Variety is the spice of life and vintage variety is the good stuff that shakes it all up!

Saturday, September 12

Sale Section

A little bit of news from the Etsy shop.   This week I added a new section to the category list:  Close Out Sales

I'll be adding products into this category on a regular basis.  Some of these closeouts have drastic reductions and mostly likely will not be repeated.  I hope you enjoy taking advantage of this new section.   psst..... and for my repeat customers you can still use that special coupon code I gave you for shopping in the store!

Friday, July 3

NOS Vintage Sterling Silver Jewelry

Many years ago, when I had a large store in Caledonia, I carried a small line of new sterling silver jewelry from the Swift Arrow company in Maine.  It was a pleasure to carry their products as the craftsmanship is outstanding AND the company faithfully supported worthy environmental causes.  The striking, black on silver Native American designs are favorites of mine.

I still have a few of these pieces in stock and offer them here for sale.   Please contact me via email on any item and include your address with zip code.   You'll be invoiced directly thru PayPal.

Post bridle style button pierced, Sterling $12

Post bridle style button pierced, Sterling $12

Sm oval post stud, Sterling White Buffalo stone $18

French hook wire, Sterling oval Obsidian Moonstone drops $15

Sm square post stud, Sterling Onyx $12

All earrings ship US First Class mail, $2.50 extra. International shoppers contact me for a quote.

$165, plus $3 shipping US.

This beautiful cuff bracelet is striking! Sterling silver and large oval obsidian moonstone.  Signed JME.  2 1/2 inch opening across the"C".   Firm, hefty cuff bands.  Wore this myself a couple of times - who could resist?  Always a comment getter.   $165, plus $3 shipping US.

Antiquers Retire?

A funny thing has happened during the last 37 years of running a business:  I've discovered that I don't know how to retire!  No one has written a book yet on antique'rs and retirement.  I always thought there would be an obvious end point some day and I could walk on into that beautiful sunset and slip away in my kayak.   Such is not the case though.  Silly you say?  Well let me explain.

Most folks work for an employer during their career life and many of the lucky ones also get a change to build up some kind of monetary retirement fund.  My 401K is currently neatly stacked in a well maintained storage unit in banana boxes and on racks!   Wall Street never dreamed of having a bank account like this!   It requires a different kind of "transaction" process for sure.  What I may have once called "the end of the lot" over 20 years ago has now become a stock of choice.  Time is such a funny transmuter!

Could I run it into an auction?  Yeah, probably and I'd likely received an amount equivalent to the crash of 1929!  Because certain kinds of old items are of specific interest and value to specific people, the only way to liquidate these vintage goodies is to find that special person.   I like to call them kindred keepers.

Drum Roll - Welcome to the 21st Century of internet selling!  Not only can I find that special someone, I can do it on my own time!  Now the challenge is to be a good photographer, marketing guru, computer tech and creative online seller.  And that is in addition to all the older hats that a sole proprietor wears to operate a small business.  Sounds like a lot but it keeps the heart pumping and the brain intrigued.  What more could you possibly ask for?

Who ever thought retirement would be so much fun!  Oh I suppose there will be a day when I do call that auctioneer...but not in the immediate future.  It's fun learning new things and meeting people from all around the world.  I never would have dreamed 30 years ago that someone as far away as Australia would also love my vintage treasures!  That's very exciting!