Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pyrex Flameware


I love, love, love my various vintage, colored pyrex pieces - but the one thing that I literally use every day to fill my Chemex coffemaker (another favorite) is my flameware teapot.  I love the idea of not having to use a metal container to heat my water.  I came across it a few years ago for a very nice price at a local goodwill and have been on the lookout for a "spare" ever since.  Lo and behold, I finally found another yesterday (at goodwill again) for the low, low price of $2.99!  I'm having some twinges of guilt for not gifting it to one of my friends or family, but I figured that keeping it around as a backup will help ease the anxiety my husband must feel when I'm standing over him as he washes it to ensure that he doesn't drop it, crack it, scrape it, or bump it....(poor guy).  I guess I can rationalize the excess as 'marriage therapy'.

On another note, I often see posts from people who have found original vintage pyrex boxes with the inner contents in pristine condition.  Yet, in all my forays to the thrift stores, I've NEVER found anything similar.  I can't imagine that Corning/Pyrex managed to sell every piece that they produced back in the day...so where, oh where, could the secret warehouse stash of brand new vintage pyrex be?

One can dream...!

Chelsea @ Harriet and Quince

7 comments:

  1. You'll know my age when I tell you that I got one of those for a wedding gift! But it's long gone; I had almost forgotten about those teapots, but a couple of weeks ago I spotted one in the larger size (taller) at Value Village. I was thrilled because my husband has been saying that we need a larger teapot for when we have visitors. On closer inspection, however, I found that the lid was chipped almost all the way around, so I left it behind. But now I'm seriously on the lookout!

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  2. I found one like yours several months ago at GW. I paid $2.99 for mine, too! However, since we aren't tea drinkers I have never used it.

    I've never found ANY Pyrex at any thrift or antique store in the original box. I'd probably faint if I did, LOL. You've got to wonder where that secret stash of unsold boxes of Pyrex is located. Maybe I'll stumble upon it some day...hey, I can dream, can't I?

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  3. I don't really drink much tea either, but since I use a Chemex for coffee (basically a cool pyrex version of a french press...I just updated my post with a pic of it), I use it to heat up the water. It's wonderful (and the Chemex makes the best coffee ever)!

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  4. i haven't seen a rounded one like that before. i'm on the hunt for one (or two, haha) myself.

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  5. Well I'm new to your blog. I don't really collect anything other then the shiny pearl coloured peach luster stuff.I have heaps of it. Anyway..before I found your blog I actually passed up a really new looking tea pot in the box with papers! for about $7 AU. Opps!

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  6. you guys seem to have great prices where you are. The VV and GW employees in my town have said to me personally that Pyrex is priced higher than normal dishes. Who told them?! a friend told me yesterday that in Martha Stewart Living online magazine she has an article about what vintage items to be on the lookout for and Pyrex fidgies were one of them! She is going to loose what market affordability we have! BTW...I found a chemex last week...but it doesn't have the handle. It does have ridges on the bottom, does that mean it was not one of the hand blown ones? Happy Pyrexing!

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  7. Hi, I'm new to your blog too and have been oogling all the gorgeous pieces on here. Not too long ago I found 3 flameware teapots and a double boiler(!) at our thrift store. Love, love them. I'm selling 2 of the teapots and keeping the rest - ha ha.

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