Category Archives: vintage jewelry

Bendywho Makes Fantastic Flauntables!

Admittedly, when it comes to charm bracelets, my wallet has a tendency to fly open and my cash spontaneously disappears. But I always end up with some really cool jewels. Case in point. I went a little crazy shopping on etsy last night and found a new jewelry designer (Bendywho) who has some really amazing creations made with vintage and newer finds.  I bought the two bracelets (below) from her and will probably be standing by the mailbox until they are sitting on my wrists.

Bendywho also has some other creations that anyone who appreciates one-of-a-kind jewelry will undoubtedly love. Check them out below or click here to visit her store. The picks below are a sampling of some of the new creations she’s added — charm bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Simply gorgeous!!!

Cardinal Rules Charm bracelet ($115)

Romantic Love Earrings ($124)

Honeydew Asian Necklace ($135)

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Leading a “Plastic” Charmed Life

I just spent the weekend in San Francisco, where I always find plenty of fashion inspiration! One example is my friend Jessie who is currently designing vintage and retro inspired plastic and lucite jewelry out of salvaged and new parts  crafted from vintage molds. While she is currently ramping up to offer her goods online, I was lucky enough to score one of the rings that she made…and quite a few compliments on my ring, too.

Jessie’s creativity piqued my curiosity, so I set out in search of other plastic costume jewelry that borders on kitschy creativity.

My first find was Gee Lizzie, who has some really cute vintage plastic charm bracelets, necklaces, pendants, and earrings that have cute little plastic trinkets that have your strolling down memory lane before you know it. The charming necklace below is only $14 — well worth a trip down memory lane.

These cute little scotty dog earrings are a find for $6.50 — at Gee Lizzie, too.

Or how about this adorable pendant from Gee Lizzie for $11.00.

Who can pass up these vintage plastic doll charms from AtomicVeggiecom that are straight out of the 1960s.  (Tell me your friends won’t be Jealous!)

Totally in love with this bracelet from SassyFrass, which is made from vintage plastic flowers and Swaroski crystals. A little pricier at $80, but truly one of a kind and perfect for the Spring!

Get “in the pink” with this pink and yellow plastic “bunny love” dangle necklace from angelovepink, priced at $55.

Salvage Inspiration Keeps it “Green”

Now here’s an online boutique that was “born out of a love for all things vintage, and a disgust for the disposable society we live in” — Salvage Life. Finding inspiration in all things vintage and retro, SalvageLife not only has fantastic vintage finds, they are also helping promote green living by discouraging wastefulness and promoting sustainable buying practices. It all sounds great…and it is! This shop is cute and below are some of my fav things they offer.

A totally girly “Sweet Army” trench coat ($58).

“Weighing the Odds” chunky gold vintage necklace ($12).

Super cute “black and white” organic print vintage tote ($32).

All About Flower Power!

What better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than with vintage or retro flower prints and accessories? I have to admit, I really love one of a kind handcrafted or vintage wares that put a new spin on bright florals. My first find is something that anyone who appreciates 70s inspired accessories will truly adore.  Created by Oh My Cavalier, these little victorian-inspired cuties will take you back to a time when life was so much simpler. For a mere $10, you can have your very own.

How about a groovy retroed-out belt that was a wardrobe staple in the 60s? Check out these retro belts created by CB Stitches, which are a mere $6.99 each.

Now This is Swell!

Surfing around Etsy and spotted Artist “Gee Lizzie” and her “swell” creations. A crafter for more than 30 years, she has started creating one of a kind charms and altered art jewelry from vintage bits and pieces. I especially love the “Swell” gum charm and the assortment of little novelties –all of which are really reasonably priced–nothing pictured here is over $25.00. Check out her store wearable wares at  Gee Lizzie on Etsy.

 

Bakelite Bangles and the Return of Plastic Persuasion

I absolutely adore vintage bakelite and lucite accessories, but perhaps my biggest weakness is bakelite bangles. I have dozens and keep adding to the pile every day. My biggest thrill is finding them in random places — like thrift stores, estate sales, and the side of the road (I wish). The latest one I have my eye on is on ebay (and no, I won’t divulge where, but it is reverse carved with little painted goldfish and seaweed).

BUT, I will share some of the places offering amazing bakelite jewelry. The first is my favorite — NatParis.  Based in Paris, this seller’s store is overflowing with all types of traditional and mod bakelite, galaith (or French Bakelite), and Lucite jewelry pieces–from newer and designer to excellent retro and vintage finds. Below are a few of the latest editions to her store, but you’ll usually find 300+ different pieces in stock at any given time.

 

 Also, check out ElegantFlea — another ebay seller that has some really unsual bakelite and lucite pieces.  Some of the best bangles she has are chunky and very unusual and currently she has a bunch of red cherry necklaces and earrings that are awesome, along with some really eclectic bakelite fruit and themed necklaces! Check out the listings at Elegant Flea for the latest and greatest. Below is from the sellers “about me” page…showcasing part of their personal collection.

Vintage Owl Necklaces — a Hot Hoot!

Okay, be honest. How many times have you seen those big chunky vintage owl necklaces at the thrift store, flea market or in your grandmother’s jewelry box, and thought…god those are ugly? Then, one day you begin to think…”those are kind of cute,” and before you know it, you actually own a handful and your friends keep trying to abscond with them? Well, now you can grow your collection or tell your friends to go get their own. I found some of these lost vinty gems for sale online that will surely make a fine addition to anyone’s collection…maybe even mine!

For a mere $18.00, this little hootie is available at Etsy.com http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5531591

And another $18.00 cutie also at Etsy.com can be found at: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5499282

Or this one on ebay for sale on ebay by seller mint-vint (ends March 14, 2007) which is currently a steal for $12.95. Visit and see if it works with your wardrobe: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330096262129&category=291&ssPageName=STORE:PROMOBOX:ENDSOON

Another ebay gem from clothes-pin vintage can be yours for a cool $19.00. Visit and buy it now at: http://cgi.ebay.com/Boho-Hipster-OWL-NECKLACE-pendant-chain-retro-vintage_W0QQitemZ130088825835QQcategoryZ289QQcmdZViewItem

And quite possibly my favorite owl necklace find of the day is at hookedonvintage.com, where this little blue-eyed hooter can perch on your neck for a smooth $45.00. See it at: http://www.hookedonvintage.com/home/hov/page_1755_60/adorable_vintage_1970s_owl_necklace.html