January 31, 2013 at 8:29 am

The Little Things – An Amazing Cup

It sounds crazy, but one of the things I love most about having coffee in a good hotel is the cups. They tend to be big, complete with a saucer and weighty feel that makes you feel like your breakfasting (I feel very British typing that and I don’t know why) at the Four Seasons even if you’re really at the Hilton.

Not that there’s anything wrong with the Hilton.

Anyway, I bought a set of these cups and saucers at a local auction a few years ago. They’re Hungarian porcelain, and I think I paid something like $10 for ten of them. Back then, I was selling antiques to make a living while I wrote Prophecy of the Sisters, and I spent many hours sitting at local auctions, bidding on things I loved and thought I could sell.

Problem is, when you buy things you love, you usually don’t want to sell them. Case in point; these cups. They sat in my “to be sold” pile for months before migrating to my cupboard, used only on special occasions.

But I’m not really a believer in “saving” things for a special occasion. Every day is – or should be – a special occasion, and like so many things I “meant” to sell, these cups became part of my daily repertoire. Now I use them for my morning coffee every day, and you know what? They make every morning a little special, even if I’m on the sofa instead of at the Four Seasons.

The best part about this “little thing” is that it’s a cheap way to give yourself a little luxury every morning of the week. And you don’t have to buy one from a store. Take your time and search yard sales, auctions, and flea markets for the perfect cup, one that makes you feel special every time you use it. It can be a dainty cup and saucer, a heavy hand-thrown mug, or old hotel porcelain (I suspect this is what my Hungarian cups are). Whatever speaks to you, the search is part of the fun!

What about you? What’s a “little thing” that makes your mornings nicer? Post in comments or tweet with #thelittlethings.

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4 thoughts on “The Little Things – An Amazing Cup

  1. Savvy says:

    I love this. I have a “special” Barnes and Noble mug I drink my coffee from in the morning that makes me feel special. It has classic characters from literature all over it.

  2. AE Rought says:

    I have two favorite mugs. A blue glass one from Walmart that just feels right in my hand, and a ceramic one that my friend gave me. It’s big and sturdy and I drag it from room to room. The other one is more my ‘morning mug’. I am a TERRIBLE creature of habit <3

  3. Susan Dwyer says:

    Those were fun days!! Have a garage full of “I think I”ll keep this!”

    1. MichelleZink says:

      Lol! We DID have fun, didn’t we? And I still have a lot of that stuff, too. I’m slooowly learning to let go.
      😉

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