Monday, July 26, 2010

What can you buy for a dollar?

How to stretch a dollar.... a dollar doesn't buy what it used to...or does it?
Well...it depends where you shop.
Imagine the surprise and ensuing smile that crossed my lips when I spied this...

These charming little thumpers are hopping around this mug!
They are the cutest little bunnies!
  Grammy here,
just had to buy...

I am dreaming of the day when lovely granddaughter Isla will come for cocoa
or "Boston Tea" as my grandmother made me many years ago...
mostly milk with a splash of tea.


Hornsea England
1974
by John Clappison
That was the year that Mr. HB and I tied the knot!

Wait...there's more!


Birds on a branch... Hornsea
by John Clappison
and for the very modest sticker price
almost shocking at 50 cents apiece.
I couldn't open my wallet fast enough...
$1.00

The internet revealed that work by John Clappison is "collectible"
see here.

 I will brew a pot of tea and raise a mug to christen them.
Cheers!

12 comments:

  1. I should post a photo of the cupboard containing my mugs! For some time, my favorite thrift store has its mugs/cups priced at a nickle! I don't need another ONE. But it is hard to resist pottery mugs! That would be 20 FOR $1.00!!!

    (It is not my intent to detract from these lovelies of yours at ALL. I would have jumped to add them to my collection had I seen them.) I know you'll enjoy your tea. It's REALLY special that the year corresponds to your wedding date.

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  2. Wow! Those seem very congruent with your bungalow style -- they remind me somewhat of William Morris prints. And how perfect for tea with your granddaughter. Great find!

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  3. Dear Hostess, What an absolute bargain! I recently came across mugs priced at £9 [about, I think, $5] each and, what is more, they were neither particularly attractive nor of very good quality. I certainly remember these Hornsea mugs from around the 1970s - indeed, I may once have had the one with the bird pattern; the rabbits are new to me. I do hope that you will enjoy them for years to come!

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  4. You forgot to mention... or maybe you're keeping it a secret... where did you find these great bargains??

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  5. Those are adorable. I would snap them up, too. And when I saw the bottom mug, I was also reminded of William Morris.

    I can see the bunny mug becoming part of some very fond childhood memories.

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  6. well done! Do you own a Godens book? They are the bible when it comes to dating china.

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  7. Oh, buying "everything cute" for your grandchild must feel good. I am so envious. My older daughter is going to be 33 in a month, and she has no baby plans. So, in the meanwhile, I just have to pamper my furry children.. I like the mugs too!

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  8. Great finds Hostess and I love the notion of 'Boston Tea'.
    I think your little Isla is one lucky granddaughter indeed :)

    Jeanne

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  9. Rebecca-I'd love to see your mug collection!

    materfamilias-I think they do have and arts and crafts feel to them, I never really thought about it until you mentioned it.

    Edith Hope-My Emma Bridgewater mugs are very pricey, but I do love them and use them daily.

    Girl Meets Paris-We have a small hospital auxillary shop, staffed by women and they get some truly interesting items. It's a bit of a drive for me but I can usually find something that makes the trip worthwhile.

    Staircase witch- The bunny one does have a certain charm...I hope Isla is enchanted with it...I'll have to wait a year until she's older!

    Faux Fuchsia-No I do not have the Godens book...that might have made my search much faster!

    Metscan-Pamper yourself too Mette!

    Jeanne-Boston Tea is one of my favourite rituals that I shared with my grandmother, and it has stayed with me to this day.

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  10. I love those bunny rabbits. Where I live - which is in town so it's unusual - we have wild bunnies. So along with all of the colorful birds and squirrels, my backyard is always fun and playful.

    I love the turquoise on the second one. 50 cents apiece is so cool. Good for you.

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  11. Cute mug with the bunnies Hostess... The second one is very familiar to me as we had a set when I was growing up in UK. I think my mother still has some with the birds on them! Very nostalgic to see them. x

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  12. I LOVE THOSE MUGS!!! Adorable!

    xx

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