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Buying Pottery From Perfect Pieces

If you’ve been having a tour around the Perfect Pieces website and are interested in purchasing an item but are wondering how to go about paying for it…then read on!

Perfect Pieces can accept payment by UK cheque, UK postal order or we can take payment by credit/debit card through PayPal. Now if you haven’t heard or used PayPal before you’re probably wondering what it is.

PayPal allows you to use your debit or credit card to send and receive money for fee, simply and most importantly safely.

Click here to visit PayPal’s site and read all about it

If you choose to use PayPal then we will sent your item to the address you used when completing your PayPal payment. This address is confirmed by PayPal to ensure the card isn’t being used fraudulently.  So, now you’ve mastered PayPal it’s time to put in your order!

Click here to view our current selection of pottery & collectable for sale

Perfect Pieces Guide To Auctions

If you’ve been buying pottery and glass for your collection or even for someone else and are now thinking of visiting an auction house having seen them on television you might like to look at our guide:

Buying Antiques & Collectables At Auction

It’s not as easy (or cheap!) as you may think and it’s always worth knowing a few things before you start.

In this guide we cover most things from viewing goods at auction, registering to bid, all the way through to actually bidding and then paying for any successful purchases!

If you have any comments or experiences at auction you want to share then do drop us an email or leave a comment, we’re always interested in hearing from people.

Live Overseas…No Problem Perfect Pieces Ship Internationally

If you live outside the UK and would like to purchase a piece of pottery from us but are anxious about postage abroad – don’t be!

Here at Perfect Pieces, we regularly ship internationally! Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA are regular destinations for our stock and we have also posted to most countries in western Europe and Scandinavia. We will post to virtually any location in the world, subject to the availability of a reputable, signed-for mail or courier service to that destination – we do not send anything abroad that is not tracked, signed for and insured.

You might be wondering how much it costs to have an item sent overseas. Well, we only charge postage at cost, carefully packaging the item to ensure it’s weighed and charged correctly. It is true that this is more expensive than UK postage – but we keep these costs to a minimum and trying to skimp on postage is a false economy with fragile items.

Most items will be sent Royal Mail International Signed For. This service is tracked and signed for at the point of delivery – click here to read more about this service. Items weighing over 2kg when packed have to go by courier – but this is a fairly rare occurrence as most of our stock is quite light and compact.

If you have seen something you’re interested in on the site and would like to know what the additional international postage cost to your location would be, then feel free to contact us for a rough postage estimate. We’ll do our best to provide an outline of the cost, then once you’ve ordered we’ll confirm with the exact cost when the item has been packaged.

(Remember that postage and packaging to all UK addresses is included in our prices – we only charge extra for shipping to destinations outside the UK.)

Click here to view our current selection of stock

Perfect Pieces – Payment Methods & All You Need To Know!

If you’re looking at buying a piece of pottery or glass from the Perfect Pieces website then you’re probably wondering how you go about paying for your chosen item(s).

If you’re based within the UK we can accept various payment methods. I’ve included a summary in the list below:

  • UK Cheque – Most people have a cheque book for a bank account. We can only accept UK Sterling cheques only and all cheques should be made payable to “Perfect Pieces
  • UK postal orders – These are available at most post office branches. Full details can be found on the Post Office website – click here for details.
  • On special request we can accept instant bank transfer as a payment method. On request we will provide you with the relevant details for payment to be made.
  • Finally, PayPal. PayPal allows you to pay using your debit or credit card. You don’t need to have a PayPal account to make a payment, one-off payments can be made. Click here for further details about PayPal. Please note, PayPal payments do incur a 2% surcharge.

For international buyers, we only accept payment by PayPal. This allows you to make swift easy payments online using your chosen credit or debit card, and protects both you and us from any potential problems.

So, once you’ve finished browsing our site and have found an item you’d like to purchase simply choose your payment method and the rest is easy!

If you have any problems or have got any questions then do not hesitate to get in touch.

Live Overseas And Want To Buy British Pottery? No Problem…

If you live overseas and have been browsing the Perfect Pieces website and found some items you are interested in purchasing then don’t panic, we do ship overseas!

As you will notice all items on the Perfect Pieces website currently include FREE UK postage and packaging. It does cost more to send parcels overseas and as the cost of shipping is based on the packaged weight of the item(s), so we charge postage for overseas orders at cost only – we don’t charge you for packaging.

