Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Traditional Tea Bag Holders

 Do you use Tea Bag Holders, also sometimes known as Tea Bag Caddies?
Only a few of my "collection" are shown here. 
 
I often receive them as gifts, as several above are. 
Or, I purchase them as souvenir items,  as the Whittard of Chelsea
 and The English Rose Tearoom ones in the photo.
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From the internet,
"Traditionally, a tea bag holder is a dishware accessory.
A traditional tea bag holder's purpose is to provide tea drinkers with a place,
 other than the saucer, to put the used tea bag."
It goes on to say,
 "when individuals steep their tea cup by cup, liquid runoff from the saturated
tea bag pools in the saucer and can be messy.   
Use of a tea bag holder allows the tea drinker to place
 the saturated tea bag in a separate receptacle."
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Tea bag holders are often shaped like teapots, but can be of other themes,
including domestic pets, such as cats and dogs.  
Since I don't use mine to hold wet tea bags,
I have found a few different uses for them.
To hold my rings by the kitchen sink when I wash dishes,
to hold earrings or pocket change in the bedroom,
and to hold small items on my desk.
 
Do you have a collection of tea bag holders?
According to my friend and tea blogger, Marilyn, if you have
more than three of an item, you have a collection.
 
Do you have unique shaped tea bag holders? 
I admit, my favorites are the traditional teapot shaped ones.
Do you have a unique way to use or display tea bag holders? 
Please share your ideas!  

9 comments:

Patsy said...

You know I don't think I ever had a tea bag holder. How did I miss that.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Oh darn, I only have 2 teapot shaped holders so I better acquire a third to have a collection. ;-) Since i rarely use tea bags, mine are not often in use but are out on the tea cabinet for when they're needed.
Too bad more restaurants don't provide them.
Judith

Angela McRae said...

Mine are just sitting in a drawer usually, but thanks to your inspiration some of them may now see duty as office supplies!

Joy said...

I do have a couple, I don't think I have a "collection" but I may have, soon! I love anything teapot shaped. The next time I go to The English Rose, I will look for one of those. :-) I have been there a couple of times, it's about 2 hours away from me. And no, I don't generally use them for teabags but they are handy to corral other small items.

relevanttealeaf said...

I have some - most received as gifts. One sits by my kitchen sink and I use it daily for sitting my tea infuser basket on after I make my tea throughout the day. It has permanent tea stains on it. Since I rarely use tea bags, the other tea caddies are stored in a tote in the basement. You've inspired me to open that tote and see how many I have. I have an acquaintance who collects them as a hobby. She has them displayed throughout her house on tea caddy racks hanging on the wall [Similar to a plate rack only smaller to accommodate tea caddies.] This is a fun post!

Marilyn said...

Thanks for the link and it is true.
I don't collect tea bag holders, but I think I have one somewhere. I often use them for a spoon holder by the stove when I can find the one or two I have. Now where are they?

Rosemary said...

What a fun collection of tea bag holders. Although I have many of the ones you have shared, I don't typically use them. On occasion, some of the 'deeper' ones have been put into service to hold individual portions of cream, jelly, and curd.

Bernideen said...

Love them all - very fun!

i9jadei9 said...

I LOVE the longer rose teapot holder!! Could I ask what the brand is or maybe where you purchased it? I would love to find one like it!

 

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