Monday, April 23, 2012

Melmac Monday: Taste the Rainbow

Hey all! Happy Monday! I am so excited to be sharing a new weekly segment with you that I have called Melmac Mondays!

If you remember from this post, I sort of   definitely have a Melmac problem. For those of you who are not as familiar with Melmac, it was a brand of dishes made from the 1940's until around the 1970's from melamine, which is a type of plastic. Some main reasons why this dishware was used, was because a.) it was cheap b.) it was durable and c.) plastic was seen as the "dishware of the future."

Melmac was the brand name of dishware that American Cyanamid produced, but there were many other makers, that used other names such as Texas Ware, Bootonware, even some Tubbermaind, etc.  However, most of the people just refer to most melamine dishware as melmac, even if the American Cyanamid company did not produce it.

I became obsessed with Melmac, when I was younger, admiring the wonderful melmac mustard style dishware set my grandma had.  I had bought some pink cups before freshman year, because they are very durable, but lately my love for Melmac has just grown much more, as you saw from that post above. I just love the simplicity of them, the different styles, and how great they are for everyday use.

Therefore, I have decided that every Monday I will post some pictures of Melmac that I particularly like from Etsy, or (as I head home for summer) I will share some of my own pieces from my ever-growing collection.

So, to jump start Melmac Monday, I present to you a rainbow of Melmac.

                            16pc Vintage Red Melmac Set "Boonton" - Bowls Cups Plates - Snack Set Retro Atomic

Melmac Melamine Mobile Appetizer Trays

Stacking Coffee Cups Melamine Mugs Yellow Vintage Melmac Dinnerware Set of Four

Melamine Melmac cream sugar set vintage Rubbermaid mint green

SALE - 20% OFF - Turquoise Melmac (Melamine) Dishes - Set of 2

SUPER SALE- Collection Of Purple And White Vintage Melmac Dishes

Vintage Melmac Bowls Pink Mid century Kitchen Beverly Set of 4



P.S. Etsy has some great Melmac things, but I would advise looking at thrift stores, estate sales, and even your grandma's cabinets for pieces too, just because shipping can get pretty pricey with dishware.
P.P.S. Here are some great links about the history of Melmac and how to keep your dishes looking pretty!  


Nav said...

love all of the pieces!

Unknown said...

nice dishes and cups love the colors

Marisa Noelle said...

My grandmother had that blue included a coffee creamer and sugar bowl...and was adorable! Gosh I would love to come across these during a thrift hunt...I never even knew the proper name for them! Such pretty candy colors.

Anastasia from Natbeesfashion said...

Great findings! Unfortunately my grandma didnt have any of those..
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Jessica said...

Very pretty dishes. I love all of the colors. I don't remember my grandmother having any of these.

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Laura said...

Hello, Laura! I'm also Laura. I love your blog, found it on one of The Dainty Squid's comments. Following you through rss and bloggerrrrr

PuppyLovePrincess said...

i love melmac, too. melmac is also the name of the planet ALF was from. double nerdy coolness!

MW said...

You should have gotten that sweet lazy susan when we were at that junk store Laura! You loved that thing!

Anonymous said...

I have some melmac-looking bowls that have an O D with compass points and the number 2247. Can you tell what brand this is?

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