TEACUP COLLECTING

I love teacups! Which makes sense because I love tea and pretty much anything vintage! I tend to use them most when I have company and for special occasions like birthdays or holidays, but I always have them on display as their beauty is part of their charm. Collecting them has become a hobby over the years and whenever I'm at an antique store / market I've been known to make a bee-line for the teacups.

TEACUPS

My very first teacup was one I inherited from my Grandmother. It has a bit of an Asian flare to it (the hand painting reminds me of Japanese watercolour postcards). Years later, I traveled to Japan, and it now serves as a pleasant reminder of my Grandmother and my years abroad.

MY FIRST TEACUP

Seeing the collections of others has helped inspire mine. I see one I like and I'm like "oooh, I have to have one like that". It also keeps me from buying every teacup I find, as I'm on the hunt for the perfect one to add to my collection. I'm currently on the hunt for one with birds on it.

TEACUP COLLECTION

TEACUP COLLECTING

Teacups are all about mixing and matching and I love that! The variety of your cups and saucers lends to their pretty aesthetic when they're all put out on the table for tea.

Want to start your own collection?

Although some teacups can be pretty pricey, they don't have to be.  They range in price from upwards of a hundred dollars or more to as little as two dollars. From my experience, a pricey teacup may indicate a well known brand and a high quality china or possibly a rare or unusual design, while a cheaper find may be just as good quality-wise but from a lesser known brand and perhaps sport a more mass produced design or pattern.

START YOUR OWN TEACUP COLLECTION

Don't fret, you can easily score one of these vintage pieces for a reasonable price. All the teacups in my collection I've managed to get for two to fifteen dollars each, but some were lovely gifts from friends and family. Adding a new cup once or twice a year means this an extremely affordable collection. Some of my favorite makes are Colclough, Chelsea, and Royal Malvern.

Here are a few tips for you to keep in mind when purchasing teacups:
  • it doesn't have to be expensive
  • take your time when building your collection (the hunt is part of the fun)
  • the variety is endless so use your personal taste and style to guide your choices

AN AFFORDABLE COLLECTION

Some of the things you'll want to check before buying:
  • are there any cracks, chips or imperfections? hold the cup and saucer up to the light to check
  • look for any damage or cracking where the handle connects to the cup
  • if it has gold / silver details check for any wear or fading

The rest is up to you. Do you like the design? Do you like the colour? Don't buy it if it doesn't speak to you.

VINTAGE TEACUPS

Do you already have a collection? Post a link to a pic of your favorite teacup, I'd love to see it! Hope you enjoyed seeing my collection. Want to be notified when my next post is up? Follow me on BlogLovin' to keep up to date with all my posts.

13 comments:

  1. your collection is so pretty Michelle! I love the idea of not having a "set" but having a collection of unique cups.

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  2. Very nice! I would Love a bird one too!! I like the one you have seperate in the picture..pretty =)

    <3 Steph

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  3. LOVE the tea cups!! So lovely so many!! lot's I've never seen. My Fave is the Blue floral one, top pic, upper right hand corner.

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  4. Fabulous collection Michelle, yes, the fun is in the find, when you finally see one you love. There is always room for one more. :) Love the one from your Nanny.

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  5. Beautiful! I need to get mine on display again.... BTW, I have a bird-patterned cup, it was made in occupied Japan and belonged to my grandmother :)

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  6. Love the idea...but where do you store them?

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    1. I store mine on a book shelf in my entry way. They take up one whole shelf! They look pretty and I have easy access to them when company arrives. I stack them for easy storing in groups of four. The plates go on the bottom and the four tea cups fit together like a puzzle on top!

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  7. Question... I have thought about doing this. Do you worry about lead in the cups (serving hot drinks in them) or am I just paranoid?

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    1. That's a good question, although truthfully not one I have ever asked myself. My personal opinion is that I use them so infrequently that I'm sure the amount of lead exposure, if any, isn't anything to worry about. I did do some reading on the topic and it appears that exposure is a possibility but not conclusive. Porcelain in general fired at such high temperatures is unlikely to contain lead, but any over glazing after the initial firing may be of concern. So if you are concerned but would still like to collect tea cups, maybe stay away from any that have patterns painted on the inside.

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  8. I have a teacup collection of 2500+... Been collecting for 25 years. I am wanting to sell them now. Any suggestions on where to find buyers of a large collection? Thank you in advance.

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    1. I would suggest etsy or ebay. Are you hoping to sell the lot or are you willing to break them up? That is quite an extensive collection! I bet you have some beauties that I would love to see.

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  9. I love your collection of teacups! Thanks for sharing!

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