We regularly ship to  Australia, Europe, USA, Canada, Ireland, Scandinavia to name a few, so where ever you live it shouldn’t be a problem for us to ship your chosen item to you.

We usually ship international orders over £50 by by Royal Mail International Signed For Airmail. This service is tracked and requires a signature on delivery.

Once you place your order we will prepare the item and calculate the shipping cost. We’ll then send you an invoice detailing the cost of shipping so you can see how much it will be – international shipping costs can range from only a few pounds to usually no more than £25 for heaver larger items. Once we receive your payment we’ll then aim to ship the item out to you within 48 hours, and we’ll email you to confirm despatch of your item.

Delivery to overseas locations we find can take anything from a few days to around 2 weeks depending on your precise location.

If you have any further questions about overseas postage then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

If you want to browse our current selection of British pottery and collectables to see if anything takes your fancy, then please – click here.

Pottery Price Guides and Pottery Books – How To Choose

There are many many pottery price guides, collectables price guides and collectors handbooks on the market today, often with new ones coming out each year so it’s hard to know which to buy if you’re after one.

If you’re a collector of a specific area and are after a book which might give you further information about your collecting market including pictures and price guides their are often Collectors Handbooks available for specific areas such as the following:

It’s worth bearing in mind that these aren’t necessarily newly published each year so prices aren’t always up to date and have to be taken with some caution. They do however generally offer some interesting information about the collecting area, the ranges that might have been available and some will also include a short history of the pottery as well.

If you’re looking for more general price guides then there are lots available. These are often published each year and often cover many many different potteries, glass manufactures and sometimes other collectable items such as militaria, dolls and books for example. Examples of this type are the Miller’s Price Guides, such as the ones illustrated below:

If you have a book that you think is extremely useful and would recommend it then do let us know and we’ll write about it here so that other collectors can also benefit.

Christmas Shopping at Perfect Pieces

For those of you shopping for last minute Christmas gifts on Perfect Pieces might be interested in our last dates for posting items out to ensure they arrive before Father Christmas does!

As long as we have received your cleared payment (UK cheque or instant PayPal Payment) the last date for us to post out your item to guarantee it arrives before the Christmas holidays is:

Tuesday 23rd December

Postage by Royal Mail Special Delivery guaranteed delivery by 1pm on Christmas Eve (24th December). Please ensure you are in as a signature is required otherwise the parcel may be taken back to the sorting office.

Christmas Shopping At Perfect Pieces

Anyone wanting to purchase a special gift from the Perfect Pieces website for Christmas doesn’t need to worry about their secret being discovered!

To help keep gifts a surprise from loved ones we are able to offer you the following:

  • Communication can be done by email, telephone or SMS if required!
  • Postage to an alternative address be it work, friend or another family member is possible.
  • Parcels can be disguised or contents wrapped just in case “the someone” should open it!

So if you’ve spotted something you think will be the perfect gift don’t hesitate to get in touch – Remember all our prices currently include FREE UK Postage & Packaging as well.

Inspecting Ceramics – How to check for damage & restoration

When you’re buying from an Antique Fair or auction it’s always wise to properly inspect the items so you can be sure you’re getting exactly what you think you are. Whilst the auction house might not have listed any damage on your particular lot, they aren’t required to and once you’ve bought the piece there’s no going back!

Checking for restoration, hairline cracks or any other damage can often be tricky, especially as the light in many of these places isn’t brilliant. That’s why it’s always wise to carry around an eye glass or small magnifying glass.

Here is an example of an eye glass (left) and a jewellers loupe (right). Click on any of the images to see the range that Amazon currently offer:


These really allow you to get up, close and personal with an object and really inspect it. It’s always wise if at all possible to take the item either to a window or towards a light just to give you the best chance of noticing anything.

Why not check out our How to Check Ceramics for Damage, Restoration & Wear guide to help you on your way.

Christmas Shopping at Perfect Pieces!

It appears the shops have already starting stocking all the usual Christmas paraphernalia including wrapping paper, cards and Christmas novelty gifts. So, if you’ve started to wonder what to get your close friends and family for Christmas, why not take a look at the some of the items we have on offer?

If you have a price range in mind, you can browse our current stock by selecting your price range on the menu bar across the top of each page. You’ll then be able to view images and details of all the items within your budget.

Alternatively, if you’re just looking for something a little different why not browse our View All Stock page. This allows you to view images of every piece we currently have for sale!

Finally, if you have something particular in mind, check out our pottery-specific stock pages (listed on the left) or simply contact us and see if we can help.