Where did you find mismatched china for your wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Decor
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d check thrift/ antique stores, e-bay, amazon, ect.  Have you looked on wedding classifieds like the one on this site or others? Depends on how much you are willing to pay and how much time you are willing to put into finding it.  

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Thrift stores, lots of thrift stores.  I would average about a quarter to fifty cents each.  Goodwill has the highest prices for thrift stores in our area so I avoided them.  I am very good at bargaining with managers so there were time that I got a whole box of stuff for just a few dollars.  I also told every cashier that the stuff was for my wedding and alot of the times they also gave me a discount, like 20% off the whole purchase.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

You can try some garage sales, too. My mom and I g-sale every Saturday morning (well, when there are sales) and I can’t tell you how much china I’ve come across. Estate sales are usually a guarantee.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I started with dinner plates, and I think that’s all I’m going to have the energy to do. However, if I were to start over, it seems like saucer plates would be super easy, but they are not always cheaper than the larger dinner plates.  I am collecting 275 plates, so I’m not limiting my search to just ‘china’ in the formal sense. We are also collecting nice/interesting ceramic plates as well. We are having an outdoor rustic reception at a barn, not super formal.  

I go to various thrift stores around where I live and where my parents live to do the collecting.Whenever I travel somewhere I try to remember to stop and check out their local thrift stores. The best luck I’ve had has been in the small rural town stores outside of the city.  They have a lot more of the vintagey types of plates and a way better price. I just went to a flea market that gets their stuff from estate sales where they were selling plates for .25 cents a piece! I only got 12 plates, but still it helps to counteract other more pricey plates. I try not to spend more than $2.00 on any plates, but sometimes there are a few I just have to have.  Since we are collecting so many, I take up to 2 of any plates that we want.  

At first when I started collecting I was really overwhelmed with all the colors, different materials, etc… and started to second guess myself, I thought it was just going to look like a jumbled up mess because I wasn’t getting all super fancy china plates like a lot of the pictures you see online. So, as I collect the plates I’ve begun to sort them in piles based on their style and color.  This way each table will get a set out of just one pile, so they look like a cohesive set of mismatched plates.  These are my current piles and I’m about 1/3 of the way  there:

Ceramic- blues and greens

Ceramic- browns, oranges, yellows

Ceramic- multicolor floral

Ceramic- multicolor other

Ceramic- white/ivory pattern or textured (to be mixed in later or to fill out seats)

China- White pattern (to be mixed in later or to fill out seats) 

China- blue and green

China- pinks,

China- yellows and multicolor floral

China- off white plates with floral pattern

Now that I have them split up, I feel like it’s going to look really great!

I plan to sell my plates after the wedding. I would have bought from another seller, but no one was really selling in the quantity that I needed in my area. I hope to help out some future bride with this project after my June wedding.  

Also keep in mind you will need to spend hours removing stickers and price tags with goo gone and finding a way to wash all these plates before and after the wedding.  I’m also currently looking for the best way to transport all these plates.  I’d take any suggestions from others who’ve done this!

Hope this helps others looking to take on this project– it is a daunting one!

 

 

 

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@cglaubitz did you end up sticking with just dinner plates? I’ve started the same project for my wedding and debating whether to dinner plates only or if I should do salad plates too. Dessert plates I don’t really care about because everyone will hopefully be dancing and not notice. I’m afraid it might look weird with a standard salad/bread plate

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Rlav531, we actually ended up using plastic plates!  They were the clear plastic ones, a bit thicker so they looked nice.  They were super affordable at Sam’s Club.  However, there were some times during my shopping that I did wish I was doing the small plates too because often times there were way more of them to chose from!

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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