Thursday, April 26, 2012

Help me please!

Well, as I mentioned in previous posts I've just bought my first house. It was very exciting (it still is actually) but, I keep looking at the amount of Pyrex I have to pack and I get nervous. I have so much...
So, here's where you come in, I have a ton of pyrex for trade. From Butterprint, to daisy, to autumn harvest to lime green and pink...
Go to my Flickr account to see more (My Flickr)
Please help me get rid of them.
I'd prefer to stay in the GTA so there's no shipping, but, I'd be willing to ship.
I can trade or sell(cost+shipping).


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Little Help, Please

Hi Everyone!

I came across this 1-1/2 quart 043 dish last week and can't seem to find out the name of the pattern.  My sister seems to think that the lid and dish aren't actually a matched set (although they look awesome together).  I looked online and in the Pyrex book and am still stumped as to what it is called.  Does anybody have any idea?
Thanks in advance!

Thrifter Sister Erica

Monday, April 23, 2012

Some Pyrex Adivce...

My boyfriend and I just bought our first home.  How exciting right?
At first it was, but, as the days pass everytime I'm in my living room my heart sinks a little.
I see all my pyrex and think... my god, that's a lot of packing, bubble wrap and some strong stable steps to get it to the car because, I guarantee, no one will handle those boxes except me.

So, enough rambling... any advice on packing Pyrex? other than with great care?

My BG waiting to be packed.

Also, our new house has a gas stove. Can I use my Pyrex Flameware on a gas stove? I don't want to learn the hard way that I can't.

My flameware.

Thanks for reading and helping!
Wish me luck!
<3 LuluBelle

It's possible...

Yep, that's my fridgie!  I love my husband and the little ways he makes me smile.  I need to start by saying we are desperately in need of a cake pan.  My husband was making a cake last night and I didn't think much of it when he asked what pan to use and I told him the square one.  He came into the room I was and asked what to do if the middle of the cake was still jiggly when it should be fully cooked.  All I could do was giggle when I opened the oven door and saw what pan he had cooked the entire amount of batter in.  Yes, it is possible to cook a delicious cake in a 503 fridgie!  You just need to add a bit of cook time :)


Sunday, April 22, 2012

It's Becoming Barren Around Here

I'm experiencing a mega Pyrex shortage. The yard sales are yielding bleached, chipped pieces and the thrift stores shelves are dusty awaiting new spring time donations. It's been two weeks since I have even seen a piece of Pyrex around here. While awaiting my next haul, I have taken to cleaning and rearranging my stash of "display pieces". I've narrowed my display down to three prints- butterprint, gooseberry pink, and butterfly gold. You may remember from a previous post that I was collecting the first two as well as spring blossom green. Well, Ive changes it up. I put all my spring blossom green into my booth at the shop and started accumulating the butterfly gold. I was actually planning on starting another shelf in my vintage china cabinet for the friendship print, but couldnt find any well kept pieces in my travels. So butterfly gold it became.
How does it look so far?

Unusual Pyrex 401s

I was lucky enough to get these great bowls in a BIN on Ebay recently. The description said they were in Great used condition -- like new. WELL when I got them that wasn't the case. They are so worn and faded from dishwasher abuse but I'm still happy because they are pretty rare and unusual looking. Does anyone here have any idea about their date and/or information about them?

The green bowl is in by far the worst condition. The yellow is faded and kind of matte but the orange bowl is in pretty good condition. I love the cool colors these have on them. I've never seen the orange and green and only a few of the yellow on Flickr.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Scores in my Pyrex Hunting!

Hi everyone!  It's been a while since I've shared any pyrex scores with you.  I've slowed my purchases down to the patterns I truly want to use and display in my home.  I plan to put the rest on Craigslist & Etsy in the near future...just have to get most of it out of storage from our move :)

I found the Pink Gooseberry beauties at an antique store that was having an open house sale.  Both only cost me $7 and change!  I have the 441 cinderella bowl that I convinced my grandma to let me have.  I replaced the bowl with another that was not as lovely and also gave her $10 because that's what I'd have paid for it anywhere else.

I found the entire chip and dip set of the scroll bowl was in a tiny thrift store when I visited my dad.  I left the 444 bowl because I already have it.  The bowl cost me 50 cents and the owner GAVE ME THE BRACKET FOR FREE!!!  Can you sense my excitement?  I don't think I want to keep the set, but I do want the bracket for my Ivy chip and dip set.  

