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Lucy Van Gorder on Apr 25, 2016
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Vintage Jewelry and Clothing on Etsy
The past few years have been very good to me. Not so much because good things have happened around me, but more so that good things have happened within me. I've begun to think of my life, not as I thought it would be, but the way I would like to live it now. My Etsy Shop is one manifestation of this change.
My life until now has been centered around my husband and my children but as the children have left home I have become increasingly aware of my desire to become a successful businesswoman. I have always been drawn to, and oddly comforted by, vintage things. I decided to put my love of estate sales and antique stores to work for me hunting for, purchasing and reselling the treasures of the past.
My shop name, A Magnificent Mess, came from my inability to settle on one specific type of item to sell. Would it be jewelry? Would it be clothing? Would it be repurposed vintage pieces? I just could not make up my mind and so "A Magnificent Mess" was born.
Those "in the know" say that you should do what you love and you will be successful. Now that I have raised five independent, happy, responsible children I am moving on to something else that I love... sharing the magnificent treasures of the past with you.
I hope you will help me make a success of it.
Born and raised on Southern California sunshine I am happily married since 1979 to the handsome guy in the photo with me and the mother of five beautiful, adult children.
This is my daughter, Mary on her wedding day May 18, 2013. She models my jewelry so that you know how it looks on a person instead of a mannequin.
This is my daughter, Katie. She models clothes and jewelry for me. Yes, she does have legs….they just wouldn't fit in the photo, LOL!
Kirsten Freeman & Kellen Freeman
Model & Photographer
This is my daughter, Kirsten and my son, Kellen. She models the tiny antique clothing and jewelry and he sometimes helps with the photography.
Thousand Oaks, California
Welcome! Thanks for taking a peek inside my shop.
For years my friends and family have been telling me I should sell the things I make but honestly, I just wanted to make things for fun without the pressure of product lines and deadlines. I was focused on the most important job, making a loving and happy home for my husband and five children. Well, the children are all grown up now and when my son’s girlfriend said she would definitely buy the things I make it finally dawned on me that this is my opportunity to reinvent myself from Mommy to Artist and Antique dealer. I'm currently finding myself in front of the vintage jewelry at Estate sales so expect to see more and more amazing jewels in my shop.
A year later...
As you can see I've moved completely to shopping for vintage jewelry now.... A Magnificent Mess indeed!
I confess, I love rust. I also love fur and the smell of mothballs but that is another story….
I can spend hours in an antique store. I love anything and everything old, especially things that can be worn. When I’m looking at a limp, dingy, lifeless Edwardian tea skirt I can sense the excitement of the girl who wore it for the first time. So I buy it and wash it four times before it’s really clean. Then I spend half a day ironing hundreds of knife pleats and as it returns to the breathtaking little confection it was when new I feel an amazing sense of wonder. As though I have traveled in time and can see her twirling around in it, smiling brightly. Want to see it?
Curl up in your chair, browse around a bit. If you don’t find something for yourself there is a good chance you will find the perfect gift for someone special. I’ll even gift wrap it for you.
Thank you for coming by.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
I expect payment within 3 days or I will relist the item.
I will request payment after the sale as there is no way for me to add the cost to a shipping profile. If this does not work for you I will cheerfully refund your purchase.
PLEASE BE ADVISED, ALL PACKAGES WILL BE PHOTOGRAPHED PRIOR TO SHIPPING TO ENSURE THAT ALL CONTENTS ARE INCLUDED.
IF YOU HAVE AN UNCONFIRMED ADDRESS REGISTERED WITH PAYPAL, WE CANNOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR DAMAGED PACKAGES.
Seller will ship within two business days of receiving payment.
We package every item carefully with paper tissue or bubble wrap and ship in either a padded envelope or box, depending upon the size/weight of the order.
Shipping within the United States is via USPS First Class Mail. If you would like Insurance and/or tracking on your item please convo me for additional charges.
