Sans child for an afternoon, husband and I went to a couple antique malls. Usually we stay away but there are a few booths at both that have reasonably priced Pyrex, and by that I mean, on par with some of our thrift stores. Plus, husband is proposing I do my own booth at one as I keep hauling stuff in the house that I find for a song at yard sales and such, so he wanted to do some sight observation so we could get ideas for how we'd undertake this endeavor. I have to do something with my Pyrex doubles, as it is impossible for me to walk away from a very low-priced item. And Pyrex isn't all I haul in, sigh.
The first stop had the usual outlandish boot prices: $100 for a set of Flameglo, $50 for a set of Spring Blossom Cinderellas, and $18 for two Snowflake Garland small casseroles, no lids. I was starting to lose hope as the stock at the "lower priced" booths was the same as our last visit. Then I rounded a corner and saw the Balloons 444 for $18. Yes, pricey, but I am willing to pay it for this most coveted piece.
All I could say walking back to the car, bowl tightly clutched to my chest, was OMG Balloons. I think my husband was happy as well since this print is high on his must-have list. I took it home, cleaned it up (this picture is before the cleaning), and am now proudly displaying it.
Also pictured is a Yellow Stripes 402 I got at the other antique mall. The booths there also have a range of prices, including one booth where I think the seller must sniff paint fumes. Seriously, the prices are that high, I'm talking $10 for an Early American 501, sans lid; the stock at that booth never, ever changes (I wonder why). Anyway, I once again rounded a corner and saw this Yellow Stripes 402, it was reasonably priced and is in near-perfect condition. I compared the ask price with some completed sale prices on ebay and there you have it, it became mine. I always knew my smart phone would come in handy.
I also hit the Autumn Harvest and Butterfly Gold 1 motherlode the other day at a Goodwill. The below are all duplicates for me so I will be selling or trading these. I just.can't.pass.by.inexpensive.Pyrex. I can't.
I find a lot of Butterfly Gold and Autumn Harvest at the thrift, likely because they are newer prints. However, it is only a matter of time until the drips and drabs of the older stuff I occasionally find becomes a flood, right? I'd settle for a stream to tell you the truth!