Norma's Profile

About

I am often asked how I came to deal merchandise in such an unusual field as antique and vintage hair accessories.

You can read more about my family background and how it influenced my collecting interests here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ElrondsEmporium/about/

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Throughout my working life I was employed in different academic careers such as librarian and university professor. The training I received helped me focus my interests and hone my talents as a professional researcher and writer.

Consequently I developed a keen interest in the history of applied arts and costume. I also became a collector and part time dealer in antiques and jewellery from my early 20s…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 8
  • Joined February 17, 2010

Favorite materials

Luxurious fabrics, metallic embroidery, peacock feathers, cabochon stones, mother of pearl, elaborate inlays, Islamic designs, tortoise shell

Shop

ElrondsEmporium
SPECIALISING IN ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE HAIR...

About

I am often asked how I came to deal merchandise in such an unusual field as antique and vintage hair accessories.

You can read more about my family background and how it influenced my collecting interests here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ElrondsEmporium/about/

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Throughout my working life I was employed in different academic careers such as librarian and university professor. The training I received helped me focus my interests and hone my talents as a professional researcher and writer.

Consequently I developed a keen interest in the history of applied arts and costume. I also became a collector and part time dealer in antiques and jewellery from my early 20s.

In the late 1990s I inherited a vast and impressive collection of hair accessories. For several years they sat in boxes in my attic while I travelled the world and pursued my career.

Later I became too disabled for employed work and had to take early retirement. However I still had to find a means to pay bills and put food on my table. I had inherited a great deal of "stuff" from my mother and grandmother. Enough to start an antiques business, in fact. As a beginning I decided that the comb collection should really be dispersed back into the collecting community.

I found that there was a comb collecting club based in the USA, and many eager buyers waiting to purchase. That was how I came to sell the collection on eBay, and subsequently to establish a business specialising in antique and vintage hair accessories.

To date I now trade on several platforms including Ebay, Ruby Lane and my own website at Simitras-Exquisite-Things.com. I am also on Etsy as DragonsLairVintage and NoraHague

Collecting interests

Islamic furniture, vintage textiles, costume books and illustrations.

Pastimes

Reading science fiction, patchwork, interior design and travel to different cultures.

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