ago that it would be a shame if I didn't break out the festive holiday Pyrex and display it for a while. 

My favorite, as always, is the green "Merry Christmas" bowl in the center there. I love it! 

But also featured is some Friendship, which can look very Christmasy in the right setting, and some Snowflake. I also brought out some of the Thanksgiving colors, like my Americana set and some Autumn Harvest. Finally, the Starburst at top makes for the perfect tree-topper-like crown, doesn't it? Reminds me of the star of Bethlehem. It's very cheery! I'll have a hard time taking it down come 2013...

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 
I can't wait to see some of your Pyrex at Thanksgiving posts :)

Heather @ Lark & Lola
and also at Last Day Ago

Monday, November 5, 2012

It's Been Awhile

So although I have been picking up pieces here and there, having the time to blog about them the second I get home is a completely different story.  Life just gets crazy and keeping up on my personal blog can be hard enough.  I have been doing really good at taking pictures of the things I  bring home but sharing them with all of you?  Not so much.  So, no more excuses.  It is not fair of my to deprive you all of the beautiful eye candy that we all know as Pyrex. 

So here you go...

I splurged and bought myself this Scroll Cinderella bowl while on our annual girls trip in Bellingham, WA.  Sometimes it can be hard to buck up and pay antique mall prices but sometimes you just have to.  The odds of finding those more rare pieces in the thrift stores can be pretty bad.  And lets face it, if you do find them they may be priced like antique mall pieces.
I got this 024 Red Pine Cone bowl from my wonderful sister.  I now have 3 pieces of Christmas Pyrex.  I can't wait to use them.
I brought back this Rainbow Stripe 401 from Las Vegas when we went in August.  I bought it in an antique mall for $7.  How unheard of is that price?
This Horizon Blue refrigerator set is probably my best deal that I have found in quite a while.  When I first saw it in the antique mall booth, I didn't think anything of it.  The big dish was behind something else so I thought it was a Butterprint set (which I already have).  Then I got to thinking that the Butterprint set doesn't come with blue 501's & 502.  So I went back to it and realized it was a Horizon Blue set.  I was super excited because I had been watching the set on eBay for quite a while but of course couldn't ever find a good enough deal.  The best part?  The entire booth was 30%.  The seller had each piece priced individually and when all was said and done, I paid $13.00 for the entire set! 

I still have more photos in the Pyrex folder on my computer so stay tuned Pyrex Buddies!

Until next time...


Monday, October 29, 2012

ocean filigree find

I am finding now that my collection has gotten pretty hefty
there are very few pieces I feel that I just have to have
I've loved the Ocean Filigree Casserole with Hugger Cradle for some time
but was pretty sure I would never see it in person
or never for a price I would pay
but today was apparently a lucky day
so here is the newest piece I'm swooning over in my kitchen
the colors just make me happy
and the plastic hugger cradle is SO different than any other Pyrex cradles
happy hunting everyone - today was most likely 
my last pyrex hunting outing for a bit
[so why not go out big]
seeing as my due date for my first little one is looming
so I look forward to seeing all the lovelies everyone finds in the coming weeks

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A little Yellow and Pink love...

It has been ages since I have purchased any vintage Pyrex... and then I came across these little beauties. 

Check here for my deep thoughts on loving Pyrex... Farm Girl Pink....

Seriously, it had been since last Summer, that I had found any Pyrex that I felt the need to bring home...

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Rare Find?

Hi Everyone!

When you think of the 1-1/2 quart Butterprint Cinderella #442 you think of this, right?
Turquoise with white graphics.  This is the way it is supposed to look, right??
So then what is up with this #442 that is white with turquoise graphics?  When I found it at Goodwill today, it took me a few minutes to realize that what I had put in my cart was not the norm. I was buying it as backup in case the one I had broke.  But the one I had was turquoise with white!
Evidently I found something rare and for $3!!  Now I am on a mission to put together a complete white with turquoise Cinderella bowl set. Wonder how long that will take?

Until next time...


Thursday, October 11, 2012

It's HALLOWEEN PYREX Charlie Brown!

Hello Everyone! We've been collecting orange pieces of Pyrex to bring out for our big Halloween party we throw each year. If you'd like, head on over to my blog Everyone Goes To Mick's to see more of this lovely seasonal stuff!


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

100 Pieces of Pyrex - Prints

So after many months I have finally set up a way to make my 100 pieces of Pyrex illustrations available. I set up my own Zazzle Store. I have added several versions of the 100 piece collection. I have also put a few note and greeting cards on there. I also ordered a print of the light blue version to make sure the quality was what I expected and it was fabulous. The poster is 12 inch by 12 inch, and it looks great in a floating frame that is 14 inch by 14 inch. You can also purchase it framed at Zazzle (I think), for an extra cost. Feel free to contact me if you would like a specific pattern in a poster or picture of it's own!.

