On my recent visit to the Rhode Island/Massachusetts area to see the grandbaby, I enjoyed an afternoon of shopping for the little doll. One of our stops took us to a strip mall that used to be a regular stop for me when I lived in the area. Savers Thrift Store had always been a favorite place to pick up a bargain. I just had to take a look around and hope for a treasure again. Hadn’t been there for so long!
To be sure, I was not disappointed. There on the shelf was a sweet Windsor Sadler floral teapot – trimmed in gold – looking as though never used! The price: $4.99 – SOLD!
It was at that moment a fun thought came to me – if I can get a gem of a teapot for about five dollars – could I collect the makings of a splendid tea, totaling . . . say . . . a “tea under twenty”? Onto the challenge! And, this is what I came up with:
Adding the flowers (a gift), and the eats (already in the pantry) – this simple place setting for my simple splendid tea came to just $12.25! I’m serving it in a favorite morning devotions corner – right in front of the window where I have a view of morning bird activity.
In the background, you might notice there are some friends hoping to perhaps share in teatime today. Hmmm – how’d that kitty-cat get there . . . and, the baby dolls looking hopeful for a teatime invite . . .
By the way, I just love my lace embellished reproduction vintage doll carriage!
Sitting in style under their lace parasol are two of my favorite vintage dolls – the taller, blond baby from the late 1920’s – rescued from an auction is wearing time authentic doll clothing – and my mother’s own Horseman baby doll in her original salmon nightgown and house jacket.
She was the only doll my mom ever owned in her childhood – a cherished possession of my own today, in remembrance of her. They share the copious space in the carriage with Rosie – a sweet Boyd’s Bear, and miniature toys.
Next to them, in another reproduction vintage carriage, Victoria and Charlotte Bear seem curious and hopeful for a teatime invitation, too . . .
. . . while vintage kitty-cat doorstops stand guard below.
Not content with my digital Nook book, it would appear that our baby dolls have a vintage selection all picked out for read aloud at teatime today.
Oops! And, what’s this?
Curious Copperfield gets into the scene! Not for you, kitty-cat!
Well, perhaps, planning a doll, kitty-cat, and teddy bear “tea under twenty” is a good idea for my next thrifty-teatime challenge – with a theme, this time!
To be continued . . .
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