Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Joy of Pyrex

Here is a fun way to use your Pyrex

Tis the Season for festive Pyrex

The Joyful Thrifter from Joyful Treasure Hunting

Sunday, November 27, 2011

More random yellow Pyrex... and some Shakers!

A week or so back I came across the Pyrex cake pan. In that charmingly odd lemon lime shade of yellow. I was so thrilled to have found it. It is my first cake size round pan. 

Now I did locate it at a somewhat sketchy looking Thrift store in Dallas. The kind of store that you hope your vehicle is still in the parking lot when you leave. haha! But I do love those independent thrift stores.

Next I purchased the set of blue Old Town shakers. They are in nice shape and were cheap. 

And finally this past weekend I purchased the square shaped Pyrex cooking dish. Again in that odd lemon lime shade of yellow. It looks like it was never used. The paint finish is still bright and chip free.

I finally found Pink Pyrex... at the thrift store!

I have been super busy the last few weeks working up to my holiday trade show, working all hours of the night and working my fingers to the bone, that I haven't had much time for thrifting.  This last weekend before Thanksgiving was my show and this week I've been able to relax and hit up a few thrift stores.

Black Friday, we were out shopping and my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas.  I said not much since we usually just get what we need/want if we have money for it.  But I told him this year all I want is some pink pyrex (any will do!) and a Cricut.  So, while out shopping, we decided to run into the GW that we hadn't been to for several months.  Lately I have stopped going to certain GW because they have jacked up the prices on pyrex and rarely have anything decent. 

We get into the GW and I've started my way over to the housewares department and start my way down the glass bowl/bakeware section.  I see a small pink gooseberry snack saver with the lid... and I snatched it up!  And 2 feet down the next size up!  and 2 feet farther down the next size up from that.  All with the lids and in glorious condition... all for $4.99 each!  Yay!  Merry Christmas to me!  (this is not my picture btw... my dishes are packed up to wrap.. but this is exactly what I found)

Next we slip into the Salvation Army and first thing I see is 50% off everything.  I'm thinking... woohoo!  maybe I'll find some pyrex!  Sure enough, I did!  All on it's own, sitting in the back corner (like it was hiddent.. haha) a Large Butterprint Blue Cinderella... for $2.99!!!  Be still my beating heart!  (again, not my pic... I really don't like using other peoples pictures at all!  arg!  But hubby has packed up to wrap for Christmas and I can't get to it)

So... Merry Christmas to me! (even if I can't use it yet!) 

Saturday, November 26, 2011


I hope those of you in the U.S. had a great Thanksgiving on Thursday. (If you're not from the U.S., then I hope you had a great Thursday in general.) I was happy I got the chance to use some of my Pyrex this year!

So the pie was store-bought, but the whipped cream was homemade and served in a Blue Dots bowl... so that makes it okay, right? :)

- Cara-Mia

Love the gold!

It may have been Black Friday for all of you in the U. S. of A. ....
but up here in Canada, where we do Thanksgiving in October, it was a gold leaf-on-ivory kind of day for me:

I found the Golden Branch casserole and a couple of Gold Acorns at the same second-hand store ($10.00 for the divided dish, $5.00 and $4.00 for the lidless ones):

I should have mentioned in my previous post that I did find the "big green bowl" that began my thrifting/Pyrex addiction. It was in a Goodwill in a nearby town for $4.00, and was in better shape than the one I broke.

Let the Christmas cookie making begin!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

So I wasn't going to buy anymore Pyrex...

 I did a little bit of thrifting on Tuesday and found these beauties. The bottom one is a divided dish but I am not really sure what I would use it for? What do you use yours for? Also, would this have come with a lid? I paid AU$4 each for them. They are in great condition apart from some small chips to the lid of the above one. My favourite would have to be the first picture, so funky!

You can find me at Hello Vintage. Would love you to stop by!

How the addiction began...

Hello, Pyrex people!

This is my first-ever blog post.

Two months ago, I was not a Pyrex addict. I had always been fond of my one set of Pyrex bowls, which I had purchased in the late 1970s. Sadly, a few years ago, I broke the large green bowl (it was the avocado green/yellow/orange/blue set).

When my husband complained how he missed the green bowl, it occurred to me that I might find a replacement in a thrift shop, so I started checking out the local ones.

