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One of Kyle’s favorite teapots in my collection is this fun handpainted teapot. It’s covered in fun colors and feels a little circusy.

I like my teapot collection because it’s versatile enough to add something that has been somewhat amateurishly painted by hand to its ranks. I have never been someone who only collects based on a value. I’m not opposed to having something a little valuable — and I’m somewhat proud of the things I own that do have some value — but I am more excited about a great thrifty deal.

We visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art a few weeks ago when we took a day trip to Kansas City to explore with our friends who were visiting us. They have a collection of teapots and coffee pots from around the time that tea and coffee first appeared in Europe. It was great to look at the detail of those teapots, and maybe one day, my collection will grow to have one of those, but I know my little circusy teapot will still belong proudly on a shelf next to it.

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