Tuesday 14 June 2011

Rattling Teacups

I've a bit of a spooky story for you today! 
It concerns these two lovely teacups and saucers.

I was in a charity shop in a town I hadn't visited before.  I don't know about you, but my routine in charity shops is to quickly scan shelves then explore items that have appealed to me.  I had done that and had looked at some cups and saucers, but they weren't my sort of thing, and I only buy things that I really like.

The shop was empty, so I had plenty of time to look and was attracted to some small decorated glasses to my right.  At that moment I heard a rattle and strangely enough, my first reaction was - something is trying to attract my attention! 

That "something" was the little set I'm, showing you today.  The cups were literally rattling in the saucers!!!!  Nothing else on the shelf was moving, and there was no one else around the part of the shop I was in!!!

I hadn't noticed them on my first look, and the price was excellent - I immediately took them to the desk and bought them.

When I got home, I noticed that they were "Royal Cauldron" - well, that shook me up a wee bit - who do we usually associate with cauldrons?
Edit - yes, I read this wrong ... oops ... they still rattled, though!

Anyway, I'm glad I got them - I think that they are absolutely lovely.

Needless to say, hubby was less than impressed when I said that they made me buy them!

Have any of you had anything similar happen, or am I the only one with a strange experience in a charity shop?!!! 

Love, Liz
I'm joining up with -
Trisha at Tea Party Tuesday


Tabbyroo said...

You were obviously meant to have them! They are very pretty Linda xx

Little Nell said...

Destiny Liz!

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

That is so weird, I love it! They are gorgeous.

Jem said...

It was absolutely fate - I'm a sucker for all eerie stories!! Clearly they were shouting 'pick me' and I love the pattern!

The closest I've got to spooky charity shop goings on was an old guy called Walt 'Woooooooo'-ing in a donated white sheet while the ladies sorting clothes in the back laughed away, tickled me for days :-)

Jem xXx

Unknown said...

I love the story Liz and Jem's (comment above me) has also made me chuckle thanks

Love Dawn xx

Pomona said...

Quite spooky! They obviously knew that you would give them a good home!

Pomona x

bellaboo said...

They were definately 'calling' to you.I have often thought, before going into a charity shop, about what I'd really like to find..and lo and behold..it's in there! :0)

Rachael said...

Love the story and they are so pretty - what an excellent find x

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Liz,
absolutely fascinating story! I am sure they meant you and what is better than to make them happy!
Thank you for sharing this sweet story.
Best greetings, Johanna

Terri said...

Lol! They are sweet cups! I have had books fall off shelves for me, but never tea cups rattle! That is amazing!
I think they must have seen you and said "Ooooh, that looks like a really nice lady...let's go home with her!"
: )

Antiques And Teacups said...

Gotta tell you...you misread the name. It's CAULDON NOT Cauldron. A very reputable Staffordshire china firm...I'm afraid the spookiness was from somewhere else...not the teacups!

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Hahahaha...yeah nice try, the witches MADE me buy the teacups, honestly darling. Love it!

A Treasured Past said...

Wow, they really wanted to come home with you. I wish my charity store shopping was as exciting :) Tam x

Anonymous said...

Oh how funny! My partner groans on a Thursday because it's my day off and I always look forward to my chazzer run. We had a new one open last week so I had to show my support and come home with a couple of things. Would have been rude not too!
thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment the other day. Those Lloyd Loom prams are fab aren't they?!
Ellie (jellyjamdorset)

Scarlett said...

ooooh they wanted you! They are lovely. Please tell me they have stopped moving now they are in your home? eek! Scarlett x

Snap said...

I love your new cups and I'm not surprised that they knew they should go home with You!!!!! Love the pattern on the saucers. Happy Tea Day!

Unknown said...

Your experience here is cool...you were MEANT to have those cups..they found YOU not you finding them...It happens and I LOVE it! Thanks for linking up.

Vintage Sunday said...

Such sweet little sets ~ certainly just meant for you! :) Love Brenda

Nelly said...

They really are lovely but that spooked me out bad lol wonder which witch owned them? xxx

Shortbread and Ginger said...

Hey, yep - read the name wrong - it is CAULDON!!! Oops ...! Never mind - it was still a bit spooky. Its OK Scarlett - they've calmed down and seem to like living here!

Linda said...

Liz-Some things just speak to us ... and in some cases I guess they need to shout or rattle as the case may be! They are sweet. I think you were meant to misread the name ... it made for a good story.
Blessings, L

Maria Andrade said...

I loved your tea cups Liz, I would also buy them, whether they spoke to me or remained silent... :)
Thanks for visiting me today.

Protector of Vintage said...

Very pretty set and I love the embroidered linen in the background!

flowers on my table said...

You are losing it Liz!! Lovely cups though, love Linda x

Lucy said...

Hi Liz, thanks for your message on my blog - I thought I'd pop over and check out your blog too! I love these cute teacups and saucers (I too have a fondness for vintage china). I really like the scalloped edges on these cups - very cute! I think you did well to find them.....or them to find you!