It feels like years have passed since I last found a piece of Pyrex worth buying. Actually, it just feels like years since I even went looking. But yesterday we had a death…one of my beloved Pyrex Flamewear sauce pans went to the great glass pit in the sky. We’re really unsure as to how it happened, but after making corn in it for lunch and scraping out the food particles into the trash the bottom of the pot went with it. Just fell right off into the trash.
I went to sit in the living room and cry. Yes, I cried over a broken dish. Joe woke up from a nap and we decided to load up the kiddo and at least go deposit his paycheck. Savers is right next to the bank so there we went. Never expecting to find anything and always expecting to pay too much. I was wrong (as usual some may say). First there was this..
A replacement! Much bigger than the one that cracked but who is complaining about a bigger pot? Not I! They had a 4.99 sticker on it. Not bad, so we nabbed it. But what was sitting next to it was even more…shall we say…breath taking?
Yes! A double Boiler! It was in heaven…this would make our chocolate making adventures even more exciting. But it had two stickers-two prices-on it. 3.99 for one and 4.99 for the other. Nope, wasn’t going to stand for that injustice. When we went to the register to pay I asked nicely to speak to a manager and told the girl that the piece was a double boiler and should be sold at one price. The manager agreed and we paid 4.99 for all of it. BAM! I feel like that takes away all my loathing of Savers if only for a day.
As we near spring and summer this really got my yard-sale/ flea market juices flowing. Bring on the deals.
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.