So earlier this morning I posted "Tea Time in Texas" and told about finding china teacups and saucers and how I'd left a topless sugar bowl behind.
Well, I went back and rescued the sugar bowl along with the last, lone saucer of the set for good measure.
It was a beautiful day and I was in the mood for driving, so rather than returning home, I headed into Austin. I stopped at the Savers store on South Lamar to try my luck. It turned out to be a pretty good choice, as I found a pretty 25-piece set of china saucers, bowls, and plates for...get this...$7.99! That breaks down to what? 32 cents each! I'll use what I need to complete service for 12, and the rest I'll donate back to the store, give as gifts, or sell.
As I was wrapping up my purchase my boys called, and since I was in town, we decided to meet up for lunch. They weren't quite ready, so I headed to Thrift Land for a quick look-see.
I found a couple sets of china I thought were nice, but I really just wanted cups and saucers. I selected a small set and headed to the checkout line. As I waited for my turn I looked up and spied some china teacup and saucer pairs in a china cabinet in the corner of the back wall.
Could I be so lucky?
I purchased all 7 pairs and one single cup. The pairs ranged in price from $1.99 - $3.99! and 3 of the sets were ON SALE FOR HALF PRICE!
CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?!
|Stamped Royal Dover China, Bone China, Made in England|
I matched the single cup to the lone saucer I'd rescued along with the sugar bowl. This is the beauty of having mismatched settings. This pair will fit right in.
And I paired the tea bird cup to one of the set of 25. I think they work perfectly together.
Here are the pairs I purchased:
|Stamped Royal Ascot Genuine Bone China, Made in England|
I love the delicate wind-blown fan-flowers in silver, blue, and pink.
|Stamped Consort Fine Bone China, Made in England (saucer)|
Stamped Royal Grafton Fine Bone China, Made in England, 1926 hand-numbered in gold paint (cup)
These two mismatched pieces look like a pair with their similar clusters of purple flowers.
|Stamped Marlborough Bone China 22 KT Gold, Made in England|
|No stamp or markings|
|Stamped Shelley Fine Bone China, England Rd 272101|
|Stamped Grosvenor China England 8179 hand numbered|
|Stamped "Forget Me Not" Royal Albert Bone China England|
Oddly enough, after meeting up with my sons and showing them my purchases, the younger says, "Hey, I should give you the teacup my cast mate gave me when our show closed." Here's the darling demitasse and saucer.
|Stamped Bavarian (demitasse)|
Stamped Spode India Tree Copeland England (saucer)
When I have this kind of amazing luck on thrift outings, I don't ask questions.
I just accept it graciously and offer up a sincere "Thank You" to the universe.
All photographs taken by Paulette Rodriguez.