What is the critical number to start a collection?
Three seems like the magic number. One of course, is one. Two speaks to a pair. But three looks like the beginning of a collection.
I have six tea cups with saucers, a modest collection for sure, but a collection still the same. They are beautifully delicate and were handed down and gifted to me at different times.
Very often that's how it starts. You receive or purchase something and then people start giving you more.
The fortune-telling tea cup on the top of the stack to the left was a gift. Drop loose tea into the cup, pour hot water over and steep. Drink your tea then swirl and dump the remains onto the saucer. Your fortune is revealed in the images where the loose tea remaining in your cup gathers and clings.
In other cultures and countries, coffee grounds and wine sediment are also used in fortune telling.
Do you have a collection? Have you had your tea leaves read? Tell us about it, post a comment.