I've used my 8x8 Butterfly baker nearly daily.  I love this size.  It is perfect for everything.  I also wanted to share my awesome cookbook find.  We cooked out of this cookbook as kids and I've tried to sneak it away from my mom for several years.  She won't let me have hers, so I've searched relentlessly for years!  I had given up on ever finding one, but a few months ago I found this reproduced copy at Goodwill.  It is an exact replica of the original that we cooked from as kids!  Did you get the opportunity to use this cookbook as you were younger?  The cupcake cones are a favorite at our house.

I'll be back soon!  You can find me here with my quilting and thrifting goodness!

Question From Another Great Erin

Hello there,
I received this email from another Erin. Any thoughts?
Canadian Erin

well i scored an amazing piece today at a garage sale. it's a bit of a mystery. i can't find any other piece like it. the number on the bottom reads 7829B but every percolator that i find with that some number has a glass handle, and mine has a brown bakelite handle.  any thoughts? this is a listing for the closest to what i have
thanks for your help!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Decisions, Decisions

Last week I came across a Gooseberry Cinderella #442 that has been on my "Need" list for quite a while.  I got in at an antique mall and only paid $7.95.  Considering the prices lately at Goodwill for Pyrex, I'd say I got a pretty good deal!
The acquisition of this bowl allowed me to complete not one but two sets.
The traditional set....
And the not so traditional set

Which one do you like the best?  I'm still trying to decide myself....

Until next time, fellow Pyrex junkies!

Maybe My Luck Is Returning.

Perhaps my drought is over... finally!

Got some great stuff over the last few days!
Some Butterprint and a horizon blue fridgie and guess what! There's more.

503 Fridgie for $3.53

Hope on over to my blog LuluBelle Vintage for more thrifted goodness and a few questions I have for you pyrex experts!!
Happy Trails!
<3 Lulu

Friday, April 13, 2012

What's A Girl To Do?

I am usually pretty well disciplined when it comes to buying Pyrex when out thrifting.  I have gotten to the point to where I only collect certain colors and patterns.  Both my husband and my cupboards appreciate this restraint.

But sometimes you just come across something that is neither a color nor pattern you collect but you have never ever seen it anywhere but in the Pyrex book.  So what do you do?

You buy it!  I came across this New Holland 1-1/2 quart covered casserole at St. Vincent De Paul's the other day.  And just in case you are wondering, the inflated Pyrex prices around here aren't just at Goodwill.  St. Vinny's had this baby marked $19.99.  Thankfully it had a green tag on it which just so happens to be the color for 50% off for the week.

But let's be honest, Pyrex friends.  I would have paid the $19.99 for it.

What would you have done if you came across what you considered to be a rare find but it wasn't what you normally collected or it was pretty unreasonably priced for a thrift?

Happy Hunting!

Thrifter Sister Erica

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Slightly Off Topic Request

Hello there,
I know this is a sacred sight of Pyrexia, so forgive me for a small request.

Do you live in the Greater Toronto Area? Are you a crazy, funny yard sale queen?
If you answered yes to these questions, please email me at
I am helping someone with a project. I don't mean to be circumspect, but that's all I can say for now.

Smothering you in Butterprintly love,
Canadian Erin

All White Butterprint Cinderella Awesomeness

Check out this gorgeousness:

I've been wanting the all white Cinderella Butterprint set for a while now... score!!!

I try not to purchase on eBay but every once in a while it happens... oops. I got a pretty good deal on them though. I'm so super excited!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

What Is Going On Here?

We are having a case of extreme Pyrex shortage around here.  I visited several Goodwill's in my area both yesterday and today and didn't see one single piece.  I am starting to wonder if my local Goodwill's have caught on to the Pyrex collecting frenzy and have started to list online.  According to Sally over at Exploits of a Military Mama, this is what is happening in her area.  If this is the case here, I can only hope that the estate sales are fruitful this year.  Lately they haven't been too bad.  Here are a few of my recent finds...
The crazy thing about this full set of Butterprint refrigerator dishes with lids is that I found them at an estate sale on the second day for ten dollars! I even asked the lady running the sale if these had been out since the beginning and she said yes. She also couldn't believe they hadn't been snatched up.
 My 9-year old daughter Madelyn grabbed this red 402 for me at an estate sale while I was in another room looking at holiday decorations.  She obviously has been trained really well!  I found this Butterprint 2-1/2 quart round casserole with lid at a really early morning sale (7 am!).  The seller had a "$10.00-Collectible" price sticker on it.  Lucky for me, she was really nice and had no problem accepting my $5.00 offer.
These pieces along with the teacups and saucers in the picture below are all that I have managed to find at Goodwill in the last month.  I was pretty excited to find one of the pieces to the dual server set.  I took me a second to realize it was even Pyrex.  I have never seen this pattern before.  Hopefully it won't take me too long to find the matching piece.

