Sunday, March 9, 2008


Many, many years ago I bought an antique china hutch from Mr. Mitch. Mr. Mitch was a local character. Imagine, if you will, a community of fishermen, miners, hunters, lumberjacks, and others who aren't so concerned about what they wear. An every day "outfit" could include XtraTuffs (boots) and Halibut coats! Really, we're not so much into fashion here regardless of who we are. Now, take Mr. Mitch. He's British. Has longish hair. And an accent. And always, always, wore a purpleish velvet blazer! Not bad looking and ladies swooned over him. But he was a scoundrel. And the only place in town with antiques.... I found an old china cabinet for $190 which was overpriced to begin with but then take into consideration that the shelves were horribly buckled and it was questionable whether they would even hold my little bits and pieces.... Still.... it's not like we have choices here.... and it was the prefect size (small)..... So I took it home and lined the shelves with this Merlot shade of velvety material thinking it made the cabinet look Victorian.... Over the years it's gotten terribly overcrowded and it came time to do something about it.

So the other day I took everything out and rearranged it; trying to find new homes for some of my treasures.

Like this cute little set. I bought this beautiful teapot with some birthday money I received one year. I fell in love with it but it was $48 and just not affordable at the time. I didn't notice until cleaning out the cabinet the other day that this cup and saucer almost match the teapot! Totally not on purpose and I had no clue!

I'm thinking it's time to re-line the shelves with some new material.... something not so Victorian looking!

Thank you, ShabbyInTheCity for sharing that my little mini plates are called Butter Pats. What a cute name!


tracy said...

Ah, good ol' Mr. Mitch....although I don't remember him being british. And you didn't mention the tufts of chest hair always poking out from his half-unbottoned shirts!

It sure would be nice if we had a good antique store; probably the one thing this town is missing.

Connie said...

Your pansy tea set is just adorable! One of my favorite flowers.

Kathleen Grace said...

What a beautiful set, I love pansies and violets and have my own little collection of pots and teacups.