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I think the price will ultimately be determined on how many we order...the price goes down for larger quantities. We really want to make the mug available again and we'll strive to keep the cost as low as possible.
The voting booth question will hopefully give us a handle on what you all have on your minds as well.
We're working on re-issuing the now 'collector-item' mug.
The design would be the same, or as similar as we can get it. These were offered 7 or 8 years ago and are cherished by members who own them. (the picture is my own personal mug)
We want to give everyone the opportunity to have one, as DG has grown quite a bit since those days and many members have requested a re-issue.
I've been "mugged" by every associated organization, friend, relative, acquaintance... & T-shirts too for that matter. Is there another functional object that DG can use for fundraising? Something that won't break in the mail? Something that we can all use?
> Hand trowel or a pair of shears? (Functional, universal)
> A decorative rain gauge? (Underutilized, could be lightweight to reduce shipping)
> Seed packet sorting/storage boxes? (Keep 'em dry/protected. Keep 'em from getting scrambled up by the end of the growing season, no matter how many helpers you may have... ?)
> Decoupage kit to recycle tobasco, A-1, & other small bottles into rooting/bud vases: share the joy of your blossoms with the neighbors, don't worry about getting the "vase" back, spread the word about DG, root your cuttings for future trades! (ok, perhaps it's bedtime.)
Our local PBS station's biggest sellers: umbrellas & tote bags. Don't give up. I just don't want another mug...& I'm a coffee addict.
My money is too tight to buy a mug. I'd rather use the 10 bucks for a bag of soil ammendment. Yes, I know Im kinda practical. Like holeth, I too have been gifted with many mugs. I love DG but I dont need a mug. Thanks for offering it for those who do want it. Cam
Terracotta flowerpot mugs are sold by several companies, but the logo is ours. I've run across the mugs without the logo in yard sales and thrift stores,in several sizes, so they are out there...just no DG logo.
Sorry, I won't buy one. I would rather have something useful for gardening than another mug. Unless it was twice the size, with a drainage hole for a plant then I might consider it. I doubt it, with the shipping costs. It would have to be plastic.
We really don't want to flood the site with this question...that would make it more like an 'ad,' which we really don't want it to become. We know that members have repeatedly requested a re-issue and are hoping that the voting booth is a good enough cross section for us to get an idea the level of enthusiasm for a repeat offering.
I bought four of the original mugs and they are still used and loved!! I can tell you they are sturdy heavy large and wonderfully made. The inside has a great coating and I pop them in the dish washer all the time. Just for fun here is a picture I took of the Dave the day I bought mine in 2006. He is holding a picture of another member "shoe" that couldn't be there in person.
Maybe this picture will give you a better idea of the size and quality of the cup.
Oh, and I would be willing to buy two more if for no other reason, to give them as gifts to my gardening friends.
So far, Zazzle hasn't offered a terracotta blank...that is our problem. We'll have to get a specialty house to actually do these for us. Zazzle is an 'on demand' operation and they will do 2 or 200. The mugs will have to all be printed and the product stored, until they all sell.
We will have a round up sometime this spring probably in May; I will take a mug and show it off and see what the interest is. We might do like we have done with some gardening tools before, take orders, collect money; then make one order to save on shipping.
I would be against Zazzle trying to match the quality, just my opinion. They are really expensive on their items.
I too would like to have a couple of mugs as a remembrance of all the wonderful people I have met here . Some of those have moved on but many of them are still here and close to my heart. (FlowrLady was one of the first persons I met face to face) A lot of us that are still here would like to remember that there really was a Dave and what he built here. Cindy
I wish there were a third option, a tentative yes depending on price and shipping. I can't give an unqualified yes without some idea what it would cost! That said, I would probably order one unless the price was outrageous. I've learned a tremendous amount from Dave's Garden, and have met (both online and in person) some of the most generous, humorous people! It would be great to have a coffee mug as a daily reminder of my online home here.