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The Collectors: Egg Cups

Apr 22, 2011

by rikrak

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Oh glorious spring! How fabulous you are with your chirpy birds, babbling brooks and the promise of great newness and change to come. For just such a festive occasion, this collection celebrates the egg, an iconic springtime symbol of renewal and optimism. 

For many of us, the egg is also a staple of the breakfast table. Yet there are very few ways to display the elegance of an egg without it rolling out from under your hands. That’s where the egg cup comes into play!

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Who are you?
I’m Helen Foers of Storeyshop.

What are you collecting?
Egg cups.

When did you start?
A few years ago.

How many do you have?
30 so far!

Where do you find them?
Vintage and junks shops, charity shops, car boot sales and in wrapping paper as my friends and family have started giving them to me for birthdays and bringing them back from holidays!

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Where do you keep them?
In the kitchen cupboards, much to my husband’s annoyance. I have two decks of them stacked on and under vintage cake stands.

What’s an interesting story behind one?
Only one egg cup in my collection is my husband’s. He had it when he was little. It’s one of the ones with legs. I had one with legs when I was young too so we got them together and they’re now a couple.

What piece would you like to add?
Next on my list is one of Heidi Burton’s illustrated egg cups. I’d also like to find more with names and other typography.

Why do you love them?
I love boiled eggs and I love collecting. Perfect!

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Which one is your favourite and why?
My pink plastic one with my name on it. I’ve had it as long as I can remember. My little brother had a blue one with his name on it, too. Maybe it’s where my love of personalised products stems from!

What else do you collect?
Other ceramics and chinaware. I have rather a lot of plates and saucers. Choosing which plate and egg cup combo to go for when having a boiled egg is always a tough one!

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Helen’s incredible personalised hand cut paper works will add an artistic touch to all of your daily celebrations. Her custom made cards are brilliant and beautiful (I’ve given many away to loved ones as cherished gifts!). So hop on over and visit her beautiful shop and blog.

What do you collect? What makes a great collection? Please tell us in the comments below.

I’m Kristal Davis (a.k.a. rikrak) and I just love seeing what folks are collecting. I feel it tells us a little bit about what inspires them. The Collectors series, first published on my own little blog is 11 and a half quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they’re collecting — apart from their art supplies!

The Collectors Series | Vintage Egg Cups on Etsy

Papercut Valentines Day or Anniversary Card - Since Sliced Bread
Papercut Valentines Day or Anniversary Card - Since Sliced Bread
Storeyshop
$3.92 USD
Papercut Anniversary or Valentines Day Greetings Card - Mwah - White
Papercut Anniversary or Valentines Day Greetings Card - Mwah - White
Storeyshop
$3.92 USD
I Love You More Than My iPhone Valentines or Anniversary Papercut Greetings Card
I Love You More Than My iPhone Valentines or Anniversary Papercut Greetings Card
Storeyshop
$5.24 USD
Just To Say Cut Out Papercut Greetings Card With Leaves
Just To Say Cut Out Papercut Greetings Card With Leaves
Storeyshop
$3.92 USD
Papercut Valentines Day Greetings Card - Mwah - Blue or White With Any Inlay Colour
Papercut Valentines Day Greetings Card - Mwah - Blue or White With Any Inlay Colour
Storeyshop
$3.92 USD
Papercut Wedding Day Card - Can't Wait To Marry You - Pale Turquoise With Any Colour Inlay
Papercut Wedding Day Card - Can't Wait To Marry You - Pale Turquoise With Any Colour Inlay
Storeyshop
$3.92 USD
Papercut New Baby Celebration Greetings Card - And Baby Makes Three - Yellow
Papercut New Baby Celebration Greetings Card - And Baby Makes Three - Yellow
Storeyshop
$3.92 USD
Papercut Valentines Anniversary or Wedding Day Greetings Card - I Love You More Than Shoes
Papercut Valentines Anniversary or Wedding Day Greetings Card - I Love You More Than Shoes
Storeyshop
$5.24 USD
SALE Papercut Poster - I Love You More Than Cake - Grey - Wall Art
SALE Papercut Poster - I Love You More Than Cake - Grey - Wall Art
Storeyshop
$8.63 USD
SALE Anniversary or Wedding Day Papercut Poster - I Love You More Than Cheese - Red - Wall Art
SALE Anniversary or Wedding Day Papercut Poster - I Love You More Than Cheese - Red - Wall Art
Storeyshop
$8.63 USD
SALE Papercut Wall Art - I Love You More Than Shoes - Poster - Grey Last In Stock
SALE Papercut Wall Art - I Love You More Than Shoes - Poster - Grey Last In Stock
Storeyshop
$8.63 USD
SALE Papercut Poster - I Love You More Than eBay - Purple or Red -Wall Art
SALE Papercut Poster - I Love You More Than eBay - Purple or Red -Wall Art
Storeyshop
$8.63 USD
Set of 2 knitted egg cozy
Set of 2 knitted egg cozy
Sold
3 Vintage Egg Cups with Wooden Eggs Creamy Shabby White
3 Vintage Egg Cups with Wooden Eggs Creamy Shabby White
Sold
This egg will be enough.... Egg cup in Blue
This egg will be enough.... Egg cup in Blue
Sold
Custom hand-painted happy egg cup - personalised with handwritten name
Custom hand-painted happy egg cup - personalised with handwritten name
Sold
Vintage Bird Egg Cup
Vintage Bird Egg Cup
Sold
Milk Glass Opalex Chick Egg Cup
Milk Glass Opalex Chick Egg Cup
Sold

