I see something and become obsessed with it. Black tapers, for example. Vintage linen from France, slag glass, whatever. I see something, become obsessed, and begin imagining how innovative I am, and how great it'll be when the world sees that the thing I am obsessed with is a wonderful thing and I'm credited with having "discovered" it.
I'll be famous, lauded... RICH!
I'm not sure how any of this will happen, but as long as I get credit for being first, I figure I'll be happy. Of course, the Internet tends to reveal just how mundane my interests really are. No matter how many things I "discover" it always turns out that I'm a bit late to the dance. And not only am I late, I'm pathetically late. And not only am I pathetically late, I'm wearing the wrong shoes. Actually, I'm probably at the wrong dance ...
Anyway. Enough with the bad analogy. Let's talk about Pyrex.
Oh how I love Pyrex. Growing up, I thought it hideous. Old fashioned. Yucky. Time was you could find it at any small town Goodwill for less than $5, but as seems all too common these days, what was once garbage has become collectible, and vintage Pyrex in good condition is becoming harder and harder to find (at those old thrifty rates, I mean).
Anyway. My favourite web resource for information about Pyrex is a site called Pyrex Love. Check it out. If you're collecting, scratches and discolouration can be a problem, but if you're just in it for fun, don't worry so much. I grab pieces even when they're scratched up because the vintage patterns are oh-so-very folksy and adorable. And when you group a bunch of it together, it always looks festive. Like fiestaware, only much better (in my opinion). Also, as with nearly everything I love, since I'm not too serious about it, if I break it, no biggie.
At the moment, the two pieces I love most from my personal collection are a blue bowl that I use for popcorn. (Look at old episodes of Sex and the City and you'll see a similar one in pink located in Carrie Bradshaw's disused kitchen.) I also love my small orange one -- Autumn Harvest is the official pattern -- with the wheat pattern on the side. (See above.)
I know, Pyrex isn't for everyone. But I like it. So there. That said, I've heard some rumours about it spontaneously exploding. Seriously. Glass everywhere. No reason whatsoever. Just, boom. Suddenly your Pyrex is gone.
A little daunting, nonetheless, I'm hooked.