Notting Hill- Four Sale

The last time I was in States,
I went shopping at a popular chain of high-end cooking stores
{who shall remain nameless}
and, in the midst of buying seasonal rubber spatulas & cake mixes
saw that they were selling serving pieces
from Notting Hill's Portobello Road Market.

I swelled with pride for my hood
and went to inspect their finds.

I was immediately shocked to see how expensive
they were selling the same pieces
that I so often see & buy myself.

I mean, $250 for a silver-plate salt & pepper set
and $150 for a small tray is ridiculous.

I decided then & there that I would
have to render this the only way I could:

By having a foursale to get these pretty pieces
to my friends in the States cheaper than they could at the mall.


I finally got a pretty collection of goods together
and I couldn't be more excited!

It makes me really happy to share Portobello Road with you.



Sugar & Creamer Set

It only felt right to start with this pretty pair
perfect for you next tea party.

A pretty matching set 
of silver-plated sugar & creamer servers. 

Don't they make a gorgeous couple?

If Will & Kate were serving pieces,
this could very well be them.

{Editor's Note: I'm mocking myself for that joke.}

Sugar & Creamer Set | £22


Mirrored Vanity Tray

This flower-trimmed tray is so sweet
and, amidst all the silver at the market,
a bit of a stand-out piece.

I love this delicate little tray
and think perfume & candles 
look perfect nesting on top.

Plus, I really loved the price.

Mirrored Vanity Tray | £10



Silver-Plate Horse Jewelry Tray

This horse tray is probably my favorite piece 
that I found at the market.

It's quirky and cute
and really English...
plus, it's silver-plated 
so it's fabulous.

I especially love the idea of using the dish for a vanity jewelry tray 
and draping necklaces around the horse.

This piece gets the "Best in Show" award from me.

To be honest,
if this doesn't sell,
I'm not going to be upset in the least.

I'm also going to have a cute tray with a horse on it
 perched on my dressing table.

Silver-Plate Jewelry Tray with Horse | £25


Five Piece Salt & Pepper Caddy Set

If I were a bride
and someone gave me this set to me as a wedding gift...
well, not only would it make center stage on my dining table,
but it might also earn them the name of my first child.

As I didn't get one of these as a wedding gift,
we were clear to name Viola after anyone we wanted...
which was in her case, my grandmother.

This little silver-plated set has five pieces:
a triangular tray,
a salt cellar,
a pepper shaker,
& a mustard pot...
complete with a tiny little spoon
to make it officially perfect.

I have two of these sets myself
so I was forced to add this to the sale...
or admit that I might have a hoarding problem.

Five Piece Salt & Pepper Caddy | £32


Heavenly Teaspoons

There isn't much better in life 
than a hot cup of tea
with friends...

and if you don't have a friend to share it with
then you might enjoy having these little teaspoons join you for the occasion.

They have little monks on them...
and I love them.

I wish I knew the story behind them.

Are they monks or saints?

I can't tell. 

Maybe they are a both...
St. Francis of Assisi, perhaps?

Heavenly Teaspoons, Set of 5 | £7.50


Small spaces can be made a bit more grand
when there is a base that supports the scene...
well, that's what I believe, at least.

Which is why my house has trays perched frequently throughout
framing votives, pictures & delicate items from places I love.

Having a pretty tray somehow organizes small items
into a pretty little vignette...
and who doesn't like to use the word "vignette?"

I found two trays that are pretty great.

Silver Vanity Tray, Large

This silver-plate tray has been around the block.

Where dark spots on other pieces can cloud and take away from the piece,
they somehow enhance this tray.

How great would this be by a bedside
for resting your cell phone, a small candle 
& pretty pieces of jewelry?

Silver Tray, Large | £14


The two trays side by side- medium on the left, large on the right. 

Silver Tray, Medium

This is the second tray that I grabbed for you.

It's slightly smaller than the one above
and has a small dent in the edge...
but it's silver-plate is really shiny and the design is gorgeous. 

I think you'll think it's a pretty great
-and affordable!-
way to dress up a small space in your home.

Silver Tray, Medium | £12


Pearl Handle Knives

This little set of six knives is in really good condition...
in fact, I almost kept them for myself
since I haven't seen any matching sets this good.

The original box somehow even survived the years with them.

