Selling to Chinafinders:
We are constantly in need of quality bone china,
porcelain, earthenware and stoneware tableware in
excellent condition to purchase.
We buy full or part dinner or teasets in all the
well-known quality brands from all over Australia & from
overseas. You may be pleasantly surprised at our offer
for that dinner set that you never really liked that is
gathering dust in the back of your cupboard.
ChinaFinders is a stockist with 50,000 pieces of china in
stock. We do not sell on consignment or commission.
China Finders is a home business that is both good (no
travel time to work) and bad (I live at work).
Our office business hours are usually but not always
9:30AM to 6:00PM Monday to Friday (school holidays & when
I'm overseas or away are often part staffed and hence we
may operate on reduced hours). These times are mostly
(but not always) suitable for visits. We are sometimes
available by prior arrangement on Saturdays around 11AM.
I will, if convenient & practicable, assist customers at
other times by prior arrangement.
Our office phone will be manned mostly (but not always)
between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Monday to Fridays with the
phone answered till 9pm some days. Should I be
unavailable an answering machine will be connected to take
your message. School holidays may reduce staff
availability & we are usually closed on Qld. public
We welcome your personal visit and the opportunity to
exchange "China Stories".
I ask personal visitors to make prior appointments and
reconfirm the day prior as on occasions I may not be
available or our office may be unmanned for significant
periods of that working day due to changed circumstances.
Essential Contact Information Needed:
When making contact please advise your name, complete
street address, telephone number, facsimile number & email
so I can estimate freight costs & efficiently communicate
If you have not already done so, please confirm the major
dimensions of the items on offer so I can correlate the
sizes of the items offered against my stock & requests.
Should you have coffee cups on offer I specifically need
to know the diameter in mm of the coffee cups as the very
small cups have limited demand and I price accordingly.
Also many makers had available differing sizes for
luncheon/entrée /salad plates which usually ranges from
200 to 230 mm in diameter.
There may be several possible variations of shapes & sizes
in many "patterns" so a photo or sketch showing the
pattern, backstamp + cup & handle shape is always useful
where the pattern is older, rare or a little uncommon.
I may need stock or have stock in your pattern and your
items may complement my existing stock so I may
accordingly be interested in the purchase of your china if
it is in excellent condition & it is available to me at an
attractive buying price.
For your information my offer price is usually based on
the profit/commercial possibilities that the china on
offer has for me.
My offer takes into account:
- the rarity of the pieces on offer, demand for the
specific pieces on offer (I am usually short of
teacups), existing stock, quality of pieces on offer,
original price/quality of manufacture, cost of shipping,
risk of damage during shipping (I usually pay more for
china which is hand delivered to Kenmore) and the cost
of providing my "free world search & registration
Also many leading brands are often available at large
discounts from the retail price. Thus a Mikasa 36 piece
set valued at $1500 (based on a per piece retail price)
may be a bit optimistic compared to the price available
for similar china at a Mikasa Outlet shop or an aggressive
discounter such as "Peters of Kensington "in Sydney who
may offer similar sets at $300 or less.
I only purchase pieces in excellent condition and I must
stress that I am a very FUSSY about the QUALITY of the
china I buy.
Should your set on offer have once been part of a larger
dinner set there may be considerable wear and
deterioration on the pieces that have been used regularly.
Conversely there may also be pieces that are in top
condition that have had relatively little use and these
may be of interest to me.
Some "everyday / home" or older styles of china by famous
makers such as Villeroy&Boch, Royal Doulton, Johnson or
Wedgwood show subtle deterioration if the china has had
reasonable use or extended dishwasher time &/or inferior
washing agents. On careful examination it will exhibit
fading to silver or gold trim, fine surface scratches,
loss of gloss in the glaze and fade in the pattern. In
other words for my purposes its " worn out".
Older types of china body (especially earthenware and very
fine bone china) show crazing, handling wear, minor chips
& general age deterioration that is readily exhibited
under careful examination.
You will need to examine each piece obliquely in a good
light (preferably with a magnifying glass) with an unused
or near new piece as a reference to be sure that what is
on offer is in excellent condition and the gold or silver
is "Near Perfect".
Gold or silver/platinum trim & decoration must be "Near
Perfect " and without any signs of fading, cut marks, wear
or microwave burns (fine radial lines of discolouration or
gaps to the silver or gold edge trim that is regularly
spaced about 12mm apart).
Plate and bowl flat surfaces must not show more than a few
small noticable knife marks and when viewed obliquely in a
strong light must not show scuffmarks or significant
scratches & other marks.
Pattern & decoration must be clear, unfaded, and free of
noticable cuts and other pattern damage/defects.
Certain types of defects (such as stress fractures) are
often evident in near new and in some older top quality
china and you will need check carefully for these usually
hard to see defects. These defects can be evident in
china that has had almost no use and appears initially in
Plates need to be rung (supported and lightly tapped) to
detect stress cracking which can be a single circular
crack line at the point where the plate, (or bowl or cup)
makes a sudden shape change but is often evident at the
lower inner rim of plates and the base of cups. A visual
check of the underside of each item may show a defect that
is difficult to see from the topside.
