Thrifters, Rejoice! Jadeite Kitchenware Is Making a Major Comeback
Be still our vintage-loving hearts.
Praise be to tastemakers like Martha Stewart and Joanna Gaines—because one of our favorite kitchen trends from yesteryear is making a major comeback.
Jadeite kitchenware first hit the market in 1932, when a glass company (McKee) discovered that adding green glass scraps to their signature milk glass formula would produce a lovely shade of mint green, according to Apartment Therapy.
The inexpensive glassware quickly became a favorite among Depression-era home cooks who needed a pop of color in their lives.
Other glassmakers, sensing a burgeoning trend, created their own versions of the material: Jeanette Glass called its adaptation “Jadite,” while Anchor Hocking called theirs “Jade-ite.”
As World War II came and went, the milky green glass fell out of favor. Americans were making money again, after all, and they could afford to splurge on more expensive products.
Over the last few decades, though, the glass has amassed something of a cult following. Combing through thrift store aisles in search of the perfect jadeite butter dish or tea set is a regular weekend activity for many collectors—most notably, Martha Stewart.
Isn’t that collection just gorgeous?
Of course, Joanna Gaines isn’t going to let a retro decor opportunity pass her by: She designed three jadeite pieces for Hearth & Hand with Magnolia, Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Target collection.