Friday, October 19, 2012

COLLECTING CUPS AND SAUCERS for "Open House"



What's not to love about collecting cups and saucers?  That's what I want to share today.  I have been collecting cups and saucers since I was a child....just a few years....ha.  Most all of my childhood pieces were from Japan and mostly demitasse sized. 



 Today is "Open House" where BLOGGERS are invited to come and link one your posts about HOME, DECOR, DIY, GARDEN, COOKING, BAKING, TEA, COLLECTING, CRAFTING, ANTIQUING, ETC.....




I have been playing with my new camera and have so much to learn.  People come in my store every day with cameras so I have been asking them lots of questions and I find that people are very helpful.  




When collecting cups and saucers I have a few suggestions.  You might like to think about the colors of your home and where you are headed.  I basically look for pinks, purples, wines, etc but I also love seasonal tea sets for fun - you know Valentines, Easter, Fall and Christmas.  I don't do contemporary or bright red or Asian - but you might love that.  I don't do Walt Disney - do you get the idea?  Another words, focus on your interests and have a plan.  Pay attention to the markings on the bottom.  English and Russian pieces are more valuable.







I have another tip - stay away from ceramic dishes as they chip very easily. Porcelain and bone china are so much stronger.  Lastly, always run your finger around the rim of the cup and the saucer.  Last year I bought some German pieces  for resale at my store from an  antique dealer in Kansas. He had stuck a price sticker over a chip on the saucer.  That wasn't so nice!  Be careful!



I hope you have a great weekend.  
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Other blog parties I am linking to: Saturday Show OffFeathered Nest FridayShow and Tell FridaySimple and Sweet Fridays and Rustic Restorations Weekend and Mosaic Monday








14 comments:

ellen b. said...

What a beautiful collection. Thanks for the tips!

Marille said...

You make very beautiful photos :)))
I love it :)
Greetings from Poland :)

Anki-itte said...

So beautiful cups, and picturea.

Shirley said...

beautiful cups..I love all the floral one's in pinks, white, and pretty lavender colors...I had to stop collecting as I had run out of storage space..so now I'm enjoying all yours! LOL! beautiful photo's too..

Sylvia said...

Thanks for the tips, Benideen, I'll have to remember then especially the one about running your finger around the edge of the cup. A couple months ago I bought a teacup from a thrift store and didn't notice till I got home that it had a small chip and crack in it.

Tina from A Few Pretty Things said...

Lovely collection, I love porcelain with flotal patterns.

Johanna said...

Hi Bernideen,
thats a nice collection. Thank you for the helpful tipps. Its not easy to focus on a plan when you find so many beautiful cups. But surely it makes the collection much nicer when it has a certain color scheme. That was really bad of the seller to cover the chip with a sticker.
Best greetings, Johanna

Jonell said...

0 0 0 0 0000000 0h what BEEE-UTIFUL tea cups. Thanks for the tips;I will go back and read those again. I agree one would do well to keep in mind where that teacup will be "living" when choosing it. I find I always struggle with staying focused on my original goals and plans for my environment.

Jonell

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Lovely collection. Love the way you display them in your photos, Bernideen. Thanks for hosting too :)
~Pernilla in Oz

Beth said...

Bernideen, You have lots of beautiful teacups (and teapots too). Thanks for the tips you provided, and have a nice wknd!

Rosemary said...

Lovely collection of teacups.... love the purple 'rose' and the hydrangea too. So pretty! Great tips... and that vender was rotten to hide a chip under the tag.

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Such lovely teacups...I always enjoy seeing them. ~Donna

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful collection of cups and saucers on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love them!

Jody

Curtains in My Tree said...


I just this last summer started a collection of tea cups and I wanted only roses on the cup & saucers. I was planning a tea and using only these. I didn't find a lot of matching sets so have mixed them up however the colors blend

your are beautiful