Hmm, see what happens when one broadens their thrifting and op shopping horizons…it can take you in a whole new direction. Visit a different Op Shop or charity store and look what one can discover!
Up till recently the sum total of Pyrex in my kitchen was 2 glass measuring cups and a mini lasagne dish.
Think Home Hardware or Canadian Tire circa 1996, not the vintage pieces collectors covet.
The casserole dish and lid come from the Christchurch EcoShop, a place I hardly ever go to because its a pain in the butt to get out of their parking lot and head back to chez Baron. It’s a bit grungy so popped onto the Pyrex Love site to figure out how to clean it up before I use it. The top and bottom appear to go together, but they were being sold separately, which makes me wonder… Is that how Pyrex is normally sold in charity shops, or was this some strange pricing strategy by the Op Shop staff who had no clue/don’t care about glassware?
Why did I feel the need to pick these up? Well, now that I’m spending time in a decent kitchen and cooking a little, maybe I was secretly jealous of those 1970s & 80’s brides who received their sets as wedding gifts. Actually, I’d seen some of the fab pieces other Thrifters were showing on the weekly link-ups and wanted to bring some colour into this big and functional but “greyiege” kitchen (it’s a rental!)
Unlike the casserole dish which is going to get a lot of I use, I really didn’t need another baking bowl. But, there is a Boys & Girls Club Op Shop on Stroubridge Street in Spreydon that I wanted to check out.
(Next to a great fish n chip shop btw)
Like the Op shop, the bowl is showing its age, but has good bones. Have found some great bits and bobs at this Op Shop (and missed out on a couple items I figured would still be there in a couple days)
Now that I think of it, if I were to make a chocolate self saucing pudding or an apple crumble I could use Pyrex in the prep, baking and serving stages of the dessert. There’s a marketing term for that, brand saturation or something like that. Not sure that those marketers were thinking of the thrifted Pyrex version. These dessert/cereal bowls are getting a lot of use though.
I don’t think Pyrex is going to take over my kitchen cupboards like the retro Tupperware has, but it’s a welcome and useful addition to the mix.
I’d love you to share your thrifting strategy or plans for your own Pyrex stash in the comments below. I’m all about sharing the knowledge, but if you’re one of those Op shopping ninjas who thrives on a stealth mission, I get and respect that too!
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