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We’re On A Roll!

Even if it is only a small roll, we are on one for sure. It being tax season, we’ve had a little extra money to play with so obviously…we are. Yesterday we had a family lunch at Red Robin and it was nice-except the migraine I contracted after not having any coffee in the morning. Yes, we had another death here. The inner stem to my Pyrex peculator met its end at the hands of my toddler. It was a pretty rough morning to say the least. After Red Robin, when husband suggested going out to our favorite antique store-Wayside Antiques-I can’t say I was too thrilled. I felt so sick I wanted to curl up and cry (and vomit) but he had a plan to fix me. A stop at the gas station for water and Motrin followed by a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee (with a turbo shot). Later rather than sooner, I was feeling better and was happier to go to Wayside.

After some looking we thought it was a miss, so I settled in to talking with the women working. I adore her, but can never remember her name. She remembers my collection, my husband, and of course my son. While we talked shop Niko ran off down the isle and daddy had to catch him but something else caught his eye (he did catch the child, too).

IMG_20130216_060847A handle! A Flamewear handle! And the price? 5 dollars! I think I’ve expressed before how hard it is to find handles at all -let alone find one for less than 15 dollars. To find one for only 5 was a huge find, so obviously, it came home. I explained to the woman working how they were used since she didn’t really have much of an idea and she said that another one had come through and when she found it she would put it in a drawer for me. The more handles the better!

I would write more, but woke up this morning covered in hives and writing is distracting from scratching my skin off.



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This post is only half about some pieces I recently bought at the last Brimfield of the year. I want to get something out of the way first though.
It has to do with respect for the people you buy from. At last months Brimfield we met a dealer-a woman, a wife, and a mother-who seemed to be losing the magic of selling at big markets. When we first walked up to her tent she wasn’t even there…just her husband. Joe spotted some separated plates as well as Flamewear handles. He asked the husband if he would be willing to do 25 for 4 dishes and one Flamewear with handle (originally, she wanted 5 a piece of the dishes and 12 for the Flamewear)…To quote what came across the walkie-talkie, “Absolutely not! I will be RIGHT there!” So we waited…And when she showed up she saw, I believe, that we were not “pickers,” or people looking to rip her off. I pleaded our case to her. Expressing that I did not want to buy them to resell but to give them a home and put them to use once again. After a moment of thought she agreed and wrapped them up. I stayed to talk with her a while and listened to her lament about the people-the pickers-who turn her tables nearly upside down to see what she hasn’t put out and don’t respect the fact she has spent time setting up what is out already. Also, that people are treating Brimfield and other big markets like a rummage sale, only wanting to pay pennies for what cost them a few dollars to buy and even more to get to this show. She told me they drive six hours with a large box truck then have to unpack, sort, price, clean and really spend most of their time just trying to break even by weeks end. My heart was breaking the longer we talked and I finally said to her, “I really need to hug you, I think you need it.” She did, it seemed.
The conversation after that became a little more light-hearted. We chatted about Pyrex murder-a term of mine she loved and then used to describe several dishes that were picked up for her. She pulled out a small yellow 300 bowl and said, “See this? Someone left it next to something metal and it is in terrible shape. I don’t have time to clean this…If you do, its yours.” I asked if she was sure and she said, “yep, take it.” And I did…

And so the little dish came home and completed my Yellow 300 set. But this post isn’t about Pyrex really…It is about the people you are buying it from. Yes, we got some amazing pieces. According to our Pyrex book, the plates retail for 15-18 each. The Flamewear skillet goes for 20-25 and they’re so pricey because of the handles. The dishes are a dime a dozen at thrift stores but the handles were never as mass-produced. You got a set of dishes and one handle for the set…Anyway, amazing deals, yes. But to be honest it matters so little to me right now how much we “scored.” I really want to drive home with all of you that these are people with lives and need to make a living selling at these shows.
They travel for YOU.
They clean things for YOU.
They provide YOU with the things you want.
Respect them.
End rant.


