Last Sunday I was nosing in the window of the Mercy in Action charity shop on the High Street while hubby popped into the shops to get some icecream essentials. We had Ralphie with us, he’s not allowed in shops what with him being a dog and all, and it was my turn to stand out in the cold.
At first I revelled at the large display of books in the window – literature for literally pence, utterly marvellous, and then I frowned at the noticeboard hanging above the display, pinned head to foot with the pages of a book and I thought how horrid it was that one of them had to die for the sake of a window display.
Then I was distracted by a teapot, a black and white striped one, and then, and then… I got very excited by a cute teacup with matching saucer. And then I spotted another, and another and another. Four! A whole set!
I’m not a huge fan of Royalty but as we gear up to the Queen’s Jubilee, I’ve fully bought into the concept of traditional English tea and the cupcake era, and am the proud owner of a cake stand and old fashioned tea pot. A friend, just the other day, was talking about bunting and the possibility of planting red, white and blue flowers in the garden for the Jubilee and I did get a flash of good old English excitement.
So with no firm plans for the Jubilee – except an MA assignment on the horizon – I do plan on having afternoon tea in Queenie’s honour. And I need cups and saucers! In John Lewis a few weeks ago I spotted a glorious selection including a Cath Kidson selection that I’d have to sell my car to invest in.
So when I caught a glimpse of the price tag on these four black and white beauties – which clash nicely with my red and white spotted cake stand and teapot, I fell in love. £8 for the whole set! Utter bargain!!
But the shop is closed on Sundays and as it keeps the same opening hours as my place of work I couldn’t pop in during the week to snap them up. A part of me wanted to call and reserve them, but I thought that was a tad desperate. So it was with anticipation that I plodded down the High Street yesterday morning, husband and bow wow in tow – High Street shopping is a family affair – and was chuffed to bits they were still in the window.
After trying them out ALL weekend – coffee and hot cross buns (an Easter rehearsal one might say) they now take pride of place on the kitchen windowsill for the next time I’d like to sup tea in style.
Charity shops – there’s some real gems in them and you’ll save yourself a fortune.