• Jill

7 Cool Ways to Collect Vintage Pyrex

Updated: Jun 25, 2019

Vintage Pyrex is hotter than ever! If you are already an avid Pyrex collector, then you probably already have a plan for how best to go about feeding your passion and showcasing your collection. If you are a newbie, though, you might be wondering just exactly where to begin. If that describes you, then keep reading!


Why Pyrex?


For starters, if you have living in a cave, and have no idea what Pyrex is and why it is so popular, then you might want to begin by reading my previous blog post. When discussing Pyrex I often hear people say things like, "Oh! I remember my grandmother had a set of those mixing bowls," or, "My aunt always served her sweet potato casserole in one of those dishes." You get the idea. Many people can relate and have memories, often involving special family events, related to Pyrex.

Another reason why Pyrex is so popular is that it is fairly easy to come by, and it can be found at various price points. If you are a casual collector, many common Pyrex pieces can still be purchased for reasonable prices. The avid and obsessed Pyrex collector can probably attest to having paid some pretty outrageous prices for the more rare, specialized pieces. In a nutshell, there is something for everyone!


Our Pyrex Tragedy:


When we lost our mother in 2015, Sister and I inherited a lovely, historic turn-of-the-century home. At that time, we were both working as elementary school teachers, and had no idea that we would be giving up our teaching careers to venture into the world of antiques and vintage collectibles. That gorgeous house was FULL of treasures, including literally hundreds of pieces of Pyrex! What did we do? You guessed it...we SOLD IT!! I do not usually have a lot of regrets, but I do frequently regret selling that Pyrex! A true Pyrex fanatic will be able to relate to this tragic event...SAD.


You Need a Plan:


If you are planning on collecting Pyrex, you will basically need to decide on a plan. Essentially, this means that you need to decide what types of Pyrex you will collect. There are various things to consider here. Most people collect vintage items for display reasons. If that is the case for you, you will need to consider the color and size of your kitchen. You'll need to think about where and how you want to display your collection. For example, if your kitchen is very small and limited in space you might want to consider collecting smaller items, like butter dishes, small fridgies, (refrigerator storage dishes) etc. Additionally, you will want to make sure that you consider the color of your kitchen cabinets and floors and plan accordingly.



Ways to Collect Pyrex:


Below are some ideas for ways to collect your Pyrex.

  • Collecting by Color: Many people choose to color Pyrex according to color. This can mean collecting pieces in only one color or a combination of two or more colors.


  • Collecting by Piece: Another option would be to collect according to pieces. In other words, you could collect just mixing bowls, or casserole dishes, or butter dishes, etc.



  • Collecting by Pattern: Collecting Pyrex by a particular pattern is very popular. Be aware that some patterns will be more expensive than others. Basically, the more common patterns will be much more affordable than those that are more rare.



  • Mix and Match: Mixing and matching Pyrex pieces is another option. This really just amounts to collecting pieces that you like for whatever reason, throwing caution to the wind, and just putting it out there!




  • Collecting by Seasons/Holidays: This is actually a fascinating idea to me personally. It would require some creativity and the time and desire to make frequent changes. The idea is to create seasonal displays with your Pyrex! Check out the photos below.



  • Promotional Items: Promotional Pyrex items are frequently hard to find and oftentimes much sought after. This is usually for the more advanced collector. Here is a more detailed explanation!

  • Rare Pieces: There are some collectors who are truly obsessed and have oftentimes ventured beyond simply collecting by color or pattern. These collectors search for and display rare pieces of Pyrex. Quite honestly, this is beyond my level of expertise, but it is something to consider if you are a true Pyrex aficionado.


This is Sister's Pyrex collection!

In closing, as you can see, there are endless possibilities for ways to collect Pyrex. In an upcoming post, I will discuss various ideas for creative ways to actually display your Pyrex. In the meantime, happy collecting!


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