A New Elegance: Repurposing Tea Cups

Heather Alexander of Heirloom Appraisals shares some ideas on how to reuse one of the most commonly found items at Goodwill and other thrift stores: tea cups.

Thrifty Tea Cups

Once upon a time, in a land without television and radios, people enjoyed quieter moments, like tea time.  In fact, they sipped tea from lovely cups that they hand painted. This Victorian era was filled with talented artists. Ladies used to host painting parties where guests would paint their own tea cups and saucers – similar to the scrapbooking phenomena of today.

Today we seldom gather together for tea and many of these beautiful hand painted cup and saucer creations have been cast aside. Most of them end up in landfills, but some find themselves sitting on the shelves at Goodwill.  With a bit of imagination and ingenuity they can be rescued and used once again.

Dawn Evans, owner of Sun, Moon, Stars Herbals in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, has been rescuing tea cups and saucers for the purpose of candle making. She pours her soy based candles into the cups, adds a dash of glitter and then sets them upon their saucers. The effect is lovely.

Once the candle is gone the cup can be refilled with a new candle. Dawn has customers that will bring their cup and saucer back for refilling. These tea cup candles can be wonderful as party favors at a bridal shower or as romantic table décor this Valentine’s Day.

How else do you use old tea cups?