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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.