MARY ZIEBARTH – AN IRONING LADY has the WORLDS WORST/BEST COFFEE CUP COLLECTION
A reliable ironing lady is an asset to a busy person and Cr Dave Pahlke often has a little gift to give to his. “Mary Ziebarth” has taken care of my ironing lady for around 30 years and one day I saw this unusual coffee cup and just thought she might like it. “and you know how one thing leads to another.”
“I think she now has a collection of the worst coffee cups ever,” he said with a grin. Mary takes up the story saying that these days Dave will turn up with some very ‘odd and unusual’ pieces. “It’s not just the coffee cups, he also gives me odd shaped teapots and cups as well and as the collection has grown family and friends have added to it,” she explained.
Dave said that may of Mary’s ‘treasures’ have been found in op shops. “No matter where I am I keep my eyes open for the unusual for her.” Last week he added to her collection of more than 80 cups with a cute teapot that ‘had Mary’s name written on it’. I also gave her a certificate 10 years ago recognising the ‘worst coffee cup collection’. Mary said she had cups from London, Japan, Maui, numerous Australian cities and features and also a Chinese tea set. “Just the other day I found a tiny beer stein that had a plant in it so that is now in my collection.” When asked if she had a favourite piece in her eclectic collection she thought for a moment and then said ‘no, they are all special in some way.’ Originally she had the cups in a small china cabinet with other items she treasured but she soon realised that they were taking over.
“I got a bookshelf and had a couple of extra shelves added and I think before much longer I will need to add another couple of shelves. “This collection was never a planned thing and it is always fun to see what Dave arrives with,” she said.