Wednesday, June 27, 2012

a lot can brew over a cup of coffee

I can't say exactly why I love coffee mugs so much, but I think I can guess on a few reasons. Number one, its the first thing you use in the morning when you wake up. If you love it, maybe it will start your day off right. Number two, there is such an incredible variety out there of new and vintage mugs, it's hard to not collect them and three, they are an excellent reflection of your personality and mood. I go for the heart mug when I am feeling like I need an extra hug, the tribal mug when I feel like kicking ass, the Florida mug when I am a touch homesick, and the skateboard mug when Doug's too busy to give me attention (same reason I wear his teeshirts). Haha! But really, a coffee mug can say a whole lot about who it belongs to and how they start their day.
{for your skateboarder boyfriend, you can get this crailtap/Girl mug HERE}
Finding a special coffee mug is kind of part of the thrill too. I tend to gravitate towards the coffee mug section at thrift stores and vintage stores looking for just that perfect, new favorite mug. Or set of mugs! I usually don't spend more than $1, and more likely $.25. If I'm really lucky, I'll find them for a dime, which is a huge deal these days, when you can't get anything for a dime! And some mugs find you. They jump out at you through the sea of "Worlds Greatest Grandma" and Santa Clause Christmas mugs. You see them and it doesn't matter if they are dime or a dollar, you are going to take them home. 
I found the runner mug at a church sale. It was on the dime table and had a pair. I was carrying them to the lady taking the money, and while she was taking my items out of my arms, she dropped the second mug. I was so bummed, but this mug gets taken care of really well now, since I know how fragile it is. And boy, it must be lonely without it's partner.

Even though I have a lot of coffee mugs, I still think I am pretty selective. I only buy coffee mugs that I like and that I know I will use. I like big, full mugs, in 1970s browns. I like floral mugs and animal mugs. I also like anything Native. I think the coffee mugs I choose say so much about me. 

xo,
Beca

24 comments:

  1. I have a mug addiction as well. I love all sorts, as long as they are comfortable to hold on to. You definitely have a great collection!

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    1. thanks! I think being able to hold on to them is really important, too!

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  2. You have such a cute mug collection! I totally know what you mean about mugs...I collect them too, they're one of my favorite collections. They are just so cute and fun, I especially love the ones with fun quotes and phrases on them.

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    1. Those are the best! I like motivational mugs! ;)

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  3. As a fellow mug lover and writer: this was the most heart warming read I've had all day! On a side note here I've been seeing your glasses/frames pop up all over Oregon and it's now becoming a special notice point around town like I'm sharing a silent secret with strangers wearing them. Also: this is prompting a dash to look at mugs. My favorite thrift is both cheap and brimming with mugs.

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    1. I'm so happy you have seen other people wearing our sunglasses, that kind of makes my heart melt!
      Go get mugs, and share photos!

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  4. I also started collecting coffee mugs from thrift shops and more. And it is so true that each one have a story and feelings. Thanks for that joyful post!

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    1. Youre welcome! Thanks for reading!

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  5. I love the native print ones! You have such a great collection. Think of the hot chocolate parties you could throw in the winters! I just found your blog, and I'm your newest follower!

    Brooke

    liningthecloudswithsilver.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Brooke! Thanks for reading! I cant wait to have apple cider parties in the fall and LOTS of hot chocolate with marshmallows in the winter. It's going to be a cold one here in the Tennessee mountains!

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  6. I love your mug collection, so many great finds in there. My favorite mug is a hand thrown giant that an old roommate of mine got for me before we moved away from each other. I'd been talking for ages about wanting a special mug that would be mine until I'm old and that no one else would have, and she found "my mug" it's perfectly me. It's precious to me now.

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    1. That's awesome. Having one special mug is way better than having a lot of not special mugs. :)

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  7. I TOTALLY gravitate toward the coffe mugs/glassware in thrift stores too! If we ever get to thrift together, we might end up fighting over who gets to buy the rad mug (just kidding!) ;)

    My favorite new mug is one that M bought for me with Lucy from the Peanuts on it, because his nickname for me is Peanut.

    My favorite vintage mug is a mug I found with a horse racing scene, when hot coffee is poured into it the graphic changes! I may have to blog about this!

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    1. So rad, I call Doug pigpen! We love peanuts and Charlie brown! And gosh, I hope we go thrifting together soon!

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  8. You have such a great collection! My favourite mug has given to me by my grandma. It's really simple - white with a red print on it. It was printed by the National Union of Mineworkers during the big strike in the 80s (really interesting stuff if you wanna read about! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_miners'_strike_(1984%E2%80%931985) ) My grandad was a miner so it's a big part of my families history.

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  9. I have a mug collection too...and a big one at that! I allllways gravitate towards the mugs at thrift shops and I tend to always leave with a special one I find too! My collection is getting out of hand but I love them so much! Glad we share this interest and I'm not the only crazy with an out of hand collection of mugs!

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    1. Seems like we all have this obsession!

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  10. i love mugs! even though we don't use them much, we aren't coffee drinkers. i've been trying to only get milk glass ones, or ones with animals handles, but sometimes i just can't resist!

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    1. I drink soda and water and juice out of mugs too! And yogurt and soup and sorbet. Hahah

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  11. i need to do this too and totally link up! We have too many so i end up giving kelly and nora a lot!

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  12. Vintage mugs are my favorite! I love the earthy styles of the 70s, especially to hold something as comforting as coffee or tea. My favorite mug is a great big Scorpio mug handmade in Mexico. I couldn't believe my luck when I found it at a thrift store (since I am a Scorpio).

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  13. aww cute post -- my mug i like lately has "little miss chatterbox" on it. I guess it's true I talk on the phone 9 hours a day for my damn job! -- love your blog :)

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