Photography by Rachel Ann Media
With the rise of posh and vintage celebrations in the Rio Grande Valley, South Texas native Amanda Saenz saw the need to have a mix and match vintage china supply company of her own. The China Doll was founded in 2017 on this basic concept, along with a true passion for those wanting to be whisked back to a time of elegance and class.
Prior to The China Doll opening its doors to the public, there was a void in our community for those who chose to celebrate with antique china at their event. As a result, many brides and event holders were forced to outsource to areas such as San Antonio or Austin, just to have access to such uniqueness. Seeking to provide this service close to home, Amanda searched relentlessly for vintage china to begin her inventory. Fate was on her side when she found her first “pearl and grand orchestra” of beautifully mismatched china collected and used for a wedding in Ohio. As the plan unfolded to purchase and transport these unique pieces down to the Rio Grande Valley, the mother of the bride was relieved and delighted to know they would be going to a good home in the Valley, and the rest is history.
Today, The China Doll carries a variety of vintage pieces, for any special event such as dinner, salad, dessert plates, tea cup and coffee sets, along with a wide variety of serving pieces for up to 300 guests at a time. Some are hand painted, and hail from countries such as England and Japan, circa 1930’s. The most popular pieces are vintage Johnson Brothers, Edwin Knowles, Pickard, and even Johann Haviland. Rental rates are comparable to standard white china and correspond to what you will expect to pay with other traditional vendors. As Amanda says, “No two pieces are the same, just like no event should be the same, but that’s all part of the fun.”