Translucent plastic panels made by Manchester Products are pretty darned cool, and after my story on a NOS stash found a few years ago now long-gone, I continue to hear from readers looking for them. I also hear when new stashes are found. So here we have for your pouncing, as appropriate: 98+ Manchester Products Co. decorator panels, aka Crista-Lite Decorator Panels, recently discovered and now for sale out of Michigan. In this trove, there are three options. Many thanks to sell Eva, who gave me permission to show these photos and feature her listings for sale.
The pre-Columbian pattern was found in bulk in two colors. Above: Red.
Second: The pre-Columbian pattern, in a light green.
And third: A very pretty crackle-glass look design in green.
These panels were made by Manchester Products Co. of Chatsworth, California. Oh my word, things ended about as badly as badly can get. There is even a wiki page, yikes.
Note, the seller told me this about shipping, in our email exchange:
Ebay only gives one option for shipping — so I think that scares off some buyers because the shipping is so prohibitive — I have shipped a couple of these by Greyhound, and while it was about 1/2 the cost of UPS it took over 3 weeks to get there and there was no tracking — so picking up would be optimal if someone wanted to purchase multiple pieces.
Where to see and buy these Manchester Products plastic decorator panels:
- New Old Stock Plastic Decorator Panels from Manchester Products — three colors/designs (affiliate link)
- Note: Eva says that she is also super willing to sell all 98 panels left, and there are some more with just minor chips, all in one fell swoop, at a reduced price. Contact her for details if you are interested.
- And… Diamond design panels from a different seller also currently for sale