Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Almost There!

(I'm So close to finishing three more sets of Pyrex in my collection!)
Here at the Casablanca I collect all the standard shaped Pyrex in four colors. Turquoise, Flamingo Pink, Chartreuse Green, and Solid Yellow. I just need a yellow 8" Pie Plate, a Yellow 11"x8" long pan, and a Turquoise 8" round cake pan to finish up three more sets!
Just recently we won a 8" Pie Plate so now just two more pieces to go!  You can read all about them and the big goings on in the Kitchen of the Casablanca over at my Blog "Everyone Goes to Mick's"! I just switched the "records" out of the Jukebox for Prom 1958, so go read and have a listen!


Monday, February 27, 2012

The drought ends with... Christmas?

I've been in the worst Pyrex drought here, lately! In fact, my husband and I thrifted 6 stores today, and I found nothing {except a few mugs, as shown below, I'll come back to those...}

Then finally, at the end of the day I was out running errands alone when I decided I had to stop at one more Goodwill today. Alas! Finally, some Pyrex success!

Yes, it's a Christmas dish {1960 Holiday casserole}, but I was still over the moon to finally find this! And I adore the Christmas Pyrex and have very much wanted more, so this was an exciting find for me. I paid $4.99, and it's in fantastic condition. It didn't have it's lid, but I found a knobbed lid a few aisles from this dish, it's marked Pyrex and it fits, only 99 cents! Works for me.

These "mugs", known as Drink-Ups if I'm correct, were the only other find of the day. I paid $1.50 for all three. I've never seen these in the wild before.

A couple weeks back I visited a new thrift store in a suburb of Denver, and waiting for me on the shelf were these two Gooseberry pink Pyrex dishes. I was thrilled, of course, as pink Gooseberry is among my very favorite patterns and I didn't yet own either of these. A 503 fridgie and a 473 casserole. $7 for both! Great condition, too.

Oh, and then there's this! Two flamingo pink 080s!
I *ADORE* this size! It's so cute. A friend recently found herself a lime 080 and when I saw it in person I knew I had to have some. 

So I cheated, I bought these on Etsy.
And I paid the most I've ever paid for Pyrex before, but what can I say? We'd just received our tax refund and I had a little $$$ to splurge with. I couldn't help but make these mine. They are absolutely mint, so there's that.

And so my pink collection has grown! Hurray!
Hopefully it keeps growing.

And hopefully, my Pyrex drought is officially over. 


Goodwill Surprise

I had all but given up on my local Goodwill stores.  The prices on their Pyrex lately have been ridiculous.  $9.99 for a dishwashered yellow 402?  No thank you.  Not even on half price day.  But I had some time between yard sales the other day and thought I'd stop in.

I'm so happy I did

Here is my lovely Gooseberry 444.  Evidently the good pricers were working that day because this beauty only set me back $3.99.  My faith in Goodwill has been restored.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Orange Butterprint!!!

I found Orange Butterprint at the Nashville Flea Market yesterday! I am so incredibly excited.

They're so beautiful!

Now to find some Pink Butterprint...

PS. My friend also found some Pyrex goodies which you can see here.

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Hello Pyrexians. Awhile back, I came to the conclusion that I had to stop collecting random pieces and get a print or color going for space and financial reasons. I decided on Gooseberry and Butterprint. These are my current pieces housed in my vintage cherry hutch.

Don't they look great?

Pyrex Overload

Last weekend, I had plans to meet up with my sister up north for some thrifting/antiquing.  So wouldn't you know it that an ad showed up on Craigslist that morning for an estate sale that promised "tons of Pyrex".  I checked out the pictures of the Pyrex and didn't see anything too exciting.  Mostly just duplicates of what I already have and patterns I don't collect.  But there was a lot of other vintage kitchen ware that I was interested in.  So, I sent my husband in my place.  I told him "I'm not interested in any of the Pyrex unless its pink or turquoise or a rare pattern".  Do you think he listened? 

Um, the answer to that question would be a big fat no.
Lord help us.  Can he be stopped?

Evidently my husband is a member of the "Leave No Pyrex Behind" club.  He brought home EVERY SINGLE PIECE they had.  What a guy, huh?  He was so proud of himself.  He got it all for $35.00 which I will admit is not a bad deal.  But the only ones that I am keeping are the two snowflake snack servers.  I'm glad he brought those home because I do collect those colors.  Now I just have to figure out what to do with the rest. 