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Three times a year Christmas comes for flea market goers on the east coast. It takes over the small town of Brimfield, MA and overflows with splendor…As long as you can make it through this traffic

This year was different than last for a few reasons. First was that we had a narrowed our search from years passed. In Joe’s case he had promised to be more selective with the Moxie bottles he would buy and for me, I would look for promotional pieces of Pyrex. Last year, I was focused on collecting Butterfly Gold, Spring Blossom and Friendship patterns. I still love all three of them..but I wanted a bigger challenge if you know what I mean. Second is that we had TWO toddlers this year-my son and my niece. This presented its own host of “problems,” like potty breaks for Chloe, making sure they weren’t kicking each other in the wagon, finding a good place to change a diaper and an earlier than usual lunch break.
It was nearly noon by the time we got parked, had a bathroom break and finally started moving towards the stalls. I’ll give this disclaimer…I did not take nearly as many pictures as I meant to. There was a wagon to be pulled!

"Auntie Sarah, my eyes are open now!"
The first few stalls we wandered through didn’t have much of anything that either of us were looking for. I did find a Chip and Dip set in the Balloon pattern but the smaller bowl-the dip bowl-had been run through a dishwasher and had lost its beautiful gloss finish. Joe found something I wish upon wish upon wish we had gone back for…A complete dinner set. Cups, salad plates, bowls, and a platter! The guy was asking 25 and I asked for 20 but he refused. Sometimes being stubborn on prices kills a dream for two people. As much as I wish I had gone back for it though I am a little glad we didn’t…how would we have carried it through the market? Where would I have put it at home?

A lot over and a few tents down I met a wonderful woman named Linda who had mass amounts of plain glass Pyrex…and percolators. Lots of them. That is where I picked up this not-so-little beauty!

See last photo for full view
A Silex/Pyrex coffee maker! These were produced in the 1940s and feature a cloth filter and chain dangle through the top tube. It reminds me of a coffee barometer. According to the Pyrex collectors book they retail for 100-125 dollars…I paid 20. Score? I think so.
After a break for lunch we lost Joe. He went hunting for his favorite vendor-a pretty well known Moxie collector who has been scaling back his collection lately. After a lot of confusion as to which lot he was actually in we all met up again…but by that time we needed to head back to the cars. Both children were falling asleep sitting up and beginning to show signs of, “if I don’t get to sleep soon I’m going to throw the other kid outta the wagon.”
We said our goodbyes to my mom, brother and niece and started to leave. Because my husband is so observant he could tell I was pretty upset that we had spent our last few hours at the show simply trying to find him and not getting to look for antiques (both mom and James got a stiffed a little). He told me, “I found you presents…” So I started to unwrap newspaper covered dishes and thought, “well damn it, I can’t be mad anymore.”

Butterfly Gold napkin rings. Now I have pretty much an entire table setting in this pattern and plan to use them in the coming months.

This mug was used as an advertisement piece for a restaurant. Pyrex didn’t advertise much after these promotional pieces came out and I do not have a date for when they were put out to help. I do love this mug though!

And then…there is this. I could punch Joe I love this so much…I say punch because I was still a little mad at him when I opened it. This is called Spirograph and was put out some time in the 70s as a promotional piece. It had a 20 dollar sticker on it but Joe told me he asked for 15 and the woman took it. After doing a little poking on ebay we found one that was going for 120 dollars. Second score? Heck yeah.
We are looking forward to the July show and are thinking, since my mom doesn’t plan to come, we may find a baby sitter for Niko for the day so that we can cover more ground and he doesn’t have to get cranky in the wagon all day. But, that is still up in the air. Kim should (and by should I mean better) be coming with us. Of course, our funds for the July show may be cut down if we can actually pull off this house deal…all those funds would go to home repairs.
Though…mom did have an awesome idea about finding new door knobs at Brimfield.



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Jackpot part II

As you can probably tell from the title yesterday was another big day. I hope you have a somewhat decent internet connection because we have lots and lots of pictures today.
Lets start with our first stop: Salvation Army in Fitchburg. We usually strike out at this store despite how big it is so hopes weren’t high when we walked in the door. Pretty quickly, Joe saw a set of cup and saucer. Picked it up, flipped it over: Corelle. I said something like, “bummer,” but then he asked me to touch the cup. I did, and to my surprise the glass was much thicker and…Pyrex feeling. Because the cup was taped to the dish we couldn’t see if it was what we hoped. Until Joe said, “Take Niko…I’m gonna check the cup.” So he not so carefully pulled the cup from below the tape and BAM: Pyrex.

