Sometimes you have your own ideas, sometimes you steal them from other people and call it inspiration. My inspiration today comes from this post on Regretsy, in which the author reveals that she is the proud owner of a teacup commemorating the divorce of Charles and Diana, an item so wonderfully awful that I am left cursing the cruel fate that has kept me from ever possessing such a thing. But it also got me thinking: What other misguided commemorations have been painted on cheap porcelain and offered for sale to the general public? So I decided to go to Ebay and find out.
First up, we have a little military history:
|Operation Desert Storm Commemorative Mug|
Sure, there are plenty of military collectibles out there, but how many of them offer you the chance to drink your coffee with a map detailing the locations where bombs were dropped. Not many. (Also available in a beer stein.)
Then, a historic cultural event:
|Walgreens 5000th Store Commemorative Mug|
Comes with a free biography of the seller’s entire family!
Naturally, the British royalty appear on what might be considered more than their fair share of goods:
|Prince Andrew Coming of Age Commemorative Cup|
I celebrate the birthdays of all total strangers by buying china with their faces on them, don’t you?
But American politicians make their appearances as well:
|Ross Perot Commemorative Knife|
They didn’t sell very well, but they did manage to drive the first model of George Bush knife out of the market.
And finally, for the true collector:
|Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Commemorative Plate|
Indeed, who could ever forget the events of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, of 1024 West Sixth Street, Williston North Dakota? Truly, a treasure for any collection of pictures of modest public buildings.