Welcome to Steepster, an online tea community.

Write a tea journal, see what others are drinking and get recommendations from people you trust. or Learn More

Collecting Vintage or Antique Tea Cups

32 Replies
Sil select said

oh man…thanks for sharing pics guys. Not that i need any sort of encouragement to start collecting these sorts of things…but you all make me want to…

Login or sign up to post a message.

You guys are the best! Thank you!

Login or sign up to post a message.

Serenity said

I have a collection of pretty teacups. I found a few at thrift stores and then my husband began giving me one at as gifts during holidays. The ones I’ve been drawn to look as though they could be in a Merchant Ivory film: they’ve got that delicacy and gorgeousness. Just enjoy the search and go with whatever you adore! I have put a stop to my lovely English tea cups collection and now wish I had many awesome Japanese cups with no handles…!

Login or sign up to post a message.

In addition to Etsy and Ebay, you might want to watch for estate sales and try them. There is a place online where you can search for sales in your area….www.estatesales.net
Also, if you see an upcoming antique/collectible auction, that might be worth your while. I just picked up a big tray of 12 teacups for a song ($40). I was the high bidder and I COULD have taken all 4 big trays, which would have been closer to 50 cups, but I felt greedy doing that so I just took one. My mistake. I won’t do that again, the woman that ended up high bidder after me took the remaining 3 trays and clearly didn’t feel bothered by it all, so I need to not be so nice, I suppose. And I am just starting to collect them, too ; ) There is something about teacups and saucers that just makes me very happy. I go for what pulls at me, no particular names or anything.

That sounds fantastic! I have been meaning to go to an estate sale for a while now. I have several friends who own vintage clothing stores and they love to tell their estate sale success stories. I never though of going for tea cups thought!

That is how I acquired most of mine.

Login or sign up to post a message.

Found the cutest teacups at Goodwill for 60 cents each. They have pink on the inside of the cups and a lovely matte ivory color on e outside. The handles are the perfect size for my hands.

Login or sign up to post a message.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.