This is the start of my newest collection. I was officially charmed by vintage Santa mugs after seeing this collection in HulaSeventy's holiday home tour at CafeMom and this collection in Soulemama's flickr feed. I usually avoid holiday dishware at all costs but these bearded men have found their way into my vintage loving heart.
So, I'd never really seen any of these mugs in all of my thrifting adventures. Or maybe I just wasn't paying attention? This past week as we were visiting Brett's family in Thayer, Mo, I got a hankering to hit up the two local places just across the Arkansas border to see what they had for me. I took a mental checklist of things I needed to keep an eye out for and hoped upon hope that I might come across a vintage Santa face mug in all the post-Christmas vendor mark downs. I hadn't been in one of the shops for more than three minutes when I came across not one but six Santa face mugs. And a matching pitcher! But it was too easy. It would've taken all the fun out of collecting them one by one. The $25 price tag wasn't helping much either. I was looking for a deal and with the aftertaste of the holidays still fresh on my tongue so to speak, it was easy to walk away.
I went next door and spotted a Santa face mug in a booth full of tacky dollar store items and couldn't quite tell if it was vintage or replicating vintage very badly. It wasn't exactly what I had in mind so I continued on. I was almost done with the last booth when I spotted it. That soft, cheery, ceramic mug hiding behind a sea of red and green Shiny Brites. And only $1.49. It was a little thrill.
I brought my bounty to the house and shared my story with my MIL, a fellow flea market junkie, who patiently waited for me to finish before informing me that the one place in town that I had never visited had 'tons of those things'. Who knew that the Santa face mug jackpot was in a sleepy stretch of Southern Missouri.
How many of your grandmas pull these out every Christmas?