TheAfternoonTeaSet

Vintage and antique afternoon tea party china, silverware, linen and more

East Retford, United Kingdom | 915 Sales

TheAfternoonTeaSet

Vintage and antique afternoon tea party china, silverware, linen and more

East Retford, United Kingdom 915 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Announcement   FREE GIFT WRAPPING AS STANDARD! CHRISTMAS ROYAL MAIL LATEST POSTING DEADLINES 2018: International: Japan, Asia & Far East 7th Dec. Caribbean, Central & South America 8th Dec. Australia & New Zealand 10th Dec. USA, Canada & Italy 14th Dec. Finland & Sweden 15th Dec. Germany, Iceland, Norway, Netherlands, Spain 17th Dec. France, Ireland & Belgium 18th Dec. UK: 2nd Class 18th Dec. 1st Class 20th Dec. Please ask for deadlines for any further countries.

A carefully curated collection of vintage teatime treasures, with so much more than just teacups. Vintage china, silverware, linens and more, perfect for tea and cake, or as beautiful vintage home decor pieces. Inspired by many an English afternoon tea, along with a love of baking, vintage and social history, The Afternoon Tea Set is the place for all things afternoon tea!

Pieces date from the nineteenth century onwards and I have a real passion for the Edwardian and art nouveau and Art Deco eras. Most, but not exclusively all, of my collection is quintessentially English.

Collections change regularly and most pieces are one offs. I only stock things I love and I gift wrap every order beautifully and free of charge!

For exclusive ETSY discount codes:

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Website: www.afternoonteaset.co.uk
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Shipping is always reflective of the costs incurred in postage and packing. I never make a profit on this.

My aim is to be the very best a small business can be in terms of customer service. I love talking to customer and followers, so please don't ever hesitate to get in touch!

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 8, 2018

FREE GIFT WRAPPING AS STANDARD! CHRISTMAS ROYAL MAIL LATEST POSTING DEADLINES 2018: International: Japan, Asia & Far East 7th Dec. Caribbean, Central & South America 8th Dec. Australia & New Zealand 10th Dec. USA, Canada & Italy 14th Dec. Finland & Sweden 15th Dec. Germany, Iceland, Norway, Netherlands, Spain 17th Dec. France, Ireland & Belgium 18th Dec. UK: 2nd Class 18th Dec. 1st Class 20th Dec. Please ask for deadlines for any further countries.

A carefully curated collection of vintage teatime treasures, with so much more than just teacups. Vintage china, silverware, linens and more, perfect for tea and cake, or as beautiful vintage home decor pieces. Inspired by many an English afternoon tea, along with a love of baking, vintage and social history, The Afternoon Tea Set is the place for all things afternoon tea!

Pieces date from the nineteenth century onwards and I have a real passion for the Edwardian and art nouveau and Art Deco eras. Most, but not exclusively all, of my collection is quintessentially English.

Collections change regularly and most pieces are one offs. I only stock things I love and I gift wrap every order beautifully and free of charge!

For exclusive ETSY discount codes:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/theafternoonteaset
Instagram: TheAfternoonTeaSet
Website: www.afternoonteaset.co.uk
Please feel free to Follow Me!

Shipping is always reflective of the costs incurred in postage and packing. I never make a profit on this.

My aim is to be the very best a small business can be in terms of customer service. I love talking to customer and followers, so please don't ever hesitate to get in touch!

JoannaK

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Updates

Happy Monday everyone! I’m back from the post office after posting an armful of Christmas orders and I’m dripping wet, it’s raining that much. So tea is required. And as it’s December, it’s time to get my vintage Christmas china out!
Wolfy, Head of Packing and Dispatches (he loves running off with bubblewrap) has had a poorly paw. However, the bandage is now off and he says he’s had enough of watching daytime TV and commercials for online bingo, it’s time to get back to work!
The 7 year old has been sent home from school today with ear ache. Wolfy is very pleased about this and it’s the perfect excuse for tea and cuddles on the sofa.
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About

Everyday little pieces of art and craftmanship, from real lives of the past.

~We All Love Tea And Cake!~
I've always had a passion for social history and how people lived in the recent and more distant past. Tea and cake is something we can all relate to and is something everyone enjoys. Yes, Afternoon Tea is often thought of as 'posh', but the basic comfort of a cup of tea and some little treat, regardless of class or outlay, provides a moment of comfort and a chance to relax in a busy day, this doesn't change. What perhaps has changed, is the chance to appreciate what effort went into making and designing the china and and other related table ware, such as cutlery, even for that 'everyday' cup of tea in the fifties, right through to a high end afternoon tea in the Edwardian 1900s.