Cups need to be rung (ie. Tapped to hear the tone or ring
–High pitch is good & low pitch indicates a fault that may
not be readily visible to the unaided eye) and cups &
other pieces examined precisely for any minute evidence of
edge trim (gold, silver etc.) fading or wear.
Likely extra locations for Saucer ,Plate & Cup wear.
Saucers often wear at the edge of the cup recess &/or at
an inner gold line next to the cup recess. This is a
common wear problem with most makers as the cup bases are
ground & quite abrasive. The cup base abrades the
metallic line or recess edge as its rubbed over it whilst
placing the cup base in the recess. Similar wear is seen
on plate bodies where the plate underside ridge rubs on
the glaze or pattern when stacked without a protective
spacer or napkin & often shows as 3 equally spaced rub or
fret marks near the outer of the plate recess or as wear
to an inner decoration or line. Cups with a metallic
stripe or decoration on the handle can exhibit wear & fade
where the handle is gripped , the mouth touches the rim or
where one cup rim rubs on the handle of the next when the
cups are stacked vertically.
Please confirm exactly those pieces on offer that are in
excellent condition in conjunction with your inventory.
Doing business usually works like this: -
Please note that inbound freight costs to ChinaFinders for
a 36 piece standard dinnerset are about $30 from Sydney,
Melbourne, Perth, Hobart, Canberra or Adelaide and
adjacent areas (& more for Australia Post, and remoter
places) and entails the risk of breakage so I am usually
pleased to pay extra for personal delivery. It is
expensive to ship to me from NZ so hand carry by a friend
visiting Brisbane often works much better.
- You check the underside of the china for Makers Name,
Pattern Name, & pattern numbers. If possible you send a
picture by post or scan and email me an image to confirm
exactly the pattern and shapes if required
- You confirm the inventory (including the size in mm of
each shape) of the china that is in perfect condition ie.
No wear to gold or silver edge trim, cracks, chips,
crazing or pattern wear or fading.
- I review the inventory and make an offer.
- Upon agreement you (or a friend) bring the china
directly to me or alternately I forward a cheque and
written packing instructions to you and we go through
steps 5,6 & 7.
- You pack the china carefully in accordance with the
instructions to ensure your precious china arrives safely
despite the rigours of road freight or (even worse)
- You (as appropriate) post or contact my nominated
freight company who picks up the china at your door (metro
only) or agreed location.
- Australia post charges are usually estimated by
myself, then included in the cheque from Chinafinders and
then paid at the PO by your self. Road freight is prepaid
by vouchers supplied by myself (they are usually volume &
weight limited so please carefully limit, where
practicable, the total volume and weight of the final
package) or debited to a Chinafinders account.
Packing for Safe Shipment:
The following is applicable for shipments to Chinafinders
from within Australia and, in general terms, is applicable
to shipments from overseas to Brisbane Australia.
Packing:- We have a packing manual we can send to you but
for most china the following is sufficient.
Cartons/ boxes:- The next challenge is to find the lidded,
large, wide & flatish white foam boxes. The best
containers are the larger size (57cm long x 38cm wide x
27cm high – the smaller boxes don't fit the dinnerplates
or a full 36 piece set etc very well ) "lidded" white
polystyrene foam boxes (readily available without (or at
nominal) charge from the local vegetable/fruit shop . The
squarish cross-section boxes are too small to successfully
house a stack of dinnerplates. If you are stuck finding
the right foam boxes there is an open ( lidless) variety
designed to stack & interlock so you can cut the body off
the top box(4th or top in a stack) and use its base as a
lid and tape the lot together. Make sure you get the
biggest & widest type & all are the same. It works fine.
It is essential that the boxes are the same size so they
stack & tape securely . Depending on the foam box size
you should (where necessary) be able to stack & tape
together 2 or 3 of the boxes. Remove any external box
labels and make sure the boxes are sanitized.
Do not send the boxes as separate parcels as each parcel
will require a separate sticker and the shipment will
become uneconomic for me.
Where a larger dinner set or set of china is being shipped
the foam boxes work exceptionally well to cushion &
protect the china during transport.
McCafferty Busfreight has a 0.15CuM (30cubic Kg at 200kg
/CuM) package size limit and a 20Kg dead weight limit so
any larger shipment must comprise multiple packages each
within the above limits. We have prepaid vouchers in
10kg, 15kg and 20kg ratings and can extend the 20 Kg
parcel to 30 kg for cubic purposes in 5kg increments with
add on 5kg stickers. Please return any unneeded 5Kg
(green) add on stickers
Packing Technique:- Flatware (plates, bowls & saucers) are
tightly packed together in bundles which will just fit
inside the lidded white polystyrene foam boxes and leave
enough room for a top & bottom layer of scrunched
newspaper. Newspaper is folded into strips comprising 4
to 6 layers and slightly wider than the plate that is
being wrapped. It forms a zig zag between the plates in
the bundle. Starting with a 6ply newspaper strip on the
table place the plate face down and fold the paper back
across the plate. Place the next plate on the pile & fold
the paper back across that plate, adding more newspaper
strips with a 100mm overlap to continue the paper between
the plates until all the plates are in the bundle or the
maximum bundle hight that can fit in the box is reached.
