Monday, March 1, 2021

Exploring a new honey hole


When I picked up Aunt Jane on Saturday, I decided to head out in a different direction of West Georgia, and one leg of our journey took us by the Old Mill Antiques in Dallas, Georgia. This antique mall, which I found on a Google search, is right on the route that my mom and I used to travel, and I'm puzzled that we never came across it together.



We got there early enough that there were only a few other shoppers in the mall, so I enjoyed the browsing. Right off the bat, I knew I was going to enjoy this mall thanks to an entire booth featuring tea and tea wares, Sunflowers and Tea Leaves. (I'll share more about the new tea I discovered there after I've had time to review it.)


This mall had so many interesting things to see. Like boudoir lamps! When's the last time you saw some of these?


And naturally, this display caught my eye. So many pretty plates and saucers!


While I was happy to pick up a few things at the tea booth, I was most excited by this handpainted vintage Christmas teacup. I've had an idea for a trilogy of Christmas novellas I want to write, all centered around vintage Christmas china, and I want each cover to depict one of these items. I've got two of the three pieces—a plate and an angel figurine—but I really had my heart set on finding a vintage handpainted Christmas teacup. While I've got plenty of Christmas teacups, I didn't have a handpainted one, and I was envisioning something that looked a little homemade, a little imperfect. I knew immediately that this was it!


And now I'm wondering who L. (or La?) Duato is! Isn't it fun when you *finally* locate a piece that's been on your wish list for a while? I'm ready to start writing that first novella now, and thanks to one of the vendors at Old Mill Antiques, the ideas are falling into place!

9 comments:

  1. Yes!! That teacup is perfect for what you needed. I love it!

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  2. Wow, that antiques mall is a great find for you! You are very good at finding places like that. I look forward to your novel featuring that hand-painted teacup on the cover!

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  3. You're on a roll. Can't wait for your next book!

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  4. I love shopping at antique malls! You never know what you may find. I'm always looking for "tea items" and vintage stuff. That tea cup is great and I'm looking forward to your next books!

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  5. Great shopping find! Can’t wait for your next book.

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  6. I wonder is this from the era when ladies handpianted thier own china? I have a whole set painted for an Aunt.

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  7. This is so wonderful. I enjoyed looking at the treasures without having to leave home! I spied a Johnson Bros. plate which is always worth a squeel of delight! I can't wait to read your novellas! Have a lovely day my friend!

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  8. What a fabulous find! Very excited to read the new books :) Happy writing!

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  9. Another phone comment never showed up. Phooey! I'd love to visit this antique "mall" one day when I'm venturing out more (soon, I hope.) I'm so glad you found the perfect teacup and saucer, and I'm ready to read those novellas whenever you're ready to write them!

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