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What was your first mug?
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 559
From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2003-08-19 12:03 pm   Permalink

I always rememberd that I had a cool mug when I was about 12 that my grandmother brought me from some trip. I loved it and drank everything out of it. I also remember that my kid brother broke it in a fit of, well, whatever his fits were about.

It wasn't until I went through some old photos my mom sent me (and the photo from SciGirl) that I finally remembered which mug it was. That's right, it was that Crane headhunter. Suddenly I'm mad at my brother all over again!

I'll post a pic of 12-year-old me with that mug as soon as I can get it scanned.

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Joined: Jul 07, 2003
Posts: 105
From: Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 2004-04-25 11:52 am   Permalink

I guess I'd have to say what really lit the Tiki Torch for me was when I found this old "set" of four Jard Mugs for $4.00 at my local swap meet.

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Oct 28, 2003
Posts: 73
From: Berlin, Germany
Posted: 2004-04-25 12:29 pm   Permalink

Found a Harvey's Hula Girl Mug at an East Berlin flea market. Lady wanted $1 for that "beautiful vase". I still wonder how it found its way. I cant't provide childhood stories (due to the lack of Tiki Bars in Germany).

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Unkle John
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Joined: Oct 22, 2003
Posts: 1217
From: Middle-of-the-Ocean, TX
Posted: 2004-04-25 2:57 pm   Permalink

My first find was a plain old Green OH R-5.
My first Big score was Mr. Bali Hai.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 02, 2004
Posts: 637
From: Kansas City
Posted: 2005-12-15 11:09 am   Permalink


This looks like a fun thread for a boring day.

Here's my first: Lenny (I think his name is Lenny)! Bought at a thrift store for $.99. Lenny showed me that Kansas City wasn't devoid of Tiki after all!


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Joined: Feb 01, 2005
Posts: 735
Posted: 2005-12-15 6:20 pm   Permalink

My first mugs were the set of accoutrements mugs, got them at Party City or something like that. One of my very next purchases was the Wahaku Warrior from the All About the Tiki show. I love that mug. My first vintage mug was a Kon Tiki mug from the Kon Tiki Hotel in Tucson, AZ.

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Joined: Jun 15, 2004
Posts: 590
From: The Land of Pleasant Living
Posted: 2005-12-21 08:50 am   Permalink

Orange Cheeky Tiki Big Belly with "Marsh Harbour" written across the bottom from a souvenir shop in Marsh Harbour, Abacos Bahamas. Didn't know I was gonna be collecting then.

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jun 12, 2013
Posts: 65
From: Louisiangeles
Posted: 2013-06-17 3:36 pm   Permalink

The actual coconut mug pictured here. My sister brought it home from Don the Beachcomber, Houston, about 1976. The first mug I bought [1999, in a thrift] was the 'Droopy' mug pictured in the center of page 20 of Tiki Quest, except in pale yellow. I no longer have that one.

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nui 'umi 'umi
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Joined: Feb 21, 2011
Posts: 2599
From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2013-06-17 10:02 pm   Permalink

The lidded Moai from the Aku Aku. Still my favorite outta 3-4 hundred in my collection

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Kiwi Steve
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Joined: Mar 22, 2012
Posts: 193
From: San Diego
Posted: 2013-06-29 4:09 pm   Permalink

The Goof from Bali Hai... The were out of the Mr. Bali Hai. : (

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Coffee Pirate
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Joined: Aug 13, 2012
Posts: 25
From: The Green Hell of Salem, OR
Posted: 2013-06-29 9:00 pm   Permalink

When we lived in Atlanta, the folks went to Benihana's for some birthdays and brought home mugs. I preferred Farrell's for my birthday, even tho' I wasn't allowed one of their gigantic ice cream desserts. The 'rents didn't go to Trader Vic's cuz Benihana's was cheaper and had free parking. A couple of birthdays I asked to go so I couple get a TV skull mug. I would up with a Norcrest Skull instead. Have no idea where the 'rents found it. After over 30 years, still have it. Mostly drink coffee (sometimes "corrected") out of it.

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Pittsburgh pauly
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Joined: Jan 31, 2010
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From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-06-30 11:12 am   Permalink

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Hale Tiki
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Joined: Oct 19, 2004
Posts: 1799
From: Pittsburgh
Posted: 2013-07-01 05:36 am   Permalink


On 2013-06-30 11:12, Pittsburgh pauly wrote:


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Joined: May 24, 2012
Posts: 104
From: 'bonedale, CO
Posted: 2013-07-05 10:13 am   Permalink

I bought my first mug a only a couple of years ago. We were on a surf/tiki trip, and our first hotel room was at Humphry's Half Moon Inn in San Diego. We walked over to Trader Mort's, bought some Lopez Coconut Cream, pineapple juice, and Flor de Cana rum. I bought a Joe Vitale "Lil Waha Nui" mug, my wife bought "Kalifornia Ku" mug by Drew Brody, and my friend bought a "Rum Belly" mug by Flounder.
That's how it began...

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