Saturday, July 31, 2010
Today's 'retro' item is Jadite.
I started collecting this kitchenware back in the early 90's before Martha Stewart popularized it on her TV show. Since then it has more than doubled in price.
You got to love the classic mug above. Then add the tea cup:
And with some variation on a theme:
Can't leave out the refrigerator containers:
Oh yeah....then the egg cup:
The mixing bowls have come in very handy:
And there were dishes:
Here is a brief history I found online:
Jadite was manufactured by many companies from the 1930's to 1972. Jadite is occasionally referred to as "clambroth" a term also used for opaque white glass. Each company produced a slight variant either lighter or darker of jadite's basic seafoam -green color.
Jadite was heavy, durable, inexpensive and, sometimes it was even free. It was often packaged as a giveaway in food and cleaning products. Restaurants served meals on jadite dishes, as they cost pennies to buy and had a high threshold for breakage.Because Jadite is functional, good looking, and easy to find and still fairly cheap to buy, it is an ideal collectible.