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Classic Tiki Mugs.. worth $7 each?
I-Tiki
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Joined: Jun 25, 2004
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From: Falls Church, VA
Posted: 2008-05-10 11:37 am   Permalink

Every once in a while you get lucky, although I am unsure how lucky I am. I recently received a note from a freecycle person who noticed I was asking for tiki items. They told me that their father used to run a restaurant in the area named "Inn of the Eight Immortals" in Falls Church, Virginia. It closed down decades ago, but they still had dozens of old mugs, and would I be interested in them? There is a skull mug, a tiki mug, and a tiki bowl. They are asking $7 each (see attached photos). So my question is whether any of you can recognize the manufacturer of these, and if would you shell out $7 each if you were in my sandles. If so, and if there is enough interest, I will buy the whole lot and just charge shipping above the per unit cost.

What do you think??

Lee






 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-05-10 11:50 am   Permalink

The classic joke response here will be "Naw, that stuff is not worth it, give me their contact info and I will..." -whatever.

You found an honest to goodness Tiki treasure, go for it, that's a steal! The bowl especially is a fine casting of an often washed out mold. But what is equally important is that you made an owner connection with a closed down Tiki temple, one that SOUNDS really enticing:

"Inn of the Eight Immortals" in Falls Church, Virginia! Wow, that is Polynesian pop if there ever was any!

It might have been a Chinese place, but PLEASE ask the person from when to when it existed, and if they have ANY paper ephemera left from it: Menus, matchbooks, postcards. any photos of the interior and exterior, any newspaper write ups...all this should be preserved and shared!

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8FT Tiki
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Joined: Nov 30, 2003
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From: Kansas City, MO
Posted: 2008-05-10 12:30 pm   Permalink

Lee, I'm sure you will get more replies advising you to GO FOR IT. I know what I would do if it were my opportunity. SO, assuming you do go ahead and nab the lot, can I please be on the list for buying one of each from ya???? Don't have any of those pieces......YET! Good Luck, 8FT
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aloha.taboo
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Joined: Jan 08, 2006
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From: Grand Rapids, MI
Posted: 2008-05-10 12:40 pm   Permalink

Great find!

I'd definitely buy some from you!


 
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sneakyjack
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Joined: May 25, 2004
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From: NYC Area
Posted: 2008-05-10 12:43 pm   Permalink

Yep put together a deal from your friend get them out of their storage into your (I mean our) hands. Sven is right see if they have anything else besides mugs that they consider junk or useless (you never know) and yep I'd be interested in some sharing if you "GO FOR IT" - either fun stuff!
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TikiPug
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Posted: 2008-05-10 2:51 pm   Permalink

If you do buy them, which I think you should, I would be interested in buying 1 od each.

Thanx
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LOL Tiki
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Joined: Sep 06, 2007
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From: San Diegoish
Posted: 2008-05-10 3:12 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-05-10 11:37, I-Tiki wrote:
... So my question is whether any of you can recognize the manufacturer of these, and if would you shell out $7 each if you were in my sandles. If so, and if there is enough interest, I will buy the whole lot and just charge shipping above the per unit cost.

What do you think??

Lee




All three are Otagiri (OMC) pieces. I too would be interested in getting a couple of each, maybe more.
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SilverLine
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Joined: Mar 02, 2004
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From: Kansas City
Posted: 2008-05-10 3:35 pm   Permalink

Absolutely! Those are great mugs. Especially the little skulls! I'm in for one of each (or more) if you snag 'em!

Let me know!
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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2008-05-10 3:49 pm   Permalink

Mugs are cool! You should get them because if nothing else you can forward them on to others here and make them very happy.

What you absolutely MUST DO! is get more details about the restaurant. When, where, how long, pictures, story, history, everything you possibly can find out about this place. Like Bigbro said, it could have been some crappy chinky-food place (Son, its not polite to use that term (movie reference for those not paying attention)) but the fact that they were using mugs for at least some of their drinks means there is some bit of story worth discovering and sharing.


 
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Bogielocks
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Joined: Feb 11, 2007
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From: Mansfield, MA
Posted: 2008-05-10 3:51 pm   Permalink

Nice mugs,

Put me down for 1 a piece too.

Cheers!

Rick
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SciFiGuy
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Joined: May 05, 2008
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Posted: 2008-05-10 4:18 pm   Permalink

These look great - if possible, put me down for two of each of the tiki items (don't need the skull mugs). Thanks!

Jeff


 
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rwhgeek
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Joined: Jul 16, 2003
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From: Richmond, VA
Posted: 2008-05-10 4:39 pm   Permalink

I would pay for a tiki bowl. The fact that you might be able to get some of the history makes it all the more interesting.
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Tiki Kaimuki
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Joined: Sep 25, 2006
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From: OAKLAND, baby
Posted: 2008-05-10 4:40 pm   Permalink

I'd be very happy to buy one each from you. Very nice find!

 
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Haole'akamai
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Joined: Jul 07, 2005
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From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
Posted: 2008-05-10 4:54 pm   Permalink

I agree with the others who say the greatest thing about this is to make a connection with the family who ran a Tiki Icon!

Put me down doe interest in a bowl and skull mug.

congrats!
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BrickHorn
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Joined: Oct 03, 2005
Posts: 178
From: Texas
Posted: 2008-05-10 4:55 pm   Permalink

Great find! I'd definitely be interested in a couple of the tiki bowls. Those are great for parties.

 
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