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Friday, October 28, 2011

We Love Pyrex!

The topic this week on Ebay Underground  is all about Pyrex.  Now that is a big subject!  We all agree that we love PYREX!  We love the colors, we love the patterns and most of all we love to sell Pyrex.  It is estimated that over 80% of all homes own Pyrex and who knows how many of those home collect the beautiful colors that Pyrex has to offer.
One of our favorite places to ID our Pyrex pattern name is "Pyrex Love"  This place is jammed with information!  I hope you visit that site and bookmark it. You will be glad that you did!
Another great place to visit is Corelle Corner.  This has a wealth of information!  Love, love, love it!
So here is a good representation on how Pyrex junkies can get carried away.  This Gold Electroplate Pie Pan holder (with clear straight sided pie pan) went for over $400!   Sadly the person didn't pay, for it looks like the next week this buyer sold it at a little over $100.  Still that is a sweet price, don't you agree?
You can not go wrong selling a set of Pyrex Primary Colors stacking bowl set!  That is if you can bear to part with it.  This set went for $100.00 Prices can vary depending on how many are at auction or available at that time.  I like to keep track of auctions only to be able to price my item high in the store.  For instance, if I had a set in my store at $99, the other bidders might mosey over to my store after the auction is over since they are hot after these babies.
The Gooseberry pattern is hot right now!  Did you notice the shape of these bowl, one side being a spout?  This is known as a Cinderella bowl.  Now don't be fooled, Cinderella is NOT a pattern name.  I've seen the term Cinderella coined as a pattern on some other blogs, but I can tell you in certainty that Cinderella means that the bowl has a handle on one side and a spout on the other.  This was a very popular design with the housewives, you know, back when women baked from scratch. Cinderella bowl is essentially a mixing bowl! (with spout)  There were Cinderella sets in the late 1950's, which were 3 piece casserole sets.
Check this covered casserole!  This seller sold for over $80!  The color Turquoise is HOT right now, the design has clean lines and the clear glass cover is the icing on the cake.  Right now with all the bad press being given to plastic containers and the toxins that leach out during microwaving you will notice the surge in buying glass.

Is it Pyrex?
You will notice that some buyers put Pyrex in their titles when the item is Fire King, Hazel Atlas, and Federal.  This is NOT correct.  However there are some companies that did contract with Corning for their items.  
  • Hamilton Beach
  • Salton
  • Melitta
  • Silex
  • GE
  • Universal
  • Cafex
  • Chemex
  • Fry Ovenware
Dating Clear Pyrex
Did you know that you can tell the date of your clear Pyrex by the shape of the handles?  It is true!  Pyrex has changed over the years in a very clear way.

Clear casseroles with no handles date from 1915 to 1926.  You will also notice that there is a knob on the top of the casserole covers.  Spot a casserole with that knob, you know you have an old one!

This is a scalloped handle.  This pan would be dated between 1926 to 1939.  If you find a pie pan with this handle, you could easily price it around $30 at this time. 

Between the years 1939 and 1947 the handles were plain and boring.  This add gives you a good idea however of what those handles looked like and what was being offered. The handles were level with the pan, not upturned.  This particular ad was 1939.  Take a look at the Flameware on the bottom of this ad!  You can find these at thrift stores, estate sales, indoor fleamarkets and vendor malls.

1947 - 1950 was the sculptured handled era. It didn't last long.  Generally the lid's handles fit right down over the container lid.

The handles became full width from 1950 into the 1980's

When you are listing your piece, you will want to include the model numbers. For lids, look on the rims or handles, for other items look on the bottom or under the handle.  These numbers actually are the item description. 
Item Numbers
  • 72  Butter Dish
  • 75  Margarine Dish
  • 77 Gravy Server
  • 022 Round Bottom Casserole 1 qt (lid 622, 682)
  • 023 Round Bottom Casserole 1 1/2 qt (lid 623, 683)
  • 024 Round Bottom Casserole 2 qt (lid 624, 684)
  • 026 Round Bottom Casserole 3 qt (lid 626, 687)
  • 043 Oval Casserole 1 1/2 qt (lid 943)
  • 045 Oval Casserole 2 1/2 qt (lid 945)
  • 063 Oval Casserole 1 qt (lid 945)
  • 322 Rimmed Nesting Bowl 1 qt
  • 323 Rimmed Nesting Bowl 1 1/2 qt
  • 325 Rimmed Nesting Bowl 2 1/2 qt
  • 326 Rimmed Nesting Bowl 4 qt
  • 401 Nesting bowl 1 1/2pt
  • 402 Nesting bowl 1 1/2 qt
  • 403 Nesting bowl 2 1/2 qt
  • 404 Nesting bowl 4 qt
  • 441 Cinderella bowl 1 1/2 pt
  • 442 Cinderella bowl 1 1/2 qt
  • 443 Cinderella bowl 2 1/2 qt
  • 444 Cinderella bowl 4 qt
  • 471 Cinderella Casserole 1 pt
  • 472 Cinderella Casserole 1 1/2 pt
  • 473 Cinderella Casserole 1 qt
  • 474 Cinderella Casserole 1 1/2 qt
  • 475 Cinderella Casserole 2 1/2 qt
  • 501 Refrigerator Dish 1 1/2 cup
  • 502 Refrigerator Dish 1 1/2 pt
  • 503 Refrigerator Dish 1 1/2 qt
  • 664 Round Casserole 4 qt (no handle, wide rim)
  • 722 Creamer
  • 770 Small Bowl (footed 1 cup)
  • 1410  Pyrex mug (8-9 oz)  1970's on marked 300ml
  • 7401 Clear Round Bowl 1 1/2 pt
  • 7402 Clear Round Bowl 1 1/2 qt
  • 7403 Clear Round Bowl 2 1/2 qt
  • 7404 Clear Round Bowl 4 qt
There you go! Now you know why we love Pyrex!

