Friday, June 10, 2011

Some Imperfect Finds

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One day I thought I would just pop in to our local thrift store to see if there was anything worthy of taking home that day. Sometimes I will find a little treasure, while other days the luck of the draw isn’t on my side. However, this particular day proved to be a righteous visit. On the shelf were several old things that my eye fell upon and one of those was this English Ironstone tea pot with the birds on it. $4.99, not bad…until I looked on the bottom and there was a crack. Not convinced it should come home with me, I walked around the store holding it and thinking about it.



P1010019v The more I held it and thought about it, I talked myself into getting it. I am happy I brought it home as it has become one of my favorite little Ironstone pieces. It sits on a shelf next to a fractured brown Ironstone platter….



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…and on the shelf below that are more chipped Ironstone dishes that I just love. It doesn’t matter if there is a little imperfection, the piece is old and well deserves to show its age. Others before me must have respected the piece enough to not toss it into the trash. …thank you….

31 comments:

Kathleen Grace said...

These are just so beautiful to look at, I suppose they would lose their value to someone who still wanted the tea pot to hold tea the way it used to, but as display pieces they still add a touch of beauty to your shelves.

"It doesn’t matter if there is a little imperfection, the piece is old and well deserves to show its age"
Ha, this is how I feel sometimes. When I see those new wrinkles, grey hairs and extra pounds, I tell myself I've earned it all:>)Thank goodness my family ignores my imperfections and loves me all the same!

Kim K. said...

What a sweet teapot. I just love the birds and delicate handle. I'm sure it's happy to find a good home.

Vee said...

Love the twig handle on that tea pot or coffee pot. The graphics are very special, too. Glad that you have it in your home. It belongs there...

Stitchfork said...

And now it's in another treasured spot!
xo Cathy

Cindy said...

LOL..girl I know what you mean..really shouldn't we take care of the elderly..the sick and lost little ones...well that is my mantra! I see it is yours also...smiling

Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

T's Daily Treasures said...

Beautiful! Collections that we love do not have to be perfect in any way. I am drooling over your last many posts. Not just the lovely images, but lemon bars, rice pudding, chocolate chip cookies, strawberry shortcake. Yum, yum, yum! Have a fabulous Friday. Tammy

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

I love items that have been loved by others - and a little crack never bothers me - in fact, some of my best friends are cracked!!

The Green Pea said...

Good morning Becky! The tea pot is so cute, love the little birds on it. It looks beautiful in your home.
It must be so proud to decorate your shelf....LY, sandi

Elsie said...

Becky I would have bought that too.
That is beautiful and shows it was loved and used. That gives the piece character. I have a lot of pieces like that.

Kris said...

It is beautiful! And I have learned that when in a thrift shop, or anywhere, and you find a piece you are just "thinking" about, to keep it in your buggy while thinking!!!! I have lost many a piece by setting back down, only to come around the corner to find it in someone else's buggy!!!

Stacey said...

Very pretty finds. I'm glad you picked those up. They fit in well with the things you already have. :)

Sunny Simple Life said...

I am glad you brought it home. Looks lovely with your collection.

My Shabby Roses said...

Great find Becky! I would have snatched it up too. Many of my pieces have imperfections but it does give them character, and I like that!

Haven't tried those lemon bars yet. I went to the grocery store and couldn't remember how many lemons so I only bought one. One down...three to go, hopefully this week-end.

Talk to you later! Hope you have a wonderful week-end.
Debbie

Comeca Jones said...

I love the pattern on them !

Shelley said...

It's well worth the money just to have it grace your home....its really lovely.... blessings

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

It is lovely....I would have brought it home too...
Hugs,
Penny

MyJourneyBack said...

Well I love them too. I can't wait to get to start thrift shopping again. Maybe soon.
The journey continues. Things are better and I should be able to get on-line alot more regular. Maybe I will even post.
I'll take photo's of Daisy soon she will have her summer hair cut on Tues. I found a DIY place! I cannot wait! I'll save $40.00! I'll have to go thrifting!
Have a beautiful weekend!

Angela said...

It's gorgeous!

Ann at the Handley Bungalow said...

What a pretty find! I wouldn't care either if it was imperfect...it is beautiful just the way it is!

Linda said...

Oh I would have brought that home crack and all...it is just too sweet!

Mona @ la la by mona said...

Oh they are all lovely! I especially like the platters. I have one similar to them that has a chip on it but it is my favorite. It only has one name on the back and I could never find any other pieces to match.

Lululiz said...

The teapot is delightful, who cares about the crack?

Susan said...

Oh you certainly did the right thing bringing that pitcher home! It is beautiful. Things do not always have to be perfect to loved!!

Pondside said...

You did the right thing......or at least what I'd have done! I have a growing collection of cracked orphans, and I love them all.

The Strawberry Mallard said...

and we ALL know that the crack gives it more character, right?!

Sending you lots of love dear friend and God-dawg momma!
NEBS, Beckers and G-man

Liz said...

Totally Righteous! :) That is a very unique piece and so cute with sweet little birds on it. I like it!

Sometimes I am so happy that I talk myself into stuff.

~Liz

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love that and would have bought it, too. Love your vignette.

Janet said...

Love it Becky, and who among us is not showing just a bit of "age"?

Jean said...

So lovely. Everything looks just perfect.

blessedmom's simple home said...

I've never seen one like it before. I love the silver handle, it's such a different touch.
Beautiful!
Blessings,
Marcia

Deborah said...

I'm with you. Why throw something out just because it has a little flaw! It we did that with people, there would not be any left! Enjoy the little imperfections and appreciate the life they have previously led. Wonder what wonderful stories they could tell us!