Yesterday was frustrating. I came home with some good pieces of Pyrex but I paid top dollar for them, and spent the car ride home feeling frustrated and sad instead of happy. I'm just not adjusting to how popular Pyrex has become and how eager the dealers are to skin every last penny out of each piece they turn up with.
At this particular store, not even a year ago I was buying small pieces for between $ 4-8 dollars. Then they started marking the same small pieces $ 12-15. I was still hanging in there at those prices. But yesterday, this same store had almost every piece marked $ 25-30.
Bottom line is - I can't afford that. And if walking through antique stores is going to make me cry, I'm going to stop going.
(Yes, I'm going to go full-blown-tantrum here. It's my blog and I can cry if I want to. lol)
And I blew my entire fun-money budget in one place on 3 pieces. That budget, meager as it is, is what I'm supposed to have to spend over the course of two weeks for every thrift store and antique store I walk in to. Not blow it on 3 pieces the first time I leave the house.
Oh, and speaking of tantrum, did I mention that I saw more pink Pyrex yesterday alone that I've seen spread out of the entire time I've been collecting? One store had several high priced and not the greatest condition pieces of Pink Gooseberry, all of it between twenty and thirty dollars a piece.
Pass. But I sure did sulk about it.
Another store had solid pink & Pink Daisy. I bought the one solid pink mixing bowl they had and left the rest.
Finally, this is the one thing I thought I got a deal on. And I guess you could say it's my first Pyrex that is in its original box. It was 8 dollars. Everything is intact including the heat spreader grid in the original sleeve with usage instructions. This is a six cup model.
I have never used a percolator. I'm scared to use it. But I also really want to try it out. I've wanted to try a Pyrex perc since I found the body (but no guts) to the 9 cup model. I also have a Flamewear teapot and tea kettle that have never seen use in my house.
I love everything I bought, and I'm glad to have it. I've just hit a point where I'm having to really evaluate each purchase in a way I've never had to before and I don't like it. Simple as that. It's going to be a while before I develop thick enough skin that I can hold my enthusiasm back when I see a piece until I see the price tag.
I definitely feel like I'm staring down the same collector's dilemma that many others have faced over the years. At what point of the bubble do you just basically stop buying because the prices have clocked up over what you think the item is worth to you to have it?
Hope you are finding better deals than I am!