We use two methods for international shipping:
1. USPS First-Class Package International Service
2. Upon request we will ship via USPS Priority International or USPS Priority Express International for an additional charge to be determined by actual shipping address.
International customers are responsible for duties, taxes, and other fees incurred on international packages. Also, please be advised that I will NOT falsify customs documents by marking a package as a "gift" on customs forms.
I am NOT responsible for shipping delays due to Customs in the receiving country.
Please do not leave negative feedback for me because you are unhappy with the Postal Service or Customs Service.
Refunds and Exchanges
We welcome and encourage you to ask questions and/or request additional photos prior to purchasing if needed.
If somehow we described an item substantially incorrect (i.e. significant damage or flaws not noted), we will accept returns under the following conditions:
1. We must be notified within THREE (3) days upon your receiving the item to request a refund. The item must be shipped within TWO (2) days upon an agreed return.
2. IF AN ITEM IS DAMAGED DURING SHIPPING BUYER MUST COMPLY WITH ALL REQUESTS REQUIRED BY THE INSURANCE COMPANY, INCLUDING PROVIDING PHOTOGRAPHS OF DAMAGE IN AND OUT OF THE PACKAGING IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A REFUND. NO EXCEPTIONS.
3. Items MUST be returned in the same way that they were sent. If your item was shipped with delivery confirmation and insurance, it must be returned using those shipping options. If it was shipped in a box, it must be returned in a box.
4. Items must also be returned in the same exact condition as it was when it originally shipped.
5. We do not refund shipping costs associated with returning the item.
6. Refunds will be made via PayPal only.
10. Refunds will only be made AFTER the item has been received by the Seller and/or the insurance company has paid the claim.
Returns will NOT be accepted for buyer’s remorse, if an item doesn’t fit or for color variation (each computer displays differently).
ALL OF THE ITEMS I SELL ARE VINTAGE, ANTIQUE OR PRE-OWNED UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, THAT MEANS THAT THEY ARE NOT NEW AND WILL HAVE SOME WEAR TO THEM. I WILL DO MY BEST TO DESCRIBE ANY PROBLEMS, DEFECTS OR PARTICULARS THAT ARE VISIBLE TO THE EYE. I AM NOT A JEWELER OR JEWELRY EXPERT, I SELL JEWELRY AND OTHER ITEMS AS THEY ARE MARKED, THEY HAVE NOT BEEN TESTED UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ASK QUESTIONS BEFORE, NOT AFTER, YOUR PURCHASE. MY OPINION OF CONDITION MAY VARY FROM YOURS AND WHAT I THINK IS IN GOOD CONDITION, YOU MAY THINK IS IN TERRIBLE CONDITION, SO PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS. PLEASE TRY TO REMEMBER THAT I AM HUMAN AND I NEVER TRY TO INTENTIONALLY MISINFORM ABOUT AN ITEM. I TRY TO REPLY TO MY EMAILS WITHIN 24 HOURS, SO PLEASE DO NOT WAIT TO THE LAST MINUTE TO ASK A QUESTION ABOUT AN ITEM. I ONLY ISSUE REFUNDS IF THE ITEM HAS BEEN GROSSLY MISREPRESENTED , NOT BECAUSE WHEN YOU RECEIVE IT YOU DECIDE THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE IT OR THAT YOU CANNOT RE-SELL IT.
PLEASE NOTE: IF A PACKAGE IS RETURNED OR "REFUSED" BY THE BUYER, THE SELLER WILL DEDUCT A 20% RESTOCKING FEE FROM THE PURCHASE PRICE OF ITEM AND ALL SHIPPING FEES, INCLUDING RETURN SHIPPING, WILL NOT BE REFUNDED.
Additional policies and FAQs
All items are maintained in a smoke free environment and stored with care. However, Seller cannot guarantee that vintage items have been stored in a smoke free environment prior to their acquisition by Seller.