It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Monday, September 26, 2011

T2 : My New Fave Shop!

Before I start gushing about the fabulousness of T2 in Adelaide, let me just say that I'm not affiliated with them in any way, they're not paying me, I don't get discount or freebies - they don't even know who I am, I just think their shop is amazing and want to let you all know about it.  That said, if they want to contact me and start coughing up freebies, I'm certainly not going to say no!

Want, want, want everything!

Anyway, as you know, I'm home in Adelaide at the moment, and on the weekend Sars and I hit Rundle Street to visit Midwest Trader on the hunt for some vintage cowboy boots.  They didn't have anything we were mad on, so we headed back to the car and that's when we saw the arty black frontage of T2 (276-278 Rundle Street East, Adelaide).  Now, I hadn't heard of them before, but Sars had, and we headed over the road and inside.

It was love at first sight!  T2 is a tea emporium, selling everything tea related.  It's a glorious Aladdins Cave of tea and tea items.  Walls of wondrous tea leaf concoctions, mounds of astonishingly lovely tea cups, saucers and tea pots and gaggles of gifts.

Tea pots, cups and tea on just one
of the many glorious displays

The store is set out a little like one of my US faves, Anthropologie, with a bit of a vintage air about it.  The staff are incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and chatty - I wanted to take them back to Germany with me to teach our sulky Rado store staff a thing or two.  These girls actually want to be at work and to help you - unheard of!

One of the walls of tea blends

Prices range from the sublime (under $10) to the "Oh, I wish" (over $300).  They have a mouth wateringly fab collection of vintage cups and saucers starting at $20  - the most perfect gift.  You spend so much more on flowers, and whilst flowers are always amazing to receive, I don't know of a girl who would say "Um, no" to a flowery cup and saucer instead.  Their products are lush, and very, very want-able.

It's the absolutely perfect place to do your Christmas shopping.  Whatever you buy can be wrapped in high end style - in boxes, then covered with Chinese newspapers, then with an opaque orange cellophane and tied with lovely orange ribbony string and wedged into their yummy T2 cardboard shopping bags.  And the best bit?  The wrapping is free!  The girls told me that at Christmas they're going to have a dedicated wrapper for gifts, but my advice is to get in there now and get your presents bought and wrapped before the rush - you won't regret it!

The fantastic wrapping and bags
(my iPhone photo doesn't do it justice)

1 comment:

  1. OH MY GOD. I so want to go there.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and yes, Bangkok is a fabulous place to live. 2006 was my first Melbourne Cup. I usually manage relative sobriety every other year. This year should (according to those statistics) mean that I remain relatively sensible.... but somehow I doubt it!


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