It’s common among nerds and fangirls alike to have a coveted collection. In fact, it’s common for most people to purchase and maintain a collection of some sort. Some collect plates or action figures. Others collect ticket stubs or celebrity signatures. Whether it be of sentiment or value, once we begin to acquire multiples of a certain product, it becomes a long-term habit. Once you start, it’s kinda hard to stop.
I began collecting cups when I was a kid. Of course, I didn’t know what I was doing back then. It just sort of happened. There was never any purpose to it. I just liked having a cool-looking keepsake to take home. Whenever my family and I went on vacation, I’d request one as a souvenir. Every new adventure required a glass, mug, or cup for keeping. It was fashion and function in one cost-effective package. Over the years, I’ve acquired an undetermined amount of these mementos.
I have Disney mugs and Doctor Who mugs. I have cups with sweet sayings on them. I have Eco-friendly bottles, tall and plain. I have ones from Chicago, Las Vegas, California, and New York. I have commemorative cups from plays and concerts. I have tall, plastic glasses with movie posters painted on the front.
Most of them I use on a regular basis, some of them I don’t use at all. There’s really no rhyme or reason to it. I certainly have no favorites. I suppose I’m unlike most collectors that way. I collect cups, because it’s something I like to do. There’s really no other way to explain it. It’s become a beloved tradition of mine. It’s a tradition I intend to keep.