Upcycling Treasures for Tea Time

Tea drinkers are as unique as the thousands of different blends that fill their cups, but I’ve noticed that people who appreciate the importance of tea time often have good taste in other areas of their lives, as well.

Whether it’s a knack for design, an eye for style, or just an appreciation for good aesthetics, tea drinkers often have an appreciation for the finer things. As such, it’s not uncommon to find tea drinkers who have really nice things to go along with their hobby. Why would you sip Earl Grey from anything less than a vessel that you adore?

From tea pots, tea cups, canisters and the rest of the accessories we can collect, having things that you’re really fond of is a nice feeling.

We’re not talking about being materialistic necessarily because at the end of the day, it’s all about the drink itself, but try not to smile while looking at some of these lovely creations we’ve stumbled across.

What is upcycling?

Upcycled crates
Image via Young Germany

According to Upcycle Magazine..

Upcycling is taking an item that is no longer needed or wanted and giving it new life as something that is either useful or creative.”

Now, when it comes to tea, this can mean a lot of different things. There’s something nice about quality, hand-made items, and even nicer when you know they had previously been written-off, only to be captured by a creative mind and turned into something new again.

Depending on your spiritual beliefs, there can be some strong symbolism when it comes to upcycling and giving new life to things.

Naturally, Etsy is a great place to start. Back in the early days of eBay, before it was filled with huge shops and mass-produced stuff, when you could still find great deals on unique used items rather than being bombarded with a lot of the same junk you would find at a dollar store, eBay used to be an interesting bazaar of items from all around the world, where you could find homemade crafts, upcycled items, vintage treasures and charming antiques.

That’s, in a sense, what Etsy is today, except times 100. Etsy is filled with unique treasures to suit your taste, no matter what your taste is. Sure, there’s some mass produced stuff on Etsy, and sometimes it even pretends to be vintage or hand made, but you can easily weed out the phonies by looking at feedback, and the items themselves.

Etsy also a great place to find upcycled and recycled items…

This tea pot comes from an Etsy store called The Dorothy Days -Vintage and Handmade, a nice little shop featuring all sorts of great things, from jewelry to accessories for tea. Since they feature so many unique and vintage items, you never really know what you’re going to find there.

The Dorothy Days shoppe caught our attention with the incredible tea cups they feature in their shoppe, like this one!

The handmade tea cup pendant featured at the top are also from The Dorothy Days shop. They are based in the England, however they ship their unique, handmade and up-cycled goods all around the world. Make sure you take a look at their tea cup earrings, they’re priceless and would make an incredible gift for the tea lover in your life (Even if that’s YOU!).

If you end up finding something you like, tell them Tea Perspective sent you! This isn’t an advertisement or anything, we just love to share interesting tea stuffs with our readers.

Tea Cup Bracelets: Here’s something we’ve never seen before…

These bracelets are made from re-purposed tea cups of elegant bonechina. This is the definition of upcycling, and each one comes with a wooden box for storage.

When it comes to beautiful homemade jewelry  with a vintage and fun flair, Teacup Bracelets By StayGoldMaryRose are in a class of their own.

These are also available on Etsy, you can find them in the StayGoldMaryRose shoppe, which features all sorts of custom made items from bonechina and more.

They’re also located in England, and it’s really no surprise that all of our friends from across the pond are so crafty when it comes to tea.

What Did We Miss?

Etsy is filled with wonderful, unique creations and there’s no way we can even come close to featuring all of them..

But if you know of anything in particular that people would love to see, don’t be shy to get in touch and let us know, we would be more than happy to share it!

Featured image via Sian on Pinterest!