Vintage Pyrex Dishes
Retro Cool Vintage Pyrex Dishes
As a lover of almost anything vintage something I come across now and then are vintage Pyrex dishes. Pyrex has been made since 1915 and is mostly known for its cookware (although they made things such as measuring cups for use in photography darkrooms too). Kitchenware Pyrex ranged from casserole dishes to refrigerator dishes. Pyrex is still made today, but older kitchenware Pyrex has become quite collectible for many reasons. Vintage pieces are often quite affordable to buy. Their colors and patterns are quite appealing, it brings back a sense of nostalgia and the pieces are fairly durable considering that they are glassware. My mom still uses some Pyrex dishes she got as wedding presents. And I know many other people have similar stories of their mothers or grandmothers still having their Pyrex dishes.
While I am not exactly a collector of Pyrex dishes I do own a few, I also really appreciate them and love to learn more about them. My favorite vintage Pyrex dishes are the refrigerator dishes. I once thought I'd love to buy a few pink Pyrex refrigerator dishes...until I saw the prices for them on eBay. They were going for a ton of money on eBay at the time (and still seem to be). Luckily for me I found one pink fridge dish at an estate sale for a great price. It's not the best condition and I am looking for a replacement lid for it. But I love it nevertheless and for now it is being used to organize stuff on my desk rather than being used in the fridge.
I don't know a lot about Pyrex. But luckily I have found that one of the best places I've found online for information about vintage Pyrex dishes is pyrexlove.com. There I have found names for patterns that I probably would not have found otherwise, as well as the history of certain pieces and other great information. You can find some information about vintage Pyrex dishes by viewing the completed and uncompleted auctions at eBay.com and there are also a few books about Pyrex as well.
Vintage Pyrex Dishes on eBay
Buying vintage Pyrex dishes on eBay is an excellent way to get the perfect items for your collection. In general it seems the Pyrex dishes listed for sale here are in good to great condition (whereas ones I have found at thrift stores and yard sales are often quite worn...but not always!). You are also more likely to find what you want when you want it, as opposed to hoping you may someday run across the particular piece you are looking for at thrift store. On the downside prices are likely to be higher than thrift or or yard sale prices and you have shipping costs on top of that. But the time and energy saved, not to mention the satisfaction of getting just what you wanted, makes it worthwhile.
Ideas for Vintage Pyrex
A lot of Pyrex collectors actually use their Vintage Pyrex dishes for baking, cooking and storing food in the fridge. It's awesome that something so collectible actually can be used and not be just on display (although vintage Pyrex does look great on display too). But these pieces don't have to be used solely for use in the kitchen.
As mentioned earlier, I have a Pyrex refrigerator dish holding miscellaneous office stuff on my desk. I'm sure that there's an even better use for it, but that's what it is being used for at the moment. Here are some other ideas:
I've seen a Pyrex teacup turned into a pincushion and another one into a candle.
Almost any Pyrex dish could be used as a cool planter.
Even broken Pyrex dishes can be re-purposed. Etsy.com seller scarboroughseashells turned a damaged piece of Pyrex into a pretty cool Pyrex pendant set in sterling silver.
One of the most fun and original ideas I've seen for using old Pyrex pieces is to turn them into hanging lighting fixtures. You can see an example of Pyrex bowl turned into a lamp here that was made by BootsNGus. If you are handy (or know someone who is) you could try to make something like this yourself. Or search on etsy.com to see if BootsNGus or someone else has some Pyrex lamps or lighting fixtures already made up for you!
Think outside the box and you may find some perfectly unusual use for your Pyrex too.
If you are a serious collector of Pyrex, or looking to become one, you may find it is worth your while to buy some of the collectors guide books that are out there. They'll let you know things like what styles are out there and when they were made and whether the particular style was a special edition or not.
Pyrex Refrigerator Dishes
Probably my favorite of the vintage Pyrex dishes are the refrigerator dishes. There is nothing fancy about them, but they seem so versatile to me (they don't have to be used in the fridge or even in the kitchen) and I like their box like shapes with glass lids.
There are quite a few blogs on the Internet devoted to Pyrex. Here are the links for a few of them.
- Pyrex Love
Pyrex Love is a community site and reference for fans of vintage Pyrex bowls, dishes, plates, cups and other items.
- Pyrex Paradise
The ultimate Pyrex collector site. Pyrex Paradise Blog features: patterns, bowls, dishes, faq's, ebay listings and more!
- The Pyrex Collective
A community blog of Pyrex lovers.
- Pyrex Collective II
A community blog of Pyrex lovers...They apparently had so many contributors to the first Pyrex Collective blog that they had to start another blog!
Do you collect vintage Pyrex dishes? Or at least have a few? Do you remember the Pyrex dishes your mother or grandmother used?