I love tea. From Peppermint to Earl Grey and everything in-between. As most of the world knows, there is something incredibly soothing in a cup of tea – be it drunk first thing in the morning or sipped in the afternoon or savored before bed… anytime seems to be the proper time for a cuppa. My fascination with tea has spilled over to a minor obsession with tea cups as well it seems. I recently found this charming Wedgewood teacup in a local antique shop and loved the blue rim so much I didn’t care that it didn’t have it’s matching saucer. Here at home I have matched it with a saucer from a set I bought at the Luckett’s Spring Fair this past May. Don’t they look lovely together?
One of the number one rules of thrifting and collecting is to always look for everything and nothing at the same time. Whenever I visit my local thrift store, junk shop or antique store I try to keep an open mind and look at everything. I have often gone shopping looking for one thing and while having no luck in finding it, happen upon many other unexpected treasures. Such was the case with this vintage tin that I recently found. I was not looking for it and if I had been I’m sure I wouldn’t have found it… but when I saw it’s beautiful blue color (one of my favorites!) and delightfully sweet paintings I knew it was destined to be mine.
I try to apply the same advice of thrifting to other shopping trips as well. Recently I was in Caspari and they happened to be having a sale on some of their summer paper products. A quick dig through the big boxes of goodies revealed this gorgeous paper napkin pattern from their Winterthur Museum collection. It is called Winterthur Garden in Turquoise. At 50% off it was a deal not to be missed! At the time I wasn’t sure what I would pair it with but knew it’s blue color scheme would be an easy compliment to my other pieces at home so it made sense to add it to my shopping collection.
Do you use this same ‘school of thought’ when you are out shopping? Have any great tips or advice you’d like to share? I’d love to chat about it so please leave a comment!
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