Monday, September 14, 2015

Melmac Holiday Dish Set

Melmac Holiday Set
I've been on a quest for the past several years to find a complete or near-complete set of Melmac melamine dinnerware, specifically the Holiday collection (left) which combines the then-trendy-but-now-retro colors of red, turquoise, yellow and off-white.

Finding an entire, complete set is a task which is proving difficult if not impossible.  I've been outbid on eBay several times over the last few years.  But I will keep looking.  It's out there . . . somewhere.

There's still lots of Melmac out there.  And there's lots of stuff out there that LOOKS like Melmac, but isn't.  Aye, there's the rub.  Melmac is easy enough to identify because the manufacturer's name is written on the bottom of the plates, cups and bowls.  Easy enough to distinguish, if you think to flip the stuff over and check before you buy it.

Why Melmac?  I could pour over the wonderful history of vintage melamine dinnerware, how it got started, what it's worth and how difficult it is to find.  But this website has already done it for me, so I won't create the wheel.

But perhaps the biggest reason I am attracted to this specific dinnerware line is because my grandmother had this set of dishes when I was a kid.  When she died, I didn't want anything that belonged to her in  order to remember her, but in hindsight, I really wish I would have gotten those dishes.  My Uncle Tom was living with her when she died so he rightly assumed ownership of them, however I recently found out that he sold the whole set a few years ago.

So the quest continues.