Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas in July—the annual reminder

As I do every year, I like to issue my annual Public Service Announcement and remind everyone that when you hear about those Christmas-in-July sales, please don't forget that *now* is the time to start looking for tea-themed Christmas goodies if you want to get the best prices—and selection. A case in point? I bought a "Cup of Christmas Tea" teacup and saucer in mint condition at Goodwill the other day for $2.52.

This set is in such great condition that even the sticker on the bottom of the saucer appears pretty unworn. I was delighted to find this lovely set, and it will join another of these sets found at an antique mall for $12.99. (And I had thought that was a great price!) I note with interest that it's the 25th anniversary of the Tom Hegg book upon which this pattern is based, A Cup of Christmas Tea. Maybe those of us who consider ourselves fans of the book—and of tea—should do something special to celebrate. (Ideas?)

And since I obviously had Christmas on my mind that day, I also found a new teacup Christmas ornament at Hobby Lobby. Yes, my friends, the Christmas decorations are already out, and you know that if you snooze, you lose, so ... keep an eye out. These cute ornaments are $4.99 but only $3 if you use the 40-percent-off coupon, which I typically pull up on my iPhone as I'm standing in line. Anyone come across any more tea-themed Christmas goodies we need to know about? Christmas will be here before we know it!

10 comments:

  1. Great bargains! I need to go to Hobby Lobby soon.

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  2. GREAT finds - they often sell in November online for anywhere between $15 - $30!

    Cute tea time ornament, too. Love they do coupons from the phone these days- I never have mine with me when I need them!

    Hugs. Come visit and see Vivian's first birthday party!

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  3. Cute teacup Christmas ornaments! I'm going to buy some to use as favors for a future Christmas tea.

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  4. I have the "Christmas Cup of Tea" set and have used it since it first came out. A friend got me the first piece and family have filled in as much as they can find. It is a treasured tradition for me.

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  5. Hobby Lobby here I come! Thanks for the public service announcement!!

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  6. You did very well with your Christmas in July shopping. Great price on both!

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  7. Way to go! I'm happy you found the "Cup of..." at such a great price! And that ornament is darling. I think I'll be finding a Hobby Libby soon. :-)

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  8. Yikes! Can't even imagine thinking of Christmas right now, though I do have my "to bake" list made.

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