Thursday, March 17, 2011

Going Green: Vintage Style

Do you “Go Green?”  Do you Re-cycle, Up-Cycle and Re-Purpose?  While commendable, sometimes we can just Re-Use an item for its original intent. For me, re-using something vintage is the purest form of “going green.”



Some of the “coolest” vintage items we can Re-Use are “fridgies.” At least that’s what Pyrex enthusiasts call them. Commonly they’re known as refrigerator dishes….practical, and often colorful, containers that are used to store leftovers in the “fridge,” hence the term “fridgie.”

Pyrex


Refrigerator dishes come in many sizes and shapes and were made by several manufacturers other than Pyrex. Anchor Hocking (Fire-King), McKee (Glasbake), Federal Glass and Hazel-Atlas all produced lines of refrigerator dishes. The dishes were designed to conveniently stack upon each other to optimize refrigerator space. 

Federal Glass



Hazel-Atlas


Even early plastics manufacturers got in on the craze with colorful containers.



Sadly, the luck of the Irish has not been with me as I’ve tried to assemble a complete set of refrigerator dishes. This is how I usually find them…..a top here, a bottom there…It’s like finding the rainbow but no pot of gold at the end!  But I'll keep looking. That's what we treasure-hunters do!!! 



Want to be green with envy?
Take a peek at The Pyrex Collective button on my sidebar to see a very desirable and complete set of aqua fridgies!


Do you use vintage refrigerator dishes?


I'll be taking my fridgies to the following parties:

Vintage Thingie Thursday at The Coloradolady

Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage

Junkin Finds Friday at A La Carte


28 comments:

  1. Love the acqua fridgies -- I use my corning ware (cornflower blue, no doubt) fridgies.

    deb

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  2. I DO use my vintage Pyrex and Corning Ware and Fire King but don't own any fridgies...OMG How did I miss such a great way to be green AND vintage? Thanks for the light bulb moment.

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  3. HA finally I have something you have!!! I have a bunch of these that were Grams and my Aunts!!
    I love them!!
    And WOW Erin needs some sort of Pyrex intervention!!
    I've never seen so much!!

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  4. I love the few fridgies I have (no complete set for me either) and I do use them all the time. I have a couple of Pyrex and also some Federal Glass fridgies! Fun post! Thanks for joining JFF this week! hugs, Linda

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  5. Yes! I "heart" fridgies! I have a Pyrex collection in red. We do use them, too. I've read that glass dishes are healthier to use than the new plastic because they don't carry bacteria.

    If I look at the aqua fridgies, I might be tempted to start a new collection :) ~M

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  6. I don't have any of these (yet) but have to think they're a better option than some of the modern plastic containers made from who-knows-what chemicals. :-0

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  7. I do, I do. I use one of my bowls almost every day. I only have a few fridgies, but I'm a true believer that food tastes better after being stored in them.

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  8. Great collection of fridge dishes. I'm adding your blog to my Favorites.
    - Joy

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  9. I love your fridgies! They really are the most fun! My sister found the tall green glass container that says WATER on one side and JUICE on the other! I found one awhile back so now she is going to look for lids for them both! They are very cool to find! ♥

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  10. I adore fridgies and I use them all the time. I look for them constantly. LOVE them! ;-)

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  11. I love fridgies and use them all the time too-and I'm always on the look out for more!

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  12. I have looked and looked for those fridgies. I have never been able to find any around here. The closest I came to is finding small covered corning ware containers.

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  13. I have fridgies. The ones with the veggies on the tops. But I don't use them as intended. My husband will not eat leftovers so I rarely save anything just for myself. I do use them to hold craft things though.

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  14. It's hard for me to call my "frigies" vintage. They're just useful small Pyrex containers that I've used for close to 50 years!

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  15. My grandmother used to have a yellow one and I loved it! I have a couple in the brown tones. We used to sell tons of these at the antique mall. They are just so pretty.

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  16. I love my fridgies and use them all the time although I don't have many.

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  17. I'm seeing lots of Pyrex lately for some reason - you're right in vogue!

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  18. I don't have any, but remember them. The clear are my favorite.

    I have a wonderful footed clear ridged bowl with an intersting base. One day I'll show it as a vintage thingy so maybe you can help identify what type glass it is.

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  19. I love my fridgies and use them all the time! I was so dismayed when I broke the lid to one of my small fridgies earlier this week. Luckily I have a few extra for just such an occurrence. In my Pyrex collection I have a variety of colors as well as a full set in aqua. I also have a full set of the Federal Glass. When I am out junking I am always on the lookout for more or even just the lids.

    ~ Tracy

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  20. I Love those Old Storage containers, Tupperware is just Not the same..... Have a wonderful weekend, hope you get a chance to stop by ~
    Cheryl

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  21. I would LOVE a jadeite fridgie like the one you have pictured! You're right about finding these - it's typicall the top OR the bottom that you'll find - almost never are they together, unless the price is $$$ ! I a big fan of the Pyrex Collective - fun stuff! -diane

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  22. Love them all. Unfortunately, luck hasn't been with me since I have yet to find one but hopefully one day :)

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  23. I DO LOVE them and watch for them too... They remind me of my Grandmother who used them for EVERYTHING. I wish I had gotten her collection of them! Hmmm, I wonder where they went... I think everything should go back to "Real Glass" and do away with most or all of the plastics! I remember when the milkman delivered our milk in "glass bottles" and left them in our MILKBOX on the porch... This and these fridge dishes have Such Fun Memories of a great childhood. Thanks So much for sharing Sherry,
    Hugs to you,
    Donna

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  24. Those "fridgies" are cute. I have never come across any! Have a great day!

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  25. I have a few glass fridge dishes. I chose to use the, as jewelry keepers on my dresser. They are so vintage and my jewelry looks great in them. Plus, when my granddaughters come over and sneak peaks in their grannie's jewelry box, I always know ( I hear the glass clink LOL).

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  26. I do use vintage refrigerator dishes, Sherry. And like you, I've had to assemble pieces here and there. But that's okay; I like the hunt. ;)

    Thanks for joining the party again. I hope to see you this week, as well.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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