Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Silver Windmill Tea Strainer

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!  


  1. How very meaningful and unique!

  2. That's adorable! I'm so glad you were able to find one more reasonably than the first two. It pays to keep checking, doesn't it? I am sure you'll enjoy this pretty strainer.

  3. I would be beside myself with glee! How exciting for you. I just know you are going to be checking that mail everyday until it arrives. What a treat!

  4. That is a beautiful tea strainer.

  5. It is really nice Phyllis - a good find.

  6. Love it! It's always so fun to find a longed-for piece at a longed-for price. And my theory is, if you find a souvenir you *would* have purchased on the trip had you been able to find it, that still counts as a trip souvenir. I'm just impressed you were able to acquire this so quickly!

  7. Oh I am so happy for you! It will go so nicely with your other treasures! I just started to watch Ebay and now I think it's so much fun to see all the tea related items and how much they go for. It's very tempting to bid! Have a great evening, Phyllis!


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