When I first started collecting Pyrex, I got sucked into the Ebay/Etsy madness and bought up quite a few pieces. I used PayPal funds from other things I'd sold, so I didn't feel quite so bad about it, but it was still more money that I probably should have spent. After deciding to pull the plug on internet buying except for special occassions, I began my thrifting adventures. I quickly became addicted to lure of the thrift stores. That smell. The way your heart races and your palms sweat when you find the perfect piece and snatch it up before anyone else can take it from you. I love it.
But I don't love the way thrift stores are starting to mark Pyrex. I suppose the fact that they are collectable pieces has started to catch on, and the result is inflated prices and sparse pickings. An employee of a local thrift here in Richmond,VA, informed me that they rarely put Pyrex on the shelves anymore because they can make so much more money by selling it online. It's weird because a couple months ago, Pyrex was everywhere around here and super reasonable. But in the last few weeks? It's hard to find and expensive.
So when I stumbled upon this set of Friendship Cinderella bowls I was thrilled. Until I realized they were marked way up and behind the "Fine Glasswares" cabinet.
Still, the Friendship pattern is one of my favorites, and this set was super minty. I don't own any other Friendship because even the partial sets like this one online go for $45.00 or more. I asked the price.
Gulp. I've never spent that much on one set of Pyrex in a thrift store. The most I've spent was $12.00 for a full set of minty Shenandoah bowls, and I thought that was kind of pricey. I asked if there was any room to lower the price a bit, and she told me no. I've seen how quickly Pyrex, even expensive Pyrex, disappears from shelves, so I decided to bite the bullet. I have to admit, though, as I was leaving the store I had a bit of buyer's remorse and even considered selling them. But, I think for now I'll keep them. They are so pretty, after all. I would have spent at least double online.
So, what determines how much you spend on Pyrex? Do you hunt the online auctions? Or do you stick strictly to thrifting? How do you keep your collection from getting out of control? Is there even such a thing as an "out of control Pyrex collection?"
Sally @ Exploits of a Military Mama