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:

Frivolitea said...

Beautiful!

Snap said...

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

Marie said...

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.

Lavender Cottage said...

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

Joy said...

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

Ruthie Miller said...

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

Cynda P said...

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

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

OH. MY. Word.

I am doing emotional cartwheels for your amazing treasured find.

~~Wheeeeee~~~~~~

GORGEOUS!

Denise :) said...

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

Elizabeth said...

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

Kiffer said...

Beautiful and a great buy !!!!!

Rosemary said...

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

relevanttealeaf said...

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!

Bernideen said...

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

Beth Rang said...

What a bargain! Very pretty!

Anonymous said...

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.

Gram said...

WOW, what a deal!!!

Ginger said...

What a great deal!

Kaye said...

Super find! Enjoy your tea and toast.

amherstrose said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Marilyn said...

Very pretty and what a lucky find indeed!