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Sales 3,900
On Etsy since 2011

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Bridging the generation gap with fine china

Some of our customers write “Dear Nancy...” which is nice as that’s the name of our shop but my name is actually Rachel. When I explain that Nancy was my grandmother, slight confusion is replaced with understanding of my desire to ground a business in family history, in my case through my grandmother's love of fine china, tea and cake baking.

Family is at the core of Nancy's Vintage China in other ways too. My mum, Sharon, joined me not long after I started the shop. My daily battle with the long queues at my local post office in morning rush hour just wasn't working and my little flat was bursting at the seams with vintage china. With extra space and time, my mum was willing to take on the demanding task of painstakingly packing and shipping all our orders so that they safely reach their destinations. She also enjoys sourcing our vintage pieces along with the help of my dad whose many years of shopping for antiques and curios means he's a willing and partner on these excursions.

Long before vintage and upcycling became fashionable I was the one accompanying my dad on visits to fairs, markets and car boot sales, spending my precious pocket money on 1970s and 80s Barbie dolls and various ornaments for my bedroom. I loved the fact that I could buy things that no one else had and which were, in many instances, better quality than the 'modern' toys of the time.

The beginning of Nancy's Vintage China was in a small selection of vintage plates, which I'd bought with the idea of making some cake stands for friends' birthdays. A week later, armed with my trusty drill, a special diamond tipped drill bit and some internet instructions, I made my first cake stands! .....and somehow got away with breaking only one plate. I gave some away as presents and some were used in my friends' vintage tea party wedding. One of these friends then suggested I sell the rest of the stands on Etsy. And the rest is history!

I am still as fascinated today with vintage china as I was when I first set up the shop. My mum and I can spend hours sorting through our recent finds, trying out different combinations for cake stands or mismatched tea sets. We even just love cleaning the china. Sad, we know! But there's nothing more satisfying than finding a dusty tea set which has been languishing in the back of a cupboard somewhere for years, only to find that when it is cleaned carefully it's an exquisite piece of fine English china. The real icing on the cake (if you will forgive the pun) is when it reaches its new home where its beauty and quality is appreciated for a second time.

***Please note that recently we changed our name to Nancy's Vintage China from Nancy's Tea Shop, but the shop remains the same despite our name change!***

Shop members

  • Rachel

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Vintage china addict

  • Sharon

    Owner, Maker, Shipping, Buyer

    Expert china packer

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
At Nancy’s Vintage China, you can find a selection of elegant vintage cake stands, vintage tea sets and other vintage homewares. Here’s some useful information about buying from our shop. If you would like to request a specific item that is no longer in our shop, we are happy to consider custom orders. Please contact us if you have any questions about this or any of the listed items.

Accepted payment methods

Returns and exchanges
We are happy to answer any queries and provide extra information and photographs of an item before it is purchased.

In the unlikely event that an item has been damaged in transit, please contact us within 7 days to discuss a replacement or refund.

We accept returns of items within 14 days of receipt. As long as we receive the item in the same condition as it was received by the customer, we will provide a full refund of the item cost and the original shipping charge. The cost of return shipping is covered by the customer, as we are unable to refund this amount.

Due to the age of the china, some items might have slight imperfections, e.g. fine crazing, or small manufacturing flaws, such as rough edges, missing glazing or small areas of missing colour. Where they are significant we will draw attention to them in the item listing but generally they are part of the charm of vintage china.

A lot of the fabrics we use are pre-loved and although the pieces are in good condition, occasionally some might have slight imperfections. We believe this is balanced by the uniqueness of the item.
Currently payment is by Paypal only. You can still pay by Paypal if you haven’t got a Paypal account - just follow the instructions for using a credit or debit card.
Please pay within 3 days of placing your order. If you have not paid for your item after 3 days and you have not contacted us, then we will assume that you no longer wish to purchase the item(s) and will cancel your order.
**We offer FREE UK shipping on all vintage tea sets and other small items. We are also offering reduced shipping on all other items, including international orders. Please see individual items for shipping costs.**

We ship items throughout the week. If you require urgent posting, please contact us to see if earlier posting is possible.

**PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR ETSY ADDRESS IS CORRECT DURING CHECKOUT. Your package will be sent to this address and not the Paypal one. Contact us as soon as possible if you need your package sent to a different address.

**UK ORDERS: items will be sent using Royal Mail first class. If you would like recorded, tracked or next day delivery, please contact us for a quote.

**INTERNATIONAL ORDERS (i.e. outside the UK): we use Royal Mail airmail for all orders. THIS MEANS THAT THEY ARE *NOT* TRACKED. We use this as the default in order to keep shipping costs as low as possible. However, if you require any other type of postage, e.g. tracked, priority shipping etc. we are happy to provide a quote - please convo us for details before placing your order. Please also note that international delivery usually takes 2 - 3 weeks but sometimes it can take up to 5 or 6 weeks depending on the destination. We are not able to ask Royal Mail to investigate shipment of parcels until 6 weeks after posting.

***Due to recent issue shipping to certain countries, we cannot offer standard Airmail to the following places: Saudi Arabia, South America, Russia, Italy
If you are from any of these places and would like to purchase any items, please contact us in advance for a quote for tracked shipping or via a courier.***

If you are looking to make multiple purchases it may be more economical to use our business account with UPS. Please contact us for a quote for courier delivery which is usually a lot faster than Royal Mail airmail.

All china/other breakable items will be carefully and securely packed in bubble wrap within a sturdy cardboard box.

If you’re only buying one item, then you can find the shipping rate on the item listing. If you are buying more than one item and would like to find out if combined postage is possible, please contact us to find out. Alternatively, you can make your purchases and we will issue a refund if shipping is less than what you've paid.

For local pick-up arrangements please contact us before purchasing the item.

Customers outside the UK are responsible for any fees, taxes and duties associated with importing into their respective countries.