Saturday, March 31, 2012

I spoke too soon.

One day after I complained here that Pyrex was super-scarce, I found some (of course)--a lidless, cradle-less promotional casserole and Spice of Life canisters.

I have a weakness for promotional pieces; I also have a weakness for pieces that are almost completely pristine. The inside of this "Holiday Casserole" dish is a blinding white, and the outside has a few nicks, but the color is totally fresh. It's not my favorite pattern or color, but it's totally striking. Plus, it's so fun to own something that was only manufactured for one year (if I'm understanding promotional pieces correctly). According to the ever-awesome, this is a Promotional Round Casserole Series 924 manufactured in 1960. I paid $5.99 for this at Goodwill--as always, a little rich for my blood, but worth it.

Next, I found a huge set of Pyrex Store 'N' See containers in the Spice O' Life pattern. I only purchased the four pictured since two of the small containers had warped seals, and the super-tiny container was adorable but useless to me. Of the four I purchased, the seals are pristine and there are no chips in the glass. The lids need a little scrubbing (something I haven't yet done; my Pyrex tends to sit around for days while we churn through the piles of truly crucial dishes) but they're only dirty rather than faded or stained. The tall "Pasta Keeper" (as identified by was $3.99 at Goodwill; the others were $2.99 each.

Okay! Off to discover what cupboards my baby has emptied while I've been spacing out over Pyrex.

~Margaret Ann

Friday, March 30, 2012

Hello There! An Intro by Thetoddlerwhisperer

Well Hellllllloooooooo there Pyrex Collective III. I'm your newest member! Been following for a while, then every time I would pick up a piece of gorgeous Pyrex, thought, "Hey, I'd love to share this with this fabulous collective."  This post is pic heavy, but don't we all love drooling over Pyrex?

This is me. I'm a momma of two littles...they aren't toddlers anymore, they are 4 &5. My blog is called thetoddlerwhisperer and if you visit, you can choose the label PYREX over on the right for all my posts with pretty pyrex pics.

This is the first piece I picked up when I decided to start collecting. I grew up using Crazy Daisy in my mom's kitchen. So Pyrex has always held a special place in my heart and memories. We walked into GW, and I saw this beauty on the shelf (complete with the grimy holder) for maybe $4.99.

The next week I went to a different GW and just as I told Mr Toddlerwhisperer that, "no, there's nothing here." I saw these beauties!! I spent $14.99 for the set, which to my thrifty mindset was a little much, but hey, they're so pretty!

I'm also guilty of bidding on when I have no self restraint. (actually I didn't have a working vehicle for 4 months and had to vicariously thrift.) ya, we'll stick with that excuse.

I love to use my pieces too...(this was our super bowl snack)

Mr Toddlerwhisperer is an awesome cook...and he loves my new obsession  collection as well

I have blue tips on my hair. I am slightly regretting because I have an interview next week for a teaching position. (returning to teaching after 5 years of being a SAHM)

And now a question....anyone know what this piece goes to? Is it even Pyrex? From handle to handle it is 19". The oval is 13" x 9" My mom picked it up for me at an estate sale last week.

I'd like to hear what you all think. :)

Happy Hunting Pyrex Collectors!!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I must have good Pyrex karma.

I'm not sure what I've done in life to allow me such good Pyrex karma, but I'm feeling extrodinarily lucky with my finds since I began collecting. I almost fear sharing my latest find with you because you may either;

a) hate me forever, or
b) immediately move to my city to indulge in the Pyrex abundance, or
c) Pyrex will dry up and I will be out of luck forever.

But because we're friends (we are friends, right?), I thought I owed it to you to share some of the awesomeness I've discovered.

There is an antique mall up the road from my house. It's your typical antique store; filled with tons of junk, overpriced collectibles, and some lovely treasures if you dig hard enough. One of the vendors has Pyrex on the regular. She prices them like a crazy person. A Forest Fancies casserole sans lid for $25.00? No, thank you. A beautiful set of Butterprint casseroles with lids for $15.00? I think so.

See what I mean? No real rhyme or reason. Well, for a few weeks, I frequented her space. She had a gorgeous set of New Dots bowls in mint condition priced $75.00 "FIRM." Now, I know that's a good, fair price. I would pay at least that plus shipping on any auction site, but the penny-pincher in me just couldn't justify it even though they made my heart stop every time I passed them. Finally, I got the nerve to ask the owner of the store if she thought the vendor would lower them as they had been sitting for several weeks. Less money is better than no money, no? She sighed and said she doubted it but picked up the phone anyway.

Ten minutes later, the bowls were mine.

