I'm so glad you could join me! We're having a tea party! My kids could tell you stories about tea parties. How Mom made them sit there and sip tea and eat the little dainties that I slaved over. I'd make the traditional cucumber sandwiches, mini quiche, baby cupcakes, filled mini cream puffs and eclairs and on and on it went. I didn't stop with our kids either. I had the ladies over for tea parties too. After my daughters got married, I made their husbands sit at the tea table with John and my two grown 6'2" sons as I pored tea! It was quite a sight seeing these great big guys with their big chunky fingers trying to daintily sip their tea for their Mom! I know the truth, they came for the food! But hey, I got my tea party and that's all that mattered!
When our daughter and son-in-law got ready to go to Ecuador on a missions trip, we sponsored a huge tea party for the town as a fundraiser for them! We sold tickets, made all the lovely pastries, had wonderful music with a harpist and singers and pulled out all my china. And I do mean ALL my china! We had volunteer servers pour tea in my dainty little teapots. Everyone had a blast and they raised plenty of money too! It was so good, that the Inn down the street hired me right there and then to do all their catering for the next 4 years. We would have stayed there forever, but we sailed away!
Too Many Teapots!
In my former life as baker and caterer, before the days of living on a boat for 4 years, I had quite the collection! They multiplied and were everywhere! Before we moved on board the sailboat, I counted 122 cups and saucers and 55 teapots! (Yes, I did! And I sure hope John isn't reading this!) Even though I sold a lot of them, I couldn't bear the thought of parting with my favorites. April Cornell was one of my favorites and I still have plenty of tea sets left. I also have whimsical Mary Engelbreit sets, elegant Spode, Royal Albert and many more!
Reality has set in, and after 4 years of paying for storage, I realize this is ridiculous and I have to sell off my lovelies. Since I don't see us moving into a house any time soon and we can't have china on the boat, I am forced to make a decision. I shudder to think of them going the eBay way, so I figured I'd take a different approach and sell them here. I want them all to go to good homes, sort of like kittens or a beloved puppy!
I didn't want this to sound like a tacky sales pitch. But, I couldn't think of a better bunch of loyal readers to offer them to first!
Soooo, for the next few months, I'd like to display my desserts on these plates and set a price. I'll list the price and if someone wants it for that price, the set is yours! The price plus shipping can be put into my Paypal account and I'll ship it out with insurance within that week. I'll ship to anywhere in the USA only. How's that sound? Anybody game? Any comments?
Here's the first set: 1999 April Cornell Yellow with Dragonflies
- 1 Teapot
- 2 Cups/mugs
- 2 Plates
- 1 Covered sugar bowl
- 1 Creamer
- Excellent condition. No cracks, etc.
- I'm setting the price at $50.00 which is far less than I paid a la carte back in 1999.
- Shipping is $10.00 USA only, insurance included.
- This isn't a big flea market auction. Think of it as my virtual yard sale.
- So, what do you think? Could you help give a pretty tea set a good home?