Because I feel like I haven’t sufficiently bored you enough with my new found passion for vintage Pyrex, I’m going to share with you some of my finds from the local thrift stores this week.
First of all, let me tell you something about looking for vintage Pyrex. It’s maddening. Finding the elusive buggers is a challenge in my area. The stuff is scarce. Even though it looks like I did pretty well based on my picture above, that haul didn’t come easy for me. There may be a few collectors in my neck of the woods.
I visited a few local thrifts several days last week. And for the most part, I believe the thrift stores think this stuff should be sold at Tiffany’s by the way they are pricing the items.
$9.99 for a beat up bowl. $7.00 for a chipped casserole. $35.00 for the not so popular brown Old Orchard bowl set. Are they nuts? What’s so thrifty about that? Seems very spendy to me. Maybe they should change their name from Savers to Spenders. Sheesh.
But clearly I found a few gems or I wouldn’t be writing this post. It took several days, but I finally found a few pieces worth bringing home.
The casserole up front with the gold acorn motif. That’s my favorite find. I paid $4.00 for it at the Salvation Army. Bargain. I guess the over zealous price setter had the day off.
My next favorite piece is the one in the back with the blue interior. The design is called Gourmet. I think it’s groovy. $6.00 from Goodwill.
The blue dots bowl, blue refrigerator dishes and the green daisy casserole all came from a small church thrift shop. $10.00 for all of it. I think the small church thrift stores is where the Pyrex action’s at. If there is such a thing called Pyrex action. Just the fact that I called it Pyrex action might mean that I’m heading in the direction of buying eighteen cats.
And the spectacular little red fridge dishes with lids came from an antiques shop close to my house for $6.00 each. That sounds high, but these aren’t as easy to find and I really like them. I have no idea what I’m going to do with them but it’s going to be amazing.
This bowl looks abused, doesn’t it? Like beyond repair. But I’ve been doing my homework and when I saw it at a thrift shop for .75, I thought I’d try to bring it back to life…
From what I’ve read, Bar Keeper’s Friend does a great job removing marks from vintage Pyrex. And my poor bowl was absolutely covered in metal marks.
Sure enough, after just a couple of minutes of scrubbing, my bowl looks pretty darn good. There are still some scratches in the paint here and there, but all of the metal marks are gone. Pretty amazing!
If you decide to use Bar Keeper’s Friend on your Pyrex, be sure NOT to use it on a patterned bowl. It will hurt the design. Also, it’s best to test out a small area on the bottom first to see how it looks before you go hog crazy scrubbing the entire piece down. It’s best to not go hog crazy on anything in life now that I think about it. How did that expression even come about? Have you ever seen a crazy pig?
I saved my very favorite find for last…..
Nope, not Pyrex. Matter of fact, I can’t find the name of the maker anywhere. Doesn’t this chip and dip set scream Austin Powers? Yeah, baby! I LOVE this set. It’s so 60’s and in mint condition. I paid a whopping $3.50 for this little piece of retro awesome. And the glasses were .20 each. My absolute favorite find of the week.
Interestingly, my husband hates it. Absolutely thinks it’s hideous. What do you think? Love it or hate it?