Friday, October 26, 2012

Finding teawares in Alabama

On our way to Tuscaloosa the other day, my husband recalled an antique mall we had shopped on a previous trip and asked if I wanted to go. An antique mall? Am I breathing? Of course I wanted to stop! And I must say, I do believe I may have gotten one of my best "tea buys" of the year there at the BAMA Flea Mall and Antique Center in Leeds, Ala.

I have long collected tea and toast sets, those nice little teacup-and-snack-plate combos with the indentations for the cup. This one's design featured a basket of flowers with a bow on top (I *love* bows), and the design was on both cup and plate. The dangling price tag? It read $24.99. A pretty average price for such a nice set. Hmmm.

But then I realized it was $24.99 for the entire set of eight tea-and-toast sets!

And then I realized the booth was offering 40% off everything! So, I got these 16 pieces of Lipper and Mann china in the Bristol Garden pattern for $14.99, and I am absolutely delighted with them. Tea and toast, anyone?

22 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! What a great find! Lovely, too! :D :D

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  2. Love the pattern...the bow is the perfect touch. And a great buy too.
    I'll be over tomorrow for tea and toast. tee hee.

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  3. They are gorgeous Angela and what a great price!
    Toast with marmalade please.
    Judith

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  4. Wow, what a deal! And they are really pretty. Great find!

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  5. Oh my goodness!!! Buy of the century. They are so delicate and pretty too!!! Wonderful. Couldn't have gone to a better tea person.
    I adore the bow too and will have the same as Judith-:)
    Ruthie from Lady B's

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  6. I'll be right over. May I bring the jam?

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  7. OH. MY. Word.

    I am doing emotional cartwheels for your amazing treasured find.

    ~~Wheeeeee~~~~~~

    GORGEOUS!

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  8. Oh my goodness! Where exactly is this place?! I think a road trip may be in order for this Alabamian! :)

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  9. What a wonderful find! I love it when this happens!

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  10. Beautiful and a great buy !!!!!

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  11. So delicately beautiful... and perfectly priced to boot! You have the best luck!

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  12. You were definitely at the right place at the right time, and the tea and toast sets were waiting for you. They're very pretty, and you can't beat the price!

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  13. good for you Angela - love bargains and this set is wonderful!

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  14. Wow, what an exquisite find, this set is gorgeous. You were also so very blessed to find them at such an incredible bargain. Hope your weekend is full of sweet blessings.

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  15. Super find! Enjoy your tea and toast.

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  16. This is the prettiest tea and toast set I have ever seen. I just love the basket of flowers and the bow is just perfection. Gather up your friends, Angela, and celebrate your new find with a little tea party. This beautiful china deserves a party all its own.
    I am envisioning a glass basket of flowers as the centerpiece. Another antique mall quest if you don't already have one.

    Have a happy day,
    Mary Jane

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  17. What a beautiful set, Angela - so happy for you! It was meant to be, Joanie

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  18. Very pretty and what a lucky find indeed!

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