ebay find: couroc of monterey

I’ve already written of my love of vintage Pyrex, and now I’m going to share another one of my collection obsessions: Couroc of Monterey. Started in 1948 in Monterey, CA, Couroc made its phenolic resin trays, bowls, and serving ware well into the 1990s, leaving a long legacy of fabulous collectibles — shiny black resin embedded with colorful images of cypress trees, sea otters, and monarch butterflies. Growing up in Monterey myself, I recall going to the Couroc factory outlet to purchase hostess gifts with my mother (whose own serving collection was fortified with Couroc pieces). Earlier pieces feature mushrooms, owls, and many other kitschy delights, such as this funky bear and bull tray on eBay. Bidding ends June 18 — current price is just $9.99. Find a ton more by searching eBay, or just enjoy browsing through photos on the Couroc Flickr page. –Megan B.

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