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Vintage Singer and more Pyrex

August 26, 2010

Scott just got home from a business trip today.  Doesn’t this look like your standard business trip photo?  You know, seedy hotel, large dirty city….. terrible location…..

Yeah, that’s what I thought you’d say.  He has been on the island of Oahu since Monday.  Poor guy.  He is working on a project just outside Honolulu and he and his partner just HAD to go take a look in real life.  Rough life, huh?

This was the view from their 16th floor hotel room.  I know.  I feel sorry for him too.  (And to answer everyone’s burning question of “WHY DIDN”T YOU GO WITH HIM!!!”  Well, two reasons.  OK, just one.  He didn’t know he was going until about two weeks ago.  And while he could justify purchasing super expensive tickets with his company expense account, our personal expense account couldn’t justify purchasing my super expensive last minute vacation ticket.  Also, a red eye overnight flight with a very small wiggly person in my lap does not sound like my idea of a great vacation.  Do those sound like excuses?  Yeah, I thought so too.  Moving on.)  To celebrate him coming home (and being gone) I took a trip to the thrift store this afternoon.  And oh boy it was a good one!

First up a total Vintage Singer jewel! (Even with the broken faceplate, it’s a jewel.)  I saw this vintage light turquoise machine just hanging out and I nearly swallowed my gum.  It came with the lid that snaps onto the sides and it is so so cute.  I immediately called my friend Amylouwho and asked her if she was interested. (It was only $10!)  She being a sewer, and a big turquoise fan I knew that it was supposed to live with her.  She of course said yes, and into my car it went.  (She however lives a dozen states away.  But her mom lives around the corner from my dad.  Which makes her seem much closer, right?)

I was almost ready to go home right then, but I knew I should at least walk down the aisle of dishes.  And I’m so glad I did!

Two more pieces of Pyrex to add to my collection!  The top bowl is the pink gooseberry pattern, and it is the smallest in a set of four (here is a link to a picture of the whole set).  The other is the turquoise Butterprint pattern, it’s a one and a half quart casserole dish.  Both of them are in excellent shape, with nice bright colors and hardly any scratches.  The best part about these was that they were on sale for a dime a piece.  Really, I’m not kidding.  Ten cents!  Be still my fluttering heart!

Here is a picture of my whole collection.  Total cost for all of these pieces was under $6.  Man, just thinking about it makes me giddy!  Whoever thought that retail therapy was a real thing must have been talking about collecting Pyrex from thrift stores.

I took my treasures to the front counter, and I pulled out my cash.  After I had counted it out I handed him 41 Quarters and told him to keep the change.  It was a happy happy day.

And yes… I realize I just paid for a sewing machine in quarters.  Doesn’t that sound awesome!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Elizabeth permalink
    August 26, 2010 5:26 pm

    5 cents for pyrex!? And it such good condition – that’s an amazing find. I rarely even SEE pyrex in my thrift stores, let alone for such a steal. Wish I lived in your neck of the woods!

  2. August 26, 2010 5:48 pm


    You are awesome. Loved this post! And paying for the sewing machine in quarters. Simple things like this totally make me happy too.

    xo -E

  3. August 26, 2010 5:54 pm

    um, some nice scores there lady.

    Glad the hubs is returning to wash those lovely Pyrex!

  4. August 27, 2010 12:12 am

    41 quarters would do my laundry for….um….a long time. Something like 5 weeks.

    I can has quarters? ;o)


  5. August 27, 2010 6:48 am

    Wow, I need a thrift store around here like that! Great finds, great prices, great pics….thanks for sharing

  6. August 27, 2010 4:11 pm

    that is one awesome sewing machine! i have a vintage singer too but mine is from the 70’s it is called a genie 🙂 and great pyrex bowls i have the big turquoise one with the white patterns on it, love it! oh and i FEEL so bad for your husband, poor poor guy..having to be in oahu…must be a rough life 🙂 well hopefully he will need to take another trip and that time you can go!


  7. August 27, 2010 7:23 pm

    Talk about luck! You are such a lucky (talented?) thrifter. Once I found enough vintage sheets for my sewing project, I quit thrifting. I need to go back, don’t I?

  8. August 27, 2010 7:34 pm

    Love that sewing machine! My fav color…

  9. Gen permalink
    August 29, 2010 8:41 am

    Just stumbled across your blog…I love it! And I’m so jealous of the deals you’re getting on pyrex. The thrift stores around here charge at least 4 dollars for any piece of pyrex. It could be just a plain glass dish and they’d want 4 bucks for it!

  10. August 31, 2010 6:57 pm

    Okay, I am going to have to call you the Pyrex Queen – I like things to all match, but looking at your collection, I think I am slowly changing my mind about my stuffy match-iness.

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