Hope you are all having some good luck finding your Pyrex treasures!

A good morning...

After not really looking very hard the past while for any Pyrex in stores, I decided to pop into our VV, where there's usually not much in the way of 'great' Pyrex finds - at least for me. Though, maybe my timing's been off.

So, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw a lime pie plate, a Candle Glow (I know, not Pyrex, but I still like it) casserole with lid, and a Pyrex Early American gold on brown casserole all in excellent condition.

The lime pie plate is something I've been wanting for some time and I couldn't believe my luck, though it has a few marks on the lip's underside, which luckily do not show. All washed up, the three pieces are looking great.

I quite like the gold on brown Early American pattern, though I know it's not hugely popular. In the fall and winter months it suits the colder seasons.

I'm at the point where I'm selling my Pyrex pieces bought in the past that I'm not crazy about and only accumulating the ones I really like. Like many, I went overboard two or three years ago when I hadn't settled on the items I'd eventually prefer and collect. Now it's time to pass them on to others who'll appreciate them more.

On a humourous note, I had a friend over for coffee last week who's in her late sixties. She took a look at some of the vintage Pyrex I have on display in my kitchen and I asked her what she thought.

"Aren't they beautiful?" I asked, to which she replied, "Yep, I remember those. My mother used to have them."

And that, boys and girls, was the end of our Pyrex conversation...

I guess some people just don't see the beauty in them as we do! ;-)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Surprising Find

Hello Pyrex Friends!

I was at an estate sale the other day and my first stop was the kitchen (as always).  The sellers had a lot of newer kitchen merchandise.  Nothing vintage, so not really my cup of tea. In fact, everything in the house looked as though it had just been purchased in the last few years.  So imagine my surprise when I found this sitting outside on the patio with the gardening supplies
It's not in the best shape but there are no chips and really the only issue is the fading of the graphics.  It's not even like they are faded due to dishwashering. I think it was just left outside for a long time (why else would it be with the gardening stuff?).  Regardless, I was thrilled to find it and even more thrilled to see that it was only $1.00.  Why was I so excited to find it, you may ask?

Because it was the last bowl I needed to complete my Friendship Cinderella Bowl Set!  Not the prettiest of the bunch but she will definitely do for now.

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Monday, April 2, 2012

26 Piece Pyrex Score!

We Went to the most "Under Dog- listed" Garage sale this weekend and cleaned up. I still cannot believe our luck! SO. MUCH. PYREX.  you can read the full story Here at My Blog "Everyone Goes to Mick's"!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Plastic Tray...For Pyrex Ware

So I picked up this plastic tray at the Goodwill the other day...just out of curiosity and lo and behold..on the reverse side it says "For Use with Pyrex Ware".

Not sure I'm digging the Faux Bois with this pretty Pink Daisy (#548 Space Saver Casserole) dish, but it gives you the idea.

The dish is even a little too small, so maybe there was something else that it was designed for. I saw a listing for this tray with an amber colored glass Pyrex maybe that was it.

I'll be popping the tray into my Etsy shop soon (and the dish too, for that matter) but if you have a need for it...let me know. We'll work out a deal! measures 7 1/4 x 14 3/4 inches. The rectangular depression area is 6 x 11.

The Recycleista

A Tale of Many Coffee Cups

I was at Goodwill the other day and I spotted these super cute coffee cups in the Copper Filigree pattern.  They are heavy duty milk glass and they stack on top of each other for convenient storage.
I was super excited to find them because they are Pyrex Tableware brand new in the original box.
But inside the box there were more than 3.
There were 48.  I still bought them.
But wouldn't you?  Did I mention that they were also 50% off?

Don't ask what I plan to do with 48 coffee cups.  I have no idea.

Hope you all have a great week!