Wednesday, June 20, 2012

One Year of Pyrex

My Pyrex Collection Cover Photo
If you were around these parts last May, you might remember this post, in which I told you of my new-found obsession with vintage Pyrex. Not the modern clear stuff, but the adorable vintage stuff--with pretty patterns. They were made between the 1940s and the 1980s. Although the earliest Pyrex was made in around 1915!

Since it's been a year since I started collecting, and I've done a lot of thrifting in one year, I figured it'd be a good time to update you all on how my collection has grown. Am I a hoarder yet? You help me figure that one out, ok? Here goes...
My collection after 1 year
So this is my basic Pyrex display, where I keep most of my sets and favorite Pyrex finds. This is my grandmother's Ethan Allen hutch. My dad had a heart attack when I painted it light green, but we all survived. 

{As with all these photos, feel free to pin (I'm a Pinterest-friendly blogger!) and feel free to click on any photo--you will then be taken to my Flickr site where you can hover your mouse over the photo for more details on patterns and pieces.
Pyrex Displays
The collection has grown beyond grandma's hutch, however, I picked up a little corner shelf earlier this year, which has helped to display some "overflow".

Behind me in the kitchen, though...
Even. More. Pyrex.
You will find more Pyrex next to my fridge. This is a metal $15 IKEA shelf system I picked up to help with--ahem--more overflow. I keep lots of my "seasonal" pieces on here. When I started shelving Pyrex, I ordered my husband to screw the bookshelves to the walls. This keeps both my girl pies and my Pyrex safe.
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Here is a closer look at all my "winter" pieces. Snowflake patterns and my beloved green Christmas bowl. A few of my pieces were not thrifted, and the green bowl is one of them. It was a gift from my hubs last December. Definitely a favorite.
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This is the popular Friendship pattern, along with a few Drink-Ups, a Pixie (the little yellow) and some Hostess pieces (the red). 

Oh but it doesn't stop there...remember, one year of thrifting like a crazy person has earned me quite the collection, heheh...
IKEA Bookcase for Pyrex
I replaced an ugly baker's rack with this Billy bookcase from IKEA because I could fit more Pyrex into it. Plus some jadite, my cookbooks, etc. It's worked out wonderfully! And the entire thing with the doors was surprisingly inexpensive.
Pyrex Baking Dishes
Lime, turquoise, and flamingo pink are all popular solid Pyrex colors. They're so bright and cheery together! I love baking brownies and breads in them. Plus--my yellow Butterprint! A friend found it for me, I adore it.
Pyrex Cupboard
Under those, I store, yes, more Pyrex. My brown sets which I don't use often plus a few I pull out often for cooking.
Pyrex in Action at the Dinner Table
But I also put my Pyrex to good use around the house, too.
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Okay, maybe not those. I recently acquired these tiny individual sized Pyrex "casseroles" and I have yet to use them. Anyone have a creme brulee recipe to share???
Mint Bluebird Casserole
And this one will never be used, I think, because I just can't risk it. This on is my favorite--and I didn't thrift it, I found it on Etsy. But when I saw it was unused, mint in the original box with it's lid & cradle--I had to have it! This was one of my few non-thrifted splurges.
Butterprint
Butterprint, it one of my very favorite patterns. Luckily, it's not too uncommon either.
Pyrex in Action
In my kitchen, extra "fridgies" hold some soap and sponges and baggie clips.
Pyrex Fridgie Holding Tea Bags
A brown fridgie contains my teas on my coffee/tea tray. Behind it, yep, those are Pyrex coffee mugs.
Pyrex Dishes
Did you know Pyrex even made dishes? Above are the few Pyrex dishes I've been able to find--they're somewhat rare. I love the blue & gray rims on the little plates. They're perfect for a muffin or toast.
Corelle
Even Corelle has it's place in the Pyrex collection. Pyrex and Corelle were made by the same company and so they have some matching patterns. I just like to mix and match them for a funky dinner table look.
A Birthday Gift
If you were thinking, "Oh my stars! This girl cannot fit one more piece of Pyrex in her house!" then take it up with my friends Jan & Kellee. This week they gifted me this adorable Desert Dawn yellow Pyrex baking pan with the cutest bee cookies inside (we keep bees) and a crafting book tied in on the bottom. I LOVE it! Pyrex makes the perfect gift!
Dining Room Pyrex
One year of collecting Pyrex!

