Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tea Time: Tea Cups

Teacups and Saucers

When I first began as a seller in an antiques and collectibles mall I put in tea cups
Vintage teacups. Shelves full of beautiful fragile teacups. 
It took me quite a while to learn that, 17 years ago, 10 years ago and even 5 years ago that 
teacups, teaplates, cake plates, condiment dishes 
were not popular with the buyers in my area. 
If it didn't go in a dishwasher, it wasn't purchased. 
Teacups and all the various china that support the tea time concept 
usually have gold trim, are delicate, have wonderful patterns and colors and really
don't fare well when cleaned in a dishwasher. 

There has been small resurgence toward 
traditional tea time china. 

 What I have noticed is that when I price a sweet little cup and saucer low, it  sells. The bone china cups and saucers (under priced) sell slowly,
a few a month, 
mostly  Royal Albert.
Royal Winton, Crown Derby, Shelley
- gorgeous - 
have to be perfect to sell 
(no scratches, no 'seconds', maker marks absolutely identical, have to be a pattern not plain) The truly antique and wonderful teacups and saucers rarely, rarely sell, 
but I love them.

Lovely tea time blogs with great content and links 
to other tea time blogs:
  Rose Chintz Cottage
Martha's Favorites - Tea Cup Tuesday
with many pages of wonderful teacups.

I have been reading some blogs that have colored text, centered text, fancy text ... great text. I am going to try experiment, just a bit, to see if I like the idea.

I am totally in love with the teacups on this page. The delicacy, the clarity, the artistry. All the photos are by Joy and the teacups are in my booth.


  1. Such beautiful teacups. I do think the process of tea time and gorgeous cups, teapots and taking the time to enjoy has been lost!

  2. Hi Joy,
    What wonderful teacups! I especially love the first one! I would never put a china teacup in the dishwasher. Anything so lovely needs to be handled with care and if one truly loves china, like I do, one doesn't mind a bit washing it by hand. I think it's a shame the younger generation lacks an appreciation for tea time. I find it to be a very relaxing time and I look forward to the day when I can have little tea parties with my granddaughter. She's only 14 weeks old but it's something special to look forward to!


  3. Hi, Joy
    Do you ever drink your tea from any of these lovelies?

    Regarding fancy text: they say in the publishing/marketing industry that mixing up fonts and featuring odd colours and cartoony placement just takes the focus off the content. I like the single blue font you've got today, although it might be seen as shouting, with all caps.

    Blue is the universal favourite colour (by the majority of people.)

  4. Thanks Gai - it didn't even dawn on me that the font was in capitals, I picked it by the 'look'. Hate shouting. Changed it. Most of my tea drinking is china mugs or Royal Albert c/s.

    Hi Sandi; I am a follower on your blog too. I give the new baby girls cups and saucers when they are born (usually Royal Albert patterns).

    Thanks for commenting Linda - tomorrow I hope to have taken enough teapot pictures to form the next blog, so far 3.

    - Joy

  5. Hi Joy,
    Thank you so much for visiting me at "Home is Where the Heart is" its a pleasure meeting you!
    How fun for you to be a shop owner. I have always thought this would be a fun venture. Your three legged tea cup is beautiful! I collect tea cups and the three legged ones are my favorite, I just adore them. I just posted some of my tea cups a few posts ago.
    I have become a followers...I look forward to many more visits with you.
    Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

  6. Hi Joy -

    Your header looks like what I did all day. My hubby and I had to pack up the contents of my mother in laws apt. I had tables filled with teacups, china, silver , vases etc etc. It is all going to auction. I took a few things and some tea things for one of my daughter's.
    You have quite a pretty collection.
    My best - Diane


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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