Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The Pyrex Series: Overview
When you see a piece of Pyrex, first and foremost don't get too excited! This is especially important if you are at a flea market. Often vendors price items on the spot and if they see you are really interested in one of their items, they are more likely to give you a higher price. Also, if there are a lot of pieces, you will be drawing attention (during your momentary squeals of glee) and possibly attract others to the treasure trove of Pyrex!
The next thing you want to do is thoroughly examine the piece. Pick it up, run your fingers along the edges to check for chips. If possible, hold it up to the light to check for scratches in the pattern. What kinds of stains are on it? If they are brownish and look like grease stains, Mr. Clean Eraser should be able to handle them along with some baking soda paste. Gray metal marks are more difficult but not impossible to get out. Is the dish still shiny? Is the color faded? Is there a lid included? These are all important things to ask yourself when examining a piece.
1. If I found this item in absolutely perfect condition, how much would I pay for it? If the item I am considering is in lesser condition but priced higher than my max, I walk away.
2. How high is it on my wish list? If it is an item I really want, I am usually willing to pay a little more for it.
3. How "rare" is the item? It is important to familiarize yourself with common patterns and promotional items. There are some patterns that were more widely produced than others, or simply vary in popularity among collectors. I set lower price limits for common patterns because I am more likely to run across those items again, hopefully at a lower price.
4. Does it have a lid? A patterned lid, or even a glass lid that doesn't have any chips in it definitely adds value to a piece, and may be worth a dollar or two more than I would pay for that item sans lid.
5. How much would I pay for the whole set? When I find a lone bowl from a mixing bowl set, I like to ask myself how much I would pay for the whole set. This helps me decide about how much I would pay for an individual piece.
Happy Pyrexing! Next week we will cover the different sizes Pyrex made and go over the numbering system!
In the meantime don't forget to go check out the Pyrex Love website and Flickr Group! Both are fantastic resources!