Friday, 2 November 2012

flea friday: Pyrex & popping colours

Winter's come early this year - the first snow fell last week and daylight is diminishing fast. It's probably why I'm so drawn to bright popping colours and cheery patterns lately.

Last week we borrowed a car and drove to the recycling depot of the local Red Cross slightly out of town but nearby enough. It happened to be their 'Retro Week' sales going on and they had so many great vintage things for cheap, it was like walking into thrifting heaven!

We picked up a pair of pretty 60s coffee tins for a couple of euros (only one of them featured here, but they are identical), a small unmarked enamel bowl for 70 cents and a little java cup for 20 cents.

Also happened upon a couple of very clean Orthex lidded storage boxes in a bright red and bright yellow. I like having vintage plasticware from them, they usually come in great colours and are good Finnish quality and sturdy. We like saving our leftovers in these. 

These big kitschy mugs are great to make generous cups of afternoon tea in, which I seem to crave in the winter. Neither has any indication of maker or age, but I really liked the transfer pattern on both.

And finally, a couple of newcomers joining my beginners' collection of Pyrex ware.
These were sold in one lot for 4€. They both show signs of their previous working life but have no chips or real faults. I'm especially fond of the vegetables pattern.

I started looking up on Pyrex and found out that my previous find is the Briarwood pattern from the 70s.
Then in this lot, the small dish on top is a 60s snowflake-type pattern (possibly called Belmont?) and the fifties-look vegetables pattern is called Meran, also released in the 60s.

To find the name of these patterns I looked through lots of images of UK Pyrex on this Flickr group's page and on this pinterest page. Also, the girls at Oh So Lovely Vintage started a series on US Pyrex pattern identification.

This week I'm sharing my finds with A Living Space, with Cap Creations and with Sir Thrift a Lot.


  1. how beautiful findings!
    this "kahvia" box is so cute!

    1. thanks Evdokia! i'm pleased with it too - it exists in a blue pattern, and quite possibly a brown one too, but I'm very glad I found the red ones :)

  2. You always find the best things! One day I will get myself over to the local thrift store and hopefully have half your luck!

    1. do do do! it a great passtime. :)

  3. Again very loveley finds. I like most the coffeebox and the pyrex with the nice vegetable pattern. Hope these things will brighten up your winter days. And there is christmas coming up, so time for even more color and joy! Have a nice weekend.

    1. thanks Steph! - the other day i thought, yeah i probably should start to keep an eye out for christmassy finds, and it's never too early to start buying christmas presents :)

  4. lovely treasures you've found again!
    we would be looking for-reaching for the same stuff if we would go flea market rumbling together! :)

  5. You have some great finds my favorites are your Pyrex finds and coffee tin.


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