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How to buy 50 teacups on the cheap?

krp312 | Aug 3, 201311:16 AM     17

Hi everyone,

First time poster here, got a problem. I'd like to buy 50 teacups (with matching saucers) for a bridal shower but I'm finding things can get pretty expensive. The teacups don't even have to match, but I'd like them to look good and not be cheap-looking (not plastic). I attached an image--something in this vein would be exactly what I'm looking for, but for the sake of cost I'm willing to consider other styles. (When filled with tea, the liquid is shaped like a heart!)

Thanks for any help you can provide.

-k

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  1. w
    wattacetti At the moment, I can only think of two options and neither one of them will provide the heart-shaped liquid container effect...

    At the moment, I can only think of two options and neither one of them will provide the heart-shaped liquid container effect.

    1: restaurant supply chain
    2: IKEA

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    1. sunshine842
      sunshine842 re: wattacetti contact the maker of the cups in the photo and see if they'd give you a discount. You have nothing to lose but a few minutes' time...

      contact the maker of the cups in the photo and see if they'd give you a discount. You have nothing to lose but a few minutes' time.

      1. pamf
        pamf re: wattacetti + 1 to that and add: 3 Party rentals

        + 1 to that and add:

        3 Party rentals

        1. p
          pine time re: pamf Rentals are terrific. Also check if you have a restaurant supply Costco (they're open to home cooks, too). We've found bulk stuff...

          Rentals are terrific. Also check if you have a restaurant supply Costco (they're open to home cooks, too). We've found bulk stuff incredibly cheap, altho' not necessarily high-end decorative.

      2. Jacquilynne
        Jacquilynne This would be a lot of work, but I always see a lot of tea cups and saucers at thrift stores. Never 50 in one place, but I could...

        This would be a lot of work, but I always see a lot of tea cups and saucers at thrift stores. Never 50 in one place, but I could probably go to about 5 of them in my general area of the city and pick up 50 of them. If you're in a fairly large city that might be an option.

        Otherwise, definitely look into renting them unless you were wanting to use them as a favor and send them home with people.

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        1. greygarious
          greygarious Here's an eBay link for heart-shaped plates, bowls, etc. Perhaps you can rent plain cups/saucers but purchase some heart-shaped...

          Here's an eBay link for heart-shaped plates, bowls, etc.
          Perhaps you can rent plain cups/saucers but purchase some heart-shaped pieces to complete the table. http://www.ebay.com/sch/Dinnerware-Se...

          Also, heart-shaped sugar "cubes" : http://gourmetsugarco.com/

          1. d
            daeira If you don't mind a bit of hunting, thrift stores can be a great place to find mismatching teacups and saucers. You should go on...

            If you don't mind a bit of hunting, thrift stores can be a great place to find mismatching teacups and saucers. You should go on the days when it's 50% off housewares to get more bang for your buck.

            If your bridal shower is in the summer or during a warmer month, you could DIY a tea "cup" out of mason jars, which are in abundance at thrift stores. Simply drill a hole in the top of the lid, attach a washer from the hardware store, stick a straw in, and serve cold tea with ice cubes. It's a bit more rustic, but you could DIY the mason jar up with a pretty ribbon.

            If that's not an option, you can definitely rent things

            1. foodieX2
              foodieX2 Whats your budget? I like Jacq suggestions of thrift shops/salvation army. Hitting a bunch could put together a nice eclectic mix...

              Whats your budget? I like Jacq suggestions of thrift shops/salvation army. Hitting a bunch could put together a nice eclectic mix.

              Ikea sell these for $5 bucks each.
              http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pro...

              and these pretty glass ones for $3
              http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pro...

              1. p
                pedalfaster I love the idea(s) below to shop thrift stores, especially if you a) have more time than cash and b) like an "eclectic" look...

                I love the idea(s) below to shop thrift stores, especially if you a) have more time than cash and b) like an "eclectic" look.

                Bonus: if you do not plan to send these home with your guests as "party favors", do you really want (and have storage space for) 50 cups and saucers? After the party, you could pack them up and donate them right back to the thrift store. Get a receipt and your donation could even be tax write-off.

                1. e
                  ellaf Gosh, I would rent or borrow from (many) friends. Aside from buying 50 cups, do you really want to store 50 cups and saucers after...

                  Gosh, I would rent or borrow from (many) friends. Aside from buying 50 cups, do you really want to store 50 cups and saucers after the shower is over?

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