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About This Blog & Content Policy 


Melmac Central  emerged as my official RetroChalet blog, in December 2010 as a form of stress relief writing about what I love...plastic fantastic. I never thought I would end up with nearly a million visitors. 
Cindy Fahnestock Schafer
Rare photo of me and mom, using our Texas Ware bowls.

My mom was battling colo-rectal cancer and so I began writing to keep my mind occupied.  I collected melmac since I was 18 and well I was born in 1973 so you do that math. Over time I visited Syracuse and studied the Russel Wright archives, and assembled quite a large collection.  

Mom "beat" colo-rectal cancer, but after a complication died in the hospital. This blog kept me sane during a rough time. It's proven to be a good resource for collectors and melmac lovers and so I have kept my posts up here. 

Thanks to you, I've had over a half million visitors and heard some great stories and I appreciate all the nice comments and shares.

As times have changed, so have my blogging interests.  effective 2018, I also use the blog to feature my own antiques that are for sale in my Etsy shop.

 Content Policy 

The content is all my own, I choose what I like and write about it. I cite my sources and encourage you to share my blog and it's photos to social media. If you are writing your own article do not copy my text, thoughts or ideas without proper crediting me and LINKING to my site. It took a lot of blood, sweat, time and tears to do this research.

Quality Content

If you have something to add to the content or I've made an error, my site shows dead links or photos, please let me know. Over time people's website disappear and the sources I've cited are gobbled up by the 404 error pages, and I hate that. 

Please report all broken links to me at RetroChalet@icloud.com so I can clean them up email or text 4109089241 and let me know what article you're reading.

Earnings Disclaimer

Rare times I will honor advertisting or linking into my blog, either on ehte sidebar in the form of an avatar, or within the article itself, wherein if you click on these ads and or links I may receive some form of financial compensation for it or for having advertised the store or shop. I also advertise my own items from my  RetroChalet etsy shop (a girl has to eat right?) in case you'll find something you love :)

If you are interested in Advertising with me, visit my online media kit.  (or contact me below.)


Although I consider myself an avid Researcher, it has been a happy accident. Pursuing what you love leads you to become a learning collector.  I did a lot of research work on Russel Wright plastics, in hopes to write a book, which has not ever materialized due to lack of time. 

I have taken part in exhibiting at the  San Francisco Airport Museum  featured in the Russel Wright Exhibit March-October 2009. 
I was interviewed by the Newark-Arcadia Historical Society in regards to my research on Home Decorators, and featured in the Newark Courier Gazette (NY). 

Then I was featured in Wisconsin, Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter interviewed extensively by Marge Miley, one of my favorite reporters who has since passed. (Archived.) 

Here's a great article on Melmac I wrote for all to read: 

HobbyLark: Collecting-Melmac-Dinnerware-Vintage-Fun

Some of my Russel Wright collection was photographed here in this book: 


Thank You 

 I so do appreciate the early mentions who got us noticed, although there are too many to remember..... 

Three Old Keys  December 2010

Junk and HoweFebruary 2011
The Vintage List   October 2011  
Woo Woo TeaCup Journal January 2012
Dave Lucas Blog    April 2012 
North Jersey.com March 2013 
C. Dianne Zweig March 2013
Skulls and Chocolate September 2013
The Thrift Collective November 2013
and so on and so forth......

In December 2013, my blog turned three with almost a quarter of million visitors. By 2016 I had over a half million visitors, now I'm on my way to making 1 million visitors! I am so glad to share my love for plastics with you!

I'm pleased that people love Melmac and Melamine as much as me. I want you to know I put my heart into every post and control 100% of the content on this blog and keep it real , finding only the best deals and writing about what I love.   I would rather post less frequent and have it filled with good information. 

This is all free information from me to you, and when you can please visit my Etsy shop RETROCHALET to purchase something to help keep the domain MelmacCentral.com free!  

.........Happy Collecting~!  Muah! xoxox
Cindy Fahnestock Schafer

Personally Connect with me: 
WhatsApp (find me by phone above) 410 908 9241



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