A burned arm can stop a person from doing many things--but shopping isn't one of them. "Armed" with my camera, I headed down to the antique mall, and to Big Lots.
First stop, Big Lots.
My mother calls this an "ice cream table." When we lived in New Orleans, she had a bigger one. I love the floral design in these chairs. They were heavy, too.
This $10 shelf had items for less than $10. Fun!
Just look at these adorable martini glasses. Last year, I went to a party that had a "mashed potato bar." The mashed potatoes were served in martini glasses, and you could build your own concoction--a great idea for a graduation party or Mother's Day.
These Gibson dishes would make a darling tropical tablescape. They'd also be beautiful with the white Gibson dishes for a mix 'n match. If you don't have a Big Lots nearby, try Googling "Gibson dishes."
$9 for a 16-piece set? The last time I bought plastic cups, they were almost this much!
More white dishes--check out the details. 32 pieces!!
You can go online at http://www.biglots.com/ and sign up for coupons.
Here's the Easter clearance shelf.
I didn't buy anything, due to epic storage problems, but that didn't stop me from swinging by the antique mall.
I can't figure out why this butterfly dish is $95. It's Hull, it's cute, but .... I think I'd rather have those white embossed dishes at Big Lots and call it a day. (Post hoc: I am just now seeing the markdown on the teacup. Bad Gollum! Bad! Take your reading glasses next time. Huh. This picture was snapped a week ago...the cute cup is gone, Gollum, gone.)
Okay, I couldn't resist the bug cup/saucer. I carried it to the counter immediately.
The Easter booth had so many adorable things.
These beautiful Hitchcock chairs caught my attention. I have four that my mother and dad brought back from a Florida junk shop.
The Shabby Chic booth always has great chairs--and vintage white dishes.
Cute ideas for picnic "tablescapes."
An adorable elephant jug....for roughly the same as the Big Lots dishes. Hmmm...
Blues and greens
Well, I came home with my teacup. It's too cute.
Tazo green tea tastes so much better in a cute bug cup.
The saucer has oodles of details.
To make my tea medicinal, I added a teaspoon of honey and a generous squirt of lemon, with a lime slice. :-)
Gollum’s Soothing Feel Better Tea
*1 teabag Tazo green tea (or Lipton’s Peach tea or (insert favorite tea here)
*1 slice lime
*1 generous tablespoon honey
*1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Steep tea. Stir in honey and lemon juice. Add lime. Sip slowly in your favorite teacup—preferably one that has “bugs” in the pattern. Repeat as needed.
I love it when a $5.99 cup brings this much pleasure.