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Collecting Vintage Melmac & Melamine Dinnerware
Collecting Vintage Melmac 101
Collecting vintage melmac can be fun and inexpensive. Putting together a set piece by piece can be a challange and viewed as a "treasure hunt." Thrift stores, yard sales, garage sales, flea markets, Etsy, Ebay and online sites can prove to be good sources to assemble your set.
I started out 20 years ago putting together 10 cent pieces to assemble a pink set. I soon found out that none of my pinks matched due to the fact there were so many molders and different lines and hues available. It was then after my first glimpse of Russel Wright's melmac that I tailored my collecting only to that. Now I have a whole website about Melmac history! history!
Expect to pay higher prices for designers or hard to find pieces. Start small and simple and assemble what you can for less, then pay more only for pieces to complete your set.
Vintage melamine dinnerware makes a nice modern display in your home or colorful addition to your china cabinet. Dishes can go well at a summertime cookout or special picnic but should not be microwaved.
Melmac is Colorful!
As you can see, Melmac can be a gorgeous collectible. These are in my office and as a designer they inspire my every move due to the bright colors and funky designs. I strongly recommend a glass faced cabinet, as these are a real pain to dust.
Colors Provide Option for Collectors
Designers of Yester Year took Pride in Making their Melmac as shown in Russel Wright's Residential (Good Design Awards at MOMA)
Ira Mency's Russel Wright Melmac Shelves
Free Melmac Information Site, Click Here!
Care and Cleaning - Ira Mency's Secrets after 20 Years of Collecting
I have now created a whole new Lens on Squidoo with just care and cleaning tips. I've decided to tell all , so be sure when you are done reading this, to read my care and cleaning tips HERE on my other lens!
Melmac Informational Sites
- Melmac Central: Melamine Dinnerware and Plastics Design by Retro Chalet
This site is all about melmac dinnerware, and vintage plastics and covers many manufacturers. Special section on Russel Wright. Also shows great finds in Melmac available on the web. A site by Ira Mency
- Plastic LIving
All about Watertown Lifetime ware, airline melmac and early plastics, by plastics expert Christopher McPherson.
- The Branchell Company History
All about Branchell and Kaye Lamoyne's melmac including Color-Flyte, Ebonyte and more by plastics expert Dennis Teepe.
- My HubPages Article on Melmac!
Check it out!
What do you like?
What is your Favorite Brand of Vintage Melmac?
New Melmac : Don't be Fooled Thinking It is Vintage
Do your research before buying melmac. Most melmac now is made in China, and this is a clue it's newer and not vintage. There are some great newer makers such as Zak Designs, you can see my video and read my information that I wrote about Zak Designs and their confetti mixing bowls here on my blog. Note the pretty black and white "Learning to fly" plate that sold out quickly by marimekko for Zak Designs.
American companies like Prolon, Carlisle, and even Halsey are still manufacturing melamine in the United States. Most are used for restaurants, school cafeterias, and the military. Some have plants as well in Mexico, or Puerto Rico.
New Melmac: Pretty and Functional
Read Melmac Articles By Manufacturer!
Find your favorite brand of Melmac and read the attached articles! I will be adding more periodically!
- Westinghouse Melmac : Million Dollar Plastic Dishes?
Read and learn more about Westinghouse
- Boonton, Boontonware Melmac Dinnerware
Read of a Boonton, New Jersey quest for some information about the dishes.
- Spaulding and Spauldingware
Read about the Rise and Fall of Spaulding in Chicago.
Direct Links to Buy Melmac
- Retro Chalet Etsy Shop (rare and hard to find)
Tons of melmac always in stock, some high end pricey pieces that are rare and hard to find also offered.
- Etsy Melmac Search (all melmac offerings)
Etsy averages 900-1000 melmac items at any given time. Use this link for a quick search.
- Vintage Melmac on Ebay
This search eliminates "new" melamine nd only searches for vintage melmac on Ebay, though you may want to try other searches as well such as melmac idnnerware, melmac dishes, etc.
Melmac collecting can be fun and inexpensive. Flea markets, thrift shops, estate sales, Etsy and Ebay can help you build sets of your favorite kind.Sometimes finding completer pieces will be hard -- I view it like a treasure hunt--it may be difficult to complete a set, but in the process you may accumulate extras you don't need. Sell the extras to pay for those hard to find pieces!
Melmac Identification By Mr. Melmac
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- Ira Mency Designs
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My personal website, art, and some free artist resources.
- Retro Chalet 's Melmac Central
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