When I told him that I've been to most of the antique and thrift stores in town looking for silver plate bowls and trophies to use as planters, he suggested we head to a few antique stores in a town just north of Charlottesville to do some looking. At the first stop, we found some large goblets that would be great for flowers and succulents. They weren't engraved and needed to be shined, but they were cheap.
We also found the "big brother" to the Virginia cup I bought last weekend. I consider the fact that the bigger cup was engraved to be a bonus.
We made three stops without making a purchase, though we spotted a few Jefferson cups at stop #3. They didn't have any engraving and they were marked $7.50 each. I was averaging about $6 per piece at that point and decided $7.50 was just too much. Never mind the fact that I've bought brand new Jefferson cups to give as gifts for $30.
The last stop was the most fun. There's a huge antique mall with some beautiful pieces. Most were out of reach, but my wing man found a stack of engraved Jefferson cups that were marked $6 and the entire stall was 20% off. Score! I picked out two that were consolation trophies from tennis tournaments in the 80s.
As I was heading to the register, Marc found one more item that I could resist. A medium sized bowl from the 60s that matched the bowls I found at the SPCA Rummage sale last weekend.
I spent a little bit more than I wanted, but I thought the engraving was interesting and decided to splurge. I think I'm going to take a break from collecting at this point. My little collection grew a bit more quickly than I anticipated!
I never thought of myself as a collector of anything before this. After finding that last stack of Jefferson cups, I understand why some people amass huge collections. We had a lot of fun hunting for these pieces this weekend.
So, now I have to ask...what do you collect? Do you hunt routinely or just once in a while?