1.17.2011

Style Spots: One-Stop Shopping

Happy MLK Day all! Did those of you in the L.A. area enjoy the glorious weather we had this weekend? It felt like summertime! And it was perfect timing for me to have a moving sale on Saturday. I had our dining room pack to the brim with stuff we don't want to haul halfway across the country, and sold almost all of it by makin' sweet deals left and right.

Because of that I wasn't able to do any thrifting this weekend, but I did stop by our local Out of the Closet store as I was walking back from Staples on Thursday. I usually skip it over because the last time I was in there the prices were way too high, but I figured it was worth a quick look since I was walking right past it. And I'm glad I did!

It appears they're under some new management, and I scored two great Pyrex casserole dishes & a pristine set of six Glasbake mugs, each one a different color, for seriously good prices. Since I'm just getting into collecting dishware & ovenware from the '50s/'60s, I hadn't heard of Glasbake, but I knew by the style and the colors that it was similar to the solid Pyrex mixing bowls from that era.


I popped my iPhone out, did a quick Google search, and learned that Glasbake was introduced in 1917 by the McKee Glass Company to compete with Pyrex. Then, in the 1960s, the company was sold to Jeanette Glass, and pieces produced during that time have a "J" followed by a number on the bottom, which is what the mugs I picked up have. So I know they're from the '60s! (Thank you C. Dianne Zweig for the history lesson!)


The two Pyrex casseroles are also in amazing condition, and I'm happy to add them to my collection! (I have a dream of one day having a kitchen with open shelves all over displaying all the beautiful Pyrex/Corning patterns...). The first I spotted was a one-quart casserole in the Butterprint pattern, and was ecstatic that it had the lid!


The second is a one-and-a-half-quart casserole (with lid) in the Snowflake pattern.


Do you ever come across Pyrex in the store and leave it behind because it's lacking a lid? I see that all the time and feel so bad...but maybe I'm just a Pyrex purist? :)

This will be my second week linking up with Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday post, so be sure and hop over to see what other treasures were found this weekend!

14 comments:

  1. These are fabulous, I'm jealous!

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  2. Great finds! Love those mugs! You know not to wash these (and the Pyrex) in the dishwasher, right? It will ruin the color finish. Just thought I'd let you know as you begin your collection. :) Enjoy!

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  3. Awesome, awesome finds! I love those mugs!

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  4. Thanks ladies!

    Bounty Huntress: I actually just read about Bar Keeper's Friend for cleaning up pieces like the mugs. Have you used it? I never put anything in the dishwasher that I love...just in case! Thanks for the advice! :)

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  5. Beautiful colors on your new/old pyrex dishes! :-) Score!!

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  6. No matter how many pyrex/glasbake dishes I come across, or even read about on blogs, I never, ever tire of them. When I saw your casseroles my heart even did a little jump. Beautiful finds!

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  7. I LOVE those mugs, they are great for soup. I grew up eating my fav bean with bacon soup from these darling mugs and fighting with my sibs over who got what color. I have my childhood mugs proudly displayed in my glass kitchen cupboard, they make me smile. Enjoy!

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  8. Your finds are wonderful. I have a few glasbake mugs, but they're all thrashed, unlike yours. I use Bar Keepers Friend on all my Pyrex, Corning, etc. You have to be careful though, because a bit of the color may rub off.

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  9. I forgot to say: You don't have to pass up nice shiny Pyrex just because it is missing a clear glass lid. Goodwill has lots of Pyrex lids for sale. I have found numerous flat lids for the round casseroles, including some patterned ones, several oval casserole lids, several utility bowl lids, and even 1 divided dish lid. They cost $1-$2.

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  10. Selena: I know the feeling! Same things happens to me when I see what everyone else unearths. :)

    Amy: That is what I love about thrifting: all the memories these items can evoke. And yours is so great!

    Betty: Thank you for the tip on Bar Keepers Friend and the lids. I will keep an eye out for them from now on. :)

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  11. New to ur blog ( found u thru a twitter RT). I really love the Glasbake mugs, the colors r to drool over! I've been having a bit of Pyrex luck lately too!

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  12. Thanks for stopping by Jeanette! Do tell about your Pyrex! I love to hear what others have found!

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  13. Thanks for sharing! I found your blog a week or so ago and love everything about it. I am curious though...older cookware and baking bowls things like that have been known to have lead in them. Is there a test that can be done? Have you heard this as well and are you concerned?

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  14. Hey Swan Song!

    Yes, I have heard about people buying home lead test kits and the paint on Pyrex testing positive. However, everything I've looked up has variations on why it is safe use. The most sound one I've seen was someone who called Pyrex to ask about it, and the person they talked to said that any Pyrex made with lead paint was well within the safety limits according to California law (which is notorious for being the most strict). So I feel pretty unconcerned about it. Thanks for bringing it up, though!

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