My Vintage Hankie and Tea Cup and Addiction

Seafoam tea cup gift setLately, I have become addicted to vintage tea cups. I love them all, but I particularly love the one with reticulated saucers and footed or pedestal bases. They just seem to go so well with millinery flowers and ladies hankies from the 40s and 50s. I have so much fun matching them up in groupings that I package to sell as gift sets. I have a box of old hankies and boxes of cups and saucers. Every once in a while I’ll pull them out and pair them up. Once I find the perfect cup nd hankie combination, then I’ll sift through piles of millinery flowers to make a matching corsage or tussie mussie in. The result is lovely – they truly were made for each other!


Bright Pink Leaves HankieNever throw away those old hankies when you find them! You can use them in so many ways – in addition to continuing to use them as an alternative to kleenex! You can stitch them together in a quilt top, add a silk ribbon and use them as a gift bag, or tuck them in a card as a special”thank you.” If you see a stain or storage mark, just soak them warm water and some oxy clean. The only types of hankies that don’t work well with this type of soak are the nylon ones that have flocked decorations on them. The cotton and linen ones do just fine and come out looking great! The hankie in this photo looks as good now as it did when it was made over 50 years ago. Anybody would be thrilled to receive it!

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