Come and Listen To A Story About A Girl Named Crash...
The egg hatches...
It was a dark and stormy night...okay okay, it was a sunny day in April of 2011, got me there. I wanted a jewelry store of my own for a long time, since people have been asking me where I got my jewelry and were not content with my answer of "I made it". I finally got enough capital and a stable Internet connection, and after weeks of photography, typing and countless cans of Dr. Pepper, I got the shop completely up and running and Crash's Curiosities entered the world kicking and...well...giggling.
The origin of the name "Crash's Curiosities" is twofold: Crash is a family nickname after a 2006 car accident (don't make me go into details...I could