Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Place for Your Coins: Piggy Banks and Money Pots

three money pots in striped patterns

The tradition with a terramundi pot is that every time you have a new one, you write down a wish, and put that in with your first coin.Ruth Dawkins, writing on Offbeat Home

I first wrote about Terramundi money pots back in 2007, but reading Ruth’s wonderful story of her own eight pots made me look at them again. One nice change since 2007: I can now find stores in the U.S. selling these. The North Carolina Museum of Art and Catching Fireflies both have a small selection; The Cameleer has a large selection, but you must wait 2-3 weeks for delivery.

I also discovered there’s another version of how the wishes are handled: “Once the first coin is dropped the money pot must be fed until full upon which time it must be smashed whilst making a wish.”

terra cotta money pot

And I discovered you can get the undecorated terra cotta pots — although it’s a bit difficult if you aren’t in Italy. You can also buy something similar from Portugal.

painted money pot

Finally, I discovered this gorgeous version from Macchietta.handmade in Rimini, Italy — available via Etsy.

two piggy banks with cork noses

But what if you don’t want a pot you must break to get your money out? Well, you could get a lovely piggy bank from Michèle Hastings Pottery. She has a variety of colors and patterns, but my favorite is this copper and turquoise combination.

piggy bank called Rudi, made from bark and more

With this handmade piggy bank, the pig’s rear end gets removed to provide easy access to your coins. There used to be a U.S. site selling these (or something very similar), but it seems that site is sold out.

ceramic piggy bank from Mexico

This lovely piggy bank was made in Mexico by Eva Servin; there’s a cork stopper in the base. I don’t usually show vintage pieces, but I just couldn’t resist this one.

felt piggy bank

And finally, for something very different, here’s Feed Your Dream felt piggy bank from Baum-Kuchen! There’s a “brass zipper on the bottom of the pig’s belly” to remove the coins. [via Better Living Through Design]

Related Posts:
Conquering the Coin Clutter
A Piggy Bank Menagerie
Helping You Save: Coin Banks and Money Boxes
What a Pig! Piggy Banks and Money Boxes Worth a Look
6 Splendid Banks: Piggies and More
Beyond the Piggy Bank: Tzedkah Boxes
Piggy Banks and Money Boxes: Homes for the Spare Change
Today's Top 10 Piggy Banks
Piggy Banks: A Home for Your Spare Change


Paula said...

Eva Servins piggy bank is adorable!
We have coins all over the place. Thanks for bringing up this idea!

Jeri Dansky said...

Paula, you're very welcome! And I'm glad someone else likes Eva Servin's piggy bank as much as I do!