Thursday, August 26, 2010

Throw Back to Another Time

Remember when button covers where all the rage?   I have a set of 4 of these animal themed.  There's a zebra, elephant, horse and tiger.   How cute would they look on the front a cardigan.   When I was in high school all the teachers wore them. 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Madeleine Albright

Ever think about the hidden meaning of a pin you have selected.   I recently read Madeleine Albright's book, Read My Pin; Stories from a Diplomat's Jewel Box.   It's an easy read.   Now each time I select a pin I wonder what message is it sending?  I guess it's like anything, you think positive thoughts and hope it sends good vibes.   Like what else could this pin be saying?   I say Happy, Happy!!

I love Flowers

My Mother used to always say "give me my flowers while I'm alive".   I guess being my Mother's daughter I feel the same way.   I love flowers of all kinds except sunflowers.   I especially like to wear them on my lapel.   Back in my corporate days I would stop at the market each morning and buy a carnation to wear on my lapel.   My ex-husband would be suspious every night about the flower.  He never believed I would buy it myself.   Anyway I digress.   Now I wear flower pins and recently came upon this beauty I want to share.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Yesterday I sold my first piece on EBAY.   What a rush!! It's like the first day of diet.   You know you think you can do anything.   I am definitely hooked!  As of today, I made more  on my EBAY sales than in the shop last week.  That's not good.   This is really forcing me to take a hard look at my business.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

So yesterday this guy comes into the shop and buys about $60 in jewelry.  He seem to be selecting unique silvertone pieces that were chunky and had multiple links or pieces to them.    While it can be risky to ask a man about the jewelry he is buying, my curiosity got the best of me and I finally had to ask what did he plan to do with the jewelry.  He indicated he would be taking it apart to show art students how it was constructed and how to develop a prototype for making jewelry.   Go figure?

Continuing the Animal Theme

Isn't he the cutest little thing?   I monkey stick pin with green stone eyes and fake diamonds on his chest.   He's not signed but I love him just the same.   Think someone will buy him on Ebay?   Hope so!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

How's this for a neat Pin??  Granted the trunk is down but it is handpainted and unique.

Apparently S is a Problem

Just thought I would mention I seem to be having a problem with S on my keyboard.  I'll work on that.

From there to here

Did you ever start out convinced of one thing and end up somewhere totally different?   That' me.   In 2008, I  was convinced I wanted a consignment store with furniture and accessories.   So I rented a store, built an inventory and opened.   From the beginning customers and other sellers told me to carry jewelry but noooo I didn't want to sell jewelry.   Finally I bought an estate that included vintage jewelry, and then I was hooked.   I couldn't stop going to yard sales, church bazaars and estate sales.   Now one corner of my store is filled with jewelry and it is spilling out into other areas.  So what to do, what to do???    Let's see,  furniture is heavy and takes a long time to sell,  it takes up a lot of space, has to be dusted and never sells for what it' worth.

Did I mention I really, really like costume jewelry?  I love the way it coordinates with clothing, is not a big investment, and other people notice it.   I have found wonderful vintage pieces that  get tons of comments from people.   I have regular customers that come in to buy 8-10 pieces a month.   Heck I buy that many for myself.

So as my second year draws near the end I wonder do I abandon the furniture, oh and household accessories, and just sell jewelry, maybe even on EBay, or do I keep moving and hauling and polishing and dusting?