The good news is, I've slowed down considerably, and will probably start trading & selling some of it soon. If I'm a hoarder, at least I keep it contained to a few shelves. And maybe a few pieces are in the garage...

And also a few in the laundry room...

Plus I didn't show you one in the fridge.
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For more info on collecting vintage Pyrex:
Check out Pyrex Love's pattern reference
I also blog over at the Pyrex Collective 2
{You didn't think I was the only Pyrex hoarder, did you?}
Cheers & thanks for visiting!
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39 comments:

  1. Yay for a new blog! And yay for Pyrex! It is totally addicting. I would have never heard of it if it wasn't for you. I love the pink and the light blue/white patterns. Thanks for turning me on to it! I like the top of your blog as well :) You are on fire all over.

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    1. You like it, but have you caught full blown Pyrexia yet? I feel like I should be warning you to keep away from me, it's contagious.

      Thanks for the comment, Colleen ;-)

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    1. Haha, really? I was sort of bracing myself for the, "Lady, you need help!" comments after this post.

      When is it too much Pyrex? I need to know...

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    2. Your Pyrex collection makes me weak in the knees...seriously! I'm in total love!!
      Here is my collection: http://web.stagram.com/p/245582375330854700_8263148
      Not nearly as impressive as yours, but I'm getting there!

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  3. Lovely post! Awesome collection. I love how you have everything displayed and your super cute house. Have a very Happy Birthday. I hope you get more Pyrex gifts :)

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    1. Thanks Kellee :)

      Seeing your house has made me want to completely redecorate mine!

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  4. me, too (Pyrex "hoarder"). Just in case - I've successfully used my Pyrex in the microwave for years, until I recently got the black/snowflake dishes. The first time I put one of those in the microwave, it cracked in half (with a horrific BANG!), ruining the dish AND dinner. I don't do that anymore... :)

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    1. Oh my goodness! That's good to know. I try not to microwave my Pyrex very often, but when I do, I always brace myself. I think I'll be safe and keep the charcoal Snowflakes out of the heat--that's one of my (and my husband's) favorite prints!

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  5. When your kid(s) are older, you can use the individual casseroles for snack dishes. That's how we use ours. I have a Violet, too. :)

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    1. That's a good idea, thanks Anon. I'll definitely wait until my kids are older, though. My Violet loves to throw dishes.

      How old is your Violet?

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    2. She just turned five. She doesn't throw dishes anymore, and she's very good at helping me look out for "pink pirates" (Pyrex) in the thrift store.

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  6. beautiful collection! i love all your displays too. that corner shelf is adorable with the scalloped edges! :)

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    1. Thank you! I wish I was handy with carpentry and could make a matching one for the opposite corner, too. But those scalloped edges are just too much for me.

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  7. Last year my friends and I at work start collecting and buying for each other. I have friendship and spring daisy (wedding present)
    and find snowflake, gooseberry and butterprint for my friends. I am your newest follower too!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Ann! Sounds like you have a lovely, under-control sort of collection ;-)

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  8. oh wow!!! you have done very well for one year, and yes, you do get to a point where things start to slow down. I love how you used fridgies around the sink to hold things, I think I will have to give that a try! thanks for sharing your amazing collection

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    1. Thank you, Miss Marci, for visiting and commenting!

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  9. Wow! A stunning collection. I love your whole style :0 That green Christmas bowl is amazing! I've never seen it before. What is it called? Thanks for sharing all the great pics. Love ALL your stuff.

    Stacey at www.gfpastorswife.blogspot.com
    and Vintage Values, Modern Times Page on FB.
    and

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    1. According to Pyrex Love, it's simply called "Christmas". The other side doesn't have the holly pattern you see, instead it says "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" in pretty red script. It was a promotional bowl, so it's more rare than some other patterns.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting Stacey! I know I've seen your blog through the Pyrex Collective, too. I'll have to visit again :)

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  10. Congrats on your one-year Pyrex anniversary! Your pieces and display are lovely! Poor Woodland, hidden on the bottom shelf- I love the deep brown of that pattern (not too many collectors do). Keep on collecting!

