I’m coming rapidly to the conclusion that Pyrex is governed by some natural rhythm, like tides or cycles of the moon. Because only days after having sold off so many extraneous pieces, new Pyrex has crept steadily into my life.
Some of these acquisitions were deliberate: on Sunday I put some of the garage sale spoils toward rare pieces I’d love to have but that are not likely to show up on thrift store shelves [stay tuned for pictures in a week or two.]
Others were more serendipitous: a few days after last week’s Pyrex garage sale, a local collector offered me the opportunity to preview some Pyrex she was planning to sell. From images of her vast and wonderful hoard, I picked out two Square Flowers casseroles, and arranged to bike over for a look.
My self-restraint may need some fine-tuning, as I came home with everything pictured here: the aforementioned Square Flowers casserole dishes (the bottom one is a lovely burnt sienna shade I’ve never seen before), an Autumn Harvest 442 cinderella bowl, a Town and Country 2.5 quart casserole (lurking at back left), a black snowflake divided dish, two yellow fridgies (I’m still not all that fond of fridgies and don’t regret selling most of mine on Saturday, but am happy to add these to my little store of yellow and green ones), one Verde ‘pixie’ dish (front left), one yellow Hostess dish with lid (in superb condition!), and a new-in-box set of Autumn Harvest salt-and-pepper shakers (inside the one on the right is a receipt from the Corningware Factory Store in Corning, NY, from 1983).
Each one of these pieces has nestled nicely into its new home, and I’m looking forward to baking something rich and tomato-infused in that burnt-sienna Square Flowers casserole dish. Thank you DLR!
Friday morning while out running errands, we stopped in at Value Village. After a quick tour through the kitchenwares produced nothing but JAJ, dishwasher-damaged mixing bowls and one lovely but lidless Horizon Blue casserole dish, we headed for the toys. On the way out we went back for one more quick look, passed a cart bringing out fresh merchandise — and scored these three pink bowls!
They are in near-perfect shape, with only a few tiny scratches among the three bowls. They’re duplicates (I already have the 400 series, including the 404), but were far too nice to pass up, and can go into semi-regular rotation (well, at least around Valentine’s Day) without too much worry about breakage.
Not shown: one lid for a small-sized fridgie dish [I bought both lid and dish, but left the utterly dishwashered dish -- which might once have been red -- at the cash].
The week’s other notable score (at a garage sale just this morning) was this set of vintage canisters that match my New Dots Pyrex perfectly. At $2 for the set these were impossible to leave behind. I just love them! [There were other wonderful canister sets and three cinderella bowls, but I managed to show some restraint.]
Next to Pyrex, Federal glass, Fire King, etc. (and hand tools like egg beaters, green-handled mashers, rolling pins, etc.) my favourite kitcheny things are old canister sets. The two sets shown here (the green dots and the mushroom-themed Ransburg canisters) are probably my favourites — although I did some trolling online today and noticed some other sets I’d love to come across.
Shown at left is an updated picture of the shelves over the sink in the second-floor kitchen, showing how well the new canisters match my treasured New Dots set (I’ve given up on displaying them as a stack because it makes the bowls impossible to get down to use).
I love these shelves — built last summer as part of a vintage kitchen project intended to make room for more Pyrex — because they look so cheerful, and because they make me want to put on a frilly flowered apron and bake!
[And one final update:]
Stopped in at the local Goodwill to pick up this large print of James Jay Ingwersen’s The White Dress. It’s an arresting painting, at least to me, because the little girl looks so much like my lovely little daughter.
I’ve watched this print at the store for at least a month, not willing to pay the marked price but managing not to stop by whenever artwork was on sale. Today I managed to do so and was so glad to see the print was still there.
It’s not only the girl and her expression that appeal to me; it’s also the shades of green in the painting. We’ve put off seriously decorating our daughter’s room (a former office), partly due to busy schedules, sloth, and uncertainty about what colours to ‘do’ her room in. I wasn’t sure I could manage the pinks and purples that dominate the bedrooms of almost every girl she knows — it would be nice for her to have something she can grow into. This painting provides the answer: pale greens, which she loves, and which will go well with the violets and golds she also loves, and which will also coordinate with the other rooms in the house. Not sure when we’ll get to this final decorating task — but this work sure provides positive impetus!
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