Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mug Collection

If you haven't entered my giveaway for the Starbuck's gift card, be sure to go over here after you read this post and enter. You have until sometime Friday evening. I know that's vague, but we have a little craziness going on at our house I'll share with you soon. I'll just guess that it will probably be about 8 EST, but I reserve the right to be wrong.

Today I'm sharing my Starbuck's mug collection with you. It's a collection in progress, and seems to be a fitting thing to share given the gift card theme. I also just recently acquired a new mug.

Hubby took all four kids birding in Canada a couple of weeks ago. I needed a break (I'm one of those people that benefits from some occasional alone time) so I stayed home. We sort of wondered if he would have difficulty traveling alone with four kids across the border, but other than asking them their names and showing their passport cards, it was fairly easy.

When he got across the border into Canada he saw a Starbuck's and stopped on a whim. I didn't even know they had a separate country mug, but he did. Lucky for me they had one. And yes, Monica, if you're reading this, you have one too.

The other two most recent additions were from the spring when Hubby had to travel to Ohio for class at Wright-Patterson. One night after class he took a relatively short road trip and got one mug, and the next night he took a road trip and got the other one.

My collection originally started when Hubby was traveling during a three-month internship program in Washington, D.C., when we were still living in Virginia while he was on active duty. He got me the mug from Pike Place, the location of the first Starbuck's. Unfortunately, this was at the tail end of the internship where he had traveled all over the United States and could have picked up a lot of mugs that I don't have now. We didn't realize how wonderful these mugs were (18 oz. of coffee bliss in every cupful) until after I had the first one.

I have the option of showing you pictures of 22 more mugs here, or I could just list them. I'm opting for listing them. You know why? Ulterior motive. I'm thinking that somebody may live somewhere and have a Starbuck's with a mug I don't have, and decide they love me enough that they'll get it and send it to me. I'll pay them, of course. Why would people not know me and love me that much? Who knows, but I'll try anything once.

  1. Atlanta
  2. Atlantic City
  3. Canada
  4. Charlotte
  5. Chicago
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Cleveland
  8. Columbus
  9. Dallas
  10. Detroit
  11. Fort Worth
  12. Houston
  13. Indianapolis
  14. Memphis
  15. New Mexico
  16. New Orleans
  17. Niagara Falls
  18. Philadelphia
  19. Pike Place
  20. Pittsburgh
  21. St. Louis
  22. Tampa
  23. Toronto
  24. Tucson
  25. Washington D.C.

They don't get displayed because I really don't have a place for them without them becoming clutter, but they do get used. My kids love to use them for hot chocolate. I've used them a few times for tea, although I drink coffee most of the time.

And being the organized person I am, Hubby and I always know which cup belongs to who — we do it alphabetical by age. We even did that when my parents were visiting so when all four cups were sitting there we knew which one to drink from.

This post is linked to Show and Tell Friday hosted by Kelli at There is no place like home.


Mari said...

Those mugs are so cool! I'm afraid I don't have anything over here that you don't have!

Diann said...

What a fun collection! If you hadn't had Detroit, I would have had to send you one! LOL

Gracie said...

What a nice collection! I love Starbuck stuff, unfortunately I don't have any shop close to my home!
Gracie at

Demara said...

I love your organizational theme...that's a great idea to know who's cup is who's!!!

Where did they go birding in Canada?

Was it near Vancouver BC Canada? I live an hour from Vancouver BC

I live 3hrs from Seattle and 4.5hrs from Bellingham...

but 5 mins from Sumas, Washington.

It's so weird when we go to the roads that have the border markers on them...because most of those roads have no fence...just grass and one has a hazelnut farm, where if I wanted to, I could take one step from the road and onto the farm and be in the States...hehe...It's so weird living in a border town!!

Hootin' Anni said...

Our son would love your collection...he just got one last year from the Starbucks in Argentina. He owns stock in Starbucks...loves the place. I don't even touch coffee, but I too have a collection of coffee cups...all holidays. LOL

Great Show n Tell.

My Show n Tell is the last of my Autumn decoration. Come by if you can...I'll love having you visit.

Leann said...

Hey There!

I didn't know that they have their own mugs. I don't really go to starbucks. I have Gevalia delivered and if we're out we usually go to WAWA.

What a fun collection!

Betsy said...

I love the Canada mug...the picture on it is beautiful! And of course, I have a Detroit mug...from a sweet friend. ;)

I crave alone time,'s good for you!

Denise Marie said...

cool already have a Houston or I'd send it just because love is the best thing we can all offer each other.

Cindy said...

I used to collect mugs too! Very neat collection.

Carla said...

I love this simple design! You are well on your way:)

Shana said...

I had no idea that Starbucks had those kinds of mugs! My husband was a huge starbucks fan till GERD got the best of him. But a frappuccino everynow and then works for us both! I will have to be on the look out for those for my hubby- he loves mugs also.

Diann said...

Thanks for the tip about getting a discount on the couponizer!

Elena said...

That is a really cool collection! The mugs are very attractive.

Chari said...

Hi Kayren...

How awesome!!! You have quite the collection of Starbuck's mugs, my friend! I love the pretty blue on the white mug! Well I must admit that I didn't even know that Starbuck's had mugs to collect...the nearest Starbucks is over 100 mls. I just never get to one! I sure enjoyed seeing your pretty collector's mugs though...thank you for sharing them with us!!!

Warmest wishes,

Love Bears All Things said...

I started a State mug collection for my daughter when she was a teen. She has three little shelves at the end of her cabinets and she displays a few at a time, there. She has some from other countries now as well.
I didn't see one from Huntsville in your collection so I'll have to see what I can do.
Mama Bear

Kelli said...

Yeah Columbus! What a nice collection you have and how sweet for your husband to get them for you.

Mrs.T said...

Very nice collection! I would envy you, but I have all the mugs I will ever need now.

Thanks for sharing your mugs!

God bless,

Elaine said...

Love your mug collection....and the fact that you can still be organized even when you collect things. I'm an organization freak myself but I still like to have a few collections.....I have a couple of friends who refuse to collect anything because they think they can't be organized at the same time. I think they're missing out...but they equate collections with clutter. I really enjoyed reading your post...and what a cool Dad to take all four kids on a trip by himself! Pretty cool husband to do that for you too!
Have a great weekend!
Elaine :)

Jean said...

Nice looking mugs and a great collection! Jean

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