Saturday, August 25, 2012

new dots kind of birthday

about ten years ago I started my collection of new dots
within a couple of years I had picked up the orange, yellow, and blue new dots
for great prices here and there
pyrex was so cheap then for us crazies - even while antiquing
and that was where the set stayed for years
recently I decided that I just couldn't go much longer without the green new dots
that would complete my set
I even joked with the mr. that it was a life goal of mine
to have that bowl by the time I was thirty
well, he took me very seriously
and guess what I got for my 28th birthday...
things are happy around here for sure

The Tipsy Pyrexer Strikes Again

Hi Everyone!

The Tipsy Pyrexer has struck again!

A little background on The Tipsy Pyrexer-She normally only strikes during the evenings and only after one (or a few) drinks mixed with her Kryptonite (Crater Lake Vodka).  Unless of course her trusty sidekick sister is in town and then she can strike anywhere from 8:00 am or until she gives her super powers a little rest (passes out).  But fear not, fellow Pyrexers! There is always a reward after The Tipsy Pyrexer releases her powers!

This time it was a set of beautiful turquoise mixing bowls!
Aren't they lovely?  And I must admit, a little spendy.  But The Tipsy Pyrexer sees no price tag! Not when she has work to do & rare Pyrex to buy!

I'm pretty sure that my next computer should come with one of those little blow things on it to test my blood alcohol level before I am allowed to get on eBay or Etsy.

Stay tuned for more adventures from The Tipsy Pyrexer!

Until next time.....


Friday, August 17, 2012

My New Additions

Hello, I just wanted to share a few new additions to my Pyrex family:
 Balloons, how I have longed for you!  Now I get to search for the 441, that should keep me busy!
Sometimes it seems so unfair to find a complete set for such a good deal.  I mean, where is the work in that?  

Come visit us at Pyrex Thrifter Sisters to hear the unbelievable deals I got on these beauties!

Until Next Time,

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

My recent Pyrex finds!

Pyrex is hard to come by around here but I found all three of these finds in the one day a couple of weeks back. I wasn't sure if I should buy the green set below as the smallest one had some grey marks on it from rubbing on something. However I was worried I would regret it if I didn't buy them so they are nowin my hot little hand.

My first Daisy Pyrex. Now this is Daisy isn't it? I read someone call it Sunflower so not sure it I have it wrong??

 My green set.

Also my first clover print. Actually I had never seen this pattern before.

My blog: Hello Vintage

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Hostess With The Mostess Hostess?

Hi Everyone!

Since I started collecting Pyrex, I have been picking up the little red square bowls whenever I see them in hopes that I would find the large red bowl and lid someday.
The only time I had ever seen the large Hostess bowl in person was when my sister snagged one at Goodwill when we were out thrifting one day.  I wasn't too mad at her because the one she got was yellow and I was hunting for the red one.
Then a few weeks ago, I found these three companion bowls to the large yellow bowl at SVDP.  Now I had to find a yellow and a red?  I could have just been nice and given these to my sister since she had the larger bowl but Pyrex always makes me a little greedy.  A few days after I found these, my sister, BFF Rachel, and I went on our annual girls trip.  At one antique mall, I spotted both the yellow and the red but couldn't bring myself to pay the crazy high prices.  Once I got home, I thought that maybe, just maybe, SVDP may have put out the larger bowl and guess what......
They did!  I searched high and low for the lid but it was nowhere to be found.  Then, that same week, I found this at an estate sale
This was just getting to be too much for me.  Now if I could only find a yellow lid. 

Last Friday I went to a yard sale that promised "100's of Pyrex dishes".  Care to guess what the first thing I grabbed was?
Yep.  Another yellow Hostess dish with the lid!  So just in case anyone is losing track, here is the yellow
And the red

I'm not sure I should mention this, but with the exception of two of the small red bowls, every single piece was acquired in a 10 day period.  Crazy, I know.

You won't hear me complaining about a dry spell!

Until next time.....


Calling all GTA Pyrex lovers

Pyrex collecting sure is addictive!  I have accumulated quite a few duplicates and pieces that I'm no longer in love with (and have no room for).  Swapping has been great but I still have boxes of "excess" Pyrex.  A number of my fellow Pyrex collectors in Toronto are in the same boat and we have decided to get together to share our wealth of Pyrex, along with other vintage goodies.  
On Sunday August 19th, we will be selling parts of our collections at the Rosedale Valley Antique Market at the Evergreen Brick Works (also known as the Don Valley Brick Works) on the Bayview Extension at 550 Bayview Avenue.  
We have almost 200 pieces of Pyrex and other vintage treasures!!   Here are pictures of some of the items that will be up for grabs:

Please stop by to see us on Sunday August 19th from 9 am to 5 pm!   :)
 Google map:,+Toronto+(Evergreen+Brick+Works)

a friendly find

In the middle of my work day a few weeks ago my sister-in-law texted me a picture of a massive set of Friendship at a new little antique mall by her house. It was the most friendship pattern I had ever seen. I love the pattern, but rarely see it in the wild.

So over the next weekend we took my mom on a trip to get her out of the house and went to the store to see what was there. It was a mix of items. There seemed to be two people selling pyrex, and both of them ONLY had friendship pattern. The prices were a mixed bag, but I did purchase a complete set of Cinderella bowls (for under $40 which seems to be a steal to me).

