Hi everyone, I have a story to share….
Several months ago I purchased vintage czech glass pearl ombre (color fades from pink to aqua) beads with a satin finish. These beads are from a factory called Ornella that used to manufacture jewelry in the Czech Republic in the 1920s-1930s. I finally carved out the time to explore and “work” with these beads. I found myself sitting there with 80+ year old beads (in perfect condition) feeling their quality, their heft, their shine, admiring the beauty and wondering what to do with them. Do they go in a small bowl for display like many of my other beads because I can’t bare to have them stored away out of sight? I still have them safely stored away in my “to make bead box” which includes beads and findings which I plan to use to make jewelry for myself. However, I did design and create a few pairs of earrings, one of which is for sale at my Etsy shop. It was a thrill to glaze my hands over “sea spine beads” (real from the ocean with a hole drilled in them for jewelry making) from one of my bead storage boxes and realize the two items are an eclectic and perfect fit! I hope you like it, please check them out:
Speaking of the Czech Republic, I often think about the supplies and art produced there throughout the years. Many of these pieces are no longer for sale, as collectors have purchased them and are not letting go. So, when folks say to me “the stuff isn’t going anywhere” and they are referring to certain antique and vintage pieces – it is indeed getting increasingly harder to find certain pieces. So, I will keep on searching and picking, and sharing the finds with you at eclecticnesting.etsy.com!
Thanks for reading my story, or, I should say – stories.
Here is a list of the deals being offered at Eclecticnesting.etsy.com for the month of May. Please convo me once at the e-shop to utilize these and/or with any questions, thanks!
1) Free US shipping on orders over $70.
2) Buy 2 Vintage Salt and Pepper Shakers and/or Vintage Scarves (mix and match) and get a shaker or scarf free of equal or lesser value.
3) Buy any 2 pieces of *handmade jewelry* and receive a piece free of equal or lesser value.
4) Like my Facebook page and ask me for a 25% off coupon.
5) Always: accepting offers on most items. If you are interested in multiple items let’s “bundle” and make a deal. (Also open to custom orders and specific trades).
Today, against my better judgment, I went to an antique shop. Why would this be against by better judgment if I adore antiques? Because this was a retail priced shop – no negotiating, bargaining, and dealers who know the value of their items and mark them accordingly. This is of course fair for the dealer (and how the Pickers on American Pickers the TV show would price the items they go across country seeking out), however, not in my budget right now. There were rich Bakelite bangle bracelets for $250, tin spinning tops so well constructed from the 1930s they are still colorful and in great shape ($20-50), what seemed like endless displays of vintage amber and rhinestone jewelry, and unique treasures from across the world that are no longer made. Of course I gravitated towards things I collect or love– art deco, jewelry, salt and pepper shakers, needle-point purses, buttons, specific glasses to see if there was “finally the one to complete my set!” and much more. It was a sensory overload experience that I truly enjoyed when I had to drag myself out empty-handed.
What makes you happy?