Wednesday, 17 June 2009

For the love of a teapot!

I have been known, occasionally, from time to time (ahem) to visit my local sale rooms. I love rummaging around the lots in a general auction. Far more exciting than a fancy antiques sale. And my favourite corner of all is the house clearance corner. Piles of stuff just chucked into boxes and given a lot number. All sorts of tat and clutter and now and then the odd gem!
I bid what I'd pay for the item(s) I actually want rather than the whole box and then I go home. I rarely stay for the actual sale. I just leave a proxy bid and walk away. I know my limitations!
So imagine my delight when I learned I had won my lovely Woods Ware Beryl teapot! You know my love of Utility China (which is not Utility at all, but that's another post!) Except when I arrived to collect my box I hadn't won it at all!
I had won five .....FIVE boxes of stuff! Including a large selection of Beryl china! Hurrah!
It's not always good when this happens. I have been caught out in the past with furniture I couldn't fit in my car or tons of stuff I really had no wish to take home (sometimes house clearance bits can be a bit yeuchy and in need of a clean!)...
But Beryl is settling in very well with Iris and Jasmine! Don't you think? We're all very happy to be together!
And I know you noticed those fabrics..this one is just so vibrant and I first saw it here... and thought - oh I would love to have found that!!
And what do you know? The lovely Mrs BoboBun had bought it just for little old me! Aren't I a lucky girl? And then, completely out of the blue, one of my sisters-in-law surprised me with this wonderful gift!
2 yards of fantabulous vintage cotton flowers! I do love it when people send me flowers!
Thank-you to everyone who has asked to be emailed when my store opens. I am struggling to get that done this week but haven't stopped trying yet! Rest assured if I have you on my list I shall let you know before I open for business!
We are off to the senior school for the summer concert this afternoon - The Sound of Music! Miraculously I have never seen the film so I am looking forward to my first viewing! The beautiful boy is cast as a mountain goat which, I am assured, is a starring role..... t.xx

33 comments:

Everything Stops for Tea said...

oh you are soooooo lucky! I'd give (almost) anything to find something that fab!

meplusmolly said...

Ooo what a fab lot!
I've still never seen The Sound of Music either...... enjoy! ;0

comfortstitching said...

Never seen the sound of music!!!! Then again you're probably out at the time stocking up on your yummy teapot collection!
Enjoy the concert, you'll be singing all evening!

Lululiz said...

Wow, what amazing luck! Thats a brilliant haul from the auction.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wooohooo! lucky you! 5 boxes! what a lovely collection! I envy you :P hehehehe.. I have my Pink Meakin.. and slowly adding missing pieces.. and I love the sound of music. My all time fave movie with Julie Andrews singing with the kids..

Doe a deer, a female deer.. Ray a drop of golden sun.. Me a name I call myself. Far, a long long way to run.. hehehehe

have a great day!

HookandScumble said...

Lovely teapots...now all you need are some vintage crochted teapot covers...I can see them already !

Faded Splendour said...

If I was going to appear in the Sound of Music...I'd have volunteered for Mountain Goat too!

Re said...

Serious envy here as I love Beryl wares. A great Aunt of mine used to use it and my overriding memory of it was having fish and chips and bread and butter on it!

Lottie said...

Have fun - and don't forget to take photos of The Sound of Music - lovely bargains and wonderful flowery material - your blog is an absolute delight

Menopausal musing said...

Sigh........ second attempt at leaving this message... bad, bad Blogger day. My grandmother used to go to auctions and would buy loads of stuff she didnt want, just to get the thing she DID want. She was also a hoarder, so it made school holidays wonderful fun! :O) x

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Well done T!
You could open a vintage style tea shop now and have all your customers drinking from Beryl ware!!
(Can you use vintage sheets in the floral fabrics, or are they too thin for your projects? I see them quite often and so could add to your stash.)

"High on a hill was a lonely goat herd..." too true its a staring role!! Hope you enjoy the performance!
Niki x

bex said...

you luckt thing!! that must have been a treasure trove!!
x

Rumah ku said...

Hi, I am Welly from sukajadicorner.blogspot.com

I love your Beryl china set. Its wonderful to be able to acquire such a complete set, teapot with the rest.

I have a similar set which is only part of what you have but, without the teapot and bowls.

Please visit my blog site. Thanks.

