Vintage china hire companies are cropping up all over the place. I find a new company on twitter, facebook or on Google virtually everyday. I am absolutely delighted to see vintage taking off in such a big way.
It does sometimes seem quite daunting given that there is so much competition in the market. However, a plethora of other china hire companies can only mean that vintage weddings are still growing in popularity and that there is a market out there for what we do. Fantastic!
But, with such a lot of competition, what can we do to stand out from the crowd? And more importantly, how can a customer faced with so much choice decide who to approach for their vintage crockery?
Speaking to brides at wedding fairs and on their wedding day we have noticed that more and more weddings are sourcing their tea party props from charity shops and car boot sales. There is such a pretty aray of dainty cups and saucers available that this is a popular option and we love that brides are also supporting their local charity shops.
I love charity shops! I love to take home trinkets and bric-a-brac to decorate my home and to give them a new lease of life. I buy doilies (every time I see them), table cloths, books, kitchenalia, picture frames, furniture, vases and even the odd item of clothing. I rarely, if ever, buy china.
Maybe I am looking in all the wrong places? I have heard many stories of finding real pieces of vintage treasure nestled amongst the shelves of unwanted pottery on the back wall of Arthritis Research. But it has never happened to me. And that is what makes our china stand out from the rest. Our lovingly curated collection of teacups, teapots and delicate chinaware is carefully selected to ensure that we always fulfil our three Vintage Teacup promises:
- We only stock genuine British China. We love Royal Doulton, Royal Albert, Imperial, Coalport, Foley, Staffordshire, Bell China, Paragon and many more British manufacturers. We always check for their stamps and we are able to guarantee the providence of their wares.
- We only stock genuine vintage china. Our china dates from 1830 through to the 1950s. Some patterns that originated in the 50s were still manufactured more recently, such as the ever popular ‘Lady Carlyle’ which went out of production in 2002, but the majority of our china dates from 1900-1950. You can tell the age from the subtelties in differences between manufacturers stamps and the glazes used. Also, china manufactured in the early 1900s is often very thin – it is an absolute delight to drink from!
- We only stock matching china trios. We love the mismatched china look which is created by pulling together various different patterns and styles of teacups to compliment a particular colour scheme or vintage theme. If you want to mix and match each cup and saucer then we are also happy to help you achieve this. But we promise that every teacup in our collection will also have a matching saucer and teaplate for when you are looking for a more coordinated look.