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    1. I switch my sets around often, I like to pull my browns out in the fall :) It's true, though, the browns aren't as popular. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  11. Beautiful. I love to collect pyrex too. I have a few of the same pieces. I also collect the Fire King jadite. I have a large collection of that. Also Autum leaf is another favorite. I have too many favorites and not enough room....
    Your kitchen is very pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Ooh I'd LOVE to have more jadite! I love it, but I almost never see it in thrift stores and the antique stores sell it for exorbitant prices. I'll keep collecting what I can get, though. ;-)

      Thanks for the comment!

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  12. It'll be two years of collecting for me this September, I' ve slowed down considerably too, I don't have the need to buy just about every piece I see anymore!! You have some lovely pieces!

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    1. Thanks Jill!

      And it's a good thing, too, right? That you slow down after a while. These days I pass up more Pyrex than I buy, simply because now I'm only hunting for the rare, must-haves. When I started I pretty much bought EVERY affordable piece I found!

      Thanks for visiting ;)

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  13. You've seen my photos, so of course I don't think you're a hoarder....unless I'm a hoarder, too....ha ha.

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    1. Hey you! you know what they say, misery loves company! Whenever my husband calls me a crazy Pyrex hoarder I show him all the other Pyrexians online ;-)

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  14. I looked at the first photo and thought - Is that all? she isn't obsessed or a hoarder - then they just kept coming! LOL Your display your collection beautifully and I love the green hutch :) I collect pottery, mostly pottery dishes, but also green McCoy. It's all over the house. If I were to gather it all together I don't think I could find my kitchen! haha.

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    1. Thanks, Kristen! Ooh, I love a good McCoy planter and such. I'll have to go check out your blog now...

      ;-)

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  15. When thrifting for your Pyrex did you have price limits?

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    1. Oh yes--but it depended on the pattern and how much I wanted it. A rare, more desirable piece, I would definitely shell out more for. But most of my collection was less than $5 each. Every once in a while I'd spend $10 on a set or something I really wanted and couldn't walk away from. Many of my pieces were even 99 cents at unknowing thrift stores. The Bluebird casserole, mint with the box, I got on Etsy and paid $18. But I rarely spend that much on my Pyrex. Antique stores mark them way up--and they definitely sell for more on eBay, but for me part of the fun is "hunting" for them at thrift stores and finding them for mere dollars.

      It also helps that I make a buck or two by buying cute vintage items at thrift stores and reselling them on Etsy. This helps support my thrifting "problem".

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  16. Love seeing your collection! I hoard Pyrex too. It is amazing what you have been able to find in one year. Some of that stuff is awesome - things I've never seen before! I just found your blog. I love it. Thanks! Check out my blog too - I am a collector also.

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  17. Dear God! I don't know you, but I love you! PS...send me all your pyrex. LOL

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  18. OH! what a wonderful collection you have. I thought I had a lot, but not any where near what you have. I have only collected Butterfly Gold in the Pyrex and and the Corning Corelle. After seeing you collection, I think I got the bug. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  19. I can't believe you've been able to find all that in a year. I've looked almost daily for 6 mos. and only found about 10 pieces. We're hand to mouth around here raising three kids so I have to thrift it. Hoping to find more. Please let me know what you are selling. I love your display and passion for Pyrex!

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  20. WOW! That is sooo pretty! I love how you've displayed everything...and you now have me wanting to go thrift shopping at 9pm. Hmmm.
    Nicole

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  21. A beautiful presentation. If in Bremerton (a ferry ride from Seattle) please visit my Pyrex Museum. 360-373-3187. Or FB. Amy Burnett.

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  22. If you are ever at the Tiffin Flea Market in Tiffin, Ohio, there is a booth that has row after row of Pyrex, Corning & Glasbak. If you're missing something they probably have it.

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