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How to buy 50 teacups on the cheap?

krp312 Aug 3, 2013 11:16 AM

Hi everyone,

First time poster here, got a problem. I'd like to buy 50 teacups (with matching saucers) for a bridal shower but I'm finding things can get pretty expensive. The teacups don't even have to match, but I'd like them to look good and not be cheap-looking (not plastic). I attached an image--something in this vein would be exactly what I'm looking for, but for the sake of cost I'm willing to consider other styles. (When filled with tea, the liquid is shaped like a heart!)

Thanks for any help you can provide.


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    wattacetti RE: krp312 Aug 3, 2013 11:31 AM

    At the moment, I can only think of two options and neither one of them will provide the heart-shaped liquid container effect.

    1: restaurant supply chain
    2: IKEA

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      sunshine842 RE: wattacetti Aug 3, 2013 11:44 AM

      contact the maker of the cups in the photo and see if they'd give you a discount. You have nothing to lose but a few minutes' time.

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        pamf RE: wattacetti Aug 3, 2013 11:56 AM

        + 1 to that and add:

        3 Party rentals

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          pine time RE: pamf Aug 3, 2013 12:24 PM

          Rentals are terrific. Also check if you have a restaurant supply Costco (they're open to home cooks, too). We've found bulk stuff incredibly cheap, altho' not necessarily high-end decorative.

      2. Jacquilynne RE: krp312 Aug 3, 2013 12:26 PM

        This would be a lot of work, but I always see a lot of tea cups and saucers at thrift stores. Never 50 in one place, but I could probably go to about 5 of them in my general area of the city and pick up 50 of them. If you're in a fairly large city that might be an option.

        Otherwise, definitely look into renting them unless you were wanting to use them as a favor and send them home with people.

        1. greygarious RE: krp312 Aug 3, 2013 12:46 PM

          Here's an eBay link for heart-shaped plates, bowls, etc.
          Perhaps you can rent plain cups/saucers but purchase some heart-shaped pieces to complete the table. http://www.ebay.com/sch/Dinnerware-Se...

          Also, heart-shaped sugar "cubes" : http://gourmetsugarco.com/

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            daeira RE: krp312 Aug 3, 2013 12:49 PM

            If you don't mind a bit of hunting, thrift stores can be a great place to find mismatching teacups and saucers. You should go on the days when it's 50% off housewares to get more bang for your buck.

            If your bridal shower is in the summer or during a warmer month, you could DIY a tea "cup" out of mason jars, which are in abundance at thrift stores. Simply drill a hole in the top of the lid, attach a washer from the hardware store, stick a straw in, and serve cold tea with ice cubes. It's a bit more rustic, but you could DIY the mason jar up with a pretty ribbon.

            If that's not an option, you can definitely rent things

            1. foodieX2 RE: krp312 Aug 3, 2013 01:07 PM

              Whats your budget? I like Jacq suggestions of thrift shops/salvation army. Hitting a bunch could put together a nice eclectic mix.

              Ikea sell these for $5 bucks each.

              and these pretty glass ones for $3

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                pedalfaster RE: krp312 Aug 3, 2013 01:33 PM

                I love the idea(s) below to shop thrift stores, especially if you a) have more time than cash and b) like an "eclectic" look.

                Bonus: if you do not plan to send these home with your guests as "party favors", do you really want (and have storage space for) 50 cups and saucers? After the party, you could pack them up and donate them right back to the thrift store. Get a receipt and your donation could even be tax write-off.

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                  ellaf RE: krp312 Aug 3, 2013 01:36 PM

                  Gosh, I would rent or borrow from (many) friends. Aside from buying 50 cups, do you really want to store 50 cups and saucers after the shower is over?

                  1. girloftheworld RE: krp312 Aug 3, 2013 03:53 PM

                    dolar store you can buy on line and in bulk..

                    I bought these on line in bulk because I do Fairy tea parties for little girls


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                      krp312 RE: krp312 Aug 5, 2013 08:08 PM

                      Thank you so much for all of your responses! We listed and ranked each approach, started with a thrift store, keeping our expectations low just in case. Lo and behold, we found 3 different sets of the sorts of teacups we were looking for! We have 20 at the moment. So just about halfway there, perhaps a couple more visits and we'll be set! So excited. Thanks again everyone.

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                        mufarrow RE: krp312 Apr 2, 2014 10:06 PM

                        Where did you end up getting your cups and what did you do with them? I need some for my own bridak shower. Please email me thewordsalways@gmail.com

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                        Sjeter RE: krp312 Mar 15, 2014 08:00 PM

                        How much would it cost for this set

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                          ChillyDog RE: krp312 Mar 15, 2014 10:22 PM

                          I see them all the time at auctions, estate sales, and church sales. They usually go really cheap.

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