i found this lovely teacup with a bird on it- no saucer though, but i couldnt resist; i actually love that mix and match of different designs, it also means that if you break something, it doesnt really matter, just team it with another item. i found it at vintage heaven on columbia road – lots and lots of tea sets to choose from there. another interesting source is cake stand heaven. the only plus is that you can see the designs, hold the cups and choose – i always find internet buying difficult, unless you know the exact name and model number, and even then you can always be a bit disappointed if its not how you imagine it to be. recently i bought a new vintage cake stand from portobello road, there are a couple of ladies there who will mix and match vintage plates and saucers to create either a 2 or 3 tier stand.
you can always put flowers in your teacups – its what i do with those stems that have got broken whilst carrying your flowers home.