Monday, June 18, 2012

Don't Judge Me :-)

I know that there are a lot of you out there who think that buying Pyrex online in "cheating".  Sure, it can be pretty easy to find it if you just head to your local antique malls and thrift stores. But what if you are a collector of certain colors and patterns and you just can't seem to find them in the wild and you resort to eBay or etsy?  Does that make you a bad person or a cheater? I believe that as collectors, we should be able to go through any means available to acquire that certain piece we need.  Besides, on the Collective blogs, there is no rule stating that we can only share pieces that we have found by ourselves with no online help at all.  It's about sharing our love of Pyrex, no matter how it was acquired. 

Now onto my recent finds, all online
Earlier in the year, I found the large 444 promotional Balloons bowl from the chip and dip set at an antique mall.  I have searched high and low for the small 441 to complete the set. Those of you who also would love to acquire this set know how hard it is to find the small bowl and how rare it is for one to pop up on eBay.  Well, I finally won one a couple of weeks ago for a pretty decent price.  It is actually the second one I won, the first one arriving smashed into a million pieces.  I know that when buying online, you are taking on certain risks.  Luckily for me, I recieved a full refund.
I actually read about the Blue Tulip promotional casserole as a thrift store find on another blog.  I headed to their etsy store and with a few clicks, it was mine.  I think its great how the internet and blogging can help us Pyrex lovers support one another.  The two custard cups are my first pieces of Agee Pyrex and for $8 total on eBay, they made their way to me.

I know that this blog is meant for sharing our mutual love of Pyrex, but I came across something at a sale the other day and I have no idea what it was used for.
There are no manufacturer markings on it.  The clear lid lifts open and the back is completely vented like it is shown on the top.  It's approximately 10" tall and meant to hang on the wall. It is made of heavy duty plastic like Luster Ware. It is so positively vintage kitchen, I couldn't pass it up.  Any help identifying this would be greatly appreciated.

For more of my vintage finds and obsessions, head over to my blog

Have a great week!


  1. Do you think the cherry thing is maybe a public bathroom air freshner?? That's what my first thought is.

    I have NO issue with internet pyrex except the shipping prices!! I acquired a bit of mine through shopgoodwill when I didn't have a car to go thrifting in. :)

    1. I thought it looked like an air freshener too! And I totally agree with you about the shipping prices. Do you ever notice that on shopgoodwill things that you would never look twice at go for HUGE amounts of money? I think their is a conspiracy:-)

  2. While I collect my Pyrex through thrifting, I don't judge or blame you for buying some pieces on line, like the Balloon chip and dip set, as this one is extremely difficult to find and definitely one to drool over!

    The first thing I thought when I saw that green cherry plastic box is that it's a straw dispenser maybe? Please let us know if you find out what it is!

    1. What a great idea! Even if that is not it's intended use, it's still a great way to use it.

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    1. I don't judge people for buying stuff online. Hell, I would if I could afford it! I have the little balloon bowl but not the big one. I got it at a garage sale and before I got there the woman had just dropped the big balloon bowl. Oh, all the feelings. So I'm on the hunt and maybe someday I'll buy one online.

  4. Could the cherry thing have been used for holding long wooden matches?

    1. That is exactly what my husband thought it was for. That could work for sure.

  5. You won't get any hate from me for buying it where you can. Sure, I love to find pieces in thrift stores, but I'm not finding it like I did last year. My local GWs have been posting their Pyrex to their shopgoodwill site now too. I've purchased many pieces in antique stores, although I like to stick to prices not much more expensive than thrift shops, but even they're getting crazy at times too. If it's a really special piece that I never see, all bets are off!

    I too have sinned and purchased things from Etsy and Ebay. Gasp!!! ;)

  6. My last 4 Pyrex purchases were online because there is NO Pyrex to be found in the thrift stores in this area! I always try to find pieces that are hard to find locally and I look for ones at a good deal with reasonable shipping fees. Congrats on getting the balloons bowls...those have always been on my "to find" list. :)

    --Erin {}

  7. I buy Pyrex whereever I can find it! I bought a lot of pieces on line.

    Don't take crap from anybody it is your collection after all!

    Would the plastic holder be in fact a paper cup dispenser?

  8. I've only recently bought my first piece that will be being mailed to be via Canada Post (a bit nervous). A set of Butterprint fridgies that cost just under $35 with shipping - not bad. I'm gonna slow down on my Butterprint fridgies (I say that now)... I have 3 full sets & many addition 501's & one addition 503.

  9. HEY!

    & can anyone help me? i want to have this "reply to comments" system like here on my blog...

    any clue how i can get it!?!?!

    sir thrift-a-lot

    1. I think you do Sir! I actually am waiting for you to reply to something I asked you a while back on your blog about the azurite bowls. :D

  10. You get it where you can! Spoken like a true Pyrex addict. I am referring to me of course. It is hard not to go online when you want something and can't find it anywhere else.


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