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Treasure Hunting Report: Pyrex and More

The last couple of weeks I have been swamped with work, which included preparing for a conference and then traveling to the good ‘ole US of A to present my paper.  It was well received (yay) and had the added bonus of a road trip with Hubs!  On our way there, part of the highway was shut down so we had to take a secondary road which, despite slowing us down, had a real silver lining: a great roadside antique shop!  The tiny shop was packed with jadeite, Pyrex and vintage glassware.  Prices were good: higher than thrift stores, but below typical antique store prices.  I didn’t buy a lot because I didn’t have much time to make selections, and we still had days of driving ahead of us so I didn’t want to pack the car with breakables.  In hindsight, I wish I bought more but I took home a few gems and am definitely returning for a Pyrex fix soon.

The snowflake casserole is my fourth one (I have two with white snowflakes on turquoise and two in this pattern).  The pink casserole is for my Mom.  I have finally collected a full set of the Butterprint Cinderella bowls and and am now halfway to a second set.  The small Cinderella (white with yellow flowers, a pattern from the 1970s), completes my thrifted set.  The round turquoise casserole is the prettiest shade and a totally new design for me!

My turquoise collection is growing and now takes over a whole cupboard, displacing my browns and yellows (which look so good with this DIY tablecloth) into the glassware cupboard.  See the last photo taken of the cupboard here.  There is still room and I plan to pack this with turquoise Pyrex.  I might just have to steal this bowl back out of the shop . . .

I also bought a Capri glass creamer to match a sugar bowl Mom thrifted for me.  I found some shot glasses at a local VV and now my turquoise glassware collection is also blossoming, adding some colour to the teak cabinet and complementing the DIY agate art above.

Once home from the trip, Hubs and I set to work on the basement again and I did a lot of decluttering, donating about six boxes and a chair to Value Village.  While Hubby made the donation, I scurried inside and found a few items for the shop (including two really cool Pyrex pitchers, like this), plus I bought this fun lamp.  After an hour of cleaning its grimy edges, it gleams and all I need now is a nice drum shade!

Have you done any treasure hunting of late?  This weekend I’ll hit my first yard sales of the season!  I’m trying to decide if the Glebe sale next weekend is worth it.  In my 15+ years of yard saling, in three cities, I find people with expensive homes often (but not always) have disappointing yard sales and charge an arm and a leg, while the gems and deals are waiting at the homes you might think are the least treasure-filled.



  1. Brigitte
    May 14, 2013 / 3:49 pm

    My daughter loves the turquoise Pyrex too! My mother found her a full set of the Cinderella Butterprint bowls at a rummage sale (good Oma!) and I picked up one of the covered snowflake dishes for her at an antique fair. She would love to have a collection like yours!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 14, 2013 / 10:15 pm

      Lucky daughter to find a full set!! Mine was amassed from three different sources 🙂 My Mom and Grandma have contributed to my collection too, sourcing pieces from thrift stores, yard sales, antique shops and my Grandma's cupboard! Plus I've lucked out at estate sales and yard sales myself. Two of my little fridgies are from a yard sale two kids were running. They only wanted a dollar for the pair, but I paid a dollar each because I felt so guilty.

  2. Anonymous
    May 14, 2013 / 6:11 pm

    Even your dishes are art! So beautiful! -Mari

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 14, 2013 / 10:17 pm

      Thanks Mari! I come from a long line of tidy cupboard-keepers 🙂 It makes me happy to open the doors and see so much colour and order (my two favorite things). On trick has been to scale back. To make room for Pyrex, I donated a set of drinking glasses I thrifted but we never used back to the thrift store.

  3. Nicki Parrish
    May 14, 2013 / 10:23 pm

    Awesome collection!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 15, 2013 / 1:22 pm

      Thanks! It certainly does make loitering in the kitchen (ie. cooking) a lot more bearable for me 😉

  4. Dana@Mid2Mod
    May 15, 2013 / 6:07 am

    You're getting quite the Pyrex collection going there! It looks beautiful in your kitchen.

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 15, 2013 / 1:21 pm

      Much to Hubby's dismay . . . he fails to see the logic in buying so many heavy breakables in the year before we plan to move, lol!

  5. Kaci
    May 15, 2013 / 11:09 am

    Oh my goodness this is impressive! My mom collects pyrex – I sent her a link to this post and I think she swooned! Thanks so much for sharing this find! Gives me motivation to go thrifting more often!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 15, 2013 / 1:22 pm

      Thanks! So sweet you showed your Mom!! Search "turquoise pyrex" on Pinterest and there are photos of collections that are 10X the size of mine. Just MASSIVE collections that take over entire display cabinets. It's amazing there's any left, lol! Good luck thrifting! I hope you find some sweet scores.

  6. Lets just build a house!
    May 16, 2013 / 12:01 am

    such gorgeous finds. i love that pyrex collection you have. so fun! hope you enjoyed your trip to USA too!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 20, 2013 / 2:16 pm

      Thanks! The trip was lovely. SUPER short but I always love a good road trip.

  7. Hayley
    May 20, 2013 / 5:00 am

    You have such a great collection! I love that you've been able to collect an entire set of the same pattern. Mine is a lot more random, but I am just drawn to the stuff….It's started to get a little out of hand, so I have been trying to curb the urge to buy EVERY piece I come across, I should target a specific pattern or color like you and only buy those 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 20, 2013 / 2:18 pm

      Thanks! I am branching off and have some random patterns but I just recently separated them from the turquoise. I'd actually like more variety in the turquoise, but the butterprint is easiest to find! I just bought a pale blue tulip casserole – no idea where that will fit in! We have an Etsy shop, so that allows me to buy some random pieces and find them good homes 🙂 Good luck growing your collection.

  8. The Joyful Thrifter
    May 21, 2013 / 1:23 am

    me oh my!!!!! Your collection is just lovely!!!Smiles,RachaelThe Joyful Thrifter

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 22, 2013 / 2:14 am

      Thanks Rachael. It's only blossomed in the last year or so. Before I didn't really collect, I just bought what I needed for daily use. Amazing how addictive it became . . .

  9. Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds
    May 21, 2013 / 6:42 pm

    Your collection of Pyrex is lovely.Denise

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 22, 2013 / 2:16 am

      Thanks Denise! Pyrex sure is cheery, isn't it?

  10. ThrifterSisters
    May 21, 2013 / 8:28 pm

    Eeek! I love finding other bloggers who share my passion for Pyrex and other vintage treasures! Your collection is stunning. I also collect mainly turquoise and pink. I bought a cabinet last year and promptly went about filling it up. Guess it's time for another cabinet!Have a lovely week,Erica

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 22, 2013 / 2:15 am

      I'm so excited to hop over to your blog and see your Pyrex!! I am seriously thinking of collecting pink, but my Mom would just steal it all!!

  11. Melissa
    May 21, 2013 / 10:19 pm

    I'm drooling… You have a lovely collection! Oh, and congrats on successfully presenting your paper!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      May 22, 2013 / 2:15 am

      Thanks Melissa! It's a fabulous weekend not be discredited AND find Pyrex 😀

  12. Heidi@TheMerryMagpieVintage
    May 25, 2013 / 3:31 am

    That is an absolutely gorgeous collection of the turquoise & white Pyrex! Love that casserole on the bottom with the gold star too. And that lamp has such a cool shape! Great finds.

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