Last November while running Rep 2, I noticed the props dept. was using a black vintage metal tray with the state of Virginia painted on it in the show. "Neat" I thought, "That looks so vintage-y. I'll have to keep an eye out for an Oregon one." A few months later I saw a RetroRenovation.com post on SF Troy and his Eichler ranch house. (Click over to drool, now close your mouth, we are not a codfish.) In his kitchen he has artfully arranged his GIANT collection of vacation platters or what I like to call State Souviner Trays. Soon after I discovered a Cape Cod tray at the Goodwill and an obsession was born.
They are the perfect thifters collecting item. Usually they are one or two dollars a peice, they are small and easy to transport. And I've noticed there is no correlation between the state I find them in and the state represented by the tray. For instance after my last trip to Portland I found: