Monday, June 21, 2010

Found! A Tea Cup Treasure for Tea Cup Tuesday



Today I am so happy to be joining, once again, Martha and Terri's Tea Cup Tuesday party!  Click Martha's button in the sidebar for a peek at more wonderful tea cups!

Many thanks to Martha and Terri, the sweet sponsors of Tea Cup Tuesday.  Terri's address is http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot..com/.

Okay, so here's the story of today's tea cup:
Saturday's skies shot down sunshine and warm breezes, perfect conditions for yard sale "schlepping." 

These days, I'm very discerning when it comes to purchasing anything.  Looking for one sale, however, took us through a heavily wooded neighborhood, dotted with take-your-breath-away mansions.  Finally, we found it. The house stood at the top of a very steep hill. Once I drove up it, I wondered how we'd ever get back down. My heart was beating like a hundred wild drums.




Most of the merchandise was neatly displayed inside a large, modern garage. Many of the items were drop dead gorgeous with price tags to match.

Then I saw it--- a pale blue/grayish and flower sprinkled tea cup and saucer. No doubt it had been around awhile.  The only markings read "Made in Japan."  I loved the shape of the handle and luminescent interior, which also came with more flowers along the rim.





The price on the bottom read $22.00.  Then I saw a little nick on the rim of the cup which I pointed out to the sweet and personable owner.  She agreed the price had been set before the cup became chipped and offered it to me for $8.00. 




    "I'll take it for $5.00," I said,  in a barely audible voice.

     "Okay, sure," she said, and then she wrapped my new purchase in newspapers.

     So there you have it---the story of my new tea cup acquisition.  Isn't it pretty?

25 comments:

LDH said...

Oh, wow, Susan... this is really beautiful! I love your small voice that bravely offered a price and am thrilled it was accepted. I am usually shy about that too but all they can say is no. You did good :)

parTea lady said...

Well that was certainly worth the trip up that steep hill. What a gorgeous cup. That blue color is so pretty and so is that lovely shape.

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

What a beautiful treasure you found for yourself! That is a gorgeous Teacup, and a great price you got if for....good job!!

happy Teacup Tuesday!

Warmest, Brenda

Linda O'Connell said...

Susan,
Wow! You have the most beautiful things. Check out my blog; I wrote a response to you.

Bookie said...

Beautiful tea cup and great price for the find...sounds like you are a horse trader!

BECKY said...

Oh, Susan!! It's breathtaking!! I think it's the loveliest one I've ever seen!! What a fabulous find!!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

You did great on the price girl..and what a pretty new addition to your home...Hope you have a GREAT week my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Susan that is a beautiful teacup you found! The shape is very sweet and the flowers so pretty!! Good bargaining!

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

You go girl! It is the prettiest tea cup and saucer I've ever seen! I love the flower shape of the saucer. Good deal!

Victorian1885 said...

Very pretty tea cup today!! I love the shape and colour..have a great week!

Wanda

Claus said...

How I wish yard and garage sales were a common thing around here. They are not, and so I think I'm mising on great treasures. Your cup is beautiful! I should check Tea Cup Tuesdays though, as I have inherited some pretty amazing sets from my grandma, who got them from my uncle, who used to bring her plates and sets from the countries he used to be a diplomat at back in the day.
Thanks for sharing your valuable and beautiful finding!
have a lovely day.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Wow!! Great job in snatching this little beauty for $5.00!! It is one gorgeous tea cup!! It has a lusterware finish on it similar to the one that I am showing today!!

Debbie

Appleshoe said...

Wow, breathtaking, simply gorgeous and at a price none can argue with. I loved the pictures your words painted and I'm sending my Mum to read you post, we both love to "Sale" together ;) take care.

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

Lovely cup!!
And lovely deal--will you come garage saling with me and make all my purchases for me ;)?

Msartist said...

Lovely story and share. I love the lavender color with the florals. That is a beauty!! What a bargain. Have a lovely week, Theresa

Vintage Porcelain Art By Amy Enright said...

VERY pretty! I love the lustre on it!
Amy

Dawn said...

Its very pretty and I like the shap and the shimmer to it well done on the haggle lol

love Dawn xx

Chatty Crone said...

You do have wonderful sales around there - a good eye - and great prices. Loved it. Sandie

Terri said...

You are a brave bargainer! Good for you, that is a gorgeous cup! I love that kind too.
Thank you for telling us the tale of how you came upon it and for sharing it with us today.
Hugs,
Terri

Olga said...

How pretty. I like the shape of the saucer.

Kansas Amy said...

OH it's ever so pretty and what a steal for $5! Congrats on your new tea cup, I hope you sit down and have nice cup of tea in it soon. That is if you haven't already!

KathyB. said...

It truly is a beautiful tea cup and saucer.I don't think I have ever seen a flower painted on the underside of a saucer , exquisite!

Dianne said...

It's beautiful...

Patty said...

Wow! Your tea cup is VERY lovely. The chip...there's probably a story there...maybe an interesting one at that. Enjoy your treasure! You are special.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: Great cup and great price. I love the crown foot of this cup. It is beautiful. You always have amazing cups to show us. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

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