Amelia wanted to create the “club feel” of the Country Women’s Association and transport it to the city. “I really like the idea of doing bridge nights and tea leaf reading nights, clothes swaps and book clubs. Sometimes you feel a bit lonely in the big city. Everyone is so fast paced, it’s a bit isolating.” She also found there was little to do in Sydney other than go out and party. “This is a rebellion against our disposable society. Being young in the city, we only seem to have a few pastimes available to us – shopping, binge drinking and night clubbing. I wanted to offer another option that was fun and affordable.”
The last thing that comes to mind when you step into Tea Parlour is ‘cheap’ with its delicate china, mismatched Victorian armchairs and sprawling stuffed peacock centrepiece, but this is what Amelia says inspires the things she does. “Unfortunately, that’s the financial position I’m in at the moment!” says Amelia. It’s not until it’s revealed that much of the parlour’s decoration is from op-shops and eBay that you appreciate Amelia’s knack for a thrifty find.
She believes the large supply of cheap antique China collecting dust in op-shops and attics are severely undervalued. “I love all of that stuff and it’s just going to waste. I don’t really understand why any of the hotels or cafes don’t use this cute China that you can pick up for $2 at Vinnies.”
It seems her answer was found in a cup of tea.
569 Elizabeth St Redfern
Thurs – Sun, 12pm – 8pm
Ph: 0414 335 224
Tea Parlour will be holding its first Clothes Swap Party tonight (Wednesday, November 3) at 7pm. Entry is $10 with iced tea, cakes and scones included. You may bring as many clothes as you want to swap, the only requirement is that you bring them in a condition you would like other people’s clothes to be. For more information please click here (http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=153961747975560) or contact Amelia on email@example.com.