Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pyrex Christmas Bowl

Christmas came again for me this past weekend when to my surprise and delight I found the Pyrex Christmas Bowl at an antique store in West Virginia. I have coveted this bowl for months/years now ever since seeing pictures of it on some of my favorite collecting/vintage blogs and on Instagram. I have seen it for sale on eBay too but usually it is in the weeks prior to Christmas and I am always so broke at that time and saving to buy Christmas presents that I can't justify buying myself anything let along a collectible bowl.

Anyway...after months of searching at local antique stores and even thrift shops I had resigned myself to the fact that it was doubtful I would ever see one in my lifetime. I further confirmed that idea in my mind when I learned that this bowl was actually a Christmas present that was given to employees who worked at the Pyrex plant in Charleroi, Pennsylvania and not ever offered for sale to the public.

So you can image my surprise when I did actually see this bowl at an antique store. Here is how it went down in case you are interested in living vicariously through me...

This past Saturday my husband and I happened to be in West Virginia and we decided to stop at a lovely antique store called Sweet Memories. I am strolling through the store leisurely - looking at all of the lovely items. There happened to be some other pieces of Pyrex for sale so I was looking things over deciding if I wanted to buy anything. Well my husband is way ahead of me through the store. Suddenly I hear "KATE - GET OVER HERE!" When I meet up with him he has found the bowl. My mouth drops open in surprise. The bowl is inside a locked glass case on display like the Crown Jewels.

Here it is at the store. You can see me in the reflection using my phone to snap a picture.

After getting the sales clerk to come over and unlock the case ~ and looking the bowl over ~ I decide to go ahead and splurge on it. It is a bit spendy for my very thrifty self, but husband encourages me to get it because I have wanted one for so long {and may never see one in person again}. I buy it and then do the happy dance in the car on the way home!

It isn't until I get home that I consciously notice that the holly leaves on this bowl are orange instead of white. Not exactly very "Christmasy". The colors never even registered in my brain while at the store. I think I was just in buying mode - not thinking mode. Oh well ~ I still love it. I'm just bummed I have to put it away with my Christmas decorations until next year. Want to hear another interesting tidbit? The seller happens to have another one of these bowls in her collection. Not sure where she got 2 ~ but now she is down to 1 thanks to me!

This is why I love collecting! It is the unexpected finds that make it so fun. Finding "the one" you have been searching for when you least expect to ~Allowing your husband to spoil you with Pyrex! Treating yourself to something that you don't really need but will totally enjoy ~ Reliving the memory of our trip to WV and finding this bowl every time I pull it out of storage. It is all pure fun.


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  1. Even though it was more than you usually spend, I bet you will NEVER regret buying it--but you would have regretted if you passed up the chance! Enjoy your new treasure! :)

  2. That is Awesome! Never pass up a truly rare piece. So happy for you. Having a supportive spouse always helps which I am fortunate to have just like you.

  3. When I went to Italy a few years ago, I bought a sparkly orange Christmas tree (Yes, I carried it home on the plane). Orange blends in pretty well with red and green, plus, for me, it adds a little European flair! So, no worries, it will be lovely. And, now, I covet one too!


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