Where to find inexpensive teacups

Apr 8, 2014 by

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I am often asked, “where can I find inexpensive teacups? “  That is a great question.  There are several resources that you might consider if you want to add to your teacup collection.  Owning an assortment of affordable cups and saucers will come in handy for children’s tea parties, additional guests, gifts, picnics and more.

In addition, some people have grown a business hiring out pretty crockery for tea parties. The business can also host and cater for the tea parties, depending upon the business owner’s intent for the business. More on this idea in another post…

Here are a few of my “go to” resources.

1. Amazon.com

Now they don’t sound like a specialist tea or china or porcelain company, do they? But with the online influence and effective ‘buying power’ that Amazon have, they can provide some truly competitive deals. Couple that with the fact that you can read what other people have said about the products they’ve purchased by way of Reviews, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect if you purchase a product from this heavyweight. Add to that the likelihood of qualifying for free postage, super-fast postage and great customer service (think : what will happen if you have a breakage during delivery?) and you’ll likely be very pleased with your inexpensive teacups purchase.

Here’s an example of a gorgeous set, with a high customer review rating from quite a high number of customers :

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Rose Chintz 8 Ounce Porcelain Tea Cup & Saucer Set of 4


2. Maryland China Company

Maryland China Company offers both wholesale and retail sales.  They primarily offer white china which can be used for almost everything.  They also offer paintable china for your own custom designs. Maryland China’s prices are always low but their clearance section is absolutely rock bottom and you can find some super cool designs.  Today, I found toast and tea sets for as low as $3.75 each!

Visit their clearance section here and be sure to read the requirements for purchase.


3.  Magpie Marketing

If you are looking for British China then look no further than Magpie Marketing.  While Magpie is essentially a wholesale company their purchase minimum is SUPER LOW so anyone can probably find a way to work with them.  Here are a few examples of things they recently featured on their site.

-Mix and Match China Cups and Saucers – Bone China $5 each

-Oversized Breakfast Cups and Saucers- Bone China $10 each

-London Design Teacups and Saucer (set of 2) – $8


Visit their site here and check out their amazing offers.


4. Paintable Tea Cups

Now, if it’s paintable inexpensive tea cups you’re after, whether a mug, pitcher, tea pot or teaset, visit Ann’s Ceramics!  These are paint-your-own ceramic bisque beverage items for those who want that personal touch, or a tea party to remember. Ann’s Ceramics produce your bisque after your order is placed and delivers them to your front door – it’s ready for any type of color product and their site gives details on how to apply paint.  Very reasonably priced and how wonderful would this be for a special Mother’s Day gift, or a tea party for girls?

Click here to visit Ann’s Ceramics.


5. Ebay Lots

Ebay has long been a “go to” place for china.  I have found many teacups on this site however, there is a key to saving money.  Here it is!  Always shop for teacup lots.  You will not only save money on the cups and saucers you will also save money on shipping.

Here are some recent finds:

-30 piece set of Grosvenor china teacups – $15.00 plus shipping

-4 cups set vintage pink and gold teacups set – $12 plus shipping

-23 vintage Royal Albert teacups. – $220 plus shipping (very collectible)


Click here and put teacup lot in search box.


Last but not least, you can always search for inexpensive teacup sets at garage sales, thrift stores and at Overstock.com

Tea Party Girl Asks: Where have you found teacups?  Leave a comment and share your strategy!

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  1. Patti Belutty

    I have found some beautiful tea cups at Home Goods, and T. J. Maxx. And of course, at local flea markets and yard sales.

  2. Susan

    Thanks so much for the tip about eBay! I have often looked there at single teacups but the price was just too high. Searching for teacup lots gave lists with much better prices.

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