I found my perfect cup and saucer today at the thrift store. I enjoy drinking my coffee or tea from a favorite cup and saucer. Shopping off-retail in obscure shops, thrift stores, and even dumpster diving has its rewards–one finds the most unique items.
I am not the “matchy-matchy” type, where all the settings of dishware must be replicated for each place setting. Eclectic is the term that comes to mind, is commonly used these days to describe. I enjoy drinking my coffee or tea from a favorite cup and saucer.
I have been looking for a setting such as this for some time. It was a find most unexpected, and most enjoyable, as it brought back fond memories of childhood. You see, this pleasure, this tradition, was started some 45+ years ago.
As a very young girl, of no more than 5, I remember sipping coffee or tea from my own green cup and saucer. My sisters and I each had our own cup and saucer setting. They sat on a kitchen shelf, in our small, home located in a quaint Midwestern town, surrounded by cornfields, where the population was less than 100!
We drank tea and coffee from those cups daily, and yes, we were allowed to drink coffee at that age! This was a morning habit. We sat down for breakfast, and enjoyed our coffee with mom and dad, before he would leave for work every morning. We would enjoy coffee or tea later, as the day progressed. When we had company, we were served from those cups and saucers. They were every day dishes with an elegant touch.
Those cup and saucer sets would be washed up by hand, and set back on the shelf, ready for the next day. They were very pretty sitting there, and remember knowingly looking at them, and watching mom pull them down for the occasion.
I did not know what they were actually made of, but they were indestructible. They sometimes hit the floor, but never shattered. Not nary a chip. In those days, they made things to last. Mom later mentioned that they were made by Wheatonware, they were sold at home parties, and they were indeed glass, but unbreakable.
They remain in mom’s curio cabinet as we speak, she enjoys looking at them, as they always remind her of the three of us girls sitting at the bar, or the table in our home, in that very small town.
I have had many play tea sets over the years, as well as cups with saucers as a part of my place settings when my family began. The Wheatonware green tea settings, will always be remembered most dearly.