Usually, in Seattle at this time of year it is raining, foggy, cold, and the like. It feels like we have been socked in for days and when I take the sweet pug out at night I feel like I'm in the movie The Night of the Living Dead. So, when I was also not finding any good Pyrex I was, naturally, feeling a little seasonally affected. Luckily, a Craigslist check changed that real quick!
After the journey through eBay, Etsy, and Bonanza listings, I decided one evening last week to check Craigslist. In the past, I seem to only come across people asking outrageous prices for mismatched sets or antique dealers advertising their wares, also at prices I don't like to pay. This time, though, a small listing with a picture of the 440 Verde set opened up to a person selling off a good size collection. It wasn't clear exactly what he was selling but it invited viewers to email what they were looking for and what they were willing to pay. My heart gets racing a little when I see these ads and wondering how many people have responded so far. It had been up for 23 hours and I always, in paranoid collector's fashion, assume that hordes of collectors have seized this opportunity. I'm strange like that. I quickly emailed him with my list which originally was: turquoise and pink bowls and fridgies, New Dots green, Embroidery 443, Pink Stems 043, Blue and White Stripes 401 and 402, and, just for the heck of it, I asked if he had Starburst 575. I was amazed when he got back to me, with pictures, that he had many on my list including Starburst! I was giddy but still didn't know the prices. Well, it ended up that this collector has been collecting for over 10 years and never paid more than $10 for a piece so he was hoping to just recoup his costs. The Starburst was $10!!
It seems like things are picking up for people so I can't wait to see some of everyone else's finds. I need to get arranging mine!