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.


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