Eileen Trelstad, of Pine Island, started accumulating teacups at age 12, when her great-aunt gifted her one.
“While the guys were outside executing some work, I informed her how I liked her cups and saucers she experienced, she picked up 1 with 3 strawberries in the cup and gold trim on the saucer and cup, and gave it to me,” she claimed. “Oh, how I treasure that established but right now.”
Eileen Trelstad’s very first teacup, given to her by a fantastic-aunt when Eileen was 12 many years previous. (Contributed photo)
As a teen, Trelstad labored a section-time job, enabling her to acquire a little Ethan Allen hutch at Mahler’s furnishings store in Pine Island. She nevertheless has that hutch to this day.
A teacup assortment is within anyone’s get to, no make a difference the spending plan. You can come across teacups for as little as a dollar at several garages product sales and thrift stores.
“All I have, I purchased at garage product sales or auctions,” Trelstad mentioned.
Many she observed while traveling with her very first spouse, who was in the Air Power. Two sets were supplied to her by a White Dwelling staffer. She has sets from Virginia, Colorado, Hawaii and Japan.
“In Might 2010, I experienced 217 sets, and by way of the several years, I have kept on obtaining, so I would say I now have about 350 sets,” Trelstad said.
When browsing for your own selection, if you like it, acquire it, but know what you might be acquiring in scenario you want to offer them sometime.
Trelstad started out out obtaining teacup sets for a lot less than a greenback at garage profits, but would ultimately pay back up to $3-$10.
“At one garage sale about eight yrs in the past, I acquired 4 for $8 every, and the woman uncovered out I collected them and gave me six more, as extensive as they were heading to a great dwelling,” she reported.
Trelstad has observed some sets advertising on the internet in the $15.99-to-$19.99 selection, but has at the very least 80 less expensive sets.
“If I liked them, I bought them, and did not treatment,” she stated.
Her selection consists of two from Occupied Japan, Royal Rose, Queen Rossina, Queen Anne, Queen Elizabeth, Royal Kendall, Elizabethan, Sethman Weiden, Royal Chelsea, Royal Windsor, and Royal Copenhagen.
She’s never ever been also worried about the maker, having said that, just whether or not she likes them.
“I have a lot with bouquets on them — that appeared to be my beloved,” she claimed.
All in all, Trelstad’s assortment fills three hutches in her Pine Island dwelling.
A portion of Eileen Trelstad’s teacup selection at her dwelling in Pine Island. (Contributed picture)
“Most folks can not believe that I have 3 hutches entire, and then they begin asking concerns,” she said. “I think of who gave them to me or wherever I purchased them. I believe that my partner and family would all say they are just element of who I am, and they are appropriate. Amassing can be exciting, and little things appear sort of affordable for how considerably you enjoy them!”
Sandy Erdman is a Winona-based mostly freelance writer and licensed appraiser concentrating on classic, antique and collectible products. Send feedback and tale ideas to Sandy at [email protected]