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bethyann
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2006 08:51:23 PM »

Vintage tea tins sound very cool.  I'm going to look into that.  Thanks for all this ideas and links, crafty friends.  Keep them coming!

So my knowledge of thrifting in minimal.  What's the best way to find cheap teapots and teacups?  Yard sales and thift stores are obvious.  Where can you find out about estate sales and stuff like that?  (Yes, I am clueless.  Forgive me.)  Ebay is looking pretty expensive and shopgoodwill.com is killin' me with shipping costs. 
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« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2006 11:18:32 PM »

Check your local papers for estate sales and then once you go to one, check and find out if the people who run it have a mailing list - that way you'll get emailed every time a new one is comming up for that estate sale company. Another tip on thrift stores - many of them (goodwill in particular) give coupons when you donate something - often its like a 20% off a future purchase. It helps. Also, most of them have senior days (if you have access to a kind senior to drag with you) and sale days - %50 so make a note of when those are comming up! (can you tell I spend a lot of time thrifting?).
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« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2006 07:13:05 AM »

My goodwills have also started doing mix and match days, where everything that's $0.99 per (which includes cups and saucers in my neck of the woods) is 6 for $5 instead.  So you can save a little there. 

I highly recommend keeping an eye on the newspaper for estate sales.  In my area, the tag-style estate sales are listed in the same section as auctions, rather than in with the garage sales.  So check there.  And you might enjoy a live auction or two.  Sometimes china and/or collectors teacups and that sort of thing can cause bidding wars, but if you pick your auctions right, they won't.  For instance, if it's an estate auction, there will probably be china of some sort.  But if the auction lists mostly things like tools, furniture, collectibles... it will attract a different sort of crowd than if it actually lists the china in the ad.  So, check out estate auctions that DON"T list china in the ads, because there probably will be some, but maybe not as many people there who WANT it.  Then maybe you can get some larger lots of teacups and such. 
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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2006 07:14:56 AM »

Oh, and PS about tea tins.  Of course, vintage tea tins are the bomb, because vintage anything usually is, but if you have trouble finding nice vintage tea tins, consider hopping over to your local oriental market.  At ours, a LOT of the teas come in rather lovely tins, but are still often cheaper than the same amount of tea in individual bags in a box at the grocery store.  This also might be a neat way to get some good teas.  (mmm green tea.....)
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« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2006 07:19:59 AM »

Oooh... (lol) and PPS if you would prefer loose tea over tea bags, I mentioned the tea balls... maybe consider something like this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/HUGE-LOT-OF-TEA-INFUSERS-BALLS-STRAINERS_W0QQitemZ290026909517QQihZ019QQcategoryZ38156QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

If you can get a couple lots of this type, it would be really fun.  Maybe everyone couldn't have their own strainer, but you could have a tub of hot water to wash them in because you really only need the strainer for a little while each cup... Anyway, it's similarly ecclectic, to go with your mishmash of pots and cups idea.
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« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2006 05:14:10 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions, shmee & lothruin.  I appreciate the tips on estate sales.  Good news... talked to a friend of my mother and she said she has about 40 teacups & saucers in boxes under her bed from her daughter's wedding.  She's going to let me borrow any that I want.  I'll need more, but free is even better than thrifting! 

Does anyone have ideas for making my own table linens?  I love the look of vintage embroidered ones, but I'm afraid that might be too expensive for my budget.  I'd rather spend my money on artistic photography rather than authentic linens that I may never use again.

What about cute things for the kiddie tables?  I was thinking of painting flowers on clear plastic cups for their iced tea and lemonade.  Cute, unbreakable centerpiece ideas?  No fake flowers in a plastic Barbie teapot!
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« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2006 09:20:05 PM »

so.. i'm a newbie...  but i wanted to say that i love your idea..  and several people said you should have iced tea, and a few said you should have some mint tea...  well, if you choose to have some iced tea, you should make some spearmint sweet tea...  my mom makes it, and it's great..  the spearmint isn't a bold flavor, so it's nice and subtle..  plus, you can get a huge thing of spearmint for not too expensive, and it lasts forever!  it's so good..  just a thought..  have a good one! 
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