How Much are Vintage Pyrex Mixing Bowls Worth?
If you’re a reseller online, you’ve probably come across vintage Pyrex bowls and wondered if it was worth reselling. We’ve had the same question so we decided to find out.
So how much are vintage Pyrex mixing bowls worth? Vintage Pyrex mixing bowls range in value from around $30 to about $150 depending on the color, print, and the number of pieces. The most valuable Pyrex mixing bowls are the nesting bowls that usually come in a set of four and have varying colors and prints. The more unique the color and print, the more valuable they become.
This leads us to wonder which ones we should be on the look out for because they are very valuable and worth picking up if we can find them. So here is a break down of vintage Pyrex mixing bowls to keep any eye out for and how to tell if they are valuable.
Which Pyrex Bowls are Worth Money?
There are a lot of different pieces of Pyrex out there so it’s good to have some background information about which one are worth money and which ones are not. Here is a helpful vintage Pyrex value guide.
Note that there are different styles of bowls, most of them considered “nesting bowls” because they stack inside each other. Also, some of them have handles that double as spouts for pouring out liquids. The ones with the handles seem to have a lot more value but it mostly depends on the color and print.
While the price ranges I give below are based on complete sets of four, make sure to still pick up the single bowl that you might find as they are just as valuable by themselves and are worth reselling.
Pink & White Print
This is one of the most valuable sets of Pyrex nesting bowls that I’ve seen. Here is approximately what they’re going for on each platform. Note that these are approximate prices for a complete set of four bowls.
Autumn Harvest Print
This is a popular color and print that you might find at thrift stores and garage sales. Here is approximately what they’re going for if you want to resell them. Note that these are approximate prices for a complete set of four bowls.
Yellow & Black Gooseberry Print
These are very unique in color in print and they happen to be very valuable too! Please note that these are approximate prices for a complete set of four bowls.
Solid Primary Colors
This is another popular set that you might find when your sourcing at thrift stores and garage sales. Here is approximately what they’re going for if you want to resell them. Note that these are approximate prices for a complete set of four bowls.
Turquoise Amish Print
This color has become very popular in recent years so it’s no surprise that people are buying it for their kitchen. Please note that these are approximate prices for a complete set of four bowls.
This is just five of the different styles that Pyrex has made. So as a general rule of thumb, you should pick any colorful or printed piece of Pyrex you find and research it. The more pieces you research, the better idea you’ll have of how much they are worth.
If you need help identifying a pattern, check out these really helpful guide at PyrexCollector.com
How to Tell if Pyrex is Vintage?
You can tell approximately how old a piece of Pyrex is by looking at the markings on the bottom and sometimes even the print will help. Here is a quick little guide that will help you get an idea of how old your Pyrex mixing bowls or dishes are.
Pyrex was originally developed by Corning Glass works in 1915. Therefore, the 1920s pieces have the CG logo imprinted which is often mistaken as a backwards dollar sign. The Pyrex name is printed in a serif font that is more fancy than later markings.
The markings on bowls from around the 1920s typically have this layout from top to bottom:
U.S. Pat. Off.
The Pyrex markings from the 1930s took a more simply layout with what looks like a flower or maybe fire symbol
The markings on bowls from around the 1930s typically have this layout from top to bottom:
The Pyrex name on this bowl is more block style than it was on earlier dishes. It’s a much simpler stamp with less detail.
The markings on bowls from around the 1940s typically have this layout from top to bottom:
U.S. Pat. Off.
The markings on bowls from around the 1950s typically have this layout from top to bottom:
size of the container
Made in USA
The markings on bowls from around the 1960s typically have this simple layout from top to bottom:
size of the container
PYREX ® Symbol
Made in USA
Markings from the 1970s to present become a little more difficult to identify because there are many variations. However, you can look at the print and the colors to help determine the age.
Where Can I Sell Vintage Pyrex?
There are some great places to sell vintage Pyrex online! This is great because you can get a lot of eyes on your item from all across the world if you want. The three most popular marketplaces to sell vintage pyrex for the most profit are eBay, Etsy, and Amazon.
Selling Pyrex on eBay
eBay is a great marketplace for vintage items but it has a lot of foot traffic and is well known for finding vintage and unique items. Here is an idea of what you’ll make if you sell your vintage Pyrex on eBay
100.00 Sale Price
140.00 TOTAL MONEY RECEIVED
TOTAL PROFIT: $81.64
(that’s a 58% profit margin!)
Selling Pyrex on Etsy
Etsy is a great platform that not only allows homemade items but also vintage items. The other great thing about Etsy is the fee structure is really easy to understand and they’re buyers tend to pay more for items because they have a better understanding of value. Here is an idea of what you’ll make if you sell your vintage Pyrex on Etsy.
TOTAL PROFIT: $111.30
(that’s a 67% profit margin!)
Selling Pyrex on Amazon
While there are a few vintage Pyrex listings on Amazon, it certainly isn’t as popular to sell these types of items there. I wouldn’t recommend listing your vintages Pyrex on Amazon, but you can if you want. The fee structure is really confusing so I won’t even try to calculate it. If anyone knows the Amazon fee structure and wants to share about how much you think someone could make, please share in the comments.
Tips for Selling Vintage Pyrex Bowls
Take a lot of pictures. As with any vintage item, there is likely quite a bit of wear and tear from use over the years. Make sure to show every detail and all flaws. Also, try to clearly display the markings on the bottom for people to see.
Take care in shipping. All vintage Pyrex bowls are going to have the danger of breaking in shipping so be sure to use extra precautions. Consider double boxing, wrap with bubble wrap, air pillows, and/or styrofoam peanuts. If you’re selling multiple bowls as a set, make sure to put a layer of foam or bubble wrap between each bowl so they don’t bang against each other in transit. For more shipping tips, check out our article “Top 15 Most Useful eBay Shipping Tips“.
Include important details in the title. In my research I noticed a lot of people simply putting “Vintage Pyrex Mixing Bowls” in the title. Make sure to put the color, print, year, and any other details you can think of. This will help a lot with your search rankings and getting your item shown to more people based on what they are searching for.
Is vintage corning ware valuable? Most corning ware pieces have very little value, maybe around $10 depending on what it is. However, there are a few pieces with specific prints that might bring in around $30. Do your research to see what’s valuable and what isn’t before purchasing for resale.
Where to buy replacement pyrex lids? You can find replacement lids for Pyrex dishes almost anywhere; Walmart, Amazon, eBay, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, and Pyrex themselves. Just make sure that you’re finding one that fits your specific dish. Not all vintage Pyrex bowls and dishes were made to have lids.