Updated: Mar 2, 2019
Nearly all of the teacups & pots I have collected over the years have been thrifted, and every year that goes by I get better and better at spotting the good ones. (Yes that includes my beloved Royal Albert Old Country Roses set). I thought it would be helpful to share my personal tips and tricks on how I go about adding to my collection.
1. Know your brands, do your research (memorize the logos!) All teacups have a special hallmark on the bottom, brands such as Royal Albert have a very distinct logo. Save pictures on your phone so you know what to look out for. I'm always flipping the cups over after making my guess. Certain brands also have very distinct styles and attributes, the more you research, the faster you can spot the trademark styles (I might do a post just about this!).
2. Don't worry about finding a match right away...
One of my favourite things is mixing and matching cups and saucers- it's creative and fun! Try finding your teacup's complimentary saucer from a different set, mix the patterns and colours- create something totally unique and new!
3. Get what makes you happy. If it makes your heart sing, if you feel that connection, then get it. It really comes down to what makes you happy and inspires you. The funnest part is the "treasure hunting" aspect of thrifting. You don't know what you are looking for but once you find something it's like you were searching for it all along. You feel a connection, like you are bringing home a story. I always think of the generations of families that had the cup before me, and how it eventually makes its journey home.