Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Tea and cake

This weekend we took a trip to visit some family, with a quick spot of shopping thrown in. Boyfriend's family are a fairly close-knit bunch: his grandfather and two aunts live in the same small village, with a large number of extended family close by. One of those two aunts runs a small shop in the village selling vintage and second-hand anything, pretty much. On the day we visited, she had everything from fancy china, cookware and furniture through to books, hand tools and umbrellas. Needles to say I spent a good while exploring the shelves!

I resisted the urge to buy half the shop (a small budget helped) and came away with two items.

A late 1930s Tuscan China teacup trio. Trios started at just £2! True, I don't like actual tea, but it will suit my occassional fruit tea habit nicely.

I also got this beautiful strawberry pattern two-tier cake stand. It's modern (she originally had 6 in stock!) an unmarked, but so pretty.

The hand-crochetted lace doily is also vintage, a recent find at a charity shop. It always makes me a bit sad to think how many hours somebody's grandma put into these pieces, only for them to be given away and sold for fifty pence.

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