Which Australian house doesn’t have a stash of CorningWare in the kitchen cupboard – whether or not the last time anyone made a casserole was in the late 1970s.
The iconic cookware, often white with retro floral patterns, was once as ubiquitous in Aussie cupboards as a collection of Tupperware with missing or mismatched lids!
But beyond being a fun memory from another era, your CorningWare could be worth thousands, according to Amy Sinclair at New Idea Food.
Collectors are making a bomb from flogging their old CorningWare items, particularly if they have very rare patterns.
‘One piece of CorningWare, in a pattern not widely produced, sold on eBay recently for $7,000,’ says glass expert Dean Six. ‘It was a 1970s product that fizzled.
‘Collecting is often what you remember, which is why this is big now because baby boomers are buying back what they grew up with. Boomers are decorating with these pieces in their homes.’
Keep your eyes peeled for the rarer floral patterns, which are the items that are getting the big bucks from hardcore collectors.
Dean Six advises that full collections with no cracks or chips or discolouration are more valuable, but if you think you might be on a winner, speak to an expert or check out some online auction sites.
The most common of CorningWare is the Cornflower range, featuring soft blue flowers- so don’t get excited if you find that at the back of the cupboard with the expired cockroach baits.
Ones to look out for include the less common Wildflower, from 1977 to 1984 - and the even rarer Floral Bouquet, made from 1971 to 1975.
CorningWare was an iconic brand in the 1970s and for a time a typical wedding gift – but its popularity waned with the rise of Tupperware and other brands.
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