Then place a separate 6ply strip of newspaper on the table
and place the bundle of plates in the middle of the strip.
Press the plates down tightly and bring the ends of the
strip together and tape so the bundle is held together
tightly. Repeat the above but at 90degrees so all the
edges of the plates are covered and the plate bundle is
tight & secure. A couple of tight wraps in both
directions with a strip of Bubble wrap slightly wider than
the plate bundle will then make a firm and stable secure
plate bundle that will travel securely. Put thick
cardboard dividers inside the polystyrene box after the
plate bundles are placed to restrict movement in transport
and fill voids with tightly packed scrunched newspaper or
similar to restrain any movement
Cups ,Handled soup coupes, and other similar fragile
smalls are individually wrapped in soft newspaper, tissue
or bubble wrap , with a small narrow wad or roll of
paper/soft cardboard within each handle. They are then
packed in a small box (such as a shoe box) with scrunched
paper or paper shred to restrain movement. The shoe box
is placed at one end of the polystyrene box away from the
heaviest items in the case of small shipments or in the
top box in the case of larger shipments.
Teapots, coffeepots, platters and other large items. The
spout and handles of teapots etc are quite vulnerable to
damage in transit and so require special packing. Always
pack the lid inverted in the lid recess & attached to the
pot to avoid misplacement. Make a narrow wad or roll of
soft cardboard and fill the handle loop and the "v" behind
the spout. Wrap soft cardboard arround the spout end.
Wrap the entire pot with bubble wrap or soft cardboard.
Place in the top box or as far away as possible from heavy
plate bundles in single box shipments.
Mark the consigner ( yourself) clearly & the receiver
(Chinafinders P/L 12 Crestview St. Kenmore 4069 Brisbane)
in large letters on each box and call the freight company
local office for a pickup or drop off at the nearest depot
Shipping to Chinafinders:
We have a special ( & economic) cubic contract rate for
inbound freight with McCafferty BusFreight who have an
extended pickup & delivery area based on their Bus routes
and bus depots/stops. It is important to know if you are
within their "one sticker" pickup area or can get the
packed china to the nearest Mc Cafferty BusFreight depot.
Check the website www.busfreight.com.au for your nearest
depot or call 131499 / 1300 656532
Alternately "Fastway Couriers" www.fastway.com.au may
service your location and often can offer from the east
coast capitals & nearby areas a very economic alternate to
Australia Post or McCafferty "Busfreight" for inbound
shipments (greater than 3Kg ) to Kenmore 4069 QLD.
Additionally Fastway have a most convenient on line "Track
& Trace" that is able to give an up to date report as to
the shipment progress
We usually forward prepaid "Busfreight" stickers once we
know the packed volume and box dimensions. Please note
that it is important to check with your local agent as not
all depots or agents will accept a Busfreight prepaid
freight voucher. We must advise McCafferty Brisbane in
advance if there is to be a reverse shipment using a
prepaid freight voucher.
Small shipments ( under 3kg) are often most economic via
Information for Non Australia Based Sellers:
Chinafinders P/L is located in Brisbane AUSTRALIA
Shipping to Australia by post is expensive . However
cheap trans Tasman airfares are readily available and hand
carry is a real option by yourself or a friend. Deferred
rate UPS shipping in a 10kg or 25kg standardized box is
also an option.
Shipping to Chinafinders is unlikely to be a problem as my
wife & I visit the UK annually or twice annually ( often
in the May to August period ) to purchase china or the
china can be posted to Australia if the item is low weight
(up to 4 lbs ) & high value china. Deferred rate UPS &
Fedex shipping in a 10kg or 25kg standardized box are also
options. I have a UK cheque account so payment by HSBC
cheque is possible.
The major impediment to purchase will be the shipping cost
from the USA by Economy surface post where the weight
limit of 44lbs & a tight volume limit applies . I have
successfully purchased dinnersets from the USA in the
past. Deferred rate UPS & Fedex shipping in a 10kg or
25kg standardized box are also options. I can pay with a
"Western Union" cheque in US$ ( obtainable from the Post
Office in Australia) with the limitation that it must be
paid into a US$ USA based cheque account.
Please advise any suggestions you may have with respect to
economic shipping .
I can easily pay by paypal if you have an ebay /paypal
Old Catalogues Needed:
We are always searching for old and not so old
manufacturer's catalogues or brochures to add to our
pattern library. We would be grateful to be able to
borrow and copy any that you may have available.