Sunday, May 25, 2014

Thrifting While Camping

My husband and little miss took me off into the wilderness again and the same rule applied as last time: If I was going to camp I was also going to thrift. We hit every small town thrift, junk, and random we sell whatever we can find store. We drove off the highway and through small, former mining towns and came away with some great things. I did leave some stuff behind for the next hunter, but here is what made the cut.

The space saver lid and space saver were not found together. I found the lid first and was thrilled, then when I found the space saver the next day, well, I was over the moon.

The space saver has its own story. I found it in a junk store, on the bottom shelf of a bookcase behind a chair hiding in a corner; all I could see was the handle so I moved the chair and pulled it out. It was trashed but the little old lady behind the counter said, "A little vinegar will take that stain right off, honey." I was skeptical so when I got it home I soaked it overnight in oven cleaner. It didn't budge, so I tried BKF. Nothing. My husband made a vinegar compress and an hour later, voila! It wiped right off.

It's been a literal Pyrex desert for me here in the desert where I live so I was thrilled to find so many great things. Little miss was a big help on this trip. She spotted the Friendship 503. I walked right past it but she snatched it right up, It is flawless, notary a scratch or blemish. She also found the Gooseberry 501. She watched a man at a thrift pick it up, look at it, set it down, then she moved in and claimed it. I have a pro on my hands.

Happy hunting!


Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Elusive Pink Daisy!

I haven't been posting much lately, I have been extremely busy with all  things Pyrex! Hunting, trading and selling, it's been eating up my extra time. Today was a happy day as I finally wrapped up my pink daisy collection with the 045.  This little Lefton Kewpie planter also made the trip home!

(Hopelessly addicted),


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pyrex Passion

I requested the book Pyrex Passion for the holidays this year: ask and you shall receive! I realize it's been almost half a year since I acquired it and I never posted anything about it. I remember at least one or two people wrote something about the book here when it first came out, but I wanted to offer my own two cents (or about $50 as the case is with the cost of this thing...!) 

The good news for those of you who don't want to shell out $49.99... it looks like the price dropped to $39.99 for the book, AND there is now an iPad version available for $19.99. 

I enjoyed reading through the book and I appreciated how thorough the author was in listing what kind of pieces came in which patterns. I recently sold several pieces of Spring Blossom and a few other miscellaneous patterns that I wasn't collecting. I was thankful the book had a section on when everything was manufactured, since I was able to tell the vendor right then and there the information she requested. It was also helpful to see what the pieces were roughly worth. 

Personally though, I found that the prices quoted at the back have since skyrocketed at least at the antique stores near me. (Then again, most of those pieces of Pyrex have sat on shelves for the past year collecting dust...)

One other quirk I found with the book was that there was nothing about any of the Pyrex plates, cups and bowls that I'm personally passionate about, like these pink ones, or these turquoise ones.

I realize that the title is a 'comprehensive guide to decorated vintage Pyrex'... but I was at least hoping for a little something more about Pyrex tableware and dinner plates. There's also nothing about the See 'N' Store Canisters. But, if you want to see my See 'N' Store collection, check out this post

Meanwhile, I'm going to continue to enjoy eating and drinking out of this Pyrex, regardless of how little I know about it. 

What about you... do you have a copy of Pyrex Passion? What do you think? 

Happy Pyrexing, people... may you find the pieces that stoke your passion! 


Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day Weekend Pyrex

I used a Hostess bowl for Lilacs at a Mother's Day Tea for my Mom and Grandma.

I found these two Gooseberry bowls at a sale for $5 this weekend!

Mother's Day and Pyrex...what could be better!  More at

Some Recent Great Acquisitions

I've been a bit remiss lately and not blogging as much, both here and on my personal blog. Life has taken over somewhat and on the vintage hunt front, truth be told things have been s.l.o.w. in the thrifting department. I'm trying to stick to thrifting and yard/estate sales only but am having a hard time, because all I have seen lately at the thrift have been damaged pieces and duplicates that I don't want to haul home. I will get duplicates, but only of some pieces. I don't need six Butterfly Gold 401s but I will happily take six Friendship 401s. I'm sure you can guess which pattern I run into all the time.

Here is a picture of a recent epic (for me, anyway) yard sale/estate sale haul.

Sorry for the bad picture, it's the only one I took and I used my phone. The Snowflake Garland 401-3 and Butterprint 404 came from an estate sale. My wonderful husband got up at 5:30 to get me a number, then I went to the actual sale at 8. He and my daughter went to a yard sale while I was at the estate sale and got the 501s: an unmarked Opal, Horizon Blue, and Daisy. As I was driving home from the estate sale I stopped by a yard sale where I got the Cosco cart. I was so excited! I am going to take it apart and clean it up and repaint it, likely turquoise. I also got the Autumn Harvest 442 and have already passed that on to another collector. For me, where I live, this is a very good day.

Friendship Penn Dutch. Hello! The lid is the Penn Dutch lid as well. Until I figure out where this dish will reside it's up on a high shelf. I acquired this from another collector; she knew I wanted it and told me she was selling hers. We came to terms and I couldn't be happier.

My stack of fridgies (501s and 503s) separate from my full sets continues to grow. Since I last shared my stack picture I've added some 503s, most notably the black one, and a second column of 501s, all of which were found in the wild.

I'm also working on offloading some of my vintage stuff. As much as I love the hunt I just can't keep it all. I've opened up an Etsy store, feel free to check it out if you get a chance.

Oh, and you can see my recent Fire King acquisitions here.

Happy hunting!


Friday, May 9, 2014

Pyrex in the Apartment

Posting some photos of my 2 main cabinets. Blue and yellow display is meant to represent the colors of Ukraine (in solidarity with my family who is experiencing troublesome political conflict). And my other cabinet is filled with promos and randoms that I like. I use butterfly gold daily... Those are in my kitchen cupboards. Aquired many pieces through great trades on facebook! 

Happy pyrexing! 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Pink Pyrex

Imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon this mint condition pink Gooseberry casserole for $12 at an antique store!  Come see what else I found at