In case you missed it and are also looking for things to do with china you've inherited or no longer want (but likely hang on to out of a sense of responsibility guilt), check out Washington Post article Five fresh ideas for the family china nobody wants. Why? Well, for starters, it features The Brooklyn Teacup's upcycling service (!!)...and has a bunch of other great recommendations.

In fact, the article was so popular that just 2 weeks later, staff reporter Jura Konscius wrote a follow up piece, More ways to deal with your family china with additional suggestions for selling, donating, upcycling and repurposing your china.

Below is a summary of the five ideas Konscius highlights. Read the full story here.

1. Create a plate wall

Georgia designer James Farmer maintains, “If you can’t use your plates every day, they can become’s a beautiful way to celebrate your heritage.” We couldn't agree more.

2. Use dishes to deliver a gift

Libby Kinkead of Potomac Concierge, which offers downsizing and moving services encourages her clients to use the fine chine they don't use as decorative vessels for host/hostess gifts. For example, fill plates or shallow soup bowls with homemade baked goods when you're invited over to a friend or family member's house for dinner.

3. Have china upcycled

This is where Konscius talks about The Brooklyn Teacup and mentions our "Upcycle your China" service where we take customers' china and family heirlooms and transform it into beautiful and useful serving pieces. 

4. Repurpose pieces as planters

“An interesting soup tureen with the matching platter underneath filled with plants can make a beautiful centerpiece,” says Cynthia Nouri, owner of the luxury gift registry Sasha Nicholas. We also love this idea. So much more unique than a teracotta planter, right!

5. Give it one last party

If you've concluded that you really don't want to hang on to the china in any form, but want to clear your conscience and honor the family heirlooms before giving them away, the article suggests giving "it" one last party first. 

Kinkead advises,“unwrap it all and set your table, invite your friends and have one last great time with your china.” Take lots of photos, post them on your social media outlet of choice...Then, get over it and kiss the china goodbye.


If you're interested in having The Brooklyn Teacup turn your family china into practical serving pieces you will actually use and enjoy, learn more about our upcycling services here.

If you're looking for DIY ideas for what to do with your unwanted fine china, check out this earlier blog post.


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