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Today was such fun!  I was on a quest for tea things — especially tea cups and saucers that could serve as the party guests’ souvenirs — and had the freedom to shop unencumbered by anyone else.

I started out with my friend’s house sale.  I found a lovely small tea set that was labeled as English, a single cup and saucer (also English), some linens, and an absolutely adorable tiny Spode cup and saucer.  When I got home, I realized the tea set was actually Japanese (I can’t believe I didn’t check), but it is still sweet.  I was tempted to buy more of the linens, but was very firm with myself and didn’t cave!

This little Spode cup and saucer is beyond adorable.  (The quarter is there for scale.)

This little Spode cup and saucer is beyond adorable. (The quarter is there for scale.)

Then I went down to Main Street and into a shop called Legacy (I hadn’t been there before).  Out of all the Main Street antiques places, I’m not sure why I chose that one, but it was a lucky selection.  I discovered nine tea cup and saucer sets, and all at such reasonable prices.  One dealer had all her china 50% off, and they weren’t expensive to begin with!  This is what the dining room table looked like after I unpacked everything.

Each little girl will have her own cup and saucer to take home afterwards.

Each little girl will have her own cup and saucer to take home afterwards.

See how tiny the Spode cup is next to its full-sized sisters! (I won’t be giving it away, needless to say.)  Olivia had such fun matching each cup to its matching saucer as I unpacked my purchases.  As a bonus, I found a Royal Albert Old English Roses, Soft Pink Lace variation set to go into my own collection, as well.

Old English Roses Soft Pink Lace variation, by Royal Albert.

Old English Roses Soft Pink Lace variation, by Royal Albert.

And now it is time for tonight’s last cup of tea, and then bed.

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