Imagine your wedding day. The dream has come true. You and your new partner enter the reception to begin the celebration of a lifetime with family and friends. As you walk into the room it sparkles and captures the magic of the moment. The tables are set with colored water goblets twinkling in the candlelight and an assortment of vintage floral china plates at each setting. The image reminds you of your grandmother and how much she would love this moment. It brings a tear to your eye as you know she is with you in spirit.
I own a vintage china and glassware rental company that specializes in creating beautiful table-scapes for weddings, showers, and other special events. Almost daily, I receive calls from people wanting to sell their mother’s china. Their hope is to make a bit of money and know the family heirloom will get used in a special way.
Here is the truth of the matter. Our old family china and glassware is not going to make most of us rich. I usually pay .50 per piece and if it is really spectacular a little more. By piece that means plate, teacup, saucer, platter, bowls etc. in the end it’s worth about 50.00 to 100.00 per set.
Yes, places like replacements.com list the value at 50.00 per plate. That market is designed for people needing to replace pieces in their own collection. This is an alternative option for selling that old family china. Simply take a photo and places like replacement.com will make an offer. They don’t accept everything, and you will have to pay the cost to ship it to them. Another option is to try and sell on Facebook Market Place, OfferUp, Craigslist. This way people can pick up from you (meet at a police station parking lot or other business) to the hassle of packing and shipping the heavy china collection.
My company is all about making new cherished memories with vintage pieces from the past. Here is a photo of Lynn’s china she received in 1950 for her wedding day. Lynn’s china lives on and is no longer stuck in the basement but is used and enjoyed at weddings, showers and special events like the photo below.
Interested in selling your family china or vintage glassware to Dish & Décor Vintage Rental? I am located in Crystal Lake, IL and buy from the greater Chicagoland area.
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Here are a few of the pattern names and images I’m currently seeking to add to my collection.
White Lace on White China
Lace Bouquet-American Limoges
364 Wakefield -International Silver
Have any fond memories related to family china and glassware? Feel free to share it here!
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