Monday, October 8, 2012

A New Booth

Don't you love it when you go into an antique mall that you frequent weekly and you see that there is a new seller?  Even better when that new seller carries Pyrex!
I got this Snowflake 045 with lid for $7.99.  Just in time for the holidays!
This Snowflake Space Saver was $3.99.  I already had a lid for it.
This large 503 turquoise refrigerator dish was the deal of the day.  Even though the booth had a good amount of Pyrex, I don't think that the seller was very knowledgable about certain pieces.  The tag on this dish said "Plain Blue Pyrex Casserole Dish w/Lid-No Print".  The price reflected that description....$4.99!  It's perfect too.  No flaws whatsoever.

I love this new booth!  Not only were the prices great, I was able to pick up 3 pieces in the color that I collect that I didn't already have.

It was a good day.

Until next time...


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Clear Pyrex

Every week on my way to my statistics class I stop by the GW (to motivate/reward myself for actually going). Here lately I've been finding a lot of clear pieces, like this 595 divided dish I picked up for a buck!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

man pyrex does exist

at least it does in my house
typically, I think we could agree that most pyrex collectors [obsessors] are women
however, I know that we do have a few men here on the collectives
but still, you get what I mean
even so, I think many of us also have realized that something else can be said us collectors
many of our men have started the practice of 
"if you can't beat 'em, join 'em"
[or at least don't complain about the habit, because it isn't going away]
and so joining in is exactly what my husband has come around to
so here are two of his favorite pieces of "man pyrex"
we actually have the complete set, new in box, of the green Pyrex Party Mugs
and he just can't seem to get enough of them
so far he uses them solely for his adult beverages
but I'm looking forward to giving them a whirl this winter for hot beverages too
[that is - if he will share with me]
the mr. also is a big fan of his Terra Mugs
in fact, he liked using them so much that he would bring them over 
to our friend's house
and the friend decided he wanted one of them too
so now they have matching Terra Mugs when they hang out
so there you go, spreading the love of Pyrex, one man at a time
hope everyone had a great weekend, and maybe some new finds!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pyrex Fabrics via Spoonflower

I have been working on taking my Pyrex illustrations and making fabrics on them in Spoonflower. Here is a taste of one of them. Horizon Blue

I can't sell a pattern unless I have ordered it and checked it out already. I ordered swatches of the nine fabrics I have so far, and hope they turn out well. If so, I can open them up to let other people purchase the designs.

Right now I have fabric patterns for Butterfly Gold, Orange Daisy, Pink Daisy, Spring Blossom, Eyes, Horizon Blue (seen above), Friendship, Crazy Quilt and Rooster.

I have more illustrations available, these were just the first few that I did.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I'm Losing It

It has been a while since I posted on the Collective.  Luckily, The Tipsy Pyrexer hasn't been on the loose, so the things that I have been picking up here and there are things I actually remember buying! However, life sometimes gets in the way of blogging about Pyrex (horrible, I know) and I forget about the things I have bought until I find the pictures on my computer.  So for your viewing pleasure, some of my latest finds
I found all of these beauties at St. Vincents.  Pyrex is slowly starting to make it's way back into the thrifts around here and at pretty reasonable prices. I paid $10 for all of this.  2 pieces of Pink Gooseberry for under $10 is pretty cheap in my book.
I picked up these three pieces from the Friendship mixing bowl set from an estate sale.  Luckily, I already had the small 401.
All of these goodies were "To Me From Me" birthday gifts.  I already had the Butterprint 404 so another completed set!
No, no. I haven't bought all this recently.  Sister and I had our garage sale last weekend and this was the "Pyrex Table".  It probably won't surprise you to know that we sold every single piece.  With prices $3 and under, it was bound to happen!  Remember when you decided to collect Pyrex and you picked up every piece in every pattern you saw?  Yeah, that was us a year ago. But it felt good to let this go and share the wealth. Plus, we made room for more! 

Until next time....


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Spirograph and a Mystery

So I've been getting my Pyrex fix off ebay lately but decided to check out a local thrift I just found out about. Boy am I glad I did because as soon as I walked in I eyeballed this little gem  in what appears to be mint condition.  I was a little shocked at the price to be honest, as they had a yellow hostess 2.5 quart for 40,  Fridgies for like 8-15 bucks and a couple of 1.5 pint casseroles (with out lids) for 18-25. But this....this I snatched for 22.50. It's almost like I stole it!

Now for the mystery...About a week ago I ordered an opal ramekin from an Etsy seller who advertised it as a piece from an Opal Hostess Set. After a post here and several hours of Googeling I was fairly certain that what I actually got was a piece of an Agee ramekin set; however, upon it's arrival it's stamped made in the USA so that threw that theory out the window. I contacted the seller and he assures me it's a piece to an Opal Hostess....but I can't find out anything about this set. He gave me the link of a woman on flikr who has the whole set so I contacted her but she hasn't been able to find out anything either ( I checked out the pics of her set and it looks exactly like mine). I did get in touch with the individual who runs the correlcorner and they assured me there is no such thing as an opal white hostess set and what I have is a piece of a red or yellow that's faded. But honestly I've never run across a faded piece that looks exactly like my other opal pieces, it's not matted and has a nice glossy sheen, no scratch or scuff marks or hint of any residual color that so often comes with damaged and dish washed pieces. So...I don't know. I've posted pictures below and it's labeled on the bottom 410 12 oz Pyrex. If anybody knows anything about this piece I'd greatly appreciate your information before I drive myself crazy!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Turquoise Surprise!

