Monday, February 22, 2010
Royal Albert 1940's chintz tea set
According to the Royal Doulton web site, the retail price for this Royal Albert 1940's Chintz tea set is $300. They currently have it on sale for $149.99. Last I checked eBay, it was $120. Mine, however, was less than $20!
A week or so ago, you see, my friend Sandra sent an e-mail alert that T.J. Maxx had these Royal Albert 1940's Chintz teapots for sale, so I knew I needed to get over there. No one understands my taste in teawares (and chintzware) better than she does, so if she thought I'd like it, I would. Furthermore, I had on hand a $10 T.J. Maxx gift certificate I just hadn't been inspired to use. When I found this lovely teapot for $19.99 (already a great price) and realized I could get it for $9.99, I was sold.
Then I got another $10 gift certificate (for using my T.J. Maxx rewards card), so I went back for the sugar and creamer. They were $9.99 each, which basically means I got one of them for free. Grand total for the tea set: $19.97. These surely must be "seconds," but for the life of me I cannot find a single flaw, and I have tried to find one!
I like the simple elegance of the pattern, and I have lots of pieces I think would mix well with it.
This is a commemorative pattern celebrating 100 years of Royal Albert. I'm just celebrating my bargain!