From stumbling upon a pile of china on a Brooklyn sidewalk to...

Launching a business that brings new life to vintage treasures

Upcycled & shipped with love, from Brooklyn

2018


The happy accident that started it all

Our Story

The idea for The Brooklyn Teacup emerged in the Spring of 2018, when, out for a run in her Brooklyn neighborhood, Ariel nearly stumbled over a collection of beautiful china that had been put out with someone's trash. After rescuing the delicate treasures and finding inspiration from an item she saw on her sister's wedding registry, Ariel resolved to repurpose these pieces into tiered trays to gift to friends and family. The only problem was...she couldn’t find anyone willing to drill holes through her assortment of treasures!
So, like any woman on a mission, Ariel set her mind to learning how to do it herself. In the process, she learned just how many loved ones had beautiful dinnerware sets tucked away in storage, for reasons ranging from being impractical and feeling outdated to lacking cabinet space.
After receiving more than a few requests from friends and family, Ariel realized she had taught herself something that could help lots of people to turn their preloved plates and delicate dishware into functional modern heirlooms that could be enjoyed.

Turning a problem into an opportunity.

How The Brooklyn Teacup became a small business.

So, like any woman on a mission, Ariel set her mind to learning how to do it herself. In the process, she learned just how many loved ones had beautiful dinnerware sets tucked away in storage, for reasons ranging from being impractical and feeling outdated to lacking cabinet space.

After receiving more than a few requests from friends and family, Ariel realized she had taught herself something that could help lots of people to turn their preloved plates and delicate dishware into functional modern heirlooms that could be enjoyed.

A few highlights along the journey so far....

Teacup storage in our former 1 BR apt

First drill in my parents' garage

First crafts fair

Featured on Side Hustle School podcast!

That time we were in Martha Stewart!

Started selling on Food52

First TV Appearance

Current teacup wall!

Victoria Magazine Feature!

Our moment in the spotlight...

Interview w/ Joelle Garguilo, NBC News 4!

We look forward to welcoming you in Brooklyn!

Join our mailing list & be the first to know about "new" products, exclusive sales & seasonal inspiration.