~A Change In Direction From The Former Day Job~
When my baby daughter became ill at 5 months old I decided to take voluntary redundancy from my government job in urban regeneration. I've always wanted my own business in something I could feel so passionate about I could become completely immersed in (and obsessed with!), so a change in circumstances, that at the time seemed quite daunting, became an opportunity.

I started The Afternoon Tea Set originally providing private afternoon tea parties, providing all the home baked cakes and sandwiches, sourcing the tea from a local tea merchant and (my favourite part!) sourcing and using all the vintage china and silverware. A second baby later, the business had grown, I'd started creating mail order afternoon tea hampers with tea, cake and vintage china, and my afternoon tea china and collectables habit had become addictive! So I decided to see if anyone else was interested in sharing my passion for vintage afternoon tea items and opened my ETSY shop!

~A Bit Of A History Geek~
I love researching the pieces on my shop, I genuinely love sharing what I've found out about them and trying to place this in the context of who must have used them when they were originally created and what the world may have been like then. In many cases, some of them resonate because they were produced, for example, just before a historical milestone, such as the outbreak of World War Two, when a cup of tea two years later would be rationed compared to the original cup of tea someone may have drunk from a cup when it was first purchased. A simple cup and saucer can represent many things, a little affordable piece of art, fine craftsmanship, a moment in someone's life or a window on a world that has now gone and changed so dramatically without warning. These are things I feel we can all relate to, regardless of who we are or where we are from. In fact, it's often the simpler pieces, that you could picture on someone's kitchen dresser, perhaps your grandmother's when you were a child, that do this the most effectively.

~Doing My Bit, Keeping It Thrifty~
I love vintage for itself, but I also know it's a great and green way to furnish your home and help live life everyday with beautiful things that don't use virgin resources. I always send out my parcels beautifully gift wrapped at no extra charge, but to date have never purchased brand new bubble wrap - I've developed a network of Local Bubble wrap 'donators' through friends and fellow businesses. Oddly, I'm really very proud of this! I source my ribbon from the haberdashery stall at my local town's market and purchase unbleached wrapping papers locally too. I reuse padded envelopes, boxes and plastic envelopes wherever possible. I ship everything from my local rural village post office, supporting my local fellow businesses and vital community services. It would feel wrong and slightly ridiculous to buy all my stationery and wrapping materials brand new for a vintage item, when I know I can wrap it beautifully and with integrity through reusing materials.

~Trying My Very Best And Being A Friendly Real Person Behind My Online Shop~
Asides from the history, I'm passionate about all aspects of my business. I strive to give the best customer service I can. If you have any questions at any point, just ask and I will do my very best to help. I always try to ship quickly and efficiently and always refund postage where overcharges through combined shipping arise. I also love sourcing locally, I often find out more of a piece's history this way and I love discovering craftmanship local to me. For example, my local city is Sheffield, England, the metalworking industry leader in England, so I take such pride in finding silverware from my local city!

The Afternoon Tea Set is a little business, run by just me, but I place high standards on us both!

~Stay In Touch, The Afternoon Tea Set Is Sociable!~
For more tea and cake chit chat with vintage teacups, I often share coupon codes too!
Facebook: www.facebook.com/theafternoonteaset
Instagram: TheAfternoonTeaSet

Shop members

  • JoannaK

    Owner

    I've always loved afternoon tea, the baking, the tea, the table settings! I'm also addicted to collecting and rummaging for everyday items used in real lives of the past, making them that little bit more special. I now get to indulge both passions!

Shop policies

Last updated on December 8, 2018
Thank you for taking the time to visit my shop The Afternoon Tea Set. All of my items are vintage or antique and I love giving you the history on them wherever possible, such as what type of person might have used them for tea and when! I GIFT WRAP ALL ITEMS FOR FREE AS STANDARD and I pack all orders in recycled packaging wherever possible, because I care about our environment. I strive to give the very best customer service, so if you have any questions, whether you are just browsing or have bought something, just ask! I'll be more than happy to help x

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If any vintage china or item purchased from fails to meet your complete approval please contact me WITHIN 1 CALENDAR DAY of receiving it and I will do my best to help and find an outcome you are happy with. You are entitled to return an item within 14 days of receipt. It should be returned in the exact same condition as you received it and you should contact me via Etsy or email to inform me that you intend to return it, before shipping. Return postage costs are at the buyer's expense and original postage costs paid at point of purchase will not be refunded (unless you are a buyer residing in the EU).

If any item arrives damaged please contact me within 24 hours. I WILL REQUIRE you to email a photo of the damage and the original packaging. I will then look at either providing an exact replacement (though this isn't always possible), a proposed alternative or a refund. I will deal with all issues and refunds promptly.

