After I posted my gift guide for vintage Pyrex collectors, I had lots of questions about my own collection. I frequently share new additions and my #pyrexinaction photos on Instagram, but I thought it could be fun to share it here on the blog.
My collection is quite modest in the world of Pyrex collection. Some collectors have vast, impressive, museum-like collections. I keep it pretty simple. It all started with Early American. I fell in love with the metallic gold and retro country motif. It was created to celebrate the bicentennial back in the mid-1960’s and was available through 1971. It’s a controversial pattern in the Pyrex community. It seems many people don’t love the brown as much as I do. My set is nearly complete. I only need a handful of pieces, most of which were promotional limited sets (like the large white bowl with the cradle and lid, or the chip and dip set). Early American is the centerpiece of my collection and nearly everything else I have is selected specifically to coordinate with these pieces.
I have 50% of the beautiful Americana mixing bowl set, which is are solid colored in autumn hues and a band of white at the rim. They are harder to find, but were originally advertised with my beloved Early American, so I had to have them.
The rest of my collection is pretty scattered. I have a set of mismatched mixing bowls I keep in the kitchen. I have a soft spot for Butterprint, the icon turquoise and white pattern with an Amish farm motif. It was one of my great grandmother’s patterns and it’s so classic. One of my crowning jewels is my Golden Bouquet casserole, which is a small oval casserole in deep navy blue with metallic gold flowers. It was a lucky purchase from a fellow collector who simply was happy to sell it to someone who would love it and gave me a great deal. Most of my collection is on anything with the metallic gold (like the above Hex mixing bowl or my Medallion bowl).
I spent a good amount of time writing up a very specific wishlist that I plan on sticking to. Once I get most of them, I’m done collecting. It should prevent me from achieving a hoarder level of glassware. I do use my Pyrex. Every piece is used in my kitchen frequently. It keeps them from getting dusty and helps validate the amount of space it takes up in my home.
A few quick tips if you are considering starting a little collection yourself:
- Handwash only. I know this seems like a hassle, but it’s worth it. Dreaded “dishwasher death” (or DWD) is heartbreaking. Hand-washing is the only was to preserve the coveted shine and patterns on your vintage Pyrex. I actually kind of enjoy it. It’s very satisfying to see a beautiful spread of clean and drying glass on the counter and then arranging them back on the shelf.
- Shop around. Prices will vary drastically depending on condition and rarity. Ultimately the right price will come down to how popular an item is and what you are willing to pay for it.
- If you are lucky enough to find Pyrex in the wild but they need a little bath, here is my line up of products that I use to clean up the toughest baked on build up.
Let me know if you have any specific questions! I’m not an expert, but I can probably point you in the right direction. I hope you enjoyed seeing a little glimpse of my collection. For more, visit me on Instagram.