How much did I pay? I'm scared to tell you.

$35.00. I KNOW! I couldn't believe it, myself. Apparently, the vendor has tons of other things she wants to stock and since these bowls have failed to move for several months, she decided to just cut me an awesome deal and cut her losses. Either that, or she had NO idea what she had on her hands. Either way, I feel incredibly lucky to be the proud owner of a beautiful New Dots set of mixing bowls.

Sally @ Exploits of a Military Mama

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pyrex Spotted On The Jersey Shore

I'll admit it, watching The Jersey Shore is one of my guilty pleasures. But who ever thought I would get material for a Pyrex blog post from it!?

Two of the cast members, Snooki and Deena, decided to bake a cake for their boss. This is what they used to bake the cake in:

A Pyrex Friendship Oblong Baking Pan! I had never seen one of these and had no idea the Friendship pattern included this huge dish. It is now on my Pinterest "Pyrex I Want" pin board.

As they were handling the dish, I was cringing and praying that the two "Meatballs", as they call themselves, wouldn't drop the beautiful pan. They didn't...whew!

Here is the link to my PYREX I WANT Pinterest board. Do you have a Pyrex pin board? If so, share it in the comments section. I would love to follow you and I am sure other Pyrexians would too!


Call it Beginner's Luck.

Hi y'all! Sally here from Exploits of a Military Mama.

I've read quite a bit from other contributer's mentioning they're having a harder time finding Pyrex in their areas. I'm beginning to think that no one in my area has been hunting Pyrex except for me in the past few weeks because I have had tremendous luck. I'm calling in Beginner's Luck because I'm quite certain this good streak cannot continue for much longer.

A couple days ago, I decided to run into a local Goodwill just to see if they happened to have any Pyrex. My husband was on baby duty, and I had a couple hours to run around without hauling little ones in and out of carseats. I perused the rows for a couple minutes without anything catching my eye. For some reason, I decided to head back through the "Yellow" aisle in the Home Goods section. I stopped in my tracks when I noticed a big, yellow bowl with an orange binder on top. I quickly lifted off the binder, and BAM! Awesomeness.

I, literally, squealed in the aisle, scooped them up, and ran for the checkout.

They aren't in perfect condition, though they do look really beautiful for their age. The yellow, green, and blue bowls have survived with very minimum scratching and no fading. Unfortunately, my red 402 hasn't faired as well. I'm afraid he died a terrible, dishwasher death.

Why do people do these things?!

But no matter. Because the price tag? Made it totally worth it.

I'll be prowling the stores for a replacement red bowl, but until then, I'm pretty happy with my lucky find.

Sally @ Exploits of a Military Mama

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

eBay Treasure!

So, I had never bought Pyrex (or anything else fragile) online before, due to breakage paranoia, but I'm glad I took the chance on this set!!

 I only had to beat out one other bidder, and they were mine, mine, mine for less than $25, shipping included!

I think other potential buyers might have been scared off by the description, which made them sound very much less-than-great, but I was really pleased to find this set of fridgies was actually in pretty great condition! Only a bit of fading to the top edges, and no chips to the lids. The large blue fridgie did have some icky grimage that I managed to scrub off!!

I'm glad I took the gamble! I just love these to hold leftovers and other goodies in the fridge!!

They are now cozy with the rest of their family!!

 Yikes, I need a bigger cupboard, (or a big beautiful china cabinet) if only to accommodate the rest of my stash, as well as the new additions to come in the future!!

More pics on my blog.........On to the next!



Monday, March 26, 2012

Slim but fun pickings

Hello all--I'm new to the Pyrex Collective III. I've been collecting vintage Pyrex for a couple years and am sort of amazed at: a) how many pieces I've managed to find; and b) how much time I spend on the internet, gazing at pictures of Pyrex.

I keep reading about Pyrex droughts, and it's no different here in Seattle. I've watch the supply of Pyrex dwindle while prices go up and up and up at thrift stores. When Goodwill recently slapped a "collectible" label on an Early American divided dish along with a $12.99 price tag, I saw that as the beginning of the end of the golden age of Pyrex collecting. It's fine if they want to make money--it's just disappointing from a treasure-hunting point of view.

Anyway. Enough belly-aching. It's still good fun. A couple of recent finds:

A juice carafe for $3.99 at Goodwill. A bit pricey (though not cursed with the "collectible" tag), but I've been looking for a glass juice pitcher to replace the plastic ones we have, so it seemed reasonable to me. According to a little hasty reading done on, my carafe is probably from the 1980's.

