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C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • H O L I D A Y 2 0 1 5 89 colored nested bowls, referred to as "Primary Mixing Bowls." This set orig- inally sold for $2.50. For collectors, color and/or pattern is key. Pink, turquoise and Delphite Blue pieces are highly coveted, outselling the more muted earth-toned colors from the 1960s. A very rare line was of clear glass with an etched red and green tulip design, made only from 1948-1949. Pyrex patterns that are desirable to collectors include Gooseberry (particularly in pink), Rainbow Striped, New Dot, Snowflakes and Daisy. I have owned all four color variations in Rainbow Striped, which are pink, blue, yellow and beige. I absolutely adore Snowflakes, particularly in char- coal, pink and turquoise, and have owned the complete set of the nested New Dot pattern and the scarce Delphite Blue fridge dishes. Collecting Pyrex is addictive. My mother had them, and my sister's cup- boards are stuffed with all colors and patterns of vintage Pyrex that she can still find in country yard sales for only a few dollars. Rare vintage pieces can go as high as $265 for a four-piece turquoise refrigerator set with lids, $225 for a full set of vintage New Dots, $225 for a three-piece set of Pink Gooseberry casseroles, $100 for a three-piece Rainbow Stripes nested set, and the staggering price of $350 for a three- piece nested set of Americana with white rims. Those prices are for the advanced collector but Pyrex is still a relative- ly inexpensive collecting hobby, and in the end, the value of a piece of Pyrex is about the joy you get from actually owning it. Throughout the years, we have seen the collapse of home cooking, but television has now succeeded in turning it into a spectator sport. It is now cool for the foodie set who loves to dine out to once again turn their focus to sumptuous meals prepared in their own kitchens. Each November, my white Pyrex mixing bowls make a memorable appearance as I prepare my mom's family recipes for the holidays. They remind me of her. And while I feel somewhat like a misguided muffin in the kitchen, the holidays just wouldn't be the same without them. They are part of a cherished childhood that centered around family, food and good things. Marjorie Snow is a writer and photographer with a vast knowledge of antiques and their history. Snow was the owner of Terra Cotta in Las Vegas, an exclusive architectural vintage gallery, which was featured in numerous West Coast magazines. Covered casserole and butter dishes in Spring Blossom pattern Pie plate and two covered casseroles in Lime Green Three nested yellow & white Cinderella mixing bowls with two spouts Covered casserole dishes in Autumn Harvest 8-piece Oven Refrigerator Set These glass dishes were in every household and even made their television debut on 'I Love Lucy.'

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