Coffee, tea and hot cocoa are among the best loved “comfort” drinks in the world. Many people feel that they cannot function after waking up until they have had their morning coffee fix. Some people enjoy a cup or two of hot tea in the afternoon. Some people love when winter rolls around simply because it means they get to curl up with a blanket and enjoy their hot cocoa.
What do all of these drinks have in common? No, it’s not the caffeine (although all do contain at least a little bit) and no it is not the fact that the drinks are served warm either. The common denominator here is the vessel used to contain the hot beverage: a mug.
Typically referred to as a coffee mug, these cups are a mainstay in the cupboard and the even in the collectors’ market. But what is so special about coffee mugs that people want to collect such a thing?
If it is funny, you can find it on a coffee mug, or have one made to say it. For some collectors, there is nothing better than starting their day off drinking some coffee/tea out of a humorous mug. A little chuckle can sure make the day start off on a positive note. From cute little animals to wise cracking old ladies, humor has found a home on coffee mugs.
It is nice to have to reminders of good times in life and this is why some collectors choose coffee mugs. Some collect mugs that remind them favorite childhood cartoon characters or music groups or special moments in their lives like graduating high school/college. Perhaps a certain style of coffee mug reminds the collector of having coffee with a loved one, or just brings back fond memories of holidays.
Different things hold special places in peoples hearts and minds. One collector might drink out of his/her sentimental mugs and another might place them in a special case for display only. It just depends on the collector.
Many people like to bring home a souvenir from the places they travel. Coffee mugs are inexpensive and usable. Every time the person drinks out of that particular coffee mug, he/she can remember that trip and getting the mug. There may even be an interesting story associated with that trip and coffee mug.
There are those fun loving people that enjoy collecting coffee mugs simply because there are so many sizes, shapes, colors and designs. They can literally drink out of a different mug everyday for weeks! For these collectors, variety really is the spice of life. These savvy folks know that each time they go coffee mug hunting, they will find something interesting and worth having in their collection.
Sometimes a person ends up collecting coffee mugs, but did not start out with that intention. For example, receiving coffee mugs as gifts can kick off a collection, or buying job-related coffee mugs to bring a little smile to the work day. Maybe someone is a sports fan and they begin collecting coffee mugs with his/her favorite team logo. A coffee mug can offer a great form of self-expression without having to say a word.
Aside from all the fun designs already on the market, people can also start a collection of personalized coffee mugs by having them special made. This guarantees that no one else in the world has a coffee mug collection like theirs. Coffee mugs can have personal photos, quotes, art work and logos made to order from companies like Cafepress.
There really is not one definitive reason all coffee mug collectors collect mugs. The reason can be very personal or simply because mugs are a relatively cheap collectible compared to expensive art work or rare antiques. Another reason might be because coffee mugs are easy to find just about anywhere you go these days.
For some collectors, they simply enjoy cute graphics, inspirational messages and/or beautiful scenery available on different coffee mugs. There are collectors out there who enjoy finding vintage coffee mugs that advertise products or businesses that remind them of being a child, or fond memories of things that no longer exist. Whatever the reason, coffee mugs are very collectible and have fans all over the world.