I am so excited about it! I love it! Somehow my pyrex collection consists of mainly Cinderella bowl sets (Spring Blossom, Butterfly Gold, Horizon Blue, Autumn Harvest) and this fits in beautifully. The set is not mint, but in fairly good condition. 

One thing I noticed is the orange on the white bowls has almost a gold hue. The only way I can explain it is that it looks like it has tarnished. Any ideas on how to improve the quality?
Here I am trying to get a better view of what it looks like, but the picture isn't the best.

I should have picked up a few more things, but I didn't have the cash on me at the time, and the store is so new they haven't gotten their credit/debit machines up and running. So either there is more for someone else, or more for me later! :)

There was another booth that had tons of Georges Briard enamelware available too, and I really loved it. But, every piece was priced at $50 and it was not in mint condition. It didn't seem like they really wanted to sell it. :) Oh, well. I am on the lookout for Mid Century enamelware, so it is good to know and recognize, but I will leave those for someone else with more money to spend!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Retro Mike's Pyrex Perfection!

I wrote an earlier post here on July 28th about a 'shop' in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, that is really a house filled from top to bottom with all things retro.  It truly must be seen to be believed and I still recommend that anyone in the area who is a lover of all things vintage and retro stop in for a look around.  I can't imagine that you would be disappointed.

I was there this past Saturday and this is what Mike had for me:  one Blue Bird casserole and three Blue Snowflake dishes.

Retro Mike never fails to come through with what I'm searching for and, besides, his prices are, in my view, extremely competitive (read:  very, very good.)

Thanks again, Mike!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Ta Dah!

Back in February, I wrote a blog post that showed everyone my turquoise Cosco cart holding all my pink and turquoise Pyrex.
Ring any bells?  Anyway, since then my collection has grown substantially to say the least.
And yes, somehow I managed to fit all this on that little cart.  So it's a good thing that I found an awesome 1940's cabinet at an estate sale the other day.

Not only does it all fit perfectly, there is ROOM FOR MORE!!! 

Just thought I'd share a little eye candy with you this lovely August weekend.  Head over to our blog if you want to hear and see more.

Until next time....


Friday, August 3, 2012

Risotto Tastes Better in Pyrex

Happy Friday~

Yes, I should be out at the Estate Sales, but a coffee, blogging, and Pyrex just sound so much better.  I tried a new recipe with Xylo's Oregon White Truffle Oil last night and wanted to share it with all of you (because it looks so pretty in my new Mod Kitchen casserole!)
If you are interested in trying it yourself, you can find the recipe at:

Enjoy this beautiful August weekend!
~Thrifter Sister Hanna

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Lucky in Love Pyrex for Sale

Here's an email I received. Read on!
Canadian Erin

Lucky in Love -- A Rare Treasure
Here's an incredibly exciting bit of vintage Pyrex collecting news that maybe only happpens once or so in a lifetime ... not one, but two, super rare 1959 Pyrex casserole dishes that had reached mythical proportions have finally surfaced!
Called 'Lucky in Love', the round, covered casserole dish is a 1959 JAJ promotional piece that most collectors have only seen in a book and thought they'd never see in real life. One collector commented that she doubted it even existed!
The white casserole dish sports a sweet green and pink retro design that would look fabulous in any kitchen. The outside is encircled with a painted garden of pink hearts and lucky green shamrocks (or four leaf clovers) all on vibrant green stems. The solid white lid is recessed in the middle and has two handles that align with the dish's handles.
The first 'Lucky in Love' Pyrex dish to surface in at least a decade, if not much longer, sold on ebay on July 5th. While the auction didn't finish near the $1,200 that some collectors were surmising, the results were impressive nonethless, ending with a flurry of last minute excitement from eleven total bidders at a final price of $662. One can only wonder if the final auction price would have reached its stratsopheric guesstimates if its timing had been better strategically planned. Even the auction winner herself expected to $200 more for it.
Alas, the seller didn't realize that this highly collectible and coveted piece from a former hoarder's estate would bring such a windfall. (Can you believe no one scooped it up for the $25 asking price at the estate sale?! What a Lucky Day that would've been!) Going down as it did, the auction occurred during the historically slow summer season when lots of folks are away on vacation. Even worse (if you're a seller, that is, and hoping for a big audience) the auction ended in the middle of the week and the day after July 4th, or rather, during what was probably the country's biggest vacation week in the entire year! One can only wonder what the results of a better timed auction would be ... say a Sunday night during the Christmas season when more folks are indoors and more inclined to open their wallets to snag the gift of a lifetime for their favorite vintage Pyrex collector!
The best news, though, is that a second one of these precious 'Lucky in Love' casserole dishes has now come to light. The seller, who's had the dish for 20 years and has long admired it, says the dish belonged to her mother-in-law and that she's always known it was special. She didn't realize quite how special it was, though, until she was researching some other vintage dishes to list in her etsy shop. She's decided she's going to part with the dish so it can be enjoyed and admired by someone who will really appreciate its specialness. She's entertaining offers from several individuals, the highest of which is currently $525. If you have any questions or want to make an offer on this rare treasure, the seller, Angela Kotlinski, can be contacted via email at You can check out her etsy shop (and feedback) at Photos of 'Lucky in Love' for sale can be seen on FB at or