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Nov 3, 2012 01:24 AM

A Question Regarding Modern Corelle Dinnerware.


When I moved out 3 years ago, my mother gave me some pieces of Corelle Dinnerware with the gold butterfly motif (picture included). She received these from her mother when she got married in the 70's. Recently, when I was visiting my aunt, I noticed that she had the exact same dinnerware. It turns out that she was jealous of my mother so my grandmother had also bought her the same set. Ever since I can remember, every meal prepared at home had been eaten off these plates.

After having lived alone for a while now, I find that just having 4 plates, 2 bowls and 2 teacups + saucers is lacking. Particularly when I have friends over, I find myself short on dinnerware. I would like to start my own collection and return the Gold Butterfly pieces to my mother. However, it seems like modern Corelle designs are not as complete as the older designs and online reviews of their quality are mixed.

The most common sets are either 4 piece sets or 16 piece sets, which include a large plate, a bread plate, a soup bowl, and a mug, or 4 of each, respectively. Sets do not include a tea cup or saucer nor do these seems to be available separately for modern designs. Also many sets seem to be lacking the larger 28oz cereal bowl (picture included).

I would love to have a matching set that at the very least includes 10in dinner plates, 28oz cereal bowls, mugs and tea cup + saucer. Do any such designs/sets still exist?

Also, regarding the dinnerware sets, there seem to be different price points. I've found 16pc sets that run around $65 (actual price not suggested retail price) at department stores like Macy's and I've also seen 16pc sets that are less than $25 at places such as Wal-mart and Amazon. Are there varying degrees of quality (e.g. some come with longer warranties) or is pricing purely based on design?

Edit: I noticed my photo was shot with really poor perspective (I am clearly not cut out for photography). The shot makes the cup which is either 4oz or 6oz look enormous and its saucer the same size as the smaller of the two plates. This is not the case.

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  1. I use Corelle but have not seen the cup and saucer. I purchased the 28oz bowl, small soup(?) bowls and large round sided dishes as open stock but they are unpatterned white. I have the older 10inch plates too but find them too big for everyday use, so I use the smaller 8 inch plates most of the time. I think pricing is based on design and type of store. Mine came from Meijer (Midwestern Walmart). On the Corelle site it looks like there are additional pieces for some patterns not sold in sets. Example:

    1. I bought my set at the Corelle outlet at an outlet mall - I bought the 16-piece set (twice, so I have service for 8), then I picked up the additional pieces I wanted.

      It's nice that it's mostly open-stock, so you get what you want, and don't get stuck with a bunch of stuff you don't -- I can't stand those miserable excuses for teacups -- but I bought the coffee mugs.

      1. Consider what you really want out of your dinnerware first. I find Corelle to be too thin and lightweight for my tastes and prefer something with a little more heft. Thicker dinnerware is easier for me to grasp.

        Something like this will serve you well:

        You may also want to consider a trip to your local restaurant supply place to put your hands on a good variety of dinnerware and get a feel for the differences in good quality options at moderate prices.

        6 Replies
        1. re: Sid Post

          Thin and lightweight is exactly why I prefer Corelle, along with its tendency to be pretty much unbreakable, short of a drop onto a hard floor.

          I don't want the weight of stoneware, for handling, washing, or storage.

          1. re: sunshine842

            I'm right with you. Light dishes I don't have to be worried about are very helpful when it comes to ensuring my children (7&9) are able to actually be helpful around the kitchen.

            Corelle may not be the most stunning dishes available, but they serve the purpose very well. Mine are plain white and I am quite happy with them.

            1. re: sunshine842

              I once dropped a dinner plate on a vinyl-over-concrete kitchen floor. It landed on edge and broke into 1.2 million shards.

              1. re: John E.

                Right, but a drop onto a tile or concrete floor is pretty much the only way they break. And even that kind of drop is often survived; it happens far to often in my house!! I will agree that when they so break, they break into more pieces than stoneware or china. But, for me, the trade off is worth it.

                1. re: CanadaGirl

                  I agree. My mother had stoneware plates when I was growing up. She switched to Corelle sometime in her 60s. We bought Corelle dishes about the same time. Loading from the dishwasher to the cupboard is much easier with Corelle. Plus, I found a complete set of plates that matched ours at a thrift store. We don't use the mugs or saucers, just the small, medium, and dinner plates, as well as the bowls, serving bowls, and serving plates.

                2. re: John E.

                  That's the deal. When Corelle breaks, you're picking up shards for the next year.

            2. Oh, the nostalgia of Corelle dinnerware! When we held an estate sale when my MIL passed this last summer her Corelle from the 70s was snatched up quickly. That's where I think you should search - at yard sales and estate sales. All the vintage Pyrex, Corning Ware, and Corelle is out there, but not on online sites except perhaps Ebay. You'll pay more on Ebay than hunting for pieces at sales.
              Happy collecting!

              1. ebay has all sort of Corelle. You should be able to match what you already have.