Monday, September 22, 2014

A Blue Weekend

Husband and I had a quick getaway last weekend. Not only did we relax, eat good food, and ride a roller coaster, but I had two amazing scores via Craigslist and a flea market.

The Blowing Leaves and Turquoise 232 was via Craiglist in a very small town not far from where we went. The Turquoise Scroll was from a flea market. Needless to say I am over the moon happy!

Happy hunting!

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Pyrex Mother Lode!

Do you scour craigslist and estate sale sites for Pyrex? If you do, your a crazy Pyrex collector like me. I am always looking. Most of the time there is nothing but ever so often I get a hit. That is what happened a few weeks ago when I came across an ad on Craigslist.

The ad was for a thrift store company, so I had my doubts. However, I pursued the Pyrex lead like a good treasure hunter/collector. I found the store had a Facebook page that listed the stores number. I called them up to find out more information about the "large Pyrex collection for Sale". The young lady I spoke to on the phone was great. We discussed patterns and what was left to be processed in their warehouse. She said they had tons.

The store is over an hour away so I wanted as much detail about what they had before I decided to make the trek. I am also, at the point in my collection that I've become very selective. The estate the Pyrex came from was from a former dealer. The dealer had a store and it was mostly Pyrex and Corningware. After the store closed she moved everything to a garage. They said they removed anywhere from 600-800 boxes from the garage and it took 2 trucks. OMIgosh can you imagine!

Of course, after hearing everything, I planned to get to the store ASAP. Here is what greeted me when I walked through the door.

Row after Row....

Shelf after Shelf....

Of incredible good condition Pyrex!

To see what I took home come visit me at


Monday, September 1, 2014

A Dream Realized! - English JAJ 443 Red Gooseberry Promotional

I'm in year 4 of Pyrex hunting and collecting and I've built a large collection, then trimmed it down considerably and then thought long and hard about what more I could really want.  Well, one thing that got my attention sometime ago that I REALLY wished for is this piece. I had the good fortune to be at the right place at the right time to purchase this beauty. Not so easy since the piece is English and not likely found in the US.  I already had the cradle in my position from a trade I made.  This is the same cradle used with the Embroidery 443. I've had her about a week and still gazing at her! I feel like such a lucky girl!!!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Mini JAJ

I was super happy to find this little JAJ cutie in the Harvest pattern. It's about the size of a US 080. I looked all over for a lid but alas, one was not found. Regardless, it's adorable! This is definitely staying in my permanent collection.

Happy hunting!

(And yes, I already have some Halloween blow molds out...I found these two in the past week and couldn't bear to put them away. It's close enough to Halloween, right?!?)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bar Keepers Friend Gift Basket

Well friends I was lucky enough to be the winner of the Bar Keepers Friend gift basket; you can see my post about it here. Today my package arrived and it was a very exciting day indeed.

What is it with kids and packages or presents? Immediately after the mail carrier rang our doorbell and I brought in the box she attacked.

Here's what was inside: both kinds of BKF in liquid and powder; a new foam spray cleaner, an apron, a tote bag, and a non-slip mat hat has Bar Keepers Friend poked out in holes (hope that makes sense).

Here's the foam spray. Apparently it is new. We have super hard water here and sometimes the Pyrex I get is in sorry shape as a result. Often I have had to soak lids and dishes in CLR. I will be curious to see how this product works.

Thanks to Erin, our PCIII blog owner, and Bar Keepers Friend for a fun experience!

Happy hunting!


(Disclosure: This gift basket was won as a price from the parent company of Barkeepers Friend. I was not paid to do this post, nor was I encouraged to do one as an incentive for winning the basket. The opinions I express about the product are my own.)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

First Time Poster

After years of drooling over the finds that everyone else posts about, I decided it was finally time to join the collective myself. It came at a good time too, because I just hit the World's Longest Yard Sale last weekend. While some of the vendors were a little on the expensive side, i.e. $18 for a single divided dish missing its lid, I did pick up a few good things.

This little creamer was only 50 cents, and it's the one pattern that I actively collect. I'll probably never use it as an actual creamer, but I'm sure I can find some use for it! The only other one I have is currently holding a wax melt and sitting on a candle warmer.

There were a bunch of vendors set up outside and around a barn, and they all had outrageous prices on everything. I don't know about you, but I don't want to pay $12 for a pair of used and dirty shoes. A vendor inside had this little piece of opal Pyrex priced at $2. It's the size of a pie plate, but it's got a much cooler lid. Oddly enough, he had higher prices on the Glasbake and Fire King pieces he had.

I have a roommate who thankfully loves yard sales and thrift stores too, and he is understanding of my Pyrex addiction. He wasn't understanding of these bowls, which he referred to as the "ugly bowls" when I pointed them out. The seller had two sets priced at $15 each but came down to $12. I actually kind of like the pattern myself.

Those are the only Pyrex pieces I came home with, but I came home with a ton of other stuff. Check out my blog here to see my other finds. I can't wait to see what everyone else found recently!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Recent Finds and a Frankenset

It's been a bit since I've done a finds post, so without further ado...some finds. The last thirty-six hours yielded some good stuff.

I was at the dentist, having my routine twice-yearly cleaning, learning I have two cavities (yes, I floss, and yes, I brush twice a day, often more, my dentist says some people just have bad teeth genetics) and it would cost me just south of $500 to have them filled in two weeks when this text came in.

Husband was on the far side of the city at a Goodwill we rarely get to. He had a meeting out there and like a good Pyrex collector made some stops on the way home. He said he "saw something good peeking out of the bins they just wheeled out so I looked and saw the Bertha and grabbed it really quick while the Goodwill employee laughed." He was pretty excited and said he clutched it to his side as he made his rounds through the store. This is the first time either of us has seen a Big Bertha. It's not my favorite pattern (I'd prefer BFG, SB, or SFG) but it has a lid and truthfully I am just happy to finally have a Big Bertha. And we had just bought a ham at Costco this past weekend and now we have a new vessel in which to cook it. Husband says he is just worried his Le Creuset (what he also collects) will be jealous.

So I came home from the dentist visit of doom and took a picture of it sitting on the divided dishes I had found the day before....both at yet another Goodwill. And yet again it was a Goodwill we don't get to often. First, it rarely has anything good. Second, I know another person who goes there a lot, so I think of it as this person's Goodwill. But, this person happens to be out of town for two weeks and I was in the area running some errands so I stopped in. I am glad I did. I have been wanting the Dandelion Duet for forever! And little miss loves the scroll print, she was pretty excited about as well. 

Then later this same day we went out for lunch downtown and stopped by, you guessed it, another Goodwill. I was thinking we would leave empty-handed when I saw an end cap of all green items, and hiding in the very back corner this Green Wheat. I said aloud, "Oh, hello!" which elicited some funny looks from other patrons. This is the second Green Wheat I have thrifted in less than a year and this is my husband looking handsome, holding it.

So yes, the dental visit of doom felt a bit better after this whirlwind of activity. 

Other finds over the past two weeks include an opal Friendship 475 lid (I was thrilled, I had the clear printed version on my 475 and much prefer the opal); Snowflake Garland 473; Golden Acorn 548; a 475 lid (no lid left behind); an older 503 lid (again, no good lid left behind); and a Butterprint it was extremely convenient to have found the 475 lid a couple days prior.


And now I will close with a Frankenset. I have been wanting to do an all orange refrigerator set and I finally put one together after a Pyrex friend sent me the 502, which has been eluding me for a good long while.

Happy hunting!