Then one day last September, I found....

... which you will all recognize. I almost didn't buy them from the Salvation Army for the $13.00 they wanted, as it wasn't "THE big green bowl"... but then I did.

I figured that they were older than my 1970s set, and out of curiosity I started researching them on the internet.
So I learned that not only were these the iconic early primary Pyrex bowls, but that they were probably some of the earliest, as they were thicker, and they lack the 401-404 numbering (although you may not be able to tell from this pic.... sorry).

Was it beginner's luck? Fate?
I then kept reading websites: Pyrex Love, Corelle Corner, the Pyrex Collective Blogs, and looking at the lovely pictures.... and to quote Shakespeare:

"Even so quickly may one catch the plague?" [Twelfth Night]

And now I am haunting the local thrifts, and filling the closet in my spare bedroom with PYREX!

Here are a couple of my best finds so far. I was glad to learn from The Vintage's post "My yellow summer loves" that this Gourmet does date back to 1961, as it's not listed in Barbara Mauzy's book, nor on Pyrex Love. I wondered if Pyrex had recycled the pattern in this yellow/gold leaf combo at a later date. It's nice to think of it finding a new home (mine) 50 years after being first received as a Christmas gift.
I found it at Goodwill, uglified with a scratched-up Daisy lid.

This cute little 080 personal casserole was MADE IN CANADA (which is where I am). Most
pics of these are in lime or flamingo, so it is nice to see it in turquoise. It is posing with the Barbed Wire dish so that you can see its size.

Sorry to be so long-winded; thanks for reading!

Anyone? Anyone? Anyone up for a trade?

Hello there!
I've been making good use of my Thanksgiving vacation by thifting and purging my Pyrex collection. I have posted some pictures on Flickr that show my items up for trade. Please visit my site to see all of them. My wishlist is on my trade album.

I have made some awesome trades lately that I need to post. I am so excited about how much my collection has grown in just under one year.

Hope you have found some great items!

--Lisa Palacios
Vintage Vault

PS Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Primary Prints

Happy Thanksgiving!
This post is un-related to American Turkey Day.

I have seen a few people make prints of Pyrex art and sell them on etsy. They are super cute. I wouldn't mind purchasing them, but I work in Adobe Illustrator all the time, and I am on a 'use what you have' kick, so I decided to make my own.

I have some painted tin frames that had pictures of non-pyrex (GASP!) bowls in them hanging right by my pyrex collection. I have been eyeing them as an opportunity for re-inventing my decor for a while.
This week I finally designed and printed my own!

It gave me an opportunity to move around some of my collection to showcase the prints.....

On the wall by the collection


Refrigerator Dishes

new finds & happy holidays!

I found this first little Dandelion Duet Promotional while thrifting.  Typically this particular store always charges SO much for Pyrex, but not this little guy.  It had some orangish spots, that happened to come off without any effort, but I guess they didn't think they would.  
I picked it up - with the wrong lid - for $2.  
The next little guy I found at an antique mall but just couldn't pass it up for $5, because, seriously, it is SO small & SO cute!  The salt shaker isn't new, just there for sizing purposes!  I did however thrift it a while back for .49 cents, and yes, I do have the pepper shaker too!
My obsession started with Spring Blossom when I was about 18.  I've always loved green, so green Pyrex is no exception!  I picked up these verde fridges IN THE BOX!  I am so in love.  In fact, I re-arranged the WHOLE pyrex display to get all my green lovin' together on one shelf.  I'll have to take some "group" shots soon!
Now this last casserole is not new, but I couldn't pass up the chance to take a shot of it by the Christmas tree, yes, I do decorate on the retail schedule.  So pretty and ready to be used this holiday season.
So there you go - new little treasures for me!
Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Up Up and Away...My Beautiful...Pyrex!

I have a booth at an antique mall, or more like vintage/upscale thrift mall type of place. The other day I noticed the owner had put this into her booth! Whoo hoo!
It's a Balloons Promotional Cinderella bowl. It was part of a chip and dip set and came out in Spring of 1958.
She did have the dip bowl as well, but unfortunately it was dishwasher damaged beyond repair.
That's okay. I'd still have to find the bracket. For now, this is pretty cool for my turquoise Pyrex collection!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

An amazing Pyrex Collection!!!

