Monday, April 23, 2012

Pink Pyrex. Finally!

Finally! Delicious, bubble-gum Pink Pyrex fridgies. 2 down, 2 more to go! I have waited for you for so long!

Well, it feels like so long. In reality, it's been about two years. But still, out of all the antique stores I've visited, all the thrift stores, I've seen this solid, bubble-gum pink exactly twice. The first time was a solid pink, round 024 casserole - which I bought (and love). The second time, however, was this past Valentine's Day, when we ventured to Georgia to hit up some antique stores we only visit maybe once or twice a year. This is where I saw a tiny pink fridgie, absolutely dish-washed, but still with an 18 dollar price tag. Ugh! No thank you!

These guys were online purchases. A very, very rare thing for me. Now, most people say the reason they don't buy online is because they don't get 'the thrill of the hunt'. That doesn't really hold true for me. The biggest reason I don't buy online is because A) I don't get to check the condition first and B) I'm a cheapskate. I don't want to pay for shipping!

Case in point, I won these fridgies for less than 14 bucks for the two of them. A very reasonable price for pink, in my opinion. But the shipping and handling cost slightly more than the winning bid, bringing the total up to 30 bucks. Which is STILL, I think, a good price. If I'm lucky enough to complete this set for 30 more dollars, I'll count myself fortunate.
And now I can do this! I'm only missing a few of the solid colors, but I'm not even sure I really want them. They are mostly the rusts, browns & beiges. And actually, these guys are lined up in the order they pair up with. From the top down, Friendship, Daisy, Primary, Verde, Turquoise, Pink. Wish I could do the same with the largest refrigerator dish ( the 503), but that size has always been hard to find! If all goes well, we'll be heading to Georgia again on my birthday - which is about a week from now. Last year, what I wanted most was a turquoise blue Pyrex bowl set, and I found one. This year, I want the same one in pink. So cross your fingers and wish me luck.

Happy Thrifting!

Friday, April 6, 2012


This is my entire Glasbake collection. The shapes of which make for a rather awkward group photo. :-)

It seems to me, with a few exceptions, that Glasbake is generally overlooked. A cousin of Pyrex and Fire King, but not exactly an equal. And while I love my Pyrex, I love Glasbake just as much. Sometimes even more so!

For all the many, many pattern options that Pyrex made over the years, the one thing that stands out to me with a certain degree of annoyance is that they rarely, rarely ever used more than two colors per pattern. Occasionally, Pyrex made in England (or JAJ) used 3 or more colors. But the US audience is pretty much out of luck there.These two loaf pans are good examples of what I mean. The orange flower, bluebell loaf pan reminds me quite a bit of a couple of British made JAJ Pyrex patterns.I also love the fin lids. I only have the one, and I believe it was actually made for another style of individual casserole. But it fits this one, so all's good.

Though Glasbake is generally priced lower than Pyrex (at least in my area), I still don't come across it all that often. Most of these guys have come from thrift stores. The strawberry loaf pan was one of my very cheapest finds probably 2 years ago. 59 cents! But it was also absolutely filthy. So filthy I couldn't even tell if it was damaged, so that's likely the reason it was so cheap.

Typically I only come across the ovenware, but Glasbake also made mixing bowls. I just don't have any of them, and rarely see them. If you want to see an amazing collection of Glasbake and other type of mixing bowls, check out this amazing collection!

As for the ovenware, I think these generally came as sets. Possible pieces being two sizes of oval casseroles, round casseroles (these can share lids with Pyrex 024's), loaf pans, two sizes of rectangular utility baker. I don't believe they made coordinating pie plates, but I'm not sure. Most all the ones I've seen, both online and in person, have been clear.

Another reason I think Glasbake is lagging behind it's milk glass brethren is because the name was used by different companies during different time periods, which makes for a confusing history and items that are hard to search for. And to my knowledge there are no reference books or even collector's website to gather information. There is, however, a flickr group for collectors, and this excellent blog by kitchenware author C. Diane Zweig that sorts out the tangled history of the Glasbake name.

Sometimes Glasbake items are not marked at all. Some of my pieces are unmarked. But the shapes are all the same, and they all have a pebbly texture on the bottom, typically with a smooth round area that would normally say Glasbake. Perhaps these pieces were made while the company transitioned from being a McKee product to a Thatcher Glass product - or from Thatcher to Jeannette.

Finally, if you're searching for a Glasbake item, try all these various search terms: Glasbak (the very earliest spelling), Flamex, Glasbake, Glassbake, McKee, Jeannette. If you are looking for early Glasbake (or Glasbak) items, such as coffee pots, teapots, glass skillets, etc. these were also marketed as "Range-Tec" items. Apparently McKee had a field day with dropping letters off the end of their product names, lol!
And finally, my favorite Glasbake items. Deliciously pink mixing bowls. These were made specifically for Sunbeam Mixmaster stand mixers. I found these two bowls seperately at thrift stores, and boy-oh-boy do I wish I had the pink Mixmaster to go with them!

Happy Collecting!