Gear is an important aspect of street performing, and if you do it for a while on a regular base, you will know what I mean. Money spent in quality props (like cups, balls, wands, pouches, tables, Dye Tubes, silks, even ropes, etc.) is money well spent. Not only do professional props look more professional, but they handle and behave professional.
They last longer, fulfil their functions without hassles, and give more pleasure to perform. My advice: after you have decided what you want, get the best props you can afford. As in music, it pays on the long run. Of course, it doesn’t make the routine better, if you are a lousy performer, but it adds class.
A good performer can achieve great results with lousy props, but it is much more fun to perform with first-class material. Always remember: buying unit after unit of cheap props that break and rot, cost you more money. Better save and spend your money on quality work. Don’t attempt to save money in the wrong place. Get the best you can.