Monday, June 5, 2017


Like many teacup addicts collectors, I often browse online for tea sets. Several years ago, I purchased my first complete tea set from a local seller.

The set included a small teapot and 4 cups and saucers.

According to (which tends to overprice items), the teapot alone was worth around $100. The seller was helping his mom downsize her china collection and was selling the entire set for only $10! I gave the man a $10 bill and skipped away with my purchase.

 The pieces were all in pristine condition. The pattern was called "Cornflowers" by Adderley.

A few weeks after my purchase, an e-mail from the seller popped up in my inbox. I thought, "BUSTED! He finally realized how much the tea set was actually worth..."

It turned out that he found the matching cake plate and was offering it to me for $5. SOLD!

Some Earl Grey teas are blended with cornflower petals.

Screenshot of Monarch Tea Co Instagram
"Blue cornflower can help ease anxiety, smooth skin & help boost immunity. It also provides a natural creaminess to tea." (Source: Monarch Tea Co.)

Earl Grey Cream by Tealish
Cornflowers enhance both the look and taste of teas!

I'm joining the following parties this week:


  1. I so love cornflowers, I cannot resist when I see them amongst the corn in the fields in nature, they're my favorite spontanueos flowers !

    Your tea set is simply stunning and I wonder how great your tea was, Dear Margie !

    Wishing you a most lovely new week,
    I'm sending blessings to you

    XOXO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

  2. Good Morning Margie :)
    You lucked into a great purchase, and isn't it nice that the guy contacted you again with the cake plate! I love this sweet pattern. We used to have lots of cornflowers growing along our very long drive and in our field where I grew up. Blue flowers always seem special to me as they're not that common in nature.
    Enjoy your day!

  3. Well. you scored big time on that purchase, Margie! I love when that happens to someone nice. The pattern is so pretty, and I'm sure your Earl Grey Cream tea tastes extra special in it. I've had Earl Grey, but never the cream variety. Hope you have a happy week!

  4. Wow! Did you ever score big with that set and to think he looked you up and sold you the cake plate too! What a nice guy! It is really pretty and coneflowers are such a lovely colour. Your Earl Grey looks very inviting in your pretty cup. Happy June, Margie!

  5. I can't believe it!I think this wonderful tea set must have to be yours:great finding,lovely treasure!I am delighted with it!Best wishes!

  6. What a beautiful tea set! I can imagine how happy you were to find it at that price! Your Earl gray tea sounds delicious! Have a good week!

  7. Oh Margie what a beautiful find, the blue of the corn flowers is so bright and vibrant. Great find. Wednesday I will be going out to explore a few thrift store in our new town. Naturally the first thing I look for ate tea cups and saucers. Have a very blessed day.

  8. What a fabulous find and a bargain price too. I love the cirnflower design.

  9. How beautiful! I do love cornflowers, both the blooms and in tea. I'm so glad this set has a good home with you.

  10. 10.00!!!??? LOL - you should be arrested for theft! I love the colors and pattern of this set -- beautiful. I love looking on ebay and GW for bargains. I refuse to pay a lot to add to my collection.

  11. Hi Margie, this is truly a lovely tea set. And how lucky that you not only got the tea set for this amazing price, but the cake plate as well.
    I didn't know that some Earl Gray teas are blended with cornflower petals and about the effect of them on the human system. Very interesting!
    Enjoy your next cup of tea!
    Warm regards,

  12. Oh how pretty!

    Peep #1 likes Earl Grey tea a lot. Personally, I'm partial to nip. purrs

  13. What a pretty, pretty tea set. And how sweet of the seller to contact you about the matching cake plate. I love blue and white dishes. And Earl Grey tea.

  14. Excuse me a moment while I gather up my mouth which fell open upon reading about this beautiful tea set! WOW! What a find, my friend! Wish we could have a cup of tea together :) Hugs to you!

  15. Such a steal, and you know it! lol Some cornflower crystal on the side would be nice with your tea set.

  16. What a wonderful set! I would have snatched that up too...I just love blue and white, and it is an especially pretty set! I used to grow cornflowers, now I wonder why I don't have any at the moment. Have a lovely week and thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea

  17. I love purple! This is such a pretty set.

  18. Margie: I have been growing plants from seeds and a package of cornflowers too! They kind of don't stand up so well yet. We shall see how it goes! I love your pieces. I have only seen a cup and saucer before. You got quite the bargain price! Thanks for sharing.

  19. Margie, I need to go shopping with *you*! I never find deals like that! Such a beautiful set *and* with a cake plate!

  20. What a wonderful find! So very pretty.

  21. Beautiful set! I love the dainty flowers and the pretty blues...Christine

  22. Margie, That is a lovely tea set. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week. Sylvia D.


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