Its good to be back again from taking a wee break after completing the Flower Parlor Series! Brr! Tis the season for staying indoors! To cold to do anything else besides, so I decided to begin a series around my hope chest and its numerous treasures. However, because Charlotte and I have yet to do photo shoot of my actual hope chest, and because I happened to have just bought this charming tea set at an auction in town recently, I thought it would be best to share it first. Tea any one?
At first, when I heard that we were going to an auction, I groaned. Yes, I know. Its an auction! I should be smiling and cheering to go to it like everyone else! No… I really had an awful experience at the last one we went to; standing in the sun for two hours, footsore, burnt, sweaty, and my ears buzzed from the yodeling auctioneers, before they ever got around to auctioning off the more “desirable” items. Let me tell you– not pleasant.
As Brigid and Charlotte danced around me, I said, “OK. I’ll give it another shot.” I had to go anyways, since we were going on a family outing. However. The minute I stepped up to the wagon bed of items currently being auctioned off, I gasped in surprise! It was full of all things feminine, antique, vintage, edged in gold leaf, trimmed in silk flowers, speckled with old glass, and best of all, there were dishes of all sorts!!! This was my kind of auction. They were selling the “lady items” first!
Eventually, after scanning the wagon bed over, we girls settled down to business. Charlotte and Brigid claimed the vintage hats, while I rested my attention on some of the dish sets. Long story short, the girls came away with their hats, plus vintage luggage, old rotting quilted ducks, a lamp stand, and I came home with the darling china tea set you see here. But that is not the best part…
I paid only four dollars for this full set, but that is still not the best part. The best part came when I was looking down at the label underneath one of the plates, and read: Radisson W.S. George. Hmm. I wondered if there was any value to the set. So I got Mom, and we both started searching the internet for it, and found it!
It’s titled: Blushing Rose. It was made in the late 20’s early 30’s, and it is currently priced as a full collection like this one at around $180!!! Oh how excited I was!! I called to everyone in the house yelling, “I struck gold this time!” The girls came running, and every one was shocked to hear that we now were in possession of a truly valuable antique china set. And who was it who didn’t want to go to the Auction? Ha ha!
The Blushing Rose collection is sitting cozily on the top shelf in one of our kitchen cabinets at present, since I have run out of room for it in my hope chest (which is a good thing!) So I think it will be borrowing that space for a little while until I find a more permanent spot for it.
In my mind, all my possessions labeled as Hope Chest Item are to remain unused until the day that I am married and in my own abode. It may be hard for some girls to gather up treasure like these and then have to wait to use them. But after all, it would be like spoiling Christmas by opening your presents too early.
For everything there is a season. Let’s gather up our hopes and dreams while we wait for that wonderful season!
Love in Christ,
The eldest sister & singer