Flower Girl said...

I love auctions like that too! Love your Beryl ware! I have what is left of my grandmother's tea set - one tea cup and two saucers!! In fact, the tea cup and one of the saucers features in a photo I used on my last blog post! Whenever I see Beryl ware it reminds me of my gran and the good times we had together when I was a child growing up in Norfolk.

The Little Vintage Lover Fair sounds good - hubby doesn't know it yet, but one of our trips to Norfolk over the summer hols might just have to coincide with this event!!

The Sound of Music - the very mention of it has brought all the songs back into my head now, I shall be singing them for days!! Hope you enjoy it.

Rebecca
x

Carole said...

I would have been bidding against you on the Iris teapot alone! Oh what a lovely find. We walked into an Age Concern shop about 20 seconds after they'd just put a big lot of Greydawn on display and we looked at each other and said "We'll take it!" One of the things I love about vintage china is the fact that it costs little, so you get lots, then you don't mind using it and risking breakages. And lots of it mixes and matches so you don't need a complete set. Somewhere in blogland, last month, I saw a picture of a Greydawn 2-handled pot/sugar bowl, fluted like the little milk jug and thought "Coo, I've never seen one of those! I want!" A few days later, we went into a charity shop, and there sat one for 50p. I grabbed it quick!

Alexandra said...

What a find! I love all types of "Utility" china too but it's incredibly hard to find in Scotland (anyone any idea why?, so I often have to resort to Ebay to satisfy my addiction!

cocoa and blankets said...

Oh you lucky lucky thing...it looks fab..there is a ton of that china at church which nobody uses becuse they think its old fashioned, I am trying to pluck up courage to put a bid in...they have just given me two vintage cupboards which they were going to throw out...they are even painted in old fifties colours...I cant wait to bring them home they think I am mad....

Cilla said...

That crockery reminds me of 'chapel teas' - i.e. cup of tea after church service :-)

Wendy said...

Very excited to read you are opening a little store - as am I.
I am converting a garden building into a little studio at present, which will relieve my home of lot's of fabulous 'stuff'!!!
I am also building my own web shop.
I would love to know what you are doing and when?
Good luck with it all, your blog is just lovely :)
Wx

Country Bliss said...

Lucky you, what a great haul of Woods Ware. Great fabrics too.
Yvonne x

A Thrifty Mrs said...

You lucky, lucky thing.

Serenata said...

Well as a teapot lover, I can say you Beryl is lovely - what a super lot you won!

A Bun Can Dance said...

Hello!
Wow! What a great surprise to find you'd won all that Beryl ware - good for you!
It is so lovely to see/read about someone else who adores Beryl ware. I've got a good size collection, most of which I bought from a lovely lady in Yeovil via ebay! It makes me happy every time I use a piece of it.
Enjoy your tea!
Denise x

SusieQ said...

what beautiful china find, love the color a true treasure! I'm sure it found a great home, thanks for sharing :) ,susieQ

Sara said...

That brings back memories - my grandparents had the green and creamy/yellow woods ware sets as an everyday dinner service!

Conversation Pieces said...

Can't believe you've never seen The Sound of Music! Hope you enjoyed it. Loving the tea set too :)

dottie angel said...

oh, beryl does look a treat, what a wonderful collection and shown off to their very 'best' by your 'peachy' looking kitchen in the background...
i am thinking by the time you return from the sound of music you will be using your new lovely fabrics to rustle up a few outfits for the family...

Helen said...

You have never seen the sound of music? Incredible!! You will be adicted when you do . . . enjoy!

Lyn said...

I have a large collection of Beryl ware, and a few pieces of Jasmine, you are so, so lucky! I love mine. My mum use to use it for her lodgers in the 1970's and she gave it to me.
Love your blog by the way!
Love
Lyn
xxx

Calico Kate said...

How can you possibly have missed Sound of Music????????????????
Love the china - such a lovely haul.
Ckx

Elizabeth said...

You are very lucky to find such great stuff - it is beautiful. The fabric is wonderful, too!

KC'sCourt! said...

My mum and my grandmother had that self same china. Not sure what happened to it all but all I know is that dad still has the pint jug - mum made custard in it!

Lynda said...

oh Beryl ware! swoon Beryl ware. My favourite mmmmm, bring on wartime china mmmmmm...