If you read my post on May 10th, you'll recall that I blogged about the silver windmill tea strainer proprietor, Bonnie, had on the table for our morning tea at The Parsonage Bed & Breakfast.
I tried to find one in gift shops and antique stores while we were staying in Holland, to no avail.
As soon as I got home I went on E-bay and found two strainers that looked like Bonnie's, but the seller was from the Netherlands, and the shipping alone was GBP 13 or $19.84 in U.S. funds. The strainers started out reasonable, but then climbed to $73.99 and $79.00 [U.S. funds]. With the postage added, it was more than I wanted to pay.
I waited a couple of days, and went on E-bay again. This time I found a strainer with a seller from Ohio, and shipping was only $4.95. To my surprise no one bid against me, and I won the strainer for $19.00 plus shipping. The strainer is from the Netherlands.
It was mailed yesterday, so I should have it by the end of the week. Below are photos the seller posted on E-bay.
The windmill at the top of the strainer actually turns. It will match the demitasse spoon I bought at the antique store in Holland perfectly.
I can hardly wait for the mailman to deliver my new-to-me tea strainer!