How I started collecting Pyrex
The Green Primary Bowl
You know the one? If you like vintage Pyrex at all, then you’ve seen the green one. It’s from the late 1940s. That’s when Pyrex came out with nesting bowl sets in primary colors of yellow, green, red, and blue. My green bowl was included in the set of four.
Why the green was my first
My first vintage Pyrex bowl was a green #403 from the 1949 four piece primary color set. Years ago, my mom asked me if I would like the green bowl that she and I used to mix cookies in together when I was a little girl. Before she asked if I would like it, I really hadn’t thought too much about the bowl. But after she said she was going to give it away, I realized the sentimental value it had to me. OF COURSE I WANTED THAT BOWL!
I think back to how we wore aprons and sang songs together while we mixed chocolate chip cookie dough. We stirred the dough with wooden spoons and sometimes with the electric hand mixer. Once mixed well, she let me lick the bowl and the spoon. These memories bring joy and happiness whenever I see and use this bowl.
Why start a collection
Collections are valuable but don’t have to be expensive. The value can be in it’s sentimental worth to you personally, or it can be something that you like that has monetary value. When it comes to family heirlooms and mementos, it doesn’t matter if the value is sentimental or monetary.
What really matters is how you feel about the story behind your collection and how you make it a part of your life in some way.
How I display the green bowl
When I first received the green Pyrex bowl, I kept it in the cupboard when I wasn’t using it. Yet it meant more to me than any other bowl in my cupboard. I decided that it needed a more prominent place in my kitchen, so that I could share my story about my parents wedding in 1949 and how they loved each other all 61 years of their marriage. The Pyrex story continued into my childhood and now into my children’s lives. All because of a special wedding gift of bowls.
Great collections have great stories behind them.
Now that my heirloom Pyrex collection is over 200 pieces, the vintage green bowl from 1949 can get lost in the sea of Pyrex. Not only is my story about my parents and my childhood, it ‘s also a story of how I grew that one piece into a collection that I love and use. However, the centerpiece (literally) is always about the green one and that’s how I start telling people about my Pyrex collection when they visit my home.
Keeping it meaningful
Most of us collect something. The value of a collection is sometimes monetary. But what makes a collection priceless is the story behind it.
I find that my collection is not only priceless to me, it is also useful, durable, eco-friendly, healthy and microwave safe (glass is better than plastic!) and adds so much color to my kitchen with the vintage, mid-century flair that I love.
The Pyrex collection, which started from one meaningful piece, became something that use on a daily basis and still use to make my home decorative and inviting.
If the heirlooms or mementos that you inherited have you wondering whether to keep them or toss them, you should ask yourself some of the questions in my post Clutter or Collection.
Collect what you love
And love what you collect! My vintage Pyrex collection has grown from one piece into a couple hundred! It seems that all my friends want old Pyrex, too. Do I think I have enough? No. But I do justify having such a large collection because I use them every day and enjoy how pretty they are displayed everywhere in my kitchen.
When my friends and family come over, I serve festive dinners in Pyrex, chili in the colored bowls and hot dishes in the colored casserole baking dishes. I use the glass bread pans for holding flatware and the colored lids are used as condiment platters.
But if it’s a really special occasion, I’ll serve my favorite dish in the green bowl, in memory of my parents and their life of love.
If you’d like to know more about Pyrex and how to care for it, head over to Christy Jordan’s really awesome site to learn more about starting and maintaining a vintage Pyrex collection and how to care for it. You’ll be addicted!