I have always loved antiques and collecting, but I have always worked full time, and didn’t have that much free time, especially once I had children!
When I got remarried and quit work a few years ago, I started buying and selling antiques, and writing my blog. I had just started getting in to flea markets and thrifting, and was in a local Goodwill in the dish section, when I saw these 3 platters for $2.50…
They were marked Pyrex on the back, and had the Waffle House logo. I remember thinking that anyone would think I was crazy for buying them. I bought them, and thought that maybe I could find a fourth one on eBay, so that I could use them for breakfast. I opened up my iPad in the car and searched eBay. And ran right back in to Goodwill to search and see if I missed anything! The platters were going for almost $40 each!! Can you believe that?
On Labor Day 1955, Joe Rogers and Tom Forkner opened the first Waffle House restaurant in Avondale Estates, an Atlanta suburb. After Unit 1 opened there were no plans for another one, but the first restaurant established the Waffle House tradition of providing the friendliest service in town. Customer loyalty developed and the business grew steadily. A couple of years later, 1957, Unit 2 was acquired and by 1961, there were four small restaurants.
The company began to expand and new units were built in Georgia and neighboring states. The “Yellow Sign” soon became a familiar landmark along city streets and interstate highways across the Southeast. There is always a jukebox that plays the same songs, and every restaurant is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. There are now over 1700 restaurants in 25 states.
In 2007, Waffle House re-purchased the original restaurant which was sold by the chain in the early 1970s and was most recently a Chinese restaurant. The company restored it using original blueprints for use as a private company museum. The museum is used primarily for internal corporate events and tours and is occasionally open to the public. Here is a picture of the dinnerware exhibit in the museum…
Apparently, every Waffle House uses different dinnerware. I don’t know that there are any that still use the vintage Pyrex with the Waffle House logo. I did find out that the pattern that is the basis for the plates is the Pyrex “Regency” pattern. I have since located more platters…
I just think it is kind of crazy that my Waffle House collection is worth almost as much as my 19th century Flow Blue collection!