Post # 1
So I decided to embark on the journey of collecting the beautiful, but stressful task of collecting mismatch china. I fell in love with the idea on Pinterest and had actually already thought about old teacups for centerpieces even before I saw the idea was already being used. I really tried to talk myself out of it after reading posts on here and the internet about how difficult it is unless u have a small wedding, but I’m going to give it a shot! Possibly inviting 150-200 to the wedding haven’t got official numbers from the parents :/ Figure if I don’t get enough I can use them for bridal showers or my rehearsal dinner atleast. My friends say it’s pretty, but impossible and my mom thinks plastic plates and everything makes more sense. When I told my MIL tho she LOVED it and even told me she has several sets from great grandmothers I can borrow 😀 Saw pics and they are pretty! (Won’t let me upload 🙁 ) and she has several milk vases and bowls I can use and some vintage milk bottles. She also said she will start hunting for some. I found two today for $1.00 apiece and an antique jewelry box for .50 🙂 So I’m excited. Anyone else done mismatch china? Anyone selling any? I’m excited, but nervous and happy my wedding isn’t till next October so hopefully I’ll have plenty of time.
Post # 2
I’m doing mismatched china, but I sell vintage goods, and am branching out into “vintage rentals” for weddings and events in a year or two, so after I collect I can either sell the dishware or rent them out. I would recommend renting what you need from a vintage rental company. You can often find them for $1-$3 a plate, which is the price you’ll pay buying them at thrift stores, anyway. There aren’t A LOT of vintage rental companies, but I’m sure if you search you could probably find a rental company. If you need help finding some, PM let me know you’re area, i’d be happy to help you search for a company if you decide to go that route.
I LOVE the look of the mismatched china, so I thumb’s up this idea!
Post # 3
I used mismatched China for my desert and coffee table. I wanted to use it for the whole dinner but it was too much money for us. I LOVE the idea and look of it! I say go for it. It could also act as a bonding activity for the whole family. You could ask those near and far to look at thrift stores in their areas. I see whole boxes of beautiful China for a few dollars all the time (sure AFTER my wedding! Hah!). I still have all of mine (wish you were closer, I’d give it to you), I’m going to keep a few pretty sets for candles. I also used tons of milk and white glass, I kept all the milk glass and it’s going on the wall after our remodel, something I also saw on pinterest. See, another good reason to do it, you can keep the awesome stuff in decorating you home and it will have wonderful memories attached.
Keep this thread updated with your finds. I have a passion for these kinds of finds and reusing old cool stuff.
Post # 4
- Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016
Mismatched china was the very first thing we decided we wanted to do for our wedding, AND the very first official wedding item we bought (a teacup)! Ever since we visited a small, cute tea shop in San Francisco, we both fell in love with the look of the dainty, sweet tea sets (ironically my SO likes the actual taste of tea way more than I do), and when I saw the idea on Pinterest it all just clicked.
We both already love visiting antique shops, flea markets and thrift stores anyway, and now that we’re on a specific hunt for beautiful old china it’s made our shopping trips that much more exciting. We definitely plan to use everything we find in our home after as well (and have even found more ideas from Pinterest in different crafts and things we can use the cups with afterward should we end up with too many), so it doesn’t feel like we’re going overboard. Plus, it feels good to buy things (we’re also getting candlesticks and birdcages) locally and help out small shops!
Post # 5
So fun! I would love to do this, but there are not many good vintage stores in my town. I settled instead for collecting teacups for my centrepieces. So far I have a pretty good collection, and it’s only been 3 weeks!
Post # 6
China my MIL to be has or gotten from great grandmothers 🙂
So far I have four plates in the last two days two of each pattern
Im already nervous bc I have been looking at local shops besides one thift shop, most are high or won’t separate their sets. Just have to search and dig and hopefully get some from friends and family
Post # 7