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Terms and Conditions of Vintage China Hire from Chinasearch

Hire Period

The hire period is 4 days, inclusive of the collection and return days - e.g. if you collect your china on Friday, it would be due back by Monday. Periods exceeding this timescale will need to be agreed in writing prior to the booking being finalised, and may be subject to an additional cost.

Collection & Return

All orders are collected and returned by the Hirer. Items can be collected and returned between 9.00am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Chinasearch is not open on weekends or bank holidays. When ordering please advise us of the most convenient collection date.

Amendments and Cancellations

Amendments to orders can be made up to one week before collection. If additional items are required then this is subject to availability.

All cancellations must be made in writing - an email will be accepted as cancellation. In the event of cancellation, a rebate of hire charges will be allowed, as follows:

Number of days notice before hire date   Amount of Rebate
Up to 7 daysNil
8 to 14 days50%
15 to 30 days75%
31 or more100%

Wash Up Service

Chinasearch charge a nominal fee of £15.00 for washing up, which is waived for all orders exceeding £500.00. All washing up remains the responsibility of Chinasearch, and we ask that no china is ever placed in a dishwasher. We ask that the Hirer removes left over food and gives the china a quick rinse before repacking.

Condition of Goods

All goods should be checked against the inventory of your order and signed for by the Hirer upon receipt.
No discrepancies or faults will be accepted unless Chinasearch is notified within 24 hours of collection.
The Hirer is responsible for the safe keeping and protection of all goods and packaging on hire as from the date and time of collection, until all goods are returned to us.
In view that the china is old and of a more fragile nature than commercial-use catering china, we ask that extra care is taken when stacking and handling.
It is expected that some of the patterns and gilt edges on many of the vintage items will be worn with age.
The return of all packaging and containers is important and their loss or damage will be charged at full replacement cost.
Please pack the hire goods carefully and in the same manner received, in the same packaging and containers.


A deposit of 50% of the total fee is due on confirmation of booking. Payment can be made by card or cheque.
Balance of payment is due and must be cleared seven working days prior to the hire date.
A refundable damage deposit of £100.00 is required. This deposit will be reimbursed upon the safe return of the hired goods.
The Hirer is responsible for any loss or damage to goods supplied until received and checked. Any losses or breakages will be reported to the Hirer within three working days. The Hirer will be charged the actual cost of replacement. Items not returned within the stated hire period maybe subject to an additional charge. This will be offset by the deposit cheque.

Replacement Costs:

Cup & saucer£12.00
8" plate£8.00
Milk jug£8.00
Sugar basin£8.00
Sandwich / cake plate£18.00
Glass footed cake stand   £30.00
1 tier cake stand£20.00
2 tier cake stand£30.00
3 tier cake stand£40.00
Cutlery£2 - £4 per item
Packing and BoxesPOA


All goods hired are the responsibility of the Hirer. Thus Chinasearch accepts no responsibility or liability for any damage or injury caused by the items hired, however caused. All items hired remain the property of Chinasearch during the hiring duration. Goods are dispatched clean, undamaged and in good working order.

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