A couple years ago I discovered a site called Fred Orange (funny name, right?) where collectors could register and create lists of all their mugs and trade with other collectors. This has been a huge boon to my collection as I have traded with people in Thailand, Germany, Spain and other countries. Most mug traders are flight attendants and those who travel a lot for business, so most collectors have mugs from U.S. cities that have major airports, i.e. Chicago and New York. For this reason, most trade requests I get are for local mugs that aren't at SeaTac: Portland, Vancouver Island and Pike Place Market (the first Starbucks has its own special mug). I now have over a hundred mugs (you can see my full collection here) and just got a few more to add.
The Mister is a real geography nerd and enjoys adding new mugs to the collection, so plans all business flights around where the layovers are in order to pick up new mugs. He went to Chicago last week for a class and even though the class was held just a few miles from his hotel, he put over 1,100 miles on the rental car in four days. Why? Starbucks mugs. And also to add two more states to his tally of total states visited. I think it's up to thirty-one now.
It's kind of funny that all these mugs are red. I actually have mostly green mugs and from what I can tell, there is no rhyme or reason to the colors they pick for each city.
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