I am totally open to trading.  Let me know if your interested.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, Pyrex Buddies!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pretty Turquoise Finds

In the interest of not running my family out of their home, I have decided that I am only collecting pink and turquoise colors/patterns along with Friendship and some of the more vintage solid colors.  This is what I have found this week...

Balloons 4 qt 444 Cinderella Bowl

I didn't realize when I bought this bowl that it was part of a chip & dip set.  I will have to keep my eye out for the 441.

Meadow 1-1/2 qt Promotional Oval Casserole w/Lid
Just when I thought I knew about every turquoise pattern,  I found this at a local antique mall.  I had never seen it before and was pretty excited to find it.  The $8.00 price tag only made the deal sweeter!

Until next time......

Pyrex Spotted: The Kennedys

I have been watching the mini-series The Kennedys on Netflix. I really enjoyed it and wish they had done several seasons instead of condensing it all into eight episodes.

I spotted a Butterprint bowl in Bobby and Ethel's kitchen! This is extra exciting since Butterprint is the main pattern I collect.

PS. Look at that awesome TV it's hiding behind!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pyrex Cleaning options

Hello fellow pyrexers we've all heard of ways to clean our well loved Pyrex but I was wondering if any of you have ever used oven cleaner on any of it? I was at a local Sally Ann and was told oven cleaner would solve my cleaning woes! But oven cleaner seems a little harsh for Pyrex to me. What is your opinion? Have you used oven cleaner?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pre-Spring Cleaning

While attempting to clean my out of control pantry today, I came across an abnormal amount of canned pumpkin.  What did I do with it, you might ask?
Well I did what any normal Pyrex maniac would do.  I used it as an excuse to make a loaf of pumpkin bread in my Flamingo Pink loaf pan.

For those of you who read my blog pyrexthriftersisters.blogspot.com this may look like a duplicate post from last week.  But last week I made it in the lime green loaf pan.  If any of you are like me, you won't mind the similar post because I never tire of looking at beautiful Pyrex in action.

A Little Red Riding Hood Party--Featuring Friendship!

This past weekend I threw a "Little Red Riding Hood" woodland themed birthday party for my second daughter, Violet. She was turning 1!

I was excited to use some Friendship pieces for the tablescape, so I thought I'd share a link here in case any of you would like to see how I incorporated my Pyrex into the party. {I just love to break out the Pyrex for a good party, don't you?}

Heather @ Lark & Lola

{Or, you can view my family blog version, here.}

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Goodwill is on Fire!

Since Valentine's Day I have bought 8 pieces of Pyrex at my local Goodwill, which is unheard of where I live!  I'm not complaining, I now have a few new pieces for my personal collection and some new pieces to sell too!  Here are a few of my keepers:

Turquoise & Pink Have a New Home

While doing a little thrift store/antiquing this weekend, I found this cute old utility cart
It used to be pink and was in pretty good condition with only a few rust spots.  I wish I had gotten a before picture but my husband got ahold of the spray paint before I could.  It is turquoise now (sorry about the shadows).  Since he was doing all the hard work, I gave him the option of colors.  Being the guy he is, he obviously chose the blue over the pink.  Now it proudly sits in my kitchen and holds all of my turquoise and pink patterns
How lucky am I to have found a guy who can wield a can of spray paint? 

Have a great week!

Any Explanations?

I was out at a "local" (It's an hour from my house in Toronto) antique market on the weekend and found this! I've have been thinking "Shenandoah" was the name of this pattern...

I posted this photo to my Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/lulubellevintage/) and we thought maybe they thought "Shenadoah" was too "American" and they changed it's name for Canada to Wintergreen. We couldn't imagine what they were thinking. how does this pattern look wintery at all?!

So, HoneyberryHaskap said this in regards to this find on Flickr  "Here is the official word from Corelle Corner:
In Canada, Shenandoah was named Wintergreen instead, but the pattern is exactly the same. It is still American-made Pyrex, but in a different box."
It's always neat to find little bits of information like this lying around.

