I’m trying to remember what, exactly, triggered my need to collect McCoy pottery. I’m usually pretty good at remembering that kind of thing…something tells me it might have been a photo or two in a magazine. I’d seen it before, of course, in antique shops and tag sales. Funny, isn’t it? You can see something fairly frequently and virtually ignore it and then suddenly you see it with fresh eyes and pow! You’re gone.
Initially, I was drawn to the colors: aqua, pink, yellow, sea-foam green, cream. Wonderful sherbety colors. Then I fell for the birds, which are often found on McCoy pieces, like this Arcature vase.
And on this whimsical cuckoo clock wall pocket.
I’ve lost count of just how many pieces I own – well over 60, I would think.
Here’s the wonderful thing about collecting McCoy pottery: it’s still fairly inexpensive. Occasionally I’ll run across a piece that is rare and, therefore, pricier. Or, I’ll run across some pieces that are ridiculously marked up in price, as I wrote about in this post. But, for the most part, there are lots of pieces out there. McCoy was very moderately priced in its heyday and made its way into countless American households.