Monday, September 30, 2013

Antique store finds & a Pyrex rant

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. 

This black Tulip promotional piece is a duplicate for me, but I'm sentimental about the one I have. My husband bought it for me when I first started collecting. So now I have one to keep in my users cabinet.

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!

Happy Thrifting!


  1. I have all but given up on finding any fairly priced Pyrex in the antique stores in my area. The thrifts aren't too bad price wise but it's getting harder and harder to find any pieces at all. I swear the dealers camp out in the parking lot and rush the doors when they open. My best luck lately has been at estate sales and believe it or not, antique shows. You can barter at the shows so that helps out too.

    I am so happy that you brought that pink bowl home. She is a beauty!


  2. When I was a kid we had the range-top perc. You have to be really careful and watch it so it doesn't boil over. I remember more than one mess my mom or Grandma had to clean up!

    Also, I have a booth in an antique mall in SE Wisconsin. I haven't priced any Pyrex over $10 myself yet, other than a complete set of pink fridgies I sold this summer. Mostly I try to stay in the $4-$8 range. But I've noticed the thrift stores are really going too high on it lately, often for pieces in really poor shape. I should walk around my mall and see how other dealers are pricing it. They're probably buying it from me and marking it up. :(

    Helene (Helene'sBooth42 on Facebook)

  3. I feel your pain. I am on a very tight budget and don't like to spend out of the $6 - 8 range unless it is too die for and I know I've been wanting it for ever. But our antique stores will have one booth that has $20 - $30 for each Pyrex piece and another booth will be in the $8 - 10 range. So I'm still getting a few pieces. But I did pick up a 401 Town and County at a yard sale in mint condition. Guess what. It was in a box marked "Everything .10 cents in this box. Woo and a big Hoo! I love you blog and will be a regular visitor. I just joined your site.You can visit mine at

  4. I've enjoyed looking through all your posts today! I now have renewed thrift store hope! :)