Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Collecting Mix and Match China for Afternoon Tea

If you are on a budget and can't afford an English Tea Set - think about collecting cups and saucers, and other pieces to compliment them in a similar color range. You can mix and match these - even different saucers with cups! When I was in my 30's a lady in Burlington, Iowa inspired me to begin doing just this! Her name was Frances Vollmer and she was a great lady who inspired so many women! She is now almost 91 years old. I can't remember now if she gave me these dishes or if I bought them from her at a yard sale but the pink plate below and cup and saucer started me off! I have added many others over the years so I have one large collection of mix and match. I think it works for me!
Keep this idea in mind as you garage sale this summer!

13 comments:

ellen b. said...

I love mix and match!

blushing rose said...

Yes sirree bob! Works beautifully to blend & give a table more pa-zazz! Very pretty. TTFN ~Marydon

[email protected] said...

I started collecting tea cups in the early 1990s and I now love to serve tea with the different cups and saucers.

I actually have a nice set of Royal Albert (purchased at Goodwill of all places) with everything matching but instead I love the mix and match look that the orphan cups and saucers bring.

Probably because I fall in love with almost every English china pattern I see. :)

~~Deby said...

I love this idea...I am a mix and matcher too...
deby

Carolyn said...

Sound advise. I love those pretty dishes so dainty!
Carolyn

parTea lady said...

That is great advice for collectors. The pink set that started off your collection is very pretty. Also, that is a beautiful cut work tablecloth.

Angela McRae said...

Beautiful! And I love the cutwork and embroidery on that tablecloth as well!

Deanna said...

Oh I just love these pretty dishes. The soft pink is so delicate. You have a nice post here today.
What a delight it would be to use these dishes.
I'm alright with the mixing of dishes. Each person can select a design that they like best and go from there.
Blessings to you,
~D~

Allidink said...

Great idea! I have a mismatched collection of cups and saucers lol.

All the best,
Allison

The Victorian Parlor said...

I love to mix and match china as I feel it makes for a more interesting table setting:).

Blessings,

Kim

Duchess of Tea said...

Simply gorgeous. I for one like mix and matches, they are more charming

Prim Rose Hill said...

I love mixing and matching! So pretty!

Lady Katherine said...

I just love all the tea cups! Love the pink mixing! Just lovely!