Pretty Pretty Pyrex
It’s not a secret that I am a total sucker for pretty dishes. I come by it honestly. My grandma had something like 12 different sets of dishes, and my mom probably has ten. I have three different sets at my house (and I’ve donated two other sets in the past five years because I fell out of love with them). And then I have my Pyrex collection.
This stack of mismatched patterns is probably one of my very favorite things ever. I just can’t get over how pretty they are all mixed up together. At the beginning of last year I didn’t have a single piece of Pyrex. And look at how it’s grown! I recently added a few pieces, but they come with a story. You might remember back sometime in October when I happened across 22 of these saucers at the thrift store. I brought them home, all 22 of them, with absolutely no idea what I would do with them. But I just couldn’t leave them there. It seemed wrong. Well, the internet came to the rescue and provided pretty much the most perfect solution there ever could have been. And this is where the story comes in.
When I posted these pictures of my newly acquired Pyrex saucers on flickr, they caught the eye of a man named Jeff. Turns out Jeff is a collector of this particular pattern. We got to chatting in the comments of one of my photos and come to find out he is more than just a collector. He is a SERIOUS collector. Like, he has service for 75 in this pattern kind of serious collector. (I know, it blows my mind too.) But he just so happened to be short on saucers. And it just so happened that I had 22 of them in perfect condition that I had no idea what to do with. You see why the internet is awesome, right? We arranged a trade, and I boxed up my 22 saucers with lots of newspaper and bubblewrap and shipped them more than 2,300 miles across the country.
And in return, Jeff sent me a few pieces from his collection. And we are both happy. And I can hardly even believe our good fortune. My saucers went to the one person on this planet who happens to have service for 75 in this particular pattern, EXCEPT for saucers. And not only did I get four new pieces for my collection, now I feel totally justified in buying those 22 little plates for no reason other than to make sure they didn’t fall into the wrong hands. I’m still in shock that everything worked out so well.
After Jeff looked through his stash to find something to trade and he told me about those blue bowls on the top, which were nice, but when he mentioned he had a pink pie pan that he could send I freaked out. Pink, Pyrex and Pie, all in the same vintage dish? It was too good to be true. I don’t know why I’m STILL so in awe of this whole series of events. We did this trade clear back in November, and I am just getting around to posting about it (read, too busy to take pictures of my new presents until last night. Sometimes being busy is totally lame!) and it is still just amazing to me.
This little bowl from Jeff is another of my very favorites. I’ve loved these little hot air balloons since I found out they existed, and I am so happy he was willing to send them so I could add them to my growing collection. Seriously, they are just so cute! Actually, most Pyrex is just plain pretty.
Anyway, I’ll stop gushing. I think I’m dangerously close to looking like a crazy person blabbering on about the amazingness of the internet, and it’s power to bring like minded people together and blah blah blah. Cough…Ahem. The moral of this story is when you go the thrift store and see something amazing and totally useless, like a stack of 22 bluegrass saucers, you should buy them. Immediately. Because you never know who needs them. And when you find that one person in the world who does need them, it just might give you warm fuzzies for months. Also, Pyrex is totally awesome. The End.