Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
There are certain Pyrex patterns that I just never see "in the wild". I have been seriously collecting Pyrex now for over two years and have never seen a single piece of Friendship in thrift stores or even local antique stores. I don't know if it just wasn't popular when it came out around here or if people seem to hold on to it and not donate it (more likely!), but I have never seen any of it. Until yesterday, that is!
Monday, July 29, 2013
My last post was about how there just wasn't any good Pyrex around at a decent price. Then I went to the Swap Meet this Saturday. There they were...these two mint condition beauties on a tarp. And how much did the lady want? $1 each!
Friday, July 26, 2013
There just hasn't been alot of Pyrex in Western Washington...not affordable anyway! I did find a really old fridgie (the one with the round Pyrex stamp on the bottom) and a stack of minty burgundy plates. These were both at a small thrift. The Goodwill near me has been marking all Pyrex $14.99 lately. I'm also down to looking for just a few specific pieces for myself, so it's a harder hunt!
I stacked some Pyrex up for display in my kitchen shelf...thought you might like to take a look! This is my favorite color combo for Pyrex!
Today I stopped by a couple of yard sales and struck out on Pyrex. (My son did finally get a pogo stick which he has been wanting forever, though!) So we decided to head over to our local flea market and check it out. I saw a couple pieces on dealer's tables, but nothing I had to have- mostly Verde, Early American and Square Flowers stuff. Then I finally got to the last table and struck gold!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
What a week I had last week! It started off with a two day Pyrex hunting trip with my daughter, Kylee, and daughter-in-law, Erin. And then on Wednesday, our beloved Pecos was peacefully laid to rest. Please read about him on my blog The Vintage Shelf. What a wonderful dog that will be greatly missed. So many emotions played out during the week.
So now I have finally had the chance to get some pictures taken and write about our finds. We headed out early Monday morning for Amarillo, Texas, with great expectations. After hitting every possible antique store or mall, along with all of the thrift stores we came away with some great Pyrex and replacement lids. Erin started her primary mixing bowl collection with the yellow bowl and is going to add to it piece by piece. The whole sets that we saw averaged from $120.00 to $180.00. I think those may be sitting on the shelf collecting dust for a while! She also came home with three 503 refrigerator dishes to start working on those sets. She found Pink Gooseberry, Butterprint, and Friendship all in mint condition, so she is quite excited to get started on that.
Kylee had been looking for the blue loaf pan for quite some time to complete the set and she quietly squealed when she laid eyes on it! The Golden Pine Promotional was another exciting find that is in great condition. And who can pass up the pie plates!
Friday, July 19, 2013
It's blisteringly hot around here. I can't remember the last day it was under 100. Perfect estate and yard sale weather! NOT!
But I had a real hankering to find a bargain, and lately the thrifts have been an unqualified bust. And yard sales haven't been much better. But I decided to head out anyway and I'm glad I did!
I found one estate sale advertised about 15 miles from me in an area I haven't been to much. And the ad mentioned Pyrex, so I was definitely going to check it out. As the thermometer reached into the high 90s by 10, I packed the kids into the car and hoped our A/C was working! (It was.)
It was a pleasant and easy drive, and when we got to the sale I was shocked to find that we were the only ones there. With the kids, I don't usually have the ability to get to estate sales early, and I definitely don't want to fight the crowds with them in tow, so I always wait until after the early rush. I'm not sure there was any rush at all with this sale- it seemed like we were the only folks who even knew about it, even though it was well-advertised. I guess the heat was a factor, but it didn't bother us.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Remember the tortoise and the hare? The lesson slow and steady wins the race. That has never been more true when it comes to Pyrex and vintage kitchen this summer. It is getting harder and harder to find Pyrex on the cheap.
However, there is still Pyrex out there if you keep looking. This is what I found this week! My first new dots bowl. I was so excited and it was only $3!
Pyrex is my passion but if your interested in vintage travel trailers/canned hams you should check out my blog cherrypickedfinds.blogspot.com and follow along as I give my 1952 Gem a makeover this summer.
Corellecorner. They are stamped made in the US and they are a different colour than Canadian delphite when I compare them to my other pieces. But no matter what you call them, I call them beautiful and am happy to add them to my collection!
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
I need your help in identifying the baking dishes in the picture below. What set are they from? I have googled endlessly but not found any results that match these colours. I just can't figure it out! Help! :)
Friday, July 12, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
I visited the first new-to-me thrift store near our home, and was sorely disappointed. Not a single piece of Pyrex. I almost wept. I used to find tons of Pyrex on nearly every outing. I often left pieces behind because they weren't the right price or the right pattern.
The second store didn't look much better, and I started to fear that maybe there was no Pyrex in this town. But at the very back, perched high on a shelf, sat a Spring Blossom Cinderella 444 for a mere $3.
I actually heard myself breathe a sigh of relief. All hope isn't lost. There IS Pyrex in this place and I WILL find more of it. I actually left the store with a little spring in my step.
I've had a love / hate relationship with Spring Blossom. I almost started collecting all of it, because it matched my old kitchen, but I ended up with only a few mugs, and a 1.5 quart casserole (the latter of which made its way to a thrift store because I ended up not using it...) I started collecting Butterfly Gold instead, and then later Butterprint. (Find out how I've been using my Butterfly Gold Pyrex to cook up a German feast on my latest blog post.)
But this bowl... this bowl is PERFECT for my knitting nook. I love it.
May your summer shopping sprees put a spring in your step, too!
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Sometimes the thrill of the hunt comes from an online auction win of a lifetime! I recently found this Pyrex store display while stocking ebay (this had only been listed for a few hours). It needed to be rewired and it came from the attic of an old hardware store. Since, receiving it in the mail it has been polished, cleaned and rewired.
I love it! It is the star of my Pyrex collection. I love the way it looks in my kitchen. It is 2 sided so I will have so show the other side on another post. The sides held recipe cards and ideas.
Cherrypickedfinds.blogspot.com <---check out my latest summer project a 1952 canned ham/travel trailer!
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Saturday, July 6, 2013
|Whole wheat Dakota bread|
Friday, July 5, 2013
Thursday, July 4, 2013
After a little over a year of collecting I realize that I can't keep it all, and frankly...Pyrex is taking over my entire house. I believe firmly that culling is the best way to make an amazing collection actually look amazing, so I've weeded out about 40 pieces which I will be taking to a local consignment shop. The owner, a good friend of mine, assures me that Pyrex sells quickly there (and not just because I buy it!).
But that leaves me with the issue of attaching price tags, and I'm really at a loss. Any ideas?
Thanks for all the help!! :)
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
|475 Spring Blossom|