My mom finally has all of her Pyrex on display, and I knew my Pyrex friends would need to see this collection!

Yes all of this beautiful Pyrex is in one spot, and I can visit it whenever I want to! However she always knows when I try to stuff some in my purse! My mom purchased most of her Pyrex at garage sales and thrift stores. 

I have quite a bit too and I recently posted pictures of all of my Pyrex on my blog. Please stop by and visit

Happy Pyrex Hunting!

The Joyful Thrifter

That's What I Love About Sundays

Thrifting with friends, that is!

Well, that's not entirely true. We went to the local antique store, and I bought Pyrex, which I normally only buy at Goodwill. I was pleasantly surprised with the prices, although they were still a lot more than I'd like to pay. But I bought them anyway.

unmarked graduated pyrex bowl red

Although this is in junky shape, I bought it because it has measurements on the inside! I've never seen a bowl like this before. The bottom is unmarked.

pyrex graduated mixing bowl

The measurements were IMPOSSIBLE to get a good picture of - hence the terrible quality of this picture. I paid $7.

blue fridgie delphite fridgie pyrex

The blue lidless fridgie was $10 - a lot, I know, but I was in a Pyrex groove, haha. I paid $16 for the wee delphite fridgie. It's so cute and I love how the lid is the same colour as the dish. According to Pyrex Love, it's on the rare side! $16 well spent. It's also stamped "Made in Canada" on the bottom.

delphite pyrex refridgerater dish

And finally, my first big bowl. A 444 Town and Country. It was $15...I never find anything bigger than a 402 or 442 at Goodwill so I figured it was worth it!

444 cinderella mixing bowl town and country pyrex

I left behind quite a bit, because none of it was really on my "want right now!" list. Except for a primary mixing bowl "set". It wasn't a true set, but consisted of a minty yellow 404, faded green 403, sorta scratched blue 402, and a yellow 401. The whole set was $35...if I could have had them individually I would have been all over the 404! There was also a 1 1/2 qt oval Snowflake casserole, but it was priced at $24...my big 2 1/2 qt Horizon oval casserole was only $25 so I couldn't justify it. 

Did anyone else have a Pyrex weekend?

Friday, November 18, 2011

No...Could it be??

Today, I stopped at a thrift shop in my travels and was sorely disappointed that there was no Pyrex to be found.  Just as I was about to leave, I spotted this bundled set below. 

Now I looked at it, turned to walk away, and thought wait, hold on.  NO WAY... IS THAT...OMG... IS THAT WHAT I THINK IT IS??!  Yes, check it out, Blue Dots and a random Glasbake bowl for $3.93!  The fact that the dots bowl was taped in there and bundled as a 2-piece set is totally cracking me up.
Happy Friday everyone!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Half Price Fridays!

I'm not sure if it's the same everywhere, but in the closest city, Fridays are 50% off days at Goodwill. There hasn't been tons of Pyrex lately, but I made some good finds!

pyrex terra casserole

A Terra casserole to go with my Terra lid that I posted about awhile back! Yay. It was originally marked for $4.04 - so I got it for $2.02.

purple pyrex pie plates

Two purple pie plates. I seem to find a lot of this type of Pyrex - transparent but coloured. I'm guessing it's from the 90's? I snagged these for $2.02 each.

And for my most favourite find of the day...

primary yellow pyrex divided dish

A big primary yellow divided dish! It's so minty and beautiful, I adore it. I brought it home for just $2.53.

Any good finds for anyone else this weekend?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Don't judge.

A few weeks ago, I asked ya'll how you organize your stash of Pyrex on paper.  Then I showed you my ridiculously obsessive little notebook.  Well...I took it a step further.  I wanted something I could add pages to as my collection grows, but yet still keep it organized by color or pattern.  I also wanted to be able to move things around if I needed to.  And of course I had to make it pretty because...well just because. 

The covers are foam board, card stock for the pages, and $.06 prints from Ritz.

Instead of being glued or taped in, I used little photo corners so I can move the photos around if necessary.  I used different colored card stock for the tags, which can be repositioned as well.  It's just enough room for all the pertinent info.  As my collection grows, I can always add pages and use larger binder rings.

I have lots of leftover materials so I'd be happy to put some together if anyone is interested.  Yep, I bet you were totally making fun of my nerdyness until you thought of having one of your own!