Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Vintage Pyrex

I haven't touched my sewing machine in a week. And probably won't for another week because of all the end-of-summer-vacation-hoopla.  But that doesn't mean I can't sneak in a stop by an Antique Mall on the way home from a camping trip.  (I had to get my yearly Antique Mall fix since we're not going to Maryland this year.) And since it's been a long while since I've done a pyrex post, I thought now would be an appropriate time to share some recent finds.  Plus it's good dose of color-eye-candy.
I've been collecting pyrex from the thrift store for a few years. I know it's a trendy thing to collect pyrex these days, but I'm solidly on that bandwagon because it's so useable!  I use my pieces almost every day - they're so pretty and so practical at the same time.  That said, I'm trying to only buy pieces that I will actually use. I'm determined not to become a hoarder, so there have been times I've come across Pyrex pieces at the thrift store and passed them up because  I'm limiting myself to pieces in colors I use on a daily basis (mainly primary colors) or don't already have (pink & turquoise). In other words, I'm not going to buy more harvest gold, just because it's there.
Anyway, while I was there I hit a primary color jackpot. One booth had everything marked 50% off - including all of their vintage Pyrex pieces - which brought the prices back into the thrift-store price realm.  And there was some GREAT stuff, but as proof of my determination not to hoard, I left a lot of good stuff behind. Are you proud? My favorite find was bright yellow casserole with this Daisy lid.  Also a divided casserole in the same cheery yellow and the lid fits that as well.  A double bonus.
The Snowflake Blue is my new favorite pattern.  I only have one little Corelle saucer to hang on my wall, so this is a pattern I've been actually looking for. I found a great little casserole in perfect condition, plus the cutest little creamer. 
A little Colonial Mist baker. Okay, this wasn't a real 'need' but I have a mixing bowl in this pattern and it's one of my favorites.
And finally two mixing bowls.  The little yellow mixer is my favorite size for whipping up eggs in the morning - I use it every day. I've been looking for a piece of red Pyrex forever and a day and this is my first piece. So now I can rest easier in that elusive hunt.
And as further proof that these are the colors that speak to me right now: new goods from Target. Couldn't resist.

Hope everyone has a happy summer week. Now back to the Olympics.


29 comments:

Colleen said...

I love the new things at Target! Especially because they are microwavable!

Elizabeth said...

You got some lovely finds! I am particularly fond of Pyrex bowls, too. In fact, I was given a set 52 years ago at my wedding shower and I'm still using it. It's a set of three pink and white graduated bowls. Only one of the lids broke but some day I'll find a replacement. I collect creamers and you got a sweet one.

Ann-Marie said...

GREAT finds Amy! wow!

christinaree said...

So pretty! Your post is timely for me as I've just now jumped on the Pyrex bandwagon. I will need to make mine practical pieces, because I just don't have enough room amongst all the fabric for much more!!

Linda said...

They look so much prettier now than they did when I was a child! My mother still has some of that stuff!

Leslie said...

the lid on that dish is amazing. i love my vintage pyrex....also on that bandwagon....i have quite a few pieces. i started to phase out the plastic containers in my house...now i just buy them because i love them.

Aunt Spicy said...

It is just happy and cheery!

Ginette said...

I love the little creamer!!

Mechele said...

Oh no, I really need something else to start obsessing over! Beautiful pieces.

Patchwork Penguin said...

Do you have a list of Antique shops you like to visit? I live in Shippensburg, PA and Frederick is only a hop, skip, and a jump away.

Thanks for sharing!

Q @ JAQS said...

Wow GREAT finds! Love Pyrex :).

Have a great week.

Katy Cameron said...

So pretty, we just don't get that stuff here (that's probably a good thing, I have no room for new collections lol)

Karen ~ Briarside Lane said...

Great finds! I snatch up Pyrex, too, when visiting my favorite thrift stores.
I have some of my mom's and those that I received as wedding shower gifts over 30 years ago.

Virginia said...

love love love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dora, the Quilter said...

Beautiful Pyrex. (Most of my friends received it for wedding gifts 30 or 40 years ago. I didn't get married, and it never occurred to me to buy some for myself! Does that date me or what?!!!) A few months ago I did have to throw out a 1 guart measuring cup that I had for decades.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow! That's quite a haul! I've been eyeing a set of mixing bowls like that little yellow one that you have -- but they're at an antique shop and they're pricey!

vintage grey said...

Love all your pretty Pyrex!! So fun! xo Heather

Bia said...

Funny - I live in Corning, NY and there is street named Pyrex!

Books_Bound said...

That little yellow mixing bowl is so handy! My mom has had it in red forever, and it's been in such constant rotation since her wedding in the 70s that it's not all that red anymore. :) Good stuff.

Bloggymom said...

Love your pyrex. I have started collecting it a few months ago. The 3 pieces I have so far... I love!!!

Love the blue dish!!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Such pretty pyrex!! I love them all! Hope you have a wonderful day! xo Holly

dolores said...

Ah yeah....rub it in that you aren't coming east this summer!;) Maybe I'll have to go to the Antique Emporium and look for Pyrex for you!:)

Bobbie said...

I didn't know that my wedding shower gifts are now vintage. 38 yrs ago I receivedmany different sets of the blue snowflake pattern. I still have all the nesting bowls and one baking pan. The rest lost their battle with the kids and a tile floor.

Mary said...

Yep anything 25 years old is now Vintage. Great bowls, good for anything. My DIL collects them too. I need to go on a Vintage shopping day again soon... last time a few of the shops were closed (day before the 4th of July). I like the blue and white too. My Pyrex wedding gifts were the Harvest pattern, I think.

Ellen said...

Hi Amy! Fun post! I just started reading your blog and I loved seeing you visit Maryland! I live in Mount Airy and actually am a teacher with Frederick County Public Schools. I am going to have to check out the Emporium in Frederick! :-)

Sherri said...

I LOVE vintage pyrex...but wow...the new stuff from Target is pretty cool too...think I need to make a Target run!

Tessa Marie said...

Oh this takes me back to my childhood, growing up in the 70's!! My mom had a set of oval casserole dishes with lids in avocado green - matched our kitchen!! Have fun collecting :-)

P. said...

I *heart* (and collect) Pyrex too. What fun to see your new pieces!

shauna said...

I'm a new Pyrex collector. My sister is responsible for this addiction! I should return the favor and get her into quilting! Great finds!!