|Some of my current mugs in my booth - I picked up the smurf ones this weekend|
Everybody needs a coffee mug. They are so irresistible at thriftstores - abundant, quirky and the prices are always right. I never leave without checking out the mugs. I have a shelf full in my kitchen, and I LOVE my mugs (and could not part with 3 of my favorites ever). Naturally, I have put coffee mugs in my booth as well to resell, and they are modestly successful - I have sold a few every month. Incidentally, one of the two items that have ever been stolen out of my booth was a mug - a milkglass mug with a Canadian flag on it. Not pointing fingers or anything, but I have a feeling that some shifty Canadian is drinking their guilty pleasures out of that one - just sayin'.
Anyway, I have always liked the Otagiri mugs - they have such great designs and their handle is the perfect shape (and easily recognized). I have sold about 10 Otagiri mugs of various designs in my booth - sporting owls, cats, ships, bears, seagulls and fish. The embossed ones always seem to disappear paticularly fast. Also, being in Maine, every mug with a lobster on it has sold. I have a few Taylor and Ng mugs as well, but have yet to put them in my booth (it's a ten-step program, folks).
Mugs don't bring in the big bucks, but since it is a steady seller, I don't mind. I never pay more than 99 cents, and I always price them at $5. Thus, the 3x investment minimum is fulfilled.
Do you sell mugs? Are they a good seller for you? Do you have a favorite mug design?