Recently on the Afternoon Tea Across America (ATAA) Facebook page, one of the members shared a photo of the most wonderful old Queen Anne teacup she'd found at her local thrift store, and I felt like such a thrift store slacker, as I had never come across a truly beautiful teacup at any of my haunts. "She just has better thrifting opportunities than I do," I thought, and I wondered if I'd ever come across a truly great find at any of my local thrift stores. Then, on Saturday, I was about to leave the Carrollton Goodwill store when I saw an entire shelf of teacups up front near the register, a sight I'd never seen at that store before. You know the feeling. Your heart starts racing, and you're hoping no one else will notice them until you can get there! The first one I spotted: this Rosina chintz teacup, a piece that's long been on my wish list!
I quickly picked it up and began running my fingers around the cup and the saucer to check for chips. (Doing it without looking so that I would truly *feel* any flaws rather than just looking for them. It was perfect!) There were probably eight or ten more cup and saucer sets, but I noticed one was horribly chipped, one was glued back together so poorly that glue was oozing through the cracks, and so it went. In fact, they were in such shoddy shape, I decided to check this teacup and saucer one more time to make sure I wasn't missing the fact that, say, the handle had been glued on. (I've made that mistake once and don't intend to make it again!)
But no, the happy news is that even once I got home and removed the industrial-strength tape that Goodwill is so fond of using to hold its china cups and saucers together, this set was perfect. And since I paid just $3.33 for the set, I'm suddenly feeling much better about my thrifting opportunities. That great buy was just a matter of time!