Monday, August 24, 2020

Thrift finds and a Pyrex set completed

Hello friends! It's been a minute. In fact, it's actually been 10 years since I started this blog. Unbelievable!

Social media platforms have changed tremendously over that time, and blogs have been out of fashion for probably longer than I've had mine. But once upon a time this was my favorite place to share thrifty treats and treasures and I'm glad I've kept it even when I haven't actually kept up with it.

My Pyrex journey has been long and winding, with lots of bumps here and there and plenty of rest stops. A lot of my collection has been put up for a few years now and I feel like I've managed to completely forget what I own. I've passed up some good deals at antique stores in the last year thinking I had something already that I didn't. I still have tons of sets missing bowls or lids, cradles or brackets. So I've decided to dig my treasures back out and decide in earnest to complete them if an opportunity presents itself.

This Homestead pattern has never been a personal favorite, but when I spotted the last two small dishes for cheap at an antique store I decided it was time. So here she is, a fridgie set complete. That's good stuff!

Here's the rest of my finds that day - a Woodland refrigerator dish and an oval casserole lid, a thrift find.

This cute little totally misogynist swanky swig set was 99 cents each at a Goodwill. You can't really see the fella in the middle, but he's flanked by one lady seeming to bring him a kettle (presumably for tea) and another lady bringing him slippers. What a life, huh? Who knew sexism could be so charming? Lol.


And finally, a Pyrex butter dish for $1.99 and some Anchor Hocking Gooseberry style underplates in the white colorway I recently found a whole set of pink in. These also seemed to be made in a jadeite-y green that I've never seen in real life. I still cannot find any other shape pieces other than theses small underplates, one size of bowl and two sizes of juice glasses. 

I was also lucky enough to spend a single day on the 127 yardsale route. I spent less than 30 bucks but I love everything I bought and I hope to post that very soon.

Hope you are hanging in there, staying safe and still finding ways to find joy in the little things.

Happy (and Safe!) Thrifting.

Saturday, May 9, 2020


*Just a small disclaimer. This is a new thrift haul. I was excited to get out and find goodies at the thrift, but I realize given the situation the world is facing right now the excitement I'm experiencing may come off badly. I apologize if that's the case. I live in a state where everything is opening back up or will be soon. My husband and I are classified as Essential Workers (of the non-medical variety) and have been unable to quarantine. Had we been able to, our perspectives about getting back to ordinary daily joys - such as thrifting- might be quite different. I hope that's understandable :-)*


I found this black popcorn bowl set, made by Wheaton Glass, several months ago, but never got around to blogging about it.

Yesterday I found its twin at Goodwill.

I don't know much about them. They seem to be 70's or 80's. Sets with the original box seem to indicate they were sold with a glass popcorn canister as well, which I've never seen in person. These were sold by Wheaton Glass, which I am completely unfamiliar with. The shape reminds me so much of similar sets by Anchor Hocking and Blendo.

This particular popcorn set seemed to have been made in at least 3 colorways. I can find pictures of what seems to be an orange set. The brown color I have is such a warm bright colored brown I think it can photograph red or orange, so I'm not sure.

It also seems that Wheaton Glass sold these bowl configurations with lots of other words and fonts on them. In brief searches, I've seen popcorn spelled out in 3 different fonts, and sets labeled Salad, Muchies, Chips, etc. If you get a chance, google Wheaton bowl set to see just how different configurations and fonts they sold these in. It's impressive. :-)

I also found the first pieces of Federal Glass "Petal" that I've bought in absolutely ages. I believe this is the smoke colorway, more solid grey on one side and very iridescent on the other. My first post about the pieces from my grandmother that started my collection was almost 9 years ago!


Fakeite alert! This jadeite reproduction was Made in Taiwan, complete with sticker on the bottom. But it was $1.99 and came home with me anyway. Lol ;-)

And finally, the books I bought. A fiesta collectors book I wasn't sure if I had ( I do, ooops!). And a goofus John Travolta workout book that I bought to add to my goofus retro workout collection.

And I say goofus, but honestly I love Richard Simmons workout tapes, and Easy Going by Jane Fonda, circa 1980's, has one of the best stretch warmups that works better on my neck than anything else I've ever tried. Retro workouts for the win!

Anyways, that's my haul.

I hope this finds you all safe and well. Encouragement to us all and hopes for brighter things to come.

Happy Thrifting!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

pink gooseberry set complete?

I found this set in a thrift store several months ago, but I've fallen completely out of the rhythm of blogging, as well as I had just never gotten around giving them all a bath. So, shamefully, these pretties have languished in a back room until today when the notion struck me to finally make a post.

Here they are!

This is a set of 16 dishes I paid 6 dollars for. As best as I can tell, this is every shape and style they were made it. Please let me know if you have ever found any others, I'd love to know!

They also appear to have been made in two additional colorways, a mint jadeite green and solid white.

They are fairly hard to research, owing to their attribution. Most ebay listings have these as Gooseberry Pyrex, but I can't find any evidence they were actually made by Corning. They appear to me to be go-alongs with a very similar, but not identical, pattern made by a competing company.

These seem like a breakfast set. A cereal bowl, toast plate, a milk glass and a juice glass. They are just so diminutive by today's standards.

The larger glass holds 1 cup. The tiny glass a half cup!

I couldn't resist taking a picture with some other Pink Gooseberry. They are lovely together. Just wish I knew more about who made them and how they were sold. Sometimes pieces like this were giveaways in packages of oats and even powder laundry detergent.

Hope everyone is well. Wishing you and yours safety first and maybe in a turn of good fortune we'll all be back going to thrift stores, antique stores, yard sales and estate sales in the near future!

Happy Thrifting!