95 comments

  • iWALLS

    iWALLS said 6 years ago

    Oh these are so cute! Great post!

  • LittleBirdWallArt

    LittleBirdWallArt said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview! I love your collection!

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 6 years ago

    This is such a fun collection! I love it that you and your husband both had egg cups when you were little and that you still have them!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    very cute :)

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 6 years ago

    Sweet! Perfect for Easter Monica TheIDConnection :)

  • torik2009

    torik2009 said 6 years ago

    Adorable Collection!!

  • TallyLocke

    TallyLocke said 6 years ago

    adorable! thanks for sharing your collection!

  • artsyEVE

    artsyEVE said 6 years ago

    Adorable! I love the little hen egg cozy! so cute!

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 6 years ago

    Awesome! I still have mine that I brought from Germany to the US :-)

  • JessieKatz

    JessieKatz said 6 years ago

    What a fun collection! I collect far too many things... anything classic peter rabbit, and carousel horses (which is actually growing into really anything with a classic carnival feel). Those are things I've collected ever since I was little. As an adult I've started a few collections as well, my favorites right now are giraffes and vintage typography (old signs, letterpress letters, etc). See... too many collections! haha

  • nickandnessies

    nickandnessies said 6 years ago

    Very cool collection! I have a few too, but they are kind of hard to find in the states.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Adorable and so sweet :)

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 6 years ago

    what a cute collection ... wishing you many more great finds!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 6 years ago

    Love it! What a great idea! My kids have egg cups too...i love the idea of collecting more for them. it's our sunday morning tradition...eggs in egg cups...imagine that! thanks for sharing!

  • NaturalPetProducts

    NaturalPetProducts said 6 years ago

    Cool collection, I love egg cups! Seems as though the egg taste better out of them :-) TY for sharing!!!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    That is such an adorable collection! I love it!!!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 6 years ago

    I don't think I have heard anyone collecting egg cups before. That is sooo cute.. I bet your collection will increase rapidly.. FUN!!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 6 years ago

    my mom had a egg cups that looked like my sister and I...one blonde, and one brunette. They had little hats for when they were eggless. thank you for sharing, this brought back a happy memory!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    i love the ones with the feet. adorable!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Awesome collection, I think the spotty ones are my favourite! Lovely to see you on the Etsy blog Helen :) I love your cards

  • DancingFeatherStore

    DancingFeatherStore said 6 years ago

    My grandmother had egg cups, I remember how grown up and sophisticated I felt having a special cup for my boiled egg to sit in. What a cute and interesting thing to collect. Thanks for sharing!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 6 years ago

    I just love egg cups. . .and cake plates. Really enjoyed this post. Thank you :)

  • dabsh01

    dabsh01 said 6 years ago

    Cute Collection... and good timing...

  • shopdomestica

    shopdomestica said 6 years ago

    Am SO jealous. It's not easy to pimp an egg cup collection here in the States. My English grandparents ate soft-boiled eggs for breakfast nearly every day (or at least every day their granddaughter was visiting). I love soft-boiled eggs and I love egg cups so! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm inspired - not going to give up!

