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when in thrift stores nothing sucks more than..
Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 26, 2002
Posts: 163
From: Miami Florida
Posted: 2003-07-06 7:30 pm   Permalink

spoting and ancient looking tiki mug from afar ,and as you approach it .it, it, turns out to be another one of those god dammned samurai mugs, or even worse the "oriental Bear one"I dunno maybe this subject has been done before but since there are so many new members who cares? ok so are mugs like the Krarate punch, sumo or samurai flip( whichever),and countless asian themed others that are very similar in glazes and color finishes as other old tiki mugs, which in turn leads an amateur collector as myself to beleive they could be Tiki, but then again for some strange reason I usually pass them up on almost a weekly basis when doing ma usual tiki thrift shopping rounds. what's the deal with these mugs? does anyone here collect them? where the hella did they come from? I feel like these mugs sole purpose is to trick people like me from a distance.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 2370
From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2003-07-06 7:38 pm   Permalink

Yeah, I see those mugs all the time! Many of them are marked Benihana because they use them for drinks. Not tiki at all however, some of them (buddha, geisha) were once manufactured by Orchids of Hawaii.


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 26, 2002
Posts: 670
From: LBC
Posted: 2003-07-06 7:52 pm   Permalink

A couple of times I thought I spotted a Kahiki mug but both times they turned out to be "orchids of get fred's hopes up and tehn burst his bubble". You know the ones I'm talking about.

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Doctor Z
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Joined: Aug 01, 2002
Posts: 1617
From: The Hale Moana Lounge, Torrance, CA
Posted: 2003-07-07 01:02 am   Permalink

Yeah, I've got a whole set of those "Benihana" mugs. Eight different ones. I found 'em at a garage sale for 25-cents each.

I don't know what I was thinking...

<sigh> Someday, when I'm $2.00 short on something, I know I'm really gonna regret that.
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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 05, 2003
Posts: 579
From: Detroit
Posted: 2003-07-07 06:48 am   Permalink

...I'd be glad to even find that...the thrift stores in Detroit are so infilitrated with antique dealers there's rarely anything there....


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Joined: May 02, 2003
Posts: 8
From: Montreal, Canada
Posted: 2003-07-07 07:39 am   Permalink

Hey all,

I once picked up a couple of those sumo-flip mugs at a flea market, and they may not be tiki - but they hold almost twice the liquid as the average tiki mug. They are also pretty well designed, and keep cold drinks really cold. They aren't pretty, but they get the job done.


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suffering bastard
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Joined: Feb 08, 2003
Posts: 69
From: Silver Spring, MD
Posted: 2003-07-07 08:10 am   Permalink

Last month I passed on the white Buddha (you know, the one with the straw hole in his belly?) at the local thrift store. He was marked $2.00. I already have one, and it never really thrilled me to begin with. That being said, there are some cool Asian themed mugs that I would buy. There are some green mugs with raised relief Buddhas or Chinese dragons that are kind of cool.....

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 20, 2002
Posts: 631
From: orange county CA
Posted: 2003-07-07 12:00 pm   Permalink

When in thrift stores, nothing sucks more than... seeing something really cool in someone elses hands! "Oh, if I'd only gotten here 5 minutes earlier!"

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