Thanks in part to some passionate Pyrex collectors who helped ensure my Craigslist ad received the widest possible distribution, today’s garage / Pyrex sale was a
smashing great success. The, er, hordes descended at nine o’clock, and ten minutes later the tables were half empty and I had a purse full of twenties and tens. By late morning there were only a few pieces left — which will soon return to the thrift store shelves from which they came.
One highlight of the sale was talking Pyrex and the state of publishing with literary friends who wandered over for ten a.m. wine and cupcakes.
Another highlight was knowing I’m not going to miss any of the pieces I sold (about fifty). Well, maybe the Fire King swirl bowls. And the Verde 024. And the Federal red dots. And, well …
… which leads me to mention the consolations of a successful garage sale, which for me include sparer shelves and an indulgent afternoon spent ordering vintage pieces I’d love to have but am unlikely ever to find ‘in the wild.’ There’s not much more Pyrex I crave, so I’m looking forward to ticking off a few final ‘wish list’ items.
I love maple leaves anyway, but this tablecloth’s design makes the leaves appear to bend and twirl in three dimensions — just beautiful. I just love the colours and think it’s a perfect domestic accompaniment to the season. Of the dozen or so vintage tablecloths I’ve bought this year — a bug picked up from the Thrifter Sisters, whose wonderful collections of linens I can only dream of emulating — this one is easily the favourite.
When I bought this tablecloth, it was rather badly stained and I bought it on a gamble, but an hour of soaking in an oxygen-activated stain remover cleaned it up beautifully before a swirl in the washing machine and an afternoon spent hanging in sunlight. Wish this approach worked so well on clothes …
My other major find of the week was the large Fire King mixing bowl pictured at right. It’s wide and deep and has a spout, and I guess would hold four quarts. I’ve never seen the pattern before, and assume it was designed to go with a stand mixer. I do not (yet) have a stand mixer, but the bowl is a winner for me because for some time I’ve needed a large splash-proof bowl for use with an egg beater or my electric hand-mixer. If someone has a green vintage stand mixer that can accommodate this bowl, please colour me interested.
Also shown are four Culver glasses with a beautiful tree pattern, four orange citrus-themed glasses, and one gorgeous glass with an Arts and Crafts-ish design on it patterned in gilt-edged flowers and leaves. It’s marked ‘D’ on the bottom — I can’t remember which company used this mark. I’d just love to find more, but haven’t had any luck sourcing them online.
That’s it for this week. Next week I’ll be doing a thrift-run with a neighbour who’s caught the Pyrex bug and who also likes to bike, but after that it’s going to be hit and miss. My little girl starts senior kindergarten in just over a week, and then we start teaching a few days later — and once the university term starts it’s a long endurance race until spring. The good thing is that I’ll still be able to commute by bike, meaning it will hopefully be possible to pass by a couple of thrifts a week on the way downtown. Pity the downtown Goodwill has recently closed, and the Parliament Street Salvation Army is so up and down with its offerings. At least there’s always Value Village!
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