Camera : Kodak EasyShare C195
Bridget Hall echoes my sentiments : ‘I love to find a great vintage secondhand shop.’
Main image : Vintage 1930’s Hand Painted Cups & Saucers with gold rim and filigree cut-out on saucers
After spending half my life being utterly miserable, worrying about chipping or breaking my perfectly matched dinner service sets and cups and saucers, and not being able to replace a broken item and then the WHOLE set is spoiled, I now live a perfectly happy miss-matched-life!
It all started with three of the most beautiful cups and saucers I had ever seen (above), from an antiques shop, and I just had to have them. Each one was different, yet they somehow went perfectly together. The saucers are delicately cut out After that, every time I saw a beautiful vintage cup and saucer, a dinner or side plate, I would buy it, and so built up a beautiful, totally miss-matched set of crockery, which I enjoy using tremendously.
A few of my vintage tea cups
The same goes for cutlery – as long as it is vintage, has a bone handle or some silver in it, it goes into the pool of daily living.
I’ve had some weird looks and comments at dinner parties, serving supper in these mis-matched dinner plates, but also some wonderful compliments, but it makes me happy – I’m no longer miserable about breaking or chipping anything! – a broken cup simply gets replaced with anther beautiful cup, fitting snugly into an odd saucer!
My favourite tea cup – Vintage cup and saucer with Violets
“Beware of anyone who says they are manufacturing antiques!” Ha ha!