Pyrex cups with Corelle saucers

At .99 cents a piece we got four. I haven’t been able to find an official name for this pattern though it seems close to Brittany Blue. If you know what the real name is please drop a line and let me know!
Our next find were five brightly colored saucer dishes. Pyrex dinnerware was introduced sometime after World War II and came with a 10″ plate, 9″ bowl, 6.5″ bowl, and cup and saucer. Pieces like serving pieces, creamers, and sugar bowls also exsist but are harder to come by than the dishes themselves. We paid .49 cents for each plate.


Lastly, we found a 1.5 quart Cinderella dish. Another one I cannot find an official name for but the PyrexLove website has it called “Shenadoah.” Joe found it and absolutely loves it. As do I, because it is such a simple and sweet pattern.  And lastly, we found a Pyrex stove top cookware. A simple glass dish with a funny “flame” logo above the word Pyrex.

Cinderella dish with Flameware

As I mentioned yesterday, I didn’t know of any Goodwill stores near me. Thanks to my husband’s Grandmother we learned there is one in Palmer which also jarred Joe’s memory as to one in Worcester. We scurried there after all of our work in Fitchburg was finished. There we found an interesting coffee pot-not Pyrex-and another Pyrex server with candle warmer! Two in a row?! I couldn’t believe it. I still kind of can’t…But the coffee pot got my attention. It looks a lot like something Pyrex would have put out, doesn’t it? But it was produced by a company called Cory Glassworks which began sometime in the 1930s. This little coffee maker had everything inside-even instructions! And since it wasn’t priced we figured we would at least ask what they wanted for it. Lucky for us, it was a total of 2.99! Some of you may think…”why didn’t she just hold out for a Pyrex one?” well…I need coffee. And instant coffee is much more expensive than grounds. The server, however, was 4.99. A little pricey, but it has all of its parts and still tips beautifully. As with the one we bought the other day I am having a lot of trouble finding dates for the server sets. Barbara Mauzy’s book doesn’t mention them and when searching it online I end up with a lot of other types of servers. But, I will keep on looking until I find it and will, of course, share the information with all of you when I finally find it.

Percolator and Server

Our last stop was a fairly new SAVERS in Worcester. There we found three neat pieces. All of them clear glass Pyrex. The first was a roaster, which my first thought upon seeing was, “green bean casserole.” Joe was excited because he could make his fake chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy in it so it pretty much had to come home…Roasters like this were first produced in the early 1950s and discontiuded in the mid 1960s. Not sure why, this thing is lovely!


Next was a measuring cup. We already have an old, old one but this one is different. It still has the slope at the top of the handle from anywhere from 1926 to 1942. But the odd part is the text on the cup-it is in bubble letters. A font that seems out of the 60s but with an older handle. A very weird find, to be sure.


Measuring cup

Remember when I said you may be wondering why I didn’t hold out for a Pyrex coffee pot? Well, because after never seeing one “in the wild” I bought the Cory Glassworks one…only to go to SAVERS and find a 6 cup coffee percolator waiting for me. Now, it doesn’t have the actual percolator parts inside…but its just in such beautiful conditon. Plus, without the pieces inside it gives me something else to hunt with passion. A 1940’s slogan for the percolator was “Perk it in PYREX!” Which leads me to believe that Pyrex began to produce their own coffee pots around that time. Before that, only pieces of Pyrex glass were used in Flameware pots. This was, as I learned, the gateway to saucepans produced later. Which I would love to find…


As a total, we spent about 25 dollars yesterday. A splurg, to be sure, but we’ve got all of our bills paid for the month. Another little splurg today-we are taking our little man pumpkin picking! Maybe he’ll paint the next great Pyrex pattern on his pumpkin…but, we’ll have to wait and see!


The Lot


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