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  1. How on earth do you pack that stacking bowl set for shipping? This stuff is so heavy that I would think the shipping costs for the set would be out of sight! I have only sold one piece that just happened to fit in a medium flat rate box, but I steer clear of the sets because of the size and weight.

    But I have noticed that the kitchen is the most popular place now at estate sales with everyone, especially men, grabbing all the pyrex. The piece I sold was found at a church rummage sale for 50 cents. ;)

  2. I sold a 3 piece set of the Gooseberry awhile ago. I wrapped each piece with bubble wrap and nested them inside each other. Then I wrapped the whole thing again in bubble wrap, very tightly. Yes, it's heavy, but these Pyrex people - they're something else. Just make sure you leave yourself PLENTY of extra weight for packaging when you set up your shipping calculator. And don't underestimate your package dimensions. That can make a big difference in the shipping cost. And offer Parcel Post as the first option. It's a less off-putting number than priority.

  3. What is the best way to ship it so that it doesn't break? I've stuck to clothes because of not really knowing how.

  4. For a single piece, I fill it with packing peanuts, then wrap it twice with bubble wrap. I find a box that's big enough to leave 2" on all 4 sides (so if the dish is 10" across, I find a 14" box). Put in plenty of packing peanuts, then the dish, then tightly fill the rest of the area with packing peanuts. It's ok if your box bulges some. You want it tightly packed, so that once the lid is taped shut, and you shake it, you should hear NO movement whatsoever.

    For the sets, I double wrap each bowl individually with bubble wrap, then nest them together. I do fill the smallest bowl with packing peanuts. Once they are nestled together, wrap the whole package with more bubble wrap. Then proceed with the boxing.

    I've really sold a TON of breakables, and I've only ever had one thing arrive broken. That was back during my first couple months of selling. For some reason, I thought a Vision Ware pan would arrive safely in Greece if I just wrapped it in newspaper. :-\ I've come a long way since then :)

  5. Jessica, I just stumbled upon this blog. I thought you might like to see this woman's collection. She is definitely one of "those Pyrex people."

  6. Thank you for your post. I was at a church event the other day, there was a white elphant table, and I purchased four pieces of Pyrex because of this post.

  7. Pyrex people are something else huh? So glad that I saw this and passing it along to all of the Pyrex blogs and online groups.

  8. Clamco - that's NOT one woman's collection it's an open blog where anyone can post (after joining the group) their Pyrex pieces. Did you not notice all the members names to the left? Or that that the posts were written by different people?

  9. Having almost 400 pieces of vintage Pyrex, I guess I am one of those 'Pyrex people'. I take offense at the ridiculous prices on e-Bay. Living in Canada, I cannot afford the auction prices (even if I happen to find a seller that doesn't treat a non-US buyer like the plague) as the accompanying price tag for shipping makes it not only unaffordable for me but unethical to purchase as it then artificially inflates the price of Pyrex pieces in the thrift stores.

    I don't mind people making some profit off their Pyrex finds; I do it myself so I can afford to continue to collect. (I resell through a consignment store or on my local Craigslist.) I do not, however, ask ridiculous prices and then get annoyed when the hand that feeds them demands that their glass pieces arrive in one piece.

    I consider myself a private collection curator of Pyrex, not a crazed collector. I document this amazing product line that helped shape the North American kitchen of the 19th century.

    For those E-Bay sellers out there: lower your asking prices and your shipping costs and maybe you will begin to turn a better profit.

  10. As of of those "Pyrex People", I take great offense to a blog dedicated to driving up prices because you think that collector's are an easy mark. My checkbook has officially closed to ebay and I hope that the rest of my fellow Pyrex collectors will join suit.

  11. As the writer of this post, please know that this piece was simply "reporting" the current online pricing on Ebay. Of course, as an Ebay seller (I do this full time, am disabled and can not work outside of the home) I will price accordingly. I don't believe the Ebay seller is driving up prices as most large pieces and lots are listed in the Auction format. The buyers are determining the price.

    In the same way, a factory or office employee would not turn down a raise... the Ebay Seller whom is relying on this income to pay their mortgage will accept the highest bid.

  12. I am a buyer, seller and collector. I have sold on Ebay and Etsy for years. There are a lot of sellers on both sites who sell badly damaged items and try to palm them off as 'good vintage condition" when in fact they are mostly only suitable for using for the dog's water dish. There are a few on Etsy who list products as Pyrex when they are nothing of the kind and they know this.
    I agree with the other anonymous who stated this blog is dedicated to driving up prices because you think collectors are crazed. The fact is that with a great majority of the items, most can be found in every day circumstances far more cheaply than what they can be obtained for on Etsy or Ebay.
    There are also sites on the web were people trade Pyrex with each other and their
    only cost is for postage.
    Etsy has really lost its appeal as either a venue to sell real handmade or real
    vintage. It is mostly a good place to buy old shoes that are less than five years old though.