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!  



9 comments:

  1. How very meaningful and unique!

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  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.

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  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!

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  4. That is a beautiful tea strainer.

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

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  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!

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  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!
    Nancy

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