UPDATE: Bowls Mistakenly Sold At Estate Sale Returned, Seller No Longer In “Deep Doo-Doo”
(NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Once again, I have hijacked an article for my own purposes. When it comes to Pyrex bowls, I am blinded by my own passion and fanaticism for this startlingly sturdy kitchenware; as a result, I feel the need to inform readers that I accept myself for who I am, bowl obsession and all. Pyrex is passion, and passion is in fashion. Thank you for following this story to its conclusion.)
Yesterday, I came across a curious plea for help that had been posted in one of Amarillo's countless Buy, Sell, & Trade groups. During the course of an estate sale, a set of vintage Pyrex bowls were among the items sold by the original poster.
The seller soon came to find out that they had made a terrible mistake.
Finding themselves in "deep doodoo" for allowing the sentimental kitchenware to be sold, the seller turned to where she had initially promoted the estate sale. This time, she was promoting a desperate search for the woman who now had a set of high-value vintage mixing bowls in her possession.
Her hope was that the buyer would see her post and allow her to buy the bowls back.
Honestly? That's a true shot in the dark.
For one, those bowls aren't just any old "retro" or "vintage" mixing bowls; those are bona-fide Pyrex bowls. I can assure you that there is a distinct value that is attached to that description. Allow me to share what a full set is listed for on eBay.
Not cheap. At all.
Another listing on Etsy.com comes in at significantly less, but still one hell of a price tag for something you mash things together in with a spoon.
Guys. Before we get to this story's happy ending (spoiler: the bowls are reunited with the seller), I am once again going to drive home the fact that these are more than just "bowls".
After publishing his initial post, Mike Rivera had to sit and listen to me deliver a lengthy, informative, and emotionally-charged speech on why Pyrex bowls are the superior kitchenware. And now, it's your turn.
- Pyrex was originally made out of borosilicate glass, which was created to use in science labs because it didn’t expand or contract with heat.
- Borosilicate glass means you can put that bad boy in the oven at 500 degrees and it's going to come out just fine.
- In 1998, they stopped using borosilicate glass to make Pyrex bowls. You literally cannot purchase an indestructible Pyrex mixing bowl--it is no longer manufactured.
- If the situation ever calls for it, Pyrex bowls are weighty enough to earn you an "Assault With A Deadly Weapon" charge in the state of Texas. This is your tried and true self-defense method that you can keep in the kitchen. If you clock a burglar on the noggin with a well-aimed Pyrex bowl, they are not getting back up.
Anyways, those are some of the reasons why Pyrex bowls are worth getting worked up about. And that's pretty much why this story has a happy ending. The buyer gets wind that the seller is in "deep doodoo" over the mistaken sale and immediately arranges to return the bowls.
And honestly, the comments on that thread are the most wholesome thing I've seen on Facebook in a while. Amarillo is many things, but there's certainly inherent goodness to be found in our community.
Moral of the story: Don't mess around with someone's set of Pyrex mixing bowls. You might find yourself in some deep doodoo.