The saucer lady

A few weeks ago on Obsessionistas we featured Paige Smith's saucer collection.

Paige collects 'orphaned' saucers. "The way I see it, I could never turn my back on an orphaned beautiful saucer, because if I don’t rescue it and give it a new life, who will?" she says.

Through dealers at her local antique store Paige found out about Mary Nielsen, a woman who had collected more than 18,000 saucers over a period of 50 years and who opened her collection to the public at her home.

"Believe it or not, the cost of admission to view the collection was a saucer; which Mary put the date and name of the person on a piece of tape to the back of the saucer, so she would remember where she got it. Complimentary tea and cookies were also served" Paige told us.

You can read more about the Mary Nielsen story, on Paige's blog.

Paige bought up many of the remaining pieces of the collection and turned the saucers into her own unique ring holders which have been stocked by Anthropologie and can also be bought through her Etsy store.

Image: Paige Smith Designs

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