Ugly mug[s].

Vintage Housewares His and Hers Coffee House,” jwhite2, $21.

I apologize if it seems a little incongruous to publish an ode to mugs when, only the other day, it was 94 degrees Fahrenheit in New York City. I mean, who wants to even think about drinking hot tea or hot cocoa or any number of other warm beverages traditionally served in mugs when it’s so hot outside that you want to cry?

However, recent scientific studies performed at The Acorn Archive Headquarters in Greenpoint, Brooklyn have confirmed that mugs are just as good at serving cool, Memorial-Day-Weekend-ish drinks as they are at serving warm, Christmas-y ones. And fortunately for all of us, there are currently 5,476 listings for “vintage mugs” on Etsy. I’ve personally sifted through 4,026 of them, so please, feel free to pour yourself a mug of water/lemonade/beer/whatever people drink in the late spring and enjoy the best of the best.

What do people drink in soaps? I feel like at least one character always has a mirrored tray of crystal liquor bottles in their living room so that when they’re feeling especially depressed/conniving/passionate/enraged, they can walk over there and pour a drink. So, yeah. Pour yourself a glass of whatever’s in one of those crystal bottles in this mug and pray to God that someone didn’t put rat poison in it when you weren’t watching.

“SALE – 1980 The Young and the Restless Ceramic Coffee Mug,” beppiebags, $12.99.

No explanation needed here (hi, Mom!).

“Vintage 80s ceramic CALL YOUR MOTHER mug,” nickandnessies, $14.

This one made me smile. My grandfather, a retired dentist, had a colleague make really obnoxious matching dentures for himself and two of my college-aged aunts several years ago. Almost 20 years later, it’s not unusual to be at a family gathering and for one of them to slip in their dentures when no one’s looking.

“extremely rare Dentists ceramic mug,” bigapplevintage, $30.

Mmmm. Charming. I hope to be one of these some day (a “hostess with the mostess,” not a mug).

“1950s Hostess with the Mostest MUG,” HelloVictory, $12.

In my wildest dreams, I am walking down the street, minding my own business, when I happen upon a man sitting outside of his camping trailer, drinking out of this mug. My brain, of course, subsequently explodes.

“My Trailer Vintage Milk Glass Coffee Mug,” AttysVintage, $9.95.


“The Vintage Ziggy Coffee Mug 1989,” SuzisCornerBoutique, $15.

Both practical and educational.

“Vintage 1960s Anchor Hocking Fire King CBer Tall Coffee Mug,” RetroRevival, $16.


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4 Responses to “Ugly mug[s].”

  1. jeremy Says:

    3 please, i only want garfield’s “life’s a beach party”

  2. Jessi Says:

    Best. Post. Ever!

    My love of mugs stems back to the early Jessi years, when I had the collection of Garfield and Odie mugs from McDonalds. It’s only grown deeper with age, maturity, and a love of coffee. I think my fave would have to be the, “My Trailer” mug. Fantastic!

  3. Mom Says:

    Love the “Call Your Mother” mug…and you’ve been doing a much better job lately. :)

  4. theyellowdesk Says:

    If I ever got that “hostess with the mostest” mug as a hostess gift I would wet my pants.

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