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.
Simply follow these steps:
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!
Are you trying to come up with ideas for a Romantic Wedding Shower this Spring?
Here are some simple tips.
1) Look into renting space from your local park district. You don't have to rent from the town you live in. This photo was taken at the Crystal Lake, Illinois Main Beach Pavilion for a Styled Photoshoot.
2) Rent your tableware. They will be delivered early and picked up after the event. You wont need to worry about washing everything because the rental company will wash them at their studio.
3) Rent your linen. Color goes a long way in setting the mood. The linen in this photo is Blossom Lamour. It has an elegant sheen to it and when you add in the textured Pink Soiree Napkins it screams ROMANCE. All rented from Windy City Linen in Wheeling Illinois.
4) If you are using a Park District venue most already have chairs and tables so you won't need to rent those. Chairs pictured belong to the Main Beach Pavilion.
5) What food to serve. Usually most people opt for a light lunch of salads.
6) Centerpieces speak with your local florist on what will fit your budget they may also have favors too. The flowers and box of chocolate favors in the photo are from Apple Creek Flowers Woodstock.
7) Don't forget about the cake or sweet table.
I brought together vendors for this styled shoot and submitted the photos to the local newspaper-The Northwest Herald.
The paper called right away and interviewed me over the phone. The reporter even spoke with one of my clients. I still can't believe the fantastic article they wrote. I couldn't be more happy. Click the link below to read the newspaper article.