My name is Amber, and I am a tea
hoarder collector. When I ask guests what kind of tea they would like, and then pull out my tea drawer, the most common reaction is an audible gasp. It seems that most people don’t have dozens of teas to choose from. Most people buy two or maybe three different types of tea, and then finish them before buying more. I am not most people. If you are not most people, either, or if you just enjoy seeing what happens when a tea collection gets seriously out of hand, this is the post for you.
A little over a year ago I decided to gather my tribe and issue a challenge to discover who has the biggest tea stash. Fourteen brave souls played along. The overall biggest stash went to my friend Janet, who had 60 different kinds of tea. My friend Brandee came in second with 45. Clearly, I had found my tribe. We are the people who can’t walk past a tea shop without stopping in and buying one (or five) new blends to try.
I have not spent the past year depleting my tea stash. In fact, to my husband’s great chagrin, it has grown even larger. It’s not all my fault, though. You see, once people discover that you collect tea, they start giving you more. Arguably, more tea is the last thing in the world that I need, but truthfully I love to receive it as a gift. As a result, my current collection is bursting at the seams. I still have fewer teas than Janet and Brandee … but not by much. When I opened my tea cupboard recently, it occurred to me that the time is ripe to issue a challenge once again. And so, I am inviting you to show me your tea stash!
A snapshot of my current stash
Show me Your Stash!
Take some time this week to write a blog post about your tea stash, and then come back here on Monday, February 25, 2013. I’ll be sharing the nitty-gritty details of my own stash, and confirming exactly how many boxes, bags and tins I have. I’ll also include a link-up. Let’s see who takes home the compulsive tea collector crown – or who has the utmost restraint in the tea aisle. To sweeten the pot, I’ll be drawing one name from the folks who play along and sending the lucky person some tea from my favourite local tea shop, on me. I’m not being sponsored and I’m not acting on behalf of big tea. I just want to share the love.
I’ve created a button, which you can use in your post:
Now, what are you waiting for? Show me your (tea) stash!