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Question Concerning Giving Up Collecting Tiki Mugs
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Joined: Apr 25, 2017
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From: Ozark Underwater Cliffs
Posted: 2017-10-01 1:17 pm   Permalink

Seems like you answered your own question...if you don't enjoy buying mugs anymore, don't. And if you don't enjoy your collection, sell it. Move on and find something that brightens your day. Or stash it all, and maybe you will one day rekindle your interest in it.

Personally, I'm still new to the mug thing, but I've already decided that I can't afford most of the ones I would like. So, I'll just look for deals and pick them up if they meet both my aesthetic and my budget.

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Sandy Trunks
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Joined: Jun 24, 2005
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From: San Francisco
Posted: 2017-10-01 2:44 pm   Permalink

Interesting topic. Thank you, fraterscire, for bringing it up.

It brings to mind something I heard King Kukulele say about his mug collection (and I paraphrase): "I only have a few [mugs] that have a special meaning for me."

When I view my collection through that filter, I can clearly see that I have some mugs that rightfully belong on someone else's shelf.


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Joined: Jul 29, 2006
Posts: 385
From: Maryland (Land of Pleasant Tiki Living)
Posted: 2017-10-01 6:05 pm   Permalink

I enjoy the relatively small number of mugs I have in my Tiki room. Frankly I don't have the room , motivation or money to acquire more. I enjoy seeing Tiki collectors who have all the variations of those mugs they like to collect, as well as people like myself. Whatever YOUR Tiki pleasure go for IT. (-:

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Joined: Sep 12, 2012
Posts: 184
From: broken arrow
Posted: 2017-10-02 07:36 am   Permalink

it does get pretty overwhelming with all the new and collector focused designs and glazes that come out - i've pretty much given up on a lot of the new stuff - occasionally i will get with someone on here and trade a mug from our local tiki bar with one from theirs, or paypal someone in the area money to pick me up one from 3 dots for example, but i've gotten to where my collecting is the joy of the hunt at the vintage / flea markets (especially when it's a rarer mug) - i make sure that wherever i travel now, i map out the locations of those stores just so i can do a hunt, it's fun, cheap enjoyment that takes me out of the tourist-y areas of the cities i visit

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Joined: May 27, 2009
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From: Clearwater, FL
Posted: 2017-10-02 6:45 pm   Permalink

New mugs don't do much for me. I'll pay $20-$30 if I like the design, but I mostly thrift. Pickings are slim, but if I find one good one a year, that's ok by me.

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Joined: Jul 03, 2011
Posts: 1324
From: NJ
Posted: 2017-10-02 6:50 pm   Permalink

I'm with ZombieZach89. Lately, I only buy mugs from places I visit and since I haven't been outside NJ lately that means I've bought none in several years. Although I'd love to buy other tiki treasures I haven't bought much in general lately because I haven't hit the lottery!

So I'd say Keep what you like, sell anything you don't love anymore and try not to let the other shit bother you. Which I know, is WAY easier said than done.

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Jeff Bannow
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From: Detroit, MI
Posted: 2017-10-03 05:02 am   Permalink

I've seen a lot of people with shelves and shelves of mugs, but no tiki beyond that - especially on some of the Facebook groups. For me personally, shelves of mugs doesn't fit in with my budget or decorating style.

I only grab the few that I will drink out of, have special meaning (ie I went there myself), and I also have a small shelf devoted to old local tiki bars. This keeps me from having a wall of mugs, and from spending thousands upon thousands collecting.

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