If your eye comes to the table and sees "vintage-y" or "shabby" and not pristine, you may be off-put, if just a little. How many times have you seen an elegant cup and saucer and instantly, you spot the crack that has weathered many cups of tea and is slightly browned from age? That is NOT the cup you want to use for your elegant affair.
When you are planning your event, check every piece that will go on the table and remove finger prints, remove the black from the flatware if using silver, ensure there is no "build up" inside the cups, launder and press the linens. Better yet, you could use Fancy That - we rent vintage china and unqiue glassware. We also rent vintage flatware - silver plated "hollow ware" from about 1860 to about 1945. Each piece is shined, cleaned, rinsed, sanitized and packed, ready for your use (there may be some use marks and light scratching on the china and flatware, but overall, the condition is good to great). You'll never find a "flea bite" on the saucer (those nastly little "dings" that take a small chip from the smooth china) or that under-glaze fine cracking called crazing. Each cup is inspected three times before they are packed for your use. All the silver, no matter if it is a serving tray or flatware, is shined to near perfection - if there is age that cannot be removed from the vintage pieces, we let you know in advance (like around the handle of the vintage urns or flower pots).
Enjoy your dinner party or event and remember...when you are looking for that elegant table, use the pristine china instead of the "shabby". Enjoy your party!