If the buyer has entered an incorrect delivery address, The Afternoon Tea Set is NOT LIABLE for the costs of return shipping and will not provide a refund. It is the responsibility of the buyer to ensure they have entered the correct delivery address at the point of ordering. There are no refunds permitted when the buyer has entered an incorrect delivery address.

If your item has a Royal Mail delivery reference number or tracking number, which when entered into the Royal Mail 'track and trace' function on their website (royalmail.com) shows the item was delivered or delivery was attempted, or the item is being held by a sorting/post office, then it is classed as delivered and is no longer eligible for a refund due to non-delivery or being lost in the mail. It is always recommended you check with neighbours if your parcel is showing up as 'delivered' and consider whether there are any safe places on your property that the postal service could have left it. You should then contact your local postal service/or sorting office to claim your parcel if it has not been left in a safe place or with a neighbour. The Afternoon Tea Set will inform customers if their order will require a signature upon delivery.

As items are vintage, there may be some wear and tear commensurate to age - this is not a suitable reason for requesting a refund. I always state any minor issues or areas of wear. Items listed are not in newly manufactures pristine condition and never intended to be, due to The Afternoon Tea Set being a retailer of vintage items.

The Afternoon Tea Set retains the right to cancel any sale. In the case of a sale cancellation, the buyer will swiftly receive a full refund, including postage.
Payment
No item will be dispatched until payment has been received.

Vintage china, tea ware items and gift sets will be dispatched within 1 - 3 working days of payment being received.

All prices are inclusive of VAT.

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. The Afternoon Tea Set is not responsible for delays or taxes due to customs.

Please notify me BEFORE ordering if you require your item for a specific date. I can the quote you all possible shipping options.

No discount is available on any items, unless you use a valid coupon code at the time of purchase, or a sale price has already been applied to an item. Coupon codes are shared on The Afternoon Tea Set Facebook and Instagram accounts from time to time. Unless a customer is in possession of a coupon code, customer specific discounts are not provided on any items without prior written agreement via an Etsy conversation from The Afternoon Tea Set.

The Afternoon Tea Set reserves the right to cancel any order received. If your order is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of the cost of the item, plus shipping costs.
Shipping
CHRISTMAS ROYAL MAIL LATEST POSTING DEADLINES 2018: International: Japan, Asia & Far East 7th Dec. Caribbean, Central & South America 8th Dec. Australia & New Zealand 10th Dec. USA, Canada & Italy 14th Dec. Finland & Sweden 15th Dec. Germany, Iceland, Norway, Netherlands, Spain 17th Dec. France, Ireland & Belgium 18th Dec. UK: 2nd Class 18th Dec. 1st Class 20th Dec. Please ask for deadlines for any further countries.

Orders (except of sale items - see third paragraph below) will be shipped within 1 to 3 working days of payment being received. (Working days here in the UK are classed as Monday to Friday and exclude weekends, bank holidays and public holidays).

I never make a profit from postage and packing charges. I only charge what is necessary to cover costs, such as packing materials and travel costs to the post office, which is some distance away, as I live in a rural English village with no post office of its own.

**Items included in a sale and showing a discounted price on their listing** I reserve the right to extend the 'dispatch within 1-3 working days' policy on sale items during busy sales periods, though this is a rarity. If your item is likely to be dispatched beyond the 1-3 working days period, I will keep you informed of progress and work to dispatch it as soon as possible. All purchases are packed and shipped in the order they are received.

I also reserve the right to extend the 'dispatch within 1-3 working days' policy on items during exceptionally busy periods, though this is a rarity. I will always post a shop announcement and note on my shipping policy informing shoppers when the dispatch period has been temporarily extended, so that potential buyers can be aware before ordering. If your item is likely to be dispatched beyond the 1-3 working days period, I will keep you informed of progress and work to dispatch it as soon as possible. All purchases are packed and shipped in the order they are received.

I should be notified of any in transit breakages or damage within 24 hours of you, or your chosen recipient, signing for it from the courier or receiving it from the post man. I WILL REQUIRE you to email a photo of any damaged or broken items and their original packaging, before I am able to discuss with you a refund or replacement as appropriate.

I will contact you to let you know when your order has been dispatched.

Estimated delivery times:
UK 1st class ~ 1 - 2 days
UK 2nd class ~ 2 - 5 days
Europe & Russia ~ 1 week or possibly up to 2
USA & Canada ~ 1 to 2 weeks
Australia and New Zealand ~ 1 to 2 weeks, longer to remote addresses
Everywhere else 1 to 3 weeks, depending on remoteness of destination.
(Please note these are estimates).

