Travel Collections: Wine Stoppers

Welcome to part 2 of my travel collection series!  Check out part 1 of the series (collecting art) if you haven’t already and if you want some more ideas. 

I’m a huge wine lover, so one of the things I really like to collect while traveling is wine stoppers!  I have all sorts of them gathered together in a bowl and displayed in my kitchen.  They are pretty to look at, and I love switching up the stoppers I use on my wine bottles.  My collection includes a seashell stopper from Maui, a cadet stopper from West Point, a painted porcelain stopper from Tuscany, a starfish stopper from Oahu, and a woodcarving stopper from Bavaria (and many, many more). 

Wine stoppers are great to collect because they are typically pretty cheap, easy to transport, and you’ll definitely use them if you are a wine drinker.


So this isn’t actually a wine stopper, but this Bavarian carved wood bottle opener is pretty yet functional!


German woodcarving bottle stopper.  Fun AND a tad bit creepy…but reminds me of a happy trip with my family.


I bought this one in a quaint little Tuscan town.  Much easier to carry than a bunch of pottery.


Fun and a little wild seashell wine stopper I bought in Maui.




West Point Cadet wine stopper.  I don’t have tons of college keepsakes, but this one I think is neat.


I display all my wine stoppers in a cute West Elm bowl.  They look pretty grouped all together PLUS they are always ready to be used!

Katie Vail
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  1. Anonymous
    March 13, 2014 / 7:30 pm

    I saw your last post and am kicking myself for not keeping some of the travel art I bought way back when… I am not much of a saver (think the opposite of a hoarder), but I don't really have too much in my house to remind me of the awesome travels I've taken over the years. 🙁

  2. March 14, 2014 / 10:03 am

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  3. March 14, 2014 / 6:21 pm

    Such a neat collection and great way to remember every trip! I love how you have them out on display too! I have to say I am not much of a collector when it comes to traveling, but I wish I was! Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. March 16, 2014 / 5:33 pm

    Thanks for reading! I am so sentimental that I have trouble getting rid of things that bring up happy memories. Sometimes I wish I was more of a minimalist though! Especially when I'm packing for a move…

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