Decided I'm doing mismatch china!

posted 2 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
15016 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
1500 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
3331 posts
Sugar bee

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!

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