Blue Mountain Pottery
Who hasn't had a piece or two of these blue-green classics in their house or cottage? Blue Mountain Pottery, located in Collingwood, Ontario, produced products like these from 1947 until 2004. Figurines, pots and vases where most popular, but the mugs have also become a significant collectable.
First introduced in 1958, this thermal, shock-resistant cookware has become a staple in kitchens across North America. The cornflower was the first design to be featured on the product and remained there for three decades. Go take a peek in your cupboard—let us know how many pieces you find.
Widely distributed during the Great Depression, this translucent glass has since become highly collectable. Although the quality of the glass is marginal at best, the large quantity distributed over the years means more than a piece or two is often found in cottage cupboards.
First released in the 1930s, Fiestaware quickly grew to become one of the most popular ceramic dinnerware patterns in North America. The product was produced by Homer Laughlin until 1976. Although still highly collectable, early pieces contained levels of uranium oxide, so serving food items off them isn't recommended. In recent years there has been a renewed interest in Fiestaware, leading to a revival of popular pieces in new, safer colours.
Jadite was produced by a few companies in the 40s and 50s, with the most popular being Fire King Jadite from the Anchor Hocking Glass Company. This vintage green glassware is has become a popular collectable with the majority of pieces being mugs, cups and small plates. If you come across other pieces, such as salt and pepper shakers, butter dishes, or pitchers, hold on to them! You could have some valuable pieces in your hands.
McKee Glasbake Mugs
Originally launched as a competitor to Pyrex in 1917, Glasbake was a staple item in many kitchens at the time and the colourful designs still live in many cottages today.
What is Melmac, you ask? Besides being the planet where Alf originated, it's the omnipresent melamine-based dishware found in cottages across the country. Whether it's full sets of dishes or the lone piece in the cupboard, Melmac has had a long association with cottaging, no doubt due to its durability.
Olympic torch glassware
If you gassed up on your way to cottage country during 1988, it's likely that a collection of Olympic torch glasses live at the cottage. Distributed at stations across the country as a part of Petro Canada's sponsorship of the '88 Olympics, these gold-rimmed gems are a unique piece of kitschy Canadianna.
Russel Wright Pottery
American industrial designer Russel Wright wanted to bring a sense of style to the table with his pottery designs. Manufactured between 1939 and 1959 by Steubenville Pottery, his pieces are still coveted.
Schott & Gen Mainz JENA Glas
Does this pattern look familiar? The warm earth tones in this patterned piece can definitely be found in a cottage kitchen or two.