Monday, March 22, 2010

Tea finds at the antique malls

It's been quite a while since I've found any fun things at antique malls, but Saturday I had luck at several places. On the way to Buchanan to visit my parents, I stopped by a new antique mall in Carrollton, Feather and Twigs, I had recently heard about. They do it right here: low prices, nice variety, pleasant displays, a lovely scent (from candles, I learned), and store owners who don't hover! I'd actually been looking for a cute spoon rest to use during cooking, and this one was just perfect, bearing a "Kitchen Prayer" like I've seen on many vintage pieces over the years.

This little pair came home with me because it made me smile, but I don't know what the pot at left actually is. There aren't any holes up top, so it's not a salt or pepper shaker. It sure seems to match the teacup napkin ring at right, but ... why? Is this a cutesy set for the breakfast tray? Why would you have only one napkin ring? And is it just me or is that teacup lady on top of the napkin ring a wee bit seductive looking? At any rate, these pieces made me smile, so the mystery will have to remain.


Finally, I got some pieces we'll call "adaptive use" teawares. Obviously this was some sort of planter or vase, but I love this shade of green, the pretty roses, and I am simply wild about old glass and pottery pieces with ruffles on them, which I rarely see. Three dollars for this, with every sweet little ruffle intact? Oh yeahhhhh! At first I thought of using it to hold teaspoons, tea infusers and the like. Then I decided no, it will hold scissors and rotary cutters in the craft room. Or soaps in the bathroom. Then I realized it would be great for holding those sample-sized packets of tea I'm always crowding into a drawer. So really, I could have used about four of these, so I will just have to make up my mind which use wins out.


This matching piece was marked free, and I assumed it was a vase, until ...

I got home, took the stickers off, and realized that it's an orphaned (I assume) candleholder. Still, the price was right! So I left my inaugural visit to Feather and Twigs with a whole bag of goodies for just $10, which is my kind of shopping. (And local readers, this store is located in the same building as Fabric Peddler in Carrollton, near the Maple Street Mansion, in case you're interested in going. Happy shopping!)

10 comments:

  1. How fun! I just love the spoon rest!

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  2. Great finds! I too love the ceramic ruffles.

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  3. What fun finds at great prices!

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  4. what a treasure hunt! such fun to adopt orphan objects!

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  5. What great finds. I really like the color and shape of the spoon rest and its kitchen prayer.

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  6. I love those faces, too! Fantastic.

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  7. Such great finds!!! Love them all. I think a trip to Carrollton is in the making, besides I do need to hit the fabric store- thanks for sharing!!!

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  8. Ok, I know where Maple Street is, but not sure where the Fabric Peddler is. Are we talking near the downtown square or the college?
    And I think the little mystery pieces look like precursors to Mrs. Potts and Chip!

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  9. Holly, it's about halfway between the square and the college -- on the opposite side of the street as the Mansion. Fun place!

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