Post # 1
I recently saw a photo of a wedding that used mismatched china and totally fell in love with the idea. It would be just perfect for our romantic-rustic wedding. Do any of you bees have experinece with this? Any ideas of where I can get lots (I need 150) for cheap? I am hoping I can get them for $4 or less.
Ideas? Help? Do you have mismatched china?
Post # 3
I absolutely love this idea!! What time frame do you have to get your collection? If I were you, I’d try ebay and craigslist.. maybe talk to some of your friends and family to see if they have any spare china that could use a great home. 🙂
Best of luck!
Post # 4
Thanks for the advice, blossom. I have looked online, but most of the sellers don’t want to break up the sets, and I just can’t afford to buy 150 sets of china (dinner, salad, tea cups, serving pieces). I have 5 monts to try and pull this together, so I will keep looking!
Post # 5
have you looked in antique stores? Each one i’ve gone into has had at the very least a china cabinet full of tea pots and tea cups single or missing pieces some for like $1 a cup and saucer. I recently went to a tea party bridal shower that was amazing cause the mismatched china was a part of 4 different families each with different stories accompanying them. After you use your china, you will have a wonderful story to accompany them in future tea parties!
Post # 6
This is a wonderful idea! Definitely something we’re condsidering ourselves.
I suggest that you check out thrift shops — I love browsing Goodwills and Salvation Armys for china, and they usually have a wide selection and no qualms about breaking up sets. Moreover, many pieces are between $0.50 and $1.00 each — total steals! Thrift shops are usually *much* cheaper than antique stores.
Something else you might consider is scouting deep discount retailers like Big Lots (if there are any in your area) or even dollar stores. You can usually pick up solid color dishes at these stores for $1.00 or less each, and this might help "fill in" if you aren’t able to find enough patterned pieces.
Good luck! You’ll have to let us know how it goes.
Post # 7
OH, so shabby chic!!!! I was originally looking at having our "very simple" brunch reception at a tea house, but the guest list grew beyond the 50 seat capacity that they have there. They had all mismatched china and I thought it looked charming!
Post # 8
We’re doing this for our wedding of about 70 people. First, I have some hand-me-down china that was my grandma’s, so that will cover about 20 pieces. Next, it took a little leg work, but we scoured thrift stores for china.
It seems to me like you can get it cheaper if you don’t go for the entire set- thrift stores seem to mark that up because it’s matching. Instead, we had to go through 3-4 bad thrift stores until we found one that has a really big dishes section. We found a few pieces at Goodwill, some at Saver’s (although pieces were $2-3 each- no thanks!), and finally found some at this obscure YMCA-run thrift store, where stuff is actually priced around $1-1.50 each. We found about 15 good pieces in one day, and plan to go back once or twice a month until June to fill in our collection.
I also recommend flea markets and thrift stores over antique shops. I think persistence is key- you have to be willing to gather over the course of time.
Post # 9
Could you buy a bunch of entire sets but just put one or two place settings at each table?
Creates the same effect?
Also…I agree about the close friends and family thing. It could be a "china potluck!" 🙂
Post # 10
There’s a store called "Tuesday Morning" in my region that has great stuff like that, but no idea how many there are. I’ve seen them in TN and AL for sure.
Post # 11
Auctions and estate sales. If you’re not looking for fine china or depression glass they practically give the stuff away.
Post # 12
So how did it turn out?? Post photos so we can see the results of the mismatched china!! I love the idea!
Post # 13
@miss duck: I know your wedding has come and gone, but for the other bees out there… I started collecting mis-matched china and was doing quite well, but have kind of exhausted my local haunts. So far, I have almost 70 dinner plates and 100 each bread plates and salad plates. E-bay and craigslist haven’t really panned out either. Does anyone have any mis-matched china for sale? Do you just fill in with plain china if you can’t get enough? Also, what did you all do for your tables? I’d love to see pictures! Thanks!
Post # 14
i would just get it from second-hand shops, cheap shops, etc.
Never seen it at a wedding but i like the idea. I eat at a cafe that has mismatched everything!
Post # 15
I did this for my wedding on November 6! I spent 6 months in every flea market, antique store, and Goodwill I could find. Believe it or not, Goodwill ended up being a great resource. I ended up with over 100 plates and I LOVE them! I didn’t even register for formal china because I’m keeping a lot of my plates. But I am going to resell the ones I don’t want. I wish I had pictures, but I haven’t gotten any back yet. I even found some of DH’s grandmothers set that she was able to keep to complete missing/broken ones. She was so excited. My wedding was outside with a shabby chic/rustic theme and I was so happy with the way it turned out and everyone loved the plates! Once I get settled if anyone is interested I will sell some of them and take pictures so you can see what I have. I ended up not setting the tables with them after my decorator thought it would be confusing to the guests because we had a buffet. But they looked great on the buffet table and we ended up using my small plates in the centerpieces and it turned out to be so pretty.
Post # 16
What a gorgeous idea ! And there’s a blog about it right here on Wedding Bee