Sunday, May 23, 2010

Pyrex for the Common People

From my last post, you'll recall that I visited my folks in St. Catharines yesterday. After a morning of serious yard sale snooping and shopping, my sister drove us to the big Value Village in town. I've dreamed and dreaded what was to follow... Pyrex everywhere I looked. It was like a scene out of Trainspotting, except with Pyrex. What should I do? Buy everything? Buy nothing? Buy a couple of pieces and pretend I didn't see the rest?

What did I do? I bought most of it. Yes, I need to join a Pyrex 12 step program. "My name is Erin Hawkins and I'm a Pyrex addict. Forgive me father. It's been a week since my last confession..." Here are the pieces that I scooped up. Vonlipi, I haven't had time to look up the names, but I'm sure you know them all.
Pretty medium sized white bowl with swirly blue flowers. Cost: $2.99

A mate for my now infamous teenie tiny shroom bowl that the VV in Scarborough almost made me give my first born son for. This bowl was a little wider and has the side handles/spout thingies. Cost: $3.99

Big, cheerful yellow bowl. I'm now wondering if I have the exact same one. I think this one is medium-sized and I have the same one in a larger size. Cost: $4.99

Sweet and happy casserole dish. My sister questioned the fact that I keep buying casserole dishes. Who on earth makes so many casseroles? I tried to explain that I've started a collection that can be used and displayed. I'm still not sure she truly understands.
With the lid it cost $5.99. It was in perfect condition.
Here's my extra special purchase: the sunflower double-sided serving dish. It was $9.99, but worth every penny as far as I'm concerned. I just know it will make me happy every time I use it. How can you not feel sunny looking at it?

I liked these sixties or seventies wooden snack bowls. I'm sure they tap into some childhood nostalgia. I like the almost-Medieval font used.
The chip bowl was $2.99, the pretzel bowl was $1.99. That's good junk food value for money.
Owl salt and pepper shakers $3.99. They still have the original stoppers in them. I hate buying s&p shakers with missing stoppers.
I'm such a sucker for fifties and sixties painted Japanese kitchenware. This whole set cost around $5.00.
Here's a blurry shot of the other side of the mini pitcher. It appears to be a sixties b-b-q with a kebab roasting over the flames.
Sweet little wooden boat for Duncan. Cost: $1.99.

Here's my song of the week: "Common People" by Pulp. It's a great song and video. It reminds me of the time Jarvis Cocker stormed the stage during a Michael Jackson performance at the Brit Awards. Jarvis wiggled his bum in front of the audience to show his disapproval. Awesome.


21 comments:

  1. You my dear friend hit the jackpot of Pyrex! I am Linda and I'm also a Pyrex addict!! Love them all and good prices and I agree...the sunflower casserole is well worth $9.99!! Love that little mushroom bowl also! Sigh....you also got other good finds. But the Pyrex...oh so envious!

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  2. Wow, everything looks to be in fabulous shape! You did good.

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  3. I love them all!!! I have to ask, what is your absolute favourite pyrex pattern?

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  4. I detect a yellow and orange theme here. Is someone in the mood for sunshine?

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  5. Oh what a wonderful day you had!! Lovely, every one of them!

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  6. Pyrex is simply the best. I adore every piece that I find and never seem to tire from it. Feel free to post your link on my Thrift Share Monday post.

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  7. You hit the Pyrex motherlode, girl! Nice stuff. Those wood bowls are awesome. I'm thinking '70s. They were into the whole woodland thing then--owls, mushrooms, Keebler elves...

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  8. too funny about "pyrex everywhere!" .. and i had this song in my head when i read your title. then sure enough, the video sealed the deal. i'll be humming this all day. fun finds!

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  9. I love all the comments. I'm actually learning things. Thanks to P., I realize that my seventies childhood really was all about nuts, elves, mushrooms and owls. Can you believe I spent $65.00 at Value Village. Sometimes there's a fine line between thrifting and antiquing.
    Have a thriftastic week.
    Erin

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  10. That sunflower pyrex is SWEET! I moved into a house that refused to cooperate, color-wise with a lot of my pyrex--all the pink and red had to go (there's a lot of terracotta tile). I'm seg-way (how do you spell that?)-ing into turquoise, orange and olive. i would make an exception for that sunflower, dish, thoug. I love your blog's header!
    --Kate (thehooligansmother.clogspot.com)

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  11. Ah, well, we all have our addictions. Enjoy the Pyrex, if it makes you happy then it's worth every penny. I really like the "extra special" purchase one-very cheerful. Salt/Pepper shakers must have their stoppers. It drives me crazy when I find a set I really like and they don't have the stoppers. Great finds all around - see you next week!

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  12. Oh my word, I love everything here. Well done you!

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  13. I love the boat and the fanciful Japanese prints; I shall now be an avid reader of your blog. I love that you have an eye for fun, quirky finds.

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  14. Great finds on the Pyrex! Our VV price gouges a bit.. but I'm sure that these would have all been gone before I arrived anyway. Score.

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  15. Definitely jealous of the wooden bowls. The mushroom bowl rules!

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  16. You have PYREXIA! LOL! Do you think i contaminated you with the pink casserole?

    The patterns are: Colonial mist, Forest Fancies,I bey the yellow bowl is from the Citrus set, Butterfly Gold,and the sunshiny one is called Daisy. Yep, I knew them all! When I go to a flea, I usualy walk around shouting pattern names...Pyrexia is a very insidious disease....

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  17. Vonlipi, you're awesome on so many levels. I really wish we could hit some sales together one day. I'd love to see the intensity in your eyes.
    Thanks for the info. Do you get the names from your Pyrex book, or the Pyrex blog?
    Erin

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  18. Oh yes I can definitely go on the warpath for Pyrex! And hitting the sales with you would be very,very cool!

    In this case I got the names from my own personnal memory bank and the Pyrex Love site for the Colonial Mist (I keep forgeting that one!) I also have 2 Pyrex books.

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  19. Love the Pyrex too and now I am starting to collect a few. Just now was at a garage sale and there were white milk glass-type Pyrex cups 6 for $1. I don't have anymore room for cups, so had to let them go. Recently got yr version of the shroom bowl in white with turquoise design and a similar size white bowl, Pyrex from England, with apple blossoms( garage sale, $5, lady said it was a collector's item and I knew it!). Recently, saw some Made-in-Japan corelle at thrift sales...very pretty. Wonder if anyone has senn them?

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  20. I just love having pretty bowls & platters to use in our kitchen. Recently, I decided to keep my eyes open for some nice Pyrex bowls. Nice pieces of Pyrex bowls you have...

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I'm a slightly off-beat Toronto-area teacher who enjoys writing and photography. I come from a family of collectors and now I'm dragging my own family around to yard sales. It's just a bit of fun. Enjoy the scenes.