Guess what! You’re going to want to break out Grandma’s casserole recipes, because Grandma’s favorite casserole dish is now being sold over at Bed, Bath & Beyond for a price so cheap, your jaw will drop. Back in 2017, CorningWare celebrated their 60th anniversary and began selling their signature pattern once again, and you can get the whole collection for next to nothing.
How Cheap Are They?
Compared to the usual price of these vintage dishes (which can sell at upwards of $7,000), Bed, Bath & Beyond is selling these dish sets for under $50.
First is the CorningWare 60th Anniversary 6-Piece Baking Set priced at $49.99. The set has three dishes with three corresponding lids. You can also grab a set of their Bakeware Collection, which includes four bowls with perfect measurements for baking extravaganzas. The Bakeware Collection ranges in price between $9.99 and $49.99, depending on how many bowls you decide to snag.
What’s CorningWare’s Story?
It takes time for something that’s out of style to be considered a vintage must-have in modern times. It’s finally time for blue and white CorningWare to shine.
CorningWare was first introduced in 1958 by Corning Glass Works—the same company that manufactured our beloved Pyrex—featuring unique glass-ceramic (Pyroceram) cookware resistant to thermal shock. These products were marketed for their ability to be taken from the refrigerator or freezer and used directly on the stovetop or in an oven or microwave, then whisked to the table as a decorative serving vessel. Plus, they could be put directly in the dishwasher when ready for cleaning.
The first range-to-table CorningWare product featured the blue “cornflower” pattern decoration, designed by artist Joseph Baum. It became the trademark of Corning’s products for three decades.
But production of the original Pyroceram-based CorningWare products ceased in 2000. The brand was relaunched as a line of stoneware-based bakeware in 2001. By 2008, the stovetop line of CorningWare was reintroduced by World Kitchen, with manufacturing done by a French-based subsidiary of Corning, KeraGlass/EuroKera.
The Cornflower Pattern Comeback
Along with the recent sales over at Bed, Bath & Beyond, the print has popped up in similar products including Corelle, a brand name for break-resistant glass dishware. While not all companies featuring the signature blue and white Cornflower pattern provide the same thermal properties, it seems the print is the essential thing these days.
The original CorningWare your grandmother had now comes with a hefty price tag, serving as a collector’s item. According to glass expert Dean Six, the rarer the floral pattern, the higher the value. “One piece of CorningWare, in a pattern not widely produced, sold on eBay recently for $7,000,” Six told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “It was a 1970s product that fizzled.”
Meanwhile, baby boomers who received the bakeware as a wedding gift in the 1970s may find themselves doing a double-take in the store when they see the blue and white pattern popping up seemingly everywhere.