Saturday was the monthly meeting of my mystery writers group in Smyrna, and afterward, since I was in the neighborhood, I decided to hit that great big T.J. Maxx and More I love so much at Cumberland. After buying some new artwork I'd wanted for my bedroom, I had a little birthday money from my dad left over, and I am very funny about gift money and gift cards. I have a rule that such gifts *cannot* be used for any necessities or ordinary purchases and *must* be used for something frivolous. Like more teacups!
T.J. Maxx had a ton of pretty Gracie China teacups on Saturday, and I thought this $6.99 model was one of the loveliest ones I've seen in a while. I liked that it even has that vintage-looking gold trim around the edges. I don't recall ever seeing this vintage style of trim on a new teacup before.
I assumed that would be the only teacup I'd buy, but then I went next door to Marshalls and found a chintz teacup that was just as pretty! I cannot remember the last time I found new chintz at any price, and at $6.99 (and with a little b'day money to spare), I thought this was a no-brainer!