Vintage Market

Altrincham Vintage Market is one of our favourite places to pick up new items for our collection of vintage china. We were delighted to find this amongst the many treasures the market had to offer last Sunday. A little ‘Sadler’ vintage teapot…pretty blue flower design with ridge detail around the lower half of the teapot…gorgeous. This one will be making an appearance at one of our vintage tea-parties very soon.

Vintage Teapot…latest new addition

A quick trip to our local shops this weekend resulted in this new addition to our vintage china collection

It’s a ‘Sadler’ teapot, one of quite a few we have in our collection, they are all gorgeous but we particularly like the colours on this one. It will make an appearance at our next vintage tea party…it has already been used at home, couldn’t resist!!

If you want to hire this or items like it please get in touch.

Vintage China Shopping in Ramsbottom

What a fantastic morning I have hadin Ramsbottom (a little way North of Manchester) . After a tip off that it might be a good place to have a hunt for some new additions to the Alice’s Vintage Pantry shelves, I made the trip up there early this morning to be met by cold rain and a lot of closed shops. A cup of tea and half an hour later, closed signs turned to open and I began the search through a number of charity, antique and vintage shops. A few hours on with cold soggy feet, and a lighter purse I am delighted to share these photos with you…great finds that will soon be making an appearance at our vintage tea parties

Special thanks to the lovely ladies at Jesse May’s Tearoom…not only do they serve a good cuppa, sandwich and piece of cake, you can also bag yourself a vintage bargain from their collection of vintage items for sale…well worth a visit.

New Additions This Week

Alice’s Vintage Pantry had a whole day away from baking this week to browse some of Manchester’s vintage shops. Luck was on our side and we found some beautiful pieces to add to our extensive vintage china collection…couldn’t wait to share some of them with you….

Vintage teacup, saucer and tea-plate (otherwise known as a ‘trio’) – beautiful gold detailing.

Teapot and sugar bowl (complete with their own cosy!)

Two-tier cake stand – this is going to look beautiful filled with scones and finger sandwiches.

To find out how you can hire these pieces and many others click here to send us an email or call Alice on 07890 090547.





Time for Tea

We are constantly adding to our vintage china collection – visiting charity shops, car boot sales, antiques fairs and vintage markets – its always exciting getting up early to have a browse, you never know what you might find. Today was an especially exciting day…we took a family trip to a local vintage market(in South Manchester) and came home with three fantastic teapots along with some other bits and pieces. Good quality vintage teapots are quite difficult to find and can be very expensive, so to walk in to a vintage market and find these three sitting together was a real treat.

The afternoon has been spent trying tea from them all whilst deciding which is our favourite. Really hard to choose because all three are so different. The unusual shapes of the cream and gold ‘Sadler’ and the blue and gold ‘Arthur Wood’ nearly grabbed my vote, but when it came to it I couldn’t resist this cute little brown teapot that comes tucked up warm in its own shiny metal tea-cosy. The metal cosy is lined with insulation to keep your tea extra warm…now that is a perfect vintage teapot.

To see more of our vintage china collection take a peek around the rest of our website and if you would like to hire the vintage china for any occasion get in touch.





At Alice’s Vintage Pantry we think vintage cake stands filled with scones and cakes look divine, that there is almost nothing better than drinking tea from a dainty vintage teacup when poured from a vintage teapot…but there is one thing that you need at your vintage tea party to complete the look…beautifully hand-embroidered vintage table linens. We have a large collection of table linens that we have been lucky enough to find in various places all over the country.

They range from smaller ‘tray cloths’ to large table cloths that look pretty covering any table, and can be overlaid on top of plain white table linens. The cloths featured in these photos are a few we bought earlier this week in Manchester; we love them so thought they were well worth a blog mention! Get in touch if you want to know more about hiring them or any other items from our collection.

A special gift from a special day in 1951

I love it when a new addition to our collection ofvintage china comes with a special story…it’s one thing to buy china at a vintage market, auction, charity shop or car boot, but when it is passed on to you by a friend it comes with a real sense of history to it. This pretty set of 6 teapcups and saucers, teaplates, sandwich plate, milk jug and sugar bowl look great in the photo and even better close up. They are dainty without being so delicate you are afraid to hold them, the orange detail is handpainted and they are in near perfect condition. So where did they come from? Packaged in a box with the message ‘Wedding present 1951, love Gran’, my good and lovely friend Laura recently inherited them from her Gran. A wedding gift to her in 1951 they are a classic example of the style of the day and would have been put on display in her house and used on a regular basis. Laura was keen to see them used again so has donated them to our collection of vintage china items. We are delighted to have them and look forward to seeing others enjoying using them at our next event. Thank you to the lovely Laura!