Also, If you're located in or near Toronto and are feeling vintage thrifty there's a clothing (and other cool stuff) sale happening on Sunday Feb,26. Check out the link for information. It's going to be great! Clothing Sale!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

My Vacation Pyrex Find

Pyrex pickin's have been slim lately. Or I've just been too picky.

This weekend we're on the Washington coast, doing some clam diggin'...and thriftin' of course.

Found an advertised garage sale in a tiny town north of us. It was in a chain saw artist's store...but then inside was a mini antique/thrift shop. So strange but I found some great things.

The price on this Pink Gooseberry 443  bowl was high-ish, but I got the owner to come down a couple bucks.

I don't really collect pink Pyrex, but I do need some pieces of turquoise Butterprint. I'll be putting together a trade post soon with the pieces I need, along with the extras of random patterns I have.

In the meantime, off the top of my head, I know I need a turquoise butterprint 442 cinderella bowl, so if anyone wants to trade for this pink 443, let me know!


Three finds!

My second piece of yellow snowflake Pyrex. 

I love this colour green and the gold on this Agee Pyrex is still all intact , I hardly ever find ones with gold detail in such good condition.

More finds over at my blog: Hello Vintage

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Heirlooms, Vintage Items and Pyrex

Hello fellow Pyrex collectors and thrifters!

I have posted on here a few times with items from my collection, pyrex in action, etc.

I am currently working part-time on my Masters in Human-Computer Interaction and design. In one of my classes we have an assignment regarding heirlooms and heritage. Being a lover of all things Pyrex, I immediately thought about the community we have here and the collection of vintage milk glass (and similar communities).

The class itself is a research methodologies course, so we are researching information for potential designs.

We did an interview with a fellow pyrex collector, where we discussed her personal heirlooms including these beauties....

And to broaden our research we are doing an online survey. I felt like the people who follow and are a part of the pyrex collective would provide amazing insight.

If you have sometime and feel like helping out some students, please fill out the survey! All of your information will remain anonymous.

Thanks so much for listening and in the greater sense for participating in this awesome collective! Feel free to pass the link on to others you think might be interested or re-post on your personal blog.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

This Must Be My Lucky Week....

Since I have started collecting Pyrex, I have been really trying to complete sets.  So far since last summer, I have completed a total of 3, one of which being the New Dots set I posted about earlier in the week.  Well, this must be my lucky week because not only did I complete that set, I completed 2 others...

I won the #442 Butterprint Cinderella bowl on eBay from a seller who had it listed as "Amish Buttercup".  I stumbled upon it completely by accident and had zero competition in regards to bids.  I ended up paying the ridiculously low start price and even with shipping I got it for far less than I have seen it in any antique or thrift store. 
I found the red 402 at Goodwill for $3.99.  It's not in the best shape.  Some of the paint is starting to come away from the rim but it will work for now.  I still think this set is beatiful.  Sometimes it's a good thing to show a little age.

Have a Great Thursday Pyrex Friends!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Completed JAJ Rainbows

I am so happy!!! I finally completed (or should I say quasi completed) my JAJ Rainbow set. The set was sold in England with 2 different options. YOu could buy it the way I have it or you could buy the yellow, orange, and a larger red. I am keeping my eye out for the red.

I bought the blue and yellow from an English seller on Etsy last spring. She was coming to visit her parents in GA and shipped them down to me in Middle GA from Atlanta so I didn't have to pay for international shipping. I found the orange one online recently.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

How It All Began

In honor of Valentines Day, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you all how my love affair with Pyrex began.....
Last summer as I was browsing around my aunt's vintage shop, I came across these cuties.  Now, at the time I was pretty unfamiliar with vintage Pyrex.  The only other time that I had really heard anything about it was in a magazine article in Country Living.  But the bright dots caught my eye and it just so happened to be a bonus that they were Pyrex.  I had been bitten by the Pyrex (Love) Bug!
I never really felt any urgency to complete this set.  I just figured that I would pick up the pieces as I found them.  Boy was I wrong.  Not only are the New Dots pretty hard to come across, any Pyrexer knows that you will pay a pretty penny for them.  Lucky for me I got the "family discount" on the first two.  Then one day around Christmas, I was browsing around a little antique mall not too far from where I live.  I'm not a huge fan of this store because they seem to carry more new but made to look old than actual old.  Well as I was walking out, I caught a glimpse of blue dots out of the corner of my eye and low & behold, it was the 403 New Dot.  It was in almost perfect condition and I braced myself for the price.  10 bucks!  Not bad.  Even better was the fact that I was standing in a 50% off booth.  I kid you not, I got it for $5.00!