They look a bit pinker in the box than they actually are
because of the way the red box reflects off them... just so you know.

Oh, and if you look closely below, 
you can see the pretty stamping on the base of the blade.


Pearl Handle Knives, Set of 6 | £10


Lion-Handled Serving Bowl

I hope it is obvious that all of the pieces shown here
are things that I would actually use in my own house.

In fact,
I had intended to adopt this bowl as my own
and had filled it with Reeses Peanut Butter Cup minis.

Eventually, I decided to include it with the other pieces
like I had originally intended...

Though my affinity for anything resembling a lion door knocker
made it a very hard choice.

It has an inner bowl
made of dark, blue glass
that sits inside the bowl's silver-plate exterior
making it suitable for serving out of and easy cleaning.

Lion Handled Serving Bowl | £11.25


So there we have it...

Weekend shopping on Portobello Road 
brought to wherever it is you may be today.

This was actually really fun for me to do
and, if you like it, let me know below.

I'm a sucker for punishment
and would most likely be up for doing this again!

*all sales are final and non-refundable. please shop carefully.
*all shipping is basic, international shipping to keep costs low. please allow for 2-3 weeks for your item to arrive.
*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy


  1. What a fabulous collection of goodies! We are pinching pennies very tightly right now, so sadly no purchase for me, but that serving bowl and the horse tray are AMAZING!! I'm mentally buying them :)

  2. OMG!!! LOVE LOVE your sale.. Keep them coming!!!

  3. Love these so much. We have lost so much stuff through the various moves, I would love to have some stuff like that for our new place here in Bath. I'm hoping to come to London in May or June, you'll have to show me around Portobello Market since thats one place in London I have not been. x

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose

  4. oh I'm so bummed that vanity tray sold so quickly! But I get why - it's so pretty!

  5. So sad I missed the charming horse jewelry tray. Next time you are feeling Four Sale-y, I definitely request another Portobello Road sale! All of these pieces are beautiful!

  6. DAMN IT! My dumb job made me miss so many things I wanted. ARGH!

  7. This is such a kind thing for you to do!! Great idea! x

  8. Those items all went way too fast!!! Can we have a do-over??

  9. the mirrored vanity tray is so beautiful! please put more up!!

  10. Oh how I need those knives. I'm never fast enough! :) LOVE LOVE LOVE these pieces!

    xo Catharine @ Your Modern Couple

  11. Of course now I will be singing the Portobello Road song as I drive home from work. I do hope you have heard it!


  12. Oh my every single piece is just fabulous! You are a doll for finding all of them and selling them for such great prices!! Love it all!

  13. You are too nice! Oh my gosh, I would never let any of these go!! (I am not very generous with my market finds... oops)
    p.s. miss Viola is looking SO cute in your instagrams!! (and you are, too!) That little hat with the bear ears just kills me <3

  14. Where are your tea cups from? They are perfect!

  15. I'd love it if you did this again. I loved shopping on Portobello Road. Maybe a heads-up before the next one would be nice? I never get to your sales in time!

  16. you do know i am going to make you ship some of these things to the USA when i move back there right? good.

  17. OMG they are all so wonderful but I missed it. I would have probably bought them all!!! I'm in need of some good trays! Please please please do this again!

  18. Jumped in too late to pick up any pretty pretty finds. It's so sweet of you to be thinking of your readers at this time!

  19. All are so very lovely; as are you for doing this! I am sad that I missed out...

  20. I know exactly which shop you're talking about b/c I thought it was a little odd that they had started this. Much more fun to see your selections and at such great prices. Too bad I was too late on the draw. Maybe you can tip me off to your favorite areas on Portobello Road before my trip!!!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  21. I should have read this sooner because I loved every single piece!!

  22. like? more like love....sorry to have missed it, but would even wire you the funds in advance if you'd be willing to shop some more! I know, shopping, such a burden on us all :)

  23. Wow! You have such a knack for finding great pieces. I visited London earlier this year and left Portobello Road empty-handed. Seeing these makes me want to book another trip. Thanks for all the great travel insights and your latest tea series. I wish I had found your blog sooner.

  24. What great pieces! I'm visiting London next week (!!), and one of my goals is to visit Portobello Road. Those prices are lower than I expected. Now I just have to hope I have your eye for these things!

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