Lovely Finds

Who said that you won’t find nice stuff at a thrift store? I should have done this before, visit the thrift store near my place. They have lots of cheap and awesome stuff that I like (and need). Last Tuesday, I went to the Fretex (The Salvation Army) shop near where I live. I didn’t think of buying anything, I only wanted to check what they have. I also find it relaxing to go inside a thrift store.

It was my first time to go inside this store. It looks small from the outside but very spacious inside. I first checked out the furniture department and found vintage sofas and coffee tables. Then I went to the glass/figurine/porcelain department and there I found Japanese tea cups. I got really happy and even happier when I found out how much they cost. So without hesitation, I put them in my basket and I started looking if those tea cups belong to set. Unfortunately, no tea pots to be found but I’m still glad that I found the tea cups. Four of the tea cups are made of clay and the tall white ones with characters on it are semi porcelains. Then on my way to the cashier, I found a sushi set. This is exactly what I need. I’ve been hunting this kind of sushi plates since last year. I feel so lucky!

I only paid 145 NOK for all of these. It’s a steal!

How about you? Found anything interesting in the thrift shop lately? 🙂

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Sushi set, 89 NOK.

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Tea cup with Japanese (or Chinese?) characters, 10 NOK. I bought 2.

 

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Clay tea cups, 9 NOK each.
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It is from Japan!

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Sencha from Shizouka

My Sencha story

Sencha tea was introduced to me by a friend of mine only 2 years ago. Before that, I used to drink Earl Grey and Lipton. My tea drinking habits were not that healthy before because I used a lot of sugar (because Earl Grey and Lipton teas dry my throat), when I say a lot I mean like 3 or 4 tablespoons of sugar. No wonder I was close to being diabetic. My blood sugar was high so my doctor strongly advised me to cut down on sweets. Good thing that my friend invited me to her place one day and served a pot of Japanese green tea. From the first time in my life, I drank tea without sugar. My throat did not get that dry sensation and the aroma is just really good. I fell in love with Sencha instantly so I ordered my first pack of Sencha from our Japanese friend who is selling snacks and drinks from Japan. Sencha tea is also my very first loose tea.

Moving on,

I received the teas which I ordered from my friend a week ago. This is one of the Japanese teas, Sencha from Shizouka. A pack weighs 100 grams and it costs 85 NOK.

I transferred around 1/4 of the tea leaves into the tea can and kept the rest in the coldest place in the flat. As much as possible I want my tea leaves to remain fresh and to last longer. And then I brew a pot to myself. I used a teaspoon full Sencha leaves and filled the pot with water (80 degrees C) and brewed the tea for max 2 minutes.

When it comes to the taste, it is sweeter and a bit milder compared to other teas that I have tasted. But you can of course adjust the strength by brewing it longer, adding more tea leaves or using hotter water.

 

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Cool green packaging
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Instructions with pictures. Good for those who cannot read kanji like me.
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My tea caddy given by a friend.
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Sencha leaves.


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A peek inside the teapot.
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The set up today.