A "Dandelion Duet" divided dish, sans lid or candlewarmers, supposedly from a Spring 1959 Promotion (according to I can't remember the exact price but I paid less than five dollars for it at my local St. Vincent de Paul. I love this pattern. We've owned this dish for a month or so and I use it mostly for serving snack to my children--fruit in one side; cheese and crackers or something else in the other. As much as I love to just gaze at the Pyrex, it's so fun when we actually use it.

Happy Pyrex hunting!
Margaret Ann

Trailing Flowers from a Friend

Don't you love it when friends give you stuff, especially Pyrex? I helped a friend move and she is purging and ended up with this little gem. 

A trailing Flowers casserole. Perfect for Spring, even though it has been raining here in SoCal. It brings a little sunshine into the kitchen.

She also gave me a telephone table and some other dishes, read about them at Treasures my Husband Hates.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

pyrex spring has sprung

Happy Spring, fellow Pyrex People!

The Pink Gooseberry and Golden Honeysuckle were my two vintage Pyrex finds this past Friday during a much needed thrift therapy session.

They happily meld with my other Springy vintage finds.

The turquoise pan isn't new to me.

It was found during my own personal Pyrex frenzy at an amazing antique fair last October, but it looked so dang good with the colors of the Vera Neumann table cloth. I couldn't deny it.

Please visit my blog froog and doog to see what else I've been up to.

Happy Hunting!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hi from a new-to-Pyrex collector!

Hey y'all,

I'm Sally of Exploits of a Military Mama. Having grown up with a mama who avoided thrift stores and flea markets like the plague, I have very little experience as a 'thrifter." However, after marrying a military officer straight out of college, I realized my thrill of the hunt needed to change from upscale malls to something a bit more in my reach.

I discovered Pyrex very recently while sorting through my mother's cabinets, and I adore the sturdiness and loveliness of it all. I remember both my mama and nana cooking with Pyrex, and it has since found a fond place in my heart. Over the past several weeks, I've ventured into various thrift stores and flea markets and have quickly become addicted to the heart-racing, palms-sweating feel of a great find. I thought I'd share some of my first pieces with you as an introduction! pride and joy.

I found the red Promotional piece on shelf, covered in grime and nastiness. According to PyrexLove, it's Golden Poinsettas. I almost left it (gasp!) because I had no idea what it was. Thank goodness I wised up. Once it was cleaned, it was in perfect condition. Unfortunately, the lid that came with it wasn't the lovely decorated lid I've seen several other contributers have, but thrifters can't always be choosers! The little Snowflake casserole came sans lid but was too adorable to pass up for $4.00.

I'm not sure what's going on with this Daisy bowl. It's speckled. The paint doesn't look scratched or faded, just almost as though it's supposed to be speckled. Normal? No? I have the rest of the set, and none of the others look like this.

The larger of these two bowls is actually Glasbake. Rookie mistake, but I still love it. The smaller of the two is a 401 Primary in a matte finish. Anyone ever seen something like this? The others I have are all shiny? Is it the victim of a can of spray paint? The finish is smooth and doesn't look as though it's been tampered with, but who knows?

I know there isn't a lot of love for the Early American pieces, but I think they're kind of gorgeous. The bronze is super shiny on these, and I snatched them off the shelf for $10.00 total.

Finally, this minty set of Shenandoah nesting bowls have a special place in my heart. I clearly remember my father giving me popcorn in a very similar set as a child. I'm missing the largest, but all three were only $12.00, so I am sure I can find it somewhere for less than I would have gotten a complete set on an auction site.

So there you have it. A pretty successful haul for a beginner, right?

I'm so happy to be a part of this nice community, and I look forward to sharing a few more special pieces I've hunted down recently! Don't forget to come check out my blog.

Sally @ Exploits of a Military Mama

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Recent Finds

Spring Blossom 045 and White 501
Last week, my children and I stopped by 4 thrift stores on our way to church. There was only Pyrex to be found at one store. We were a little bummed, but were excited to find these pieces.

Spring Blossom 045
I just love the spring blossom print. It must have something to do with the fact that I grew up with a few pieces in my parents' house. Anyway these oval casseroles are a favorite of mine. I really love the bigger 045 since we have a large family it definitely works well for us.

White 501
Fridgies are also some of my favorite finds, so when I spotted this little guy on the shelf I was pretty excited. That's all we found for the week. Perhaps that is a good thing. It's good on the pocket book. :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Thrifting With a Friend

Small Spring Blossom
A couple weeks ago my friend Heather, who blogs on Pyrex II and Lark and Lola, and I decided to spend the afternoon thrifting. (We also stopped in at a local crafting store.) We went to 6 thrift stores. This is all that I found. I seriously think there is a Pyrex drought around here. 

