There's no better time to start collecting Pyrex and vintage kitchenware than the present. After all, neither you nor the dishes are getting any younger! But where do you begin?
Guides like Michael Barber's Pyrex Passion series offer boatloads of information, but even he concedes that the ever-increasing demanad for vintage Pyrex items makes the market more unpredictable than the NASDAQ. "People always want to know the resale value," says Barber, but even the published guides can't keep up with the constant shifts in the marketplace. "The best advice I can give is if you love it — and you can afford it — then buy it and use it. Why not?"
The days of scoring a Lucky in Love casserole — the pattern that trumps all others in the rare Pyrex sweepstakes — at an out-of-the-way antique shop may be long gone, but reasonably priced items, from small lidded refrigerator dishes to cake pans to citrus-stamped glass pitchers, can still be found on Etsy and eBay if you're willing to comb through the listings. "There are deals to be had, but it gets harder and harder," Barber laments.
How to Get Started
Beginning collectors can familiarize themselves with the hundreds of Pyrex patterns produced over the past century on Pyrex Love and Corelle Corner, both of which offer a visual and numerical reference for the vast trove of bowls, casseroles, dishes, salt and pepper shakers, tableware, mugs, and so much more.
And for your Pyrex bucket list, Hot For Pyrex showcases a gallery of hard-to-find pieces, pieces produced internationally, and other lesser-known patterns and one-offs.
Show Off Your Pyrex Stash
Once you start to amass your stash, you'll want to show it off. Join collectors on Facebook groups like Pyrex Passion, Flickr groups like Pyrex Love, or others that share auction information as well as trade among members.
Have All the Pyrex? Try These
But what do you get for the Pyrex collector who has everything? Apart from a trip to the Pyrex Museum within the Amy Burnett Gallery in Bremerton, Washington, how about the following modern Pyrex-inspired kitchen items:
- Pocono Modern produces Pyrex-focused prints, from large posters to calendars.
- Tea towels printed with Pyrex patterns from Fresh Pastry Stand really tie the room together.
- If the worst happens and one of your Pyrex pieces shatters, The Broken Plate can salvage the pieces and turn them into custom jewelry.