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Back in April, my sister and I were dining at Tanner Tavern and our server Angela overheard us speaking about something, antiques, tea, I can't remember. Anyway, Angela mentioned that she had teacups and lots of antique plates that she wanted to get rid of since she wasn't using them. I told her I might be interested. I gave her my blog card and I put my cell phone number on it.

Well, about a week ago Angela called me on my cell and said is this Cafe Chatelaine? I thought it must be a blog reader but how did they get my number? Then she said she was Angela from Tanner Tavern and she wanted to come over and have me look at the items she didn't want anymore.

Here's what I chose. I did pay her but I got a good deal.

I chose this because the pattern was pretty and the teapot was a good size. Most of my teapots are on the small size.

I really liked the green accents and gold trim on these plates. I also got the matching soup tureen. It was slightly damaged.

This teacup was so pretty and the blue was a gorgeous shade.

This little bowl will be perfect for holding jam or curd at tea parties.

Likewise with this one.

Who can't use another silver tray? This one is small and could even be displayed on the wall when not in use.

Another small bowl, perfect for guest soaps.

This platter was a good size. I don't have many platters and they certainly aren't this pretty.

This plate was adorable. I loved the edging on it.

Here's a closeup of the floral pattern.

So I met Angela last weekend and this weekend I went to an estate sale in Winchester. When I entered the home I almost turned around and walked out. The smell of mothballs was overwhelming. I mentioned before I have a bloodhound sense of smell so the odor was actually stinging my nose and gave me an instant headache.

I grabbed this little plate and browsed the rest of the stuff quickly.

I bought six of these hydrangea napkins. They will go with my hydrangea glasses and teapot that I already own.

The last item I bought at the estate sale was this table cover. I put it in the common area of the condo just to spruce it up. My total cost for the estate sale items? $4.00. Not bad, huh?

Another view of the table cover.

And one more view. I didn't have time to wash it so I just sprayed it with my favorite sheet/clothing spray, Beach Days. Now the common area is not only attractive but it smells great!

I added a sunflower to the bistro set too. My sister calls this area, Van Gogh's Cafe.

After shooting all the items, my sister called to tell me there was a rainbow outside. I saw it as it was disappearing but I did manage one shot of the dramatic sky. Love those pink clouds.

I think I scored big in the past two weekends, but, perhaps I need to cool it on the estate sales for a while.

My next project is kitchen curtains. I found the perfect pair and now I just have to order them and have my friend Don put them up. Of course, you all will be the first to see them.


What amazing finds! The china is absolutely gorgeous!
Michelle said…
Well I'd say you hit the jackpot! What gorgeous china. Reminds me of the china at Myrtles Tea House. I love the hydrangea napkins..and the table cover...oh heck everything! The sky is, indeed, dramatic. I always love pink or orange skies. Hope you had a great weekend! xoxo
kayellen said…
oh I love it Elaine~~the bistro table is tooo cute!!and I adore all your dishes you found:))

I am mailing out your package in the morning~~~sorry i am a few days late..


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