Starting the mismatched vintage china journey!

posted 3 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yay! Great Job! I did the same thing. I had a blast gathering my treasures. I kept some of the prettier sets and have used them for a few baby showers since.

Keep your receipts. If you donate it back after the wedding it’s a nice tax deduction.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@afineskyline:  So fun!! I seriously considered it myself because I like the idea of mismatched tables (we plan on doing similar but different centerpieces at each table and possibly a variety of favors). But we’re having over 200 guests and I think my FI would kill me if I tried to store that many dishes in our 1 bedroom apartment!! Sigh. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@afineskyline:  Wow, well done! 

If you don’t mind me asking, how much did it cost?

Post # 6
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Wow! You did a great job.. I enterained the idea of mismatched china.. and checked around 11 places in the area.. all I found was junk!

Post # 7
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329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

It took me ages to collect all mine, I think where I live it’s become very popular so everything cost waay too much. (like anywher ebetween $3-$5 for just a cup and saucer or $20 for a 4 piece set with pieces missing!) 

On the plus side it was pretty easy to resell them.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I have also begun doing this! Goodwill has been hit or miss for me. And by hit or miss I mean either has 75 plates and cups or just one tiny salad dish. I’m excited to collect enough that I can begin mixing and matching them! 

Keep us updated 😀

Post # 8
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658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

 

afineskyline:  We did that for our wedding.  I think it turned out great…but MAN..it was a lot of work!! 🙂  How did yours turn out?

  

 

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Tess63110:  Your photos (which are STUNNING btw) got me thinking: how does having the table already set up with your plates work for actually getting the food out? 

In Australia if you are having plated meals the tables only have cultery on them and as each course is served the waiters bring out the plates with the food on them already. If it is a buffet the plates are located next to the food and you load up there and bring the plate to the table. 

I’m sure that I’m missing something really obvious here but I’d love to know how it works. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

 

Everdeen:  Hello!  We opted for buffet so that the tables could be set. (They were the biggest part of the decoration of the reception hall!)  The tables were set, and guests brought their plates to the buffet.  I’m in the US, and buffets are done either way–tables set, or plates at the buffet.  We had extra plates at the buffet for those who wanted seconds. 🙂

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - Farm

Tess63110 your setup is beautiful! I’m doing the same, but feel sad that my plates aren’t as vibrant as yours! I’m happy to hear that you set up the tables and had them take their own plates to the buffet. That’s what I’m going to do and people seem to think that it’s weird. Are you keeping your plates or are you selling them? 

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Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - Farm

Tess63110:  Your setup is beautiful! I’m doing the same, but feel sad that my plates aren’t as vibrant as yours! I’m happy to hear that you set up the tables and had them take their own plates to the buffet. That’s what I’m going to do and people seem to think that it’s weird. Are you keeping your plates or are you selling them?<br /><br /><br />

Post # 13
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658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

 

ameharde:  Thanks! I’m sure yours will look lovely!! 🙂  I bought way more than we needed, and just put out the ones I thought were the most beautiful.  I’d recommend getting charger plates.  It really added some cohesiveness. (I got chargers on craigslist for $0.50 each!)  We kept our favorites for a service for 12 (yanno, the formal china no one uses!)  My mom kept a few, and we donted the rest to charity. (Yay tax write off!)  Good luck collecting yours! 🙂

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 6 months ago by  Tess63110.
Post # 14
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Newbee

You girls read my mind! If anyone is willing to sell some to me it be great!  I still have a couple of years to start collecting but realized that in my are people love to hold on to their China. When I do find some at thrift stores they cost more than the 99 cent store! Also, some gal from offer up in my area wants to sell me her chargers at original price… $1.99 each! Un they are used… no way! That’s Southern California for you alright. My color scheme: pales apricots, peaches,, corals, warm pinks, golds, champagne,  pearl,  and shades  light steal blues. Lots of greenery in this outdoor backyard wedding. 

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