In the event of a poor postal service in a destination country, The Afternoon Tea Set retains the right to cancel an order to any particular country. The customer will receive a swift and full refund (including postage costs) when such a situation arises. However, the necessity to cancel an order is rare.

**INTERNATIONAL ORDERS (i.e. outside the UK): I use Royal Mail Standard International airmail for all orders, unless stated otherwise on an item's listing. THIS MEANS THAT THEY ARE *NOT* TRACKED. I 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 and/or signed for, priority shipping etc. I am happy to provide a quote - please message me for details BEFORE placing your order. All orders OVER £20, or equivalent value in the buyer's currency, WILL ONLY BE SENT TRACKED/SIGNED FOR, whether they consist of a single item, or a multiple order where the combined total value of the items ordered exceeds £20. I am not able to ask the Royal Mail to investigate shipment of parcels until 25 business days AFTER the 7th business day delivery aim has passed, in accordance with their terms. Therefore, it is not possible for me to class an order as undelivered until after this time frame set by Royal Mail has passed. However, please rest assured that non-deliveries are extremely rare, so please be patient, especially at busy holiday times. I will always do my best to help if you suspect your parcel could be late.

Please note that any parcel sent outside of the EU will have a customs label listing the item and price. This is a legal requirement.

**UK ORDERS: orders will be sent using Royal Mail standard second class, unless otherwise specifically stated on the shipping information against an individual item. You can upgrade to first class shipping at the checkout, if the option is available for an item. If you would like recorded, tracked or next day/guaranteed delivery, please contact me BEFORE ordering. All orders of OVER £20 WILL ONLY BE SENT TRACKED/SIGNED FOR, whether they consist of a single item, or a multiple order where the combined total value of the items ordered exceeds £20. I am unable to ask the Royal Mail to investigate shipment of parcels until 15 business days AFTER the 3rd business day delivery aim has passed, in accordance with their terms. Therefore, it is not possible for me to class an order as undelivered until after this time frame set by Royal Mail has passed. However, please rest assured that non-deliveries are extremely rare, so please be patient, especially at busy holiday times. I will always do my best to help if you suspect your parcel could be late.

PLEASE NOTE FOR MULTIPLE/COMBINED ORDERS WEIGHING MORE THAN 2kg INTERNATIONAL & DOMESTIC: I will inform you ASAP if your order totals more than 2kg (normally 3 vintage china listings or more) and combined shipping may not be possible. For large multiple orders I reserve the right to ship orders in more than one parcel, for safe packaging and cost effective purposes. Rest assured that if this is done, it is due to it being the most cost effective and safe way to get your items to you - no one wants to receive broken goods. I will inform you if your order is to be shipped in more than one parcel. If you would like a shipping quote for a multiple order of more than one item please just ask BEFORE ordering.
Additional policies and FAQs
**ALL SALES ARE SUBJECT TO UK AND EU LAW.**
Privacy
Information I Collect

To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorised Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (such as a message for a gift card for example), if you contact me directly.

I DO NOT receive your payment details, such as your credit card information. Etsy handles payments and payment information, and passes the payment onto me, acting as a third party between myself (the seller) and you (the buyer). You can therefore be confident, when buying from me, that I do not receive your payment details or hold them.

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It

I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:

as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your address information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, mainly delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services. In reality, this means I normally write the delivery address you have provided for your order onto your parcel and hand this parcel onto the postal service or delivery company.
Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

Data Retention

I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. I do not store your information outside of Etsy.

Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
Object. You can object to my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

How to Contact Me

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Joanna Favill, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at joanna [!at] afternoonteaset.co.uk

More information

Last updated on Jan 28, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Reservations

Please note, it is not possible to reserve items for first time customers, I'm very sorry. I can only reserve an item for a repeat customer, for a strict 24 hour period only.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All orders are gift wrapped in vintage style brown paper and pretty ribbon as standard. There is no extra charge for this. Christmas gift wrapping can also be selected for an order at the checkout. I reuse packaging boxes and filling materials wherever possible, for environmental reasons and to keep costs down, but please rest assured that your order will still look smartly gift wrapped.

Will my item be sent 'tracked'?

**Please see my shipping policies for full details.**

Items priced at over £20, or equivalent value in the customer's currency, will only be sent 'tracked and/or signed for' to addresses outside of the U.K, (depending on availability in the destination country), or 'signed for' to UK addresses. Where this is the case, it will be stated in the item's description, under the 'Packaging and Shipping' section.

Orders of multiple items that total more than £20 in value (or equivalent amount in the customer's currency) will also only be sent 'tracked and/or signed for' internationally, or 'signed for' to UK addresses.

If you would like any other postage class other than the default service for an item, please contact me BEFORE ordering