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 COLLECTING POES (POTTIES)
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A bowl-shaped container kept in the bedroom under a bed and used as a toilet at night

Popularity
Potties are a very popular item to collect in the UK and they are appreciated by a great many people

Location
Potties can be obtained from a variety of sources, such as car boot sales, collectors fairs, flea markets and jumble sales, as well as antique dealers and antique fairs. The Internet is another good source, especially on-line auctions.

Age
Collectors can be of all ages and you are never too young or old to start a collection.

Ability
There is no real ability required for collecting potties, collectors just need the appreciation of the object. Whether they think of it as a object of beauty or appreciate it for its design or practicality.

Description
Potties can into existence as early as the 16th century and so to find one of a great age is the constant desire for the serious collector. They are usually ceramic in construction and often they have lids too. Potties remained in common use until the 19th century, when the introduction of inside water closets started to displace them. They are still in use today in countries such as China.

Dedication
To build up a collection of potties collectors need to be resourceful in their attempts to obtain items to add to their collection. You must be prepared to spend time rummaging through lots of items to find the one piece of treasure that you need to add to your collection. Much of the fun of collecting is the seeking of that elusive next item, whether it be at a car boot sale which could yield some great finds, or at a dealer where you may have to pay top prices.

Closely Related Activities
Pots or Potties are also known as Chamberpots (because they were kept in the bed-chamber) and Guzunda's (because they went under the bed).

Cost
Expect to pay from a few pounds upwards, depending on age and condition.

Level of Demand
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