Vintage Tea Carts

The tea cart used to be a staple in homes, but it's not so popular anymore. We think it's time for a comeback, since tea carts can be very practical in a small space. They're easily movable and they can pinch hit as a bar, side table, laptop workstation, or serving piece...

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Although they can be tough to scout out, you can find them in the usual second-hand spots, from craigslist to antique stores to flea markets. Like any antique, prices can range from under $100 to several thousands of dollars. The 1950s two-tier tea cart from the top photo is $3,400 from Antiques on Old Plank Road. The aluminum-frame cart in the second photo is $1,600 from Modern Times. Another pricey, but beautiful, classic is Alvar Aalto's Tea Trolley. Less expensive versions can be found by keeping an eye out at thrift stores.