Today my little family headed out to Walmart to return something, and what was supposed to be a dull, short errand turned into one of my favorite Pyrex scores yet!

My husband was driving, and there are two Walmarts about equal distance from our house.
He also knows there is a Goodwill on the way to each of them. 
He also knows I will beg him to stop whenever we pass one.
So, he headed toward the Walmart with the Goodwill that is my least favorite Goodwill in Denver, probably hoping I wouldn't ask him to stop since I have never found good Pyrex there since it's grand opening a year ago. That is...

Until today...oh yes, I still made him stop. 
{He insisted on stopping after Walmart, however, but that probably worked in my favor as you'll find out.}
Turquoise Pyrex 
Still in the bins, fresh out from the back, waiting to be shelved {I always check the bins first, and I've scored some fantastic pieces there} were these three turquoise mixing bowls! 
Sure, the 403 is missing, I'll have to hunt that guy down to complete this set.

So guess what they had this set of three priced at?
Pyrex Turquoise 404, 402, $ 401 
For all three. 
Gougewill Goodwill pricing Pyrex at less than an arm and a leg?
I couldn't believe it, and I couldn't throw gently set them in my cart and run to the registers fast enough. {Okay, well maybe I checked the shelves first, then ran.}
Shiny Turquoise 401
They needed a little clean up, but they're nice and shiny. 
Great find today, I think!

Cheers & Happy Hunting,
Heather @ Lark & Lola

Sunday, September 9, 2012

In a moment of desperation...

.....I broke down and made a couple of eBay purchases. It had been months since I had gotten my paws on some Pyrex and really just couldn't stand it anymore. So I ordered this great fridge set....for 26 bucks. I think I got a decent price. It looks great next to my primary mixing bowl set and I just can't get over how good of shape they are in!

Christmas in September....

I found my first Christmas pieces this weekend. I love autumn in Indiana, but I am excited to use these this December!

I got them both at the same antique mall from different sellers. The were reasonably priced.
Merry Fall!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pyrex spotting!

Last night I spotted some Pyrex in an old classic...

That's right, Holly Golighly feeds Cat in a yellow hostess ramekin. Then, at her party she serves snacks in a chip n' dip golden scroll, a large red hostess, another yellow hostess ramekin, and a solid turquoise bowl.

Oh, and it's Breakfast at Tiffany's in case you didn't figure it out by now :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Making room for Pyrex...

So this weekend I posted that I have moved some of my collection to other places in the house. Some of these changes, especially moving my blue collection to our bedroom bookcases, cleared up space. Still I was really at a loss of how to display my collection. My china cabinet is small. I have been looking for other cabinets, but there isn't a lot of room in my house for more furniture.

This weekend I made an executive decision to transfer my most beloved sets in my collection, my six Cinderella sets, to be displayed above my cabinets in the kitchen. I was hesitant at first, but it is really growing on me. My downstairs is an open floor plan, so I like seeing four sets in a row above the oven cabinet set while hanging in the living room. It is almost like they are being spotlighted.

Plus, now my china cabinet is not so stuffed and I can arrange other pieces so that they are highlighted. For instance, it is hard to tell in this picture, but I have the spring blossom and butterfly gold round casserole sets that were just stuffed in a stack or under the cabinet.
Also, I combined a Golden Tulip with two smaller opal oval casserole bowls. I love them! The plain opal bowls are so crisp and beautiful.
The pictures aren't perfect, but you get the idea!
This is what it used to look like.
From Pyrex Collective II
This gives an idea of where it is now.

Some notes: 1. To be precise, I only have five complete Cinderella sets: Spring Blossom Green, Butterfly Gold, Horizon Blue, Autumn Harvest, and Friendship. I have *almost* a full set of the Pink Gooseberry pattern, with the exception of the 443 bowl. In my display this bowl is replaced by a 443 in Colonial Mist. If anyone is looking to trade, I am totally up for it. I also have a few duplicates of the Pink Gooseberry in my daughter's room, but not the 443! It doesn't matter too much to can barely tell that one bowl out of 24 is not quite right. Lol
2. I got the idea of displaying the mugs from someone on one of these collectives. Thanks for the idea! I love it!

Random Pyrex Question

Hello there fellow Pyrex lovers, I have a random question. I was window shopping on Etsy and ran across a Pyrex piece advertised as one of the small bowls that came in the hostess set...only it was white! Does anybody know anything about an all white hostess set? I was under the impression they only came in red, yellow and turquoise. Thanks for your help!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Pyrex around the house

We recently moved our son into his own room (he's two) so we have been doing a lot of interior decorating. What better to decorate with, than Pyrex? Here is the Woodland Set in my son's room. I figured Woodland was the best pattern for a little boy and I needed a place to display this. Perfect!

I had a few extra Pink Gooseberry Cinderella Bowl and they found a home in my daughter's room. What a pretty little way to store hair bows and Ponies!
And lastly, I have been planning on showing how my blue collection has found a home in our new bookcases.