As mentioned in my last blog, I am making tea planters out of vintage china to raise fundy for my favourite animal charity. Having scoured all my local charity shops I have revised 'vintage' to 'vintage and contemporary' - it seems miss-matched china cups and saucers are all the rage for trendy weddings at the moment! That might explain the actions of the couple who removed a cup and saucer from my hand at one charity shop, saying they had seen me pick it up and would like it! How strange some people are. I declined their kind offer - it is the left hand cup and saucer in the picture below, very pretty.
I wasn't sure about the cups in the top picture, clearly in the 'contemporary' bracket, but rather pretty. But I managed to get a set of 6 for the price asked for one (and then not matching) cup and saucer set offered elsewhere. Since the idea is to raise funds for charity I see no point paying 'antique shop' prices.
After a little market research I have decided that, initially, I will offer these at £7.50 each with profits going to the charity. On average that is about 50% of the overall cost, taking into account I have had to buy the china, the plants, the gravel for drainage and the diamond tipped drill to drill drainage holes. If they are a good idea and sell well, I might increase the price to raise a little more profit. Sadly Freecycle hasn't turned up any small plants or china, I blame the poor weather and free listing days on Ebay - if I want to pay upwards of £5 a cup and saucer plus postage I can have my pick. Perhaps I need a post-wedding bride to take pity on me?
I am at a craft fair in Salisbury Guildhall next Saturday and in the Winter Gardens, Weston-super-Mare the following Saturday and will be taking a couple of these with me to gauge reaction. If you would like one saved for you to collect, please contact me - I can post pics on Flickr for you to choose from. As you can see, they look really pretty on a window-ledge. The primulas are allegedly slightly scented. Actually, they look so pretty in my conservatory that I shall be sad to see them go - but go they must.