I started collecting tiki mugs back in the 80’s. Most of them are thrifted, a few are “buy the drink, keep the mug” bar specials.
I have a couple of rules- never pay more than a few bucks (a lot of these were under a buck when I found them) & try not to have too many duplicates. It’s more about the thrill of the hunt, if you know what I mean. If a tropical drink is included (maybe with a tiny umbrella or something on fire), even better!
Here are a couple of recent thrift store finds:
I recently found the tiki display hutch of my dreams down at the flea market (Heywood-Wakefield Ashcraft, whee!). I finally have the perfect place to display my tiki friends.
I’ll post some closeups later.
This is a most impressive tiki mug collection!!
I can’t believe that the one with it the flames on its head in the second photo is all one piece! I’ve never seen that one and I really thought I had seen all tiki mugs. So great that you showed the bottom of the glass. I never heard of Tiki Farm before. (http://www.tikifarm.com) I usually don’t like repros but their stuff is great.
The display case is perfect. Do you keep drinking related stuff in the bottom unit?
Is your Tiki collection confined to drinking vessels?
Yup, there is more drinking related stuff in the bottom part. I love cocktail shakers, swizzle sticks, highball glasses, you name it! The funny thing is, I’m primarily a beer person and rarely touch the ‘hard stuff’. Go figure!
There are a few items that are not mugs. There’s a set of Trader Vic’s salt and pepper shakers, an ashtray and a few figurines mixed in.
Would love to see some of your cocktail stash here. I have hundreds and hundreds of bar related artifacts. It’s one of my favorite things to collect. I’m not a cocktail drinker either but it all screams ‚Äúparty!” to me so I pick it up whenever I see it at a reasonable price.
Great post… Wonderful Tiki, your display is beautiful…
Love your Heywood Wakefield, perfect for your Tiki collection!
I LOVE the huge Hurricane (?) bowl on top. The whole table would drink from it! Is that Trader Vics?