The Teacup Collectors Interview Series is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek inside the cupboards of people all over the world. My special guest today is Joanna, the lovely owner of The Afternoon Tea Set on ETSY , from the North of England.
Teacup collecting has quite the cult following. How did you discover it? Tell us your story.
I had to give up work when my first baby was born, after they became ill. I knew i wanted to work for myself and fit doing so around my family. I started The Afternoon Tea Set originally as a some enterprise where i offered catered tea parties, with menus to choose from, a range of looseleaf teas to choose from and all the vintage china and silverware included. The business started to grow but customers kept asking whether I could sell them vintage china and the pieces I used, so i started selling vintage teacups as well. This side of the business continued to grow, so I gave up offering the tea parties and opened The Afternoon Tea Set on Etsy, where I sell vintage and antique teacups that I search for, along with all other vintage and antique pieces for throwing a tea party or decorating your home. The rest, as they say, is history!