I immediately became obsessed with completing this set.  I HAD to have the green dot bowl.  I have stalked watched them on eBay but they always went for way more than I would be willing to pay. I saw one at an antique show in Washington last month but the seller REFUSED to barter on the $80.00 price tag.  I was so sad.  It was the first one that I had ever seen in the wild. 

Until now.
Behold the wonder that is the green New Dots bowl!  This is what browsing eBay at ungodly hours of the morning will get you.  I kid you not, it was listed 3 minutes before I found it and at an unbelievably fair Buy it Now price (even with shipping).  I am so proud of this set.  And this, fellow Pyrex friends, is where it all began.

Now if I could just find that first Rainbow Striped bowl a new obsession could begin....

Happy Valentines Day!!

Fridgie Dilemma

I have a quick question that maybe you can help me solve... but first a story.
One of my first pieces was a horizon blue 501 fridgie, a few weeks later my mother found me a 502 that was blue. Then I went out to pick up a few pieces from a woman including 2 red 501s. Just last week I was at my cottage and found a yellow 503 at an antique shop for 11.00. In a few months I had collected the entire primary fridgie set, and all with lids. Now, in the last few weeks I have collected the exact same set just without the lids... or so I thought...

So, now my question to all of you is what is the difference between the horizon blue 502 fridige and the primary blue 502 fridgie? This may seem to sound like a silly question and I feel a bit a silly asking it but, I've looked all over and can't seem to spot a difference.
Can you help me?
My complete(?) primary set.

My Horizon Blue Fridiges

My lidless primary fridiges.

Now, my next question is: I bought this yesterday off a fellow collector. I knew it had utensil marks on it but I was unaware as to how bad they were. I've tried Weimans and BFK. They've worked but only marginally. what would you suggest?

Thank you!!!
Happy Hunting!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Vintage Pyrex stars on the big screen again!

So I'm excited to share this--because I *think* I'm the first person to post this, I'm sorry if you've all already heard it--but vintage Pyrex starred alongside Channing Tatum & Rachel McAdams in The Vow!

My husband and I went to see this movie tonight and the movie was only a few minutes in when I thought I spotted what looked to be a green {Verde?} Cinderella bowl in a kitchen scene...

Could that be Pyrex...?

I wondered for several seconds, and then bam! Rachel McAdam's character turns around with a Butterprint casserole in her hand and sets it down on the table. Of course I freaked out and my husband had to tell me to calm down {he puts up with my addiction pretty well, until I freak out in a theatre full of people over it. It happened last year when we saw Super 8, too.}

There was also a sighting of a Daisy divided casserole in one scene, and I *think* I might have spotted an Early American dish in the art studio scene. 

I'd post pictures if it weren't illegal--but now you'll all have to go watch The Vow, if not to enjoy the movie then to at least for a good Pyrex search during the movie! 

Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day!

Heather @ Lark & Lola

Weekend Fun!

I picked up a 222 Pink Desert Dawn Brownie pan, and a 444 Turquoise "Balloons" bowl for a chip and dip! Come read all about it over at my blog Everyone Goes to Mick's . 

Does anyone out there (by chance) have the small "top" bowl to the chip-n-dip set they would like to sell? or maybe Time Share?   If so, leave me a comment on my blog and we'll talk!


Baking is better with Pyrex!

Hi all!

This weekend I had to bake a bunch of pies to take to a barbecue but instead of my usual disposable pie tins I decided to utilize my extensive collection of Pyrex pie plates to make them look even better! (doubles only of course).

Getting ready to bake.
The chosen plates.
I made apple, peach raspberry, and blueberry sour cream pies. You can get all of the recipes here.

The results looked (and tasted) great:

Happy baking everyone!
xx Nicole

Sunday, February 12, 2012

i collect link up & newies

WOW.  I cannot believe I haven't shared my newies.  My parent's and older sister took lovely Pyrex care of me this holiday season.

{you should too}.