favorite things: vintage pyrex

Something I’ve learned over the past several months as a vintage seller: people lose their minds over classic midcentury Pyrex pieces. There’s something almost addictive about the hunt for, and acquisition of, those bright, graphic bowls, containers, and casseroles. They’re one of my favorite things to photograph for my shop and I love having them around my house until they get sold. I also have a small personal collection of vintage Pyrex: a set of primary mixing bowls, some lovely restaurant ware in the teal Laurel Leaf pattern, and now a trio of turquoise mixing bowls (missing the 404) that I picked up on Ebay recently.

Although I’ve seen many photographs of other people’s impressive (huge) collections and felt pangs of envy, I am happy with keeping only a few sets for myself and selling the rest. Case in point: my first vintage Pyrex thrift store find was a near-mint set of Cinderella teal and white Butterprint mixing bowls, and I decided to sell them before moving here to Raleigh.

Although I absolutely adore the pattern and these bowls were gorgeous, I don’t have the room in my 1-bedroom apartment to house an ever-growing collection. Of course, it’s sometimes hard to talk myself down from keeping a particularly fetching piece of Pyrex… that’s how these turquoise bowls ended up in my home!

You can see that these bowls are much more roughed up than the set I sold; I can definitely understand wanting pieces in like-new condition, but personally I don’t mind giving the well-worn stuff a good home.


About Emily

Hello! My name is Emily and I'm a 27 year old living in Raleigh, NC. I am a graduate student studying sociology and working towards my PhD; I run a vintage etsy shop in my free time.
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4 Responses to favorite things: vintage pyrex

  1. S&C ETC. says:

    These are beautiful bowls!

  2. missysteinberg says:

    That is the kind of cookware that might convince me to whip up something more involved than grilled cheese. Then again, both sets of bowls are so pretty I don’t know if I could ever dirty them. Do you use yours for cooking or do you have them displayed?

    • Emily says:

      Thanks for your comment! I have my personal collection on display and I use another set of newer, clear Pyrex mixing bowls for baking and cooking. The older bowls like the ones pictured are actually very durable though and as long as you don’t put them in the dishwasher, they will hold up for decades!

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