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 6 years ago

    I am new to the egg cup. Interesting, all the different type. I now feel the need to make a couple for our kitchen for we are major egg eaters!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 6 years ago

    So cute, all those eggs on legs. Reminded me of my childhood breakfasts.

  • chifinds

    chifinds said 6 years ago

    Super duper adorable! Very neat that both you and your husband had egg cups with legs as children. :)

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 6 years ago

    Such a fun collection!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 6 years ago

    Great fun collection. I collect anything vintage......Japan Blue Willow, Grapette, Still Glass Banks from the 50's, Cookbooks, Planter's Mr. Peanut, Beatles...........on and on......just about anything. Come visit and take a look.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Love your collection!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 6 years ago

    Eggs on legs... so funny!

  • dbabcock

    dbabcock said 6 years ago

    What a great story and wonderful collection! I love them.....Maybe this will spur me on to make some for my pottery shop! Thank you.

  • KisforCalligraphy

    KisforCalligraphy said 6 years ago

    Simply eggtastic! I love egg cups! And I absolutely adore your collection! Thank you for sharing Helen (& Kristal)!

  • 123Betwixt

    123Betwixt said 6 years ago

    Such fun - thanks!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Great egg cups!

  • DUSKtillDAWNvintage

    DUSKtillDAWNvintage said 6 years ago

    so cute!

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 6 years ago

    I love eggcups too, always trying to find some more for the shop. Lately I've been collecting Kokeshi dolls and small metal and wire sculptures.

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 6 years ago

    Sweet collection. Enjoy it.

  • amiescardshoppe

    amiescardshoppe said 6 years ago

    oh my goodness, those egg cups are adorable! and Helen's shop is just beautiful. :)

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Great collection - thanks for the peek. Egg cups always catch my eye in the resale shops, but I've never owned one. Beautiful shop, Helen.

  • VidGirlsandDolls

    VidGirlsandDolls said 6 years ago

    Love the cards !

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 6 years ago

    What a fun, kitschy collection!! I love reading about what people collect - I like to see if they're as addicted to collecting stuff as I am!!! Great post!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 6 years ago

    love the eggs on legs one...you have to take these out of the cupboard and display them proudly!

  • WoolnFelt

    WoolnFelt said 6 years ago

    that is a fab collection. I always want to collect egg cups but so far only have 2. Im off to the swap shop sunday to start again. Easter sounds like an appropriate time.

  • peacesofindigo

    peacesofindigo said 6 years ago

    Cute collection. Great post~ I love rikrak !!!!! :)

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 6 years ago

    I adore this collection-I love egg cups!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Those cups are cute. :)

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 6 years ago

    Colourful tacky! My kinda style

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 6 years ago

    Adorable little things!

  • jacarandadesigns

    jacarandadesigns said 6 years ago

    It make me want to start a collection of my own - very sweet

  • dragonflymystdesigns

    dragonflymystdesigns said 6 years ago

    What a great collection!!

  • LudmilaKameneva

    LudmilaKameneva said 6 years ago

    funny=))

  • HelloSprout

    HelloSprout said 6 years ago

    I love the ones with legs!

  • nisseworks

    nisseworks said 6 years ago

    Love these :)

  • marjudesignsforyou

    marjudesignsforyou said 6 years ago

    Sweet:}

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 6 years ago

    Cute collection! You know, I think I may have mistaken some egg cups I've seen for little handle-less teacups!

  • HannahsHatBox

    HannahsHatBox said 6 years ago

    fun collection!

  • Nishale

    Nishale said 6 years ago

    sweet great collection!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    I think egg cups are delightful. I had a pair of vintage ones that I sold - I was sorry to let them go. :(

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 6 years ago

    so cute, what a great collection

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals said 6 years ago

    I love you cute collection. My hubby on the otherhand collects giant mugs, I guess out of necessity. He is a coffee drinker

  • AccentsandPetals

    AccentsandPetals said 6 years ago

    I love you cute collection. My hubby on the otherhand collects giant mugs, I guess out of necessity. He is a coffee drinker

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 6 years ago

    I have never seen egg cups before they are very cute.

  • popupcrazy

    popupcrazy said 6 years ago

    My grandpa had a soft boiled egg for an egg cup every morning. He would crack the shell then peel of the top shell of the egg, next he would eat the top of the egg with a spoon while also dipping his toast in the yolk. I have one egg cup that was his. I collect vintage (1950+) drinking glasses and use them.

