What a great idea! This retired professor Robin Thorne, is identify tons of melmac at only $2 a pop.
A lot of people with plastic dishes may think they are worthless. Chances are they may jump on ebay and see their plastic dish set selling for $9.99, when in actuality it may be a rare pattern if listed correctly and could bring them much more.
A mere $2 doesn't buy you much these days but it may buy you the difference between "a plastic dish with fish on it" and a rare Watertown Gulfstream pattern which if listed correctly can bring you top dollar with collectors.
|Wait, is that a rare Meladur pink divided bowl? Dishes by VntageJewelryNmore|
So why is Thorne only asking a few bucks? Just like most retirees he's trying to supplement his income and enjoys talking plastic. He is working on a book with all different lines of melmac and knows this stuff like the back of his hand. If you ask me, he's a walking encyclopedia.
Although some collectors of melmac may be upset that this may drive the prices higher, I for one would be happy just to find pieces to finish some of my lines. When they are incorrectly labeled it makes it impossible to find those fill in pieces!
I get a lot of mail from people asking me to identify their stash, but if it isn't Russel Wright I don't know what it is half the time. So from now on, I will refer to to Mr. Melmac. You may contact him though the blog page I set up for him, or directly at email@example.com
"Thumbs up" to Mr. Melmac for doing such a thing.