Downtown Abbey returns to Assistance League of Irvine!

Alas, blog readers, the demise of “Downton Abbey” has left us with a gaping hole in our hearts, not to mention the gaping hole in our Sunday night TV schedule. You need something to remind you of Downton and the Crawleys. Something you can hold and touch while you reminisce about the past six seasons. Something – from the thrift shop!

Nothing was more symbolic of Downton than afternoon tea, and right now we have an absolutely wonderful collection of china teacups. One or two of these teacups and a pot of Twinings, and you’ll be transported to Yorkshire (at far less cost than air fare).

Our jewelry department features many, many vintage-inspired pieces that will make you feel like you’re back in the Roaring 20’s, watching Edith and Mary sparring at a dinner party.

Speaking of dinner parties, we have several sets of china place-card holders that would have been right at home in Downton Abbey. (Very handy for matchmaking or keeping frenemies at different ends of the table. If the romantic entanglements of your friends are anything like those at Downton, you need these things.)

We don’t have any pigs, but we DO have a pitcher and matching salt-and-pepper shakers in the shape of cows. They’re not Mr. Mason’s pigs, but they take a lot less work!

And since we all need something to do with that hour on Sunday night – try one of our books or DVDs.

Your writer personally believes that in about five years Julian Fellowes will relent and write a sequel, but in the meantime, we can all keep calm and carry on – with the help of our thrift shop mementos.

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