These two yellow Daisy bowls were just what I needed to finish off my set. I was so bummed to find them in such terrible condition.

Not only did we pass on these pieces, but they were the only Pyrex pieces we saw besides the little Spring Blossom that I purchased. Here's to hoping that this drought ends soon. Bring on the summer!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Rainbow's End

Hi PC3, SusieQT here from Practice in Time!

After a hectic couple of weeks, I realized that I needed some retail therapy.  I have about 2 hours to myself on Thursdays while my daughter is at school, and today I definitely wanted to hit the thrifts. It was a very good decision!

I decided to brave the local Sally Ann. This store is only a couple of miles from me and is huge- probably over 10K square feet. I think it used to be a Kmart. It really is that big! You'd think it would be a slam dunk, that I'd be there every week, but no. It just hasn't paid off for me very much. Lots of smelly stuff and smelly people. 

But today I found a few gems, and in the housewares section. Other than the furniture section, which is miniscule, and the jewelry section, (which is non-existent- where does it all go?) the housewares section of this store is probably the worst.

I have never, ever, found Pyrex in this store, let alone a fridgie in great shape and in a pattern I collect. But there it was, a primary yellow 503 with the old-style lid for $3.99. It was very dirty, but cleaned up nicely. I'm halfway there to completing the primary fridgie set!

This is the best find of the day, perhaps the year. Yes, it is jadeite, and not a repro. I think I must have knocked over a few babies and old ladies getting to it. It was $2.99. You're reading that correctly.

It's a large mixing bowl, and I happened to know exactly what it belongs to:

A perfect fit! Never did I think I would find it, and for only a couple of bucks. See, there really is treasure at the end of the rainbow!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A New Pyrex Obsession

In my Pyrex journey I had been perfectly happy with collecting only casseroles, bowls, and fridgies...that was until I saw these:

Aren't these just the sweetest little Pyrex teacups!? I have seen the Pyrex mugs before, but never the teacups. They have a milk glass look with a chartreuse colored rim and gold bands. I found them at the Goodwill for 59 cents each.

The bottom of the cups are stamp labeled instead of the usual Pyrex logo embossing. The stamp logo has a copper sheen to it. The number 30 is faintly embossed towards the edge of the bottom.

I am curious as to the pattern name and when it was issued. Does anyone know?

Thanks for the help!

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day!

And you know what that means don't you? Pie in Pyrex!!!

Nothing beats a recipe from 1954 in a pie dish that brings so much joy into our life. Especially when it is pink Desert Dawn!

Get the recipe at Treasures My Husband Hates.

Do you celebrate Einstein's birthday and Pi Day?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Divide and Conquer!

Hey everybody! I'm Genevieve from over at Your Aunties Panties (it only sounds slightly perverse, I assure you, it's not!)

I'm new to the Pyrex Collective III, and couldn't be more happy to be here! What a great community of Pyrex lovers! Anyways, on to the good stuff!

I haven't had any decent shopping excursions lately, due to a lovely Canadian snow storm, and feeling pretty yucky too! I did want to share some lovely divided dishes that I have found in 2012 so far! 

 I literally gasped when I spied this little sweetie at Sally Ann for just $3.99. It's one of my most favorite Pyrex finds in quite a while!I just love the Barbed Wire pattern, it's so out of the ordinary!

I also really love this Snowflake Blue pattern, really lovely and simple! I paid $5.00 for this one.

 A Verde divided dish, in great condition! I think this one was $5.00 also.

So, besides being excellent at taking up cupboard space, these dishes are great for for leftovers, or even serving two different types of snacks. I've seen posts online where some rockin' folks have made two different types of pie, one on each side (where the heck was that?)

What do you all like to use your divided dishes for?? I know they're not the most coveted pieces around, but you all probably have at least one, right? Let me know what you use yours for, and I'll be able to justify keeping them (and maybe a few of their friends) around!!!

Happy Hunting!!!


Monday, March 12, 2012

Square flowers: like it or not?

I don't know if I like this pattern very much. I love the green. Maybe it is the fact it is another divided dish. I just don't have the love for divided dishes (except charcoal snowflakes). Salvation Army hasn't let me down in the past so I will take it that the divided dish needed to be mine for the time being.

Do you have any ones that you just don't care for?  I love Old Orchard, but most  think is ugly. I don't care for Homestead, even passing up a minty set of mixing bowls for $20.  But this one I am on the fence about.

I picked up a few other things last Friday too, like the lid on top of it, marked Pyrex England. You can read about them here.