  • lulikucreations

    lulikucreations said 6 years ago

    CUTE EGG CUPS I REALLY ENJOYED SEEING THEM, COLLECTING IS AN AMAZING HOBBIE KEEP IT GOING ;)

  • charmstore

    charmstore said 6 years ago

    Really cute egg cups especially the one with legs on.

  • treeandsap

    treeandsap said 6 years ago

    What a fun item to collect and a great article to match! I sure enjoyed reading this.

  • VelvetBitchOriginals

    VelvetBitchOriginals said 6 years ago

    Love 'eggs on legs'!

  • OoohLaFab

    OoohLaFab said 6 years ago

    I will fall in love with eggs because of your cute little cups!!! Excellent idea!!

  • whimsyleaf

    whimsyleaf said 6 years ago

    What a cute collection! I've always wanted to have a gorgeous collection of colorful teacups.

  • paperholiday

    paperholiday said 6 years ago

    So cute!

  • Storeyshop

    Storeyshop said 6 years ago

    Thank you, everyone! Happy to open my cupboard and share my collection :)

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 6 years ago

    Egg coddlers are another good egg collectible ..harder to find but those egg cups are so cute, nice collection.

  • bigbluebed

    bigbluebed said 6 years ago

    A lovely collection. And as they are not very big they won't take up too much room. My sisters and brother and I all had our own egg cups - mine was a chicken one. I must go and look for it.

  • VitalVintage

    VitalVintage said 6 years ago

    Such a lovely, vibrant collection! I've never even used an egg cup. Now I might need to acquire one:) Nice feature story!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and Colorful!

  • imali

    imali said 6 years ago

    Lovely theme! Thank you!

  • TheBargainBabe

    TheBargainBabe said 6 years ago

    What a unique thing to collect!

  • TinsAndThings

    TinsAndThings said 6 years ago

    No longer eat eggs as I'm vegan, but I still ADORE egg cups! At last count I had over 200 of them (yikes), so really should put some in my shop soon...

  • annerstreet4home

    annerstreet4home said 6 years ago

    Lovely collection! Thank you for including my hen egg cozy!

  • lulusnest

    lulusnest said 6 years ago

    Happy Easter everyone! Such a timely article.

  • ASenseofPlacePhotogr

    ASenseofPlacePhotogr said 6 years ago

    I literally love egg cups, I know that sounds weird to say but I'm sure you can understand :) With a Ukrainian grandmother, I think decorative things that have to do with eggs have a special place in my heart. Thanks for including my item in your post :)

  • misterrob

    misterrob said 6 years ago

    Great collection! Thanks for including my little egg-cup! Best Rob

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard said 6 years ago

    I love egg cups! super collection!

  • oksana2372

    oksana2372 said 6 years ago

    Adorable Easter Creations!

  • misterrob

    misterrob said 6 years ago

    Hi , have you seen http://blog.wintersmoon.co.uk/ love Lorna

  • Jaclynscollections

    Jaclynscollections said 6 years ago

    Looking at these make me happy! It's the little things in life:)

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 5 years ago

    yay ! i remember the humpty dumpty one i had as a kid!

  • FayesAttic11

    FayesAttic11 said 5 years ago

    Wow sweet collection! This is really unique and amazing! I am impressed!

  • FayesAttic11

    FayesAttic11 said 5 years ago

    Wow sweet collection! This is really unique and amazing! I am impressed!

  • taketotheoars

    taketotheoars said 5 years ago

    great collection! you have some really great finds

  • SweetieCafe

    SweetieCafe said 5 years ago

    Such a Sweet Collection

  • ephemerascenti

    ephemerascenti said 5 years ago

    such a wonderful collection! very impressive! I have an egg cup that is adorable listed should you "need" just one more!

  • KJ57

    KJ57 said 5 years ago

    Hi there, I collect egg cups! Have been for a bout twenty years or so and have just over 400 now! They are perfect as souvenirs from wherever you go......and people love giving them as gifts! I have a cabinet with the special ones and a shelf that goes round the entire dining room, (high up!) that is two deep of cups! I am so glad someone else collects them! It's fun. You're right "shop domestica" ...they are hard to come by in The States! kathryn

  • CypressHouse

    CypressHouse said 5 years ago

    I love eggs and now I love egg cups!

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