Nothing that the CDC has announced prepared me for the Pyrex disease. Gloves, antibiotics, face masks, staying inside - it didn't work. In fact, being on the computer is I'm pretty sure what gave me the disease, the disease that has turned me over into a Pyrex Zombie.
I thought it was interesting and cute and quirky and then I moved along with my daily life. Suddenly, there were whole blogs about it: http://pyrexcollective.blogspot.com/, and it was all over Pinterest.
At a party a few months later, I actually saw Heather's pyrex collection. It's pretty impressive, and it was growing all the time. She explained why she liked the Pyrex - not only was it fantastic looking and vintage and chic and totally her style, but it was also safe to cook in, to heat in. It was not plastic. It was not modern crap. Here are a few pictures of her collection:
It was cool. I read blogs about how friends of mine had Pyrex swap meetings, out of their trunks, like drugs or knock-off handbags. (see picture below, from Just Imagine Heaven):
Trunks. FOR PYREX. I was intrigued by this weird behavior, so I inquired a bit about it. They heard my squeaks of interest. Then I saw Jan's collection, and I think I was almost convinced.
My first Pyrex was given to me by Jan. It was a small, pink and white bowl with the "Gooseberry Pattern". Since it was from Jan, it also was filled with some amazing homemade cookies *Note to self, get that recipe*. Then Jan brought some to the swap party - a white and green dish with a lid, and some yellow and greens ones, which I passed on to Sarah. Heather boosted my collection with a red and orange bowl "Friendship pattern" that is perfect for pasta salads and so bright and fun.
The disease has taken over. I now have "my" pattern - which is the pink and white gooseberry pattern, and I'm looking into finding a shelf to display my Pyrex collection in my kitchen.
I also would like some turquise ones - I think this combo would be great with my existing colors: reds, light blues and greys. LOVE the Gooseberry.
I think I might start becoming a Pyrex hunter, like Heather and Jan. They find amazing ones, and the coolest thing about them is that they USE them. We had dinner last night at Jan's house and it was all Pyrex, all the time. Bowls, plates, serving bowls...yeah. AMAZING.
They are used, not just shown.
Now that I the Pyrex zombie disease, I have spread it to Sarah, who has picked "her" pattern - SpringBlossoms, in this dark green and white, which matches her kitchen. Today, we set up a little shelf for her growing collection, small but growing.
(Thanks to Jan for the photo of the "Springblossoms".)
My sister, on the other hand, responded to my offer of an extra Pyrex bowl with something less enthusiastic: Me: "Want a blue Pyrex bowl? It's really cute! It could become "your" pattern!" Cool Sister Cindy: "I will never, ever want Pyrex. I think it's weird and old." Me: "Well, okay then."
Then I cradled my blue bowl and cooed to it. "Don't worry. We won't give you to the mean lady who only dresses in grey and black, we won't!"Apparently Cindy is immune to the Pyrex disease. But I'm not. I'm in, with both feet.
Who is next, who wants to drink the Kool-Aid?? Become a Pyrex zombie with me! Together we can moan through the thrift stores......brains...patterns....Pyyyreex....
It'll get ya. And tomorrow I'm taking some over to my friend Katie's house.
Whaahhaahhaa...(that was an evil villain laugh, just in case you couldn't' tell.)
Additional Note: How does one become a Pyrex hunter and how much are they? From what I can gather, being a Pyrex hunter means that you visit thrift stores often to catch the Pyrex coming in, usually in the mornings. And, you don't just buy your pattern - if it's in good shape, you just buy them and then trade them later with your Pyrex Collective (A group of friends who collects different patterns of Pyrex). How much are they? That can range, but I picked up a three set of perfectly good "Springblossoms" for Sarah for 4.95, with a lid. So...pretty cheap.
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