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Melmac Sample Chips
Rare Melmac Sample Chips in my collection 

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 Texasware
Rare photo of me and mom, using our Texas Ware bowls circa 1978.

My Love for Plastics

My mom was battling colo-rectal cancer and so I began writing to keep my mind occupied.  I collected melmac since I was 18 not due to choice but necessity.  A pink dish here, a pink dish there, why didn't they match, I wondered. Over time thrifting and decorating my first apartment on a shoestring budget made me fall in love with the fab 1950's dishes.  Assembling a collection I networked with other collectors and went on to study plastics in general.  I visited Syracuse and studied the Russel Wright archives, and assembled quite a large collection all the while joining an exclusive melmac group of plastic junkies.   

Mom "beat" colo-rectal cancer, but after a complication of hypertension, 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. 

I appreciate hearing your 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. Blogging takes a lot of time that I no longer have.  My collection is now in storage due to lack of room in my new home. 

I hope to one day rewrite the sections as I further investigate. 

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 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 the 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 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: 


I also sell some of my melmac in my shop:


I have been an Etsy seller since 2007 and was interviewed and featured in the book "Etsy-Preneurship" .
Etsy Preneurship
You can find this book here on Etsy.

Thank You 

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

Personally Connect with me: 
Text me  410 908 9241

last updated 12.3.18


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  3. Hello
    I have to plates by Brook Park that says Your Day to Shine trying to find out what year they where made #162. Would appreciate any info you have,


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