Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Reflections on a $4 teacup
Do you have "rules" regarding teacup collecting? For instance, you buy only ones with pink roses on them, or only Christmas ones, or only solid color ones, or only bone china ones? Anything? I'm just curious, because I bought this $4 set over the weekend since it was pretty but also because I'm stocking my future tearoom, and I realized $4 and under is my "must purchase" price for teacup and saucer sets in good condition. If it had been $5, I could have left it, even though I think it's pretty. I imagine myself standing in that tearoom one day, after the dishwasher (or patron) has accidentally broken a teacup (or saucer), and I am going to wish I'd bought those cheap sets when I had the opportunity.
But I also realized I have a real "thing" for scallops, especially the scallop shapes on this saucer. So ... this set had a lot going for it: price, shape, condition.
I also thought the rose design was pretty, and although it wasn't as "pink" as I would like, it was pretty and vintage enough that I would be happy to have it in my tearoom one day. I'm actually open to a lot of different types of teacups, but that set me to thinking about how it's easier to list what I *don't* like in teacups:
-- Footed teacups (they're pretty, but they seem wobbly to me; I do, however, like footed teacup ornaments because I don't have to use them!)
-- Iridescent teacups (I just don't personally care for iridiscence on my teacups; if you do, I hope we can still be friends!)
-- Uncomfortable handles on teacups (I believe it was tea friend Maureen who recently mentioned "handle comfort" to me, and I realized I, too, prefer a handle I can hook my finger through and don't have to pinch)
-- Too heavy a teacup (some of the new, cheap, made-in-China teacups are actually pretty but they weigh a ton and would be quite uncomfortable to use)
Obviously, I've given this way too much thought! But what about you? Any teacup quirks you can share?