Monday, December 15, 2008

Collecting Christmas Village Tea Shops

I have been collecting Christmas Village tea shops for several years.

The first Christmas Village tea shop I purchased is the NOMA Dickensville Tea House (left above) I purchased at Lowes. It is marked 1995. My newest one is a Department 56 Christmas In the City Series, Russian Tea Room. I purchased it on Ebay.

The Mistletoe Tea Room (left above) was purchased at WalMart a few years ago. Lady Ann's Tea Room (Towne Series Santa's Workbench) is on the right.

Potter's Tea Seller on the right above is from the Heritage Village Collection by Dept. 56. The Tea shop with the ladies in the window on the right is from Big Lot's Christmas Streets 2004 collection.

The Saturday Evening Post Norman Rockwell Collection Tea Time is on the right above and Kohl's St. Nicholas Square Rosie Mae's Tea Room is on the right.
I have eight tea shops displayed on this serving table at the end of my dining room. I will show the ninth one in my next post. Some years I display them with snow on the table, but stopped using the snow with grandchildren running around the house. I like the way the lights in the tea shops reflect on the glass table topper. The little characters on the table are various ones I picked up here and there. The children and I like to move them around to different positions in the little tea village.
My tea friend Phyllis in MI also collects and displays Christmas Village Tea Shops. She has set me on the trail of finding some of the shops I purchased in recent years. I was delighted to find a couple of the accessory pieces on our Thanksgiving trip to TN.

10 comments:

bennie and patsy said...

They are all so cute and festive.

Denise at Uniquely Tea said...

Oh what fun! That's a great thing to collect, Linda! I love them!

Rosemary said...

What a fun collection! Thanks for sharing.
Nancy

Angela McRae said...

I had no idea tea shops were part of these Christmas villages until recently. Lucky you for having such a magnificent collection!

Paula said...

I love the little villages! I had no idea tea shops were such a common occurrence in them!

Steph said...

I didn't even know about these. That's really cool!

Lavender Dreamer said...

Your little village is wonderful! Love it! You have some beautiful treasures!

Brittiny said...

The Russian tea room is so cool!

I had no idea that tea rooms were apart of Christmas villages. Your collection is adorable!

mjenningsdesigns said...

Peyton is going to be VERY excited to see these! He loves these and has been wanting one! I guess he gets that from you ;-)

Tea Time With Melody said...

I collect Christmas villages myself and I have never seen anything related to Tea before. What fun that is to have a tea village. I will have to look into that myself.

 

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