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Fall Fashion: Brooches! Brooches! Brooches! How many do you have in your jewelry box?

Have you noticed that brooches are in for the Fall Fashion trends? They were “in” a few years ago, did you buy any? If you have some great looking brooches just sitting in your jewerly box or drawer you can transform them into a necklace or bracelet that you will love to wear and have the Fall Fashion trend that you really love!

Here are some brooches that Nordstrom is selling this fall:

If you have brooches you purchased the last time they were “in” fashion and would like to transform them into a wearable necklace or bracelet contact me at

FUN! FUN! FUN! 5,000 Square Foot New York City Wearhouse of Vintage Jewelry Shopping!!!

When I emailed Elyse Schimel, co-owner with her father, Carl Schimel, of CJS Sales, to find out the details of purchasing from her wearhouse, she reponded: “I looked at your website and you would be in heaven!” And she was more than right about that! She also said be prepared to get dirty and be hot, everything is in boxes and the more you know about vintage jewelry the better experience you will have. I did get very dirty and hot and loved every minute of it. I also found out that as much as I do know about vintage jewelry, I can always learn a lot more!! Here are some photos of this amazing buying experience!

YIKES! Elyse wasn’t kidding!

A Fellow Vintage Sleuth! I hope she doesn’t find something that I want!

The Search!

The Almost Final Haul!

How did these two get into this business?
Elyse and Carl Unpacking the Huge Delivery!

The Schimmel's, Carl and his brother Marty, started Kim Craftsmen, a jewelry design business focused on metal (copper) working. They found in the 1950's that young women were searching for an identity through fashion and art so the brothers began "social networking" before anyone knew what that was! They took their designs to college campuses and targeted the "movers and shakers" and "weekend bohemian girls" or what we in marketing today call "trend setters" or "first responders" and through their trend setting reputations the "word-of-mouth" advertising began and the business took off.

A Pair of Kim Craftsmen Earrings Circa Late ’50’s Early 60’s in the Original Packaging!
It was so nice of Elyse to give me a gift of this pair of earrings from her father’s early collections! I always love owning a little piece of history and especially when I have met the artist!


Have you noticed that vintage is everywhere in fall fashion? From the 40’s 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and the love it or leave it 80’s! I loved the 80’s fashions with the bright colors and funky fabric designs, the shoulder pads, well small ones were good, I think they ended up way too big.

Imagine how important jewelry was and is to compliment these fashions. Look at this Michelle Obama 50’s style dress, as shown on The View, and then picture it with one of these necklaces from


Hi, friends, I forgot to tell you why I posted Maria’s photo below! Maria is the amazing designer of my web-site!  I custom designed the necklace and bracelet she is wearing to meet her love of the color blue.  The necklace is a vintage art deco dress clip transformed into a pendant hanging from gray pearls and Swarovski crystals.  The bracelet is created from transformed vintage buttons and Swarovski crystals.

Would love to know if you like the jewelry.







Maria wearing one of a kind custom designed necklace and bracelet

Maria wearing one of a kind custom designed necklace and bracelet

Fond Memories

I love it when I can bring fond memories back through the transformation of a vintage piece of jewelry! This video says it all….Please watch!

My Favorite Passtime!! Maine Costume Vintage Jewelry Buying Trip So where do all the great pieces of jewelry that inspire me to create come from? Many places that carry vintage jewelry and many people that are kind enough to part with their vintage costume jewelry. But, the most fun is travelling down Route 1 in Maine and stopping in every antique store and flea market that may possibly have jewelry. This is how my husband, Ken and I spent two weekends ago. Of course I look for bargains but most of all the piece has to inspire me so I will create a new piece of jewelry with the inspirational piece as the focal point. I found some pieces at the flea market which is so much fun for bagain hunting and talking to unusal people :-) . One great find was the owner of a store that I had been in many times before but I never spoke to the owner. The store is Queen Anne’s Lace in Wells and the owner is an incredibly nice and knowledgeable woman who is also quite a bit of fun! She made the trip worthwhile. Take a look at the photo of just a few of the pieces of vintage jewelry that I purchased from her store. I will post photos of the jewelry once I transform these vintage brooches into wearable jewelry for today’s fashionista! Please tell me of fun buying or just plain old shopping trips you have had!



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