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Where to Sell or Donate the Vintage Family China Nobody Wants

Are you downsizing decluttering or just want to see what to do with the fancy dinnerware you don't want? These are my top Recommendations for selling or donating the vintage china you don't want. I cover go over of the available options, many of which we use at BTC, including everything from online platforms like Etsy and Ebay to local Buy Nothing neighborhood groups on Facebook.

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Expert Summer Tablescape Tips From The Brooklyn Teacup As Featured in Forbes

Everything I know about tablescapes I learned from my mother. She's the ultimate hostess, and always knows exactly what small touches to add to elevate the decor and make guests feel welcome and festive. As founder of The Brooklyn Teacup, setting the tone by setting the table for a meal or event has become an artform I embrace and continuously evolve.   So you can imagine that when I was recently approached about being featured in a Forbes article on Expert Tips For Designing A Summer Tablescape, I knew just what to include.   The Brooklyn Teacup's Top Tips for a Memorable & Inviting Tablescape Tip #1: Pair something familiar with something unexpected, intriguing, or refreshing. This way, guests feel...

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An un-brie-lievably happy accident!

The best thing happened to me the other week. Someone else's package from Murray's Cheese—you know, the iconic artisanal cheese and specialty foods shop that’s been around since the 1940s—was accidentally delivered to my doorstep! I kid you not.   Like any good citizen, I called to report the error and see how Murray’s wanted to handle the oversight. I must confess I patted myself on the back for fighting the urge to simply tear open the box to see what creamy, delectable, high-cholesterol products were inside. To my delight, the customer service team said they had already sent a new shipment to the correct address and I was welcome to enjoy the free gift!   I couldn’t believe my...

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Tell Everyone (And Their Mother!)—A Special Mother's Day Announcement

I had planned on one final post in our Perfectly Imperfect series on ideas for upcycling your vintage china, involving broken china mosaic crafts. Thanks to a special early delivery of highly-anticipated supplies, and it being Mother's Day tomorrow, I decided to announce something entirely new instead. (Don't worry, we will circle back to mosaics, but it can wait another week!) Introducing: Pendant Necklaces! As it turns out, there's another wonderful thing you can do with vintage china you no longer use… Wear it! I first got the idea to make pendant necklaces a few months ago when I set out to make a batch of mosaic tiles out of a pile of plates that were too damaged to sell,...

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Nature-Inspired Ideas for Upcycling Your Vintage China

It's Tuesday and I'm still floating from the weekend's festivities. My sister got engaged to this guy we really like and the whole family was able to celebrate together. That plus the gorgeous Spring weather made it feel like good things are circulating in the air (for a change)!   Continuing on with our mini-series on upcycling your less-than-perfect vintage china, this blog post is all about teacup planters and flower pots! Here's a great step-by-step Mini Teacup Planter Tutorial that will help you make your own teacup planter. Photos above courtesy of onecraftdiygirl.com and rylandpeters.com I may be biased but I think most things look better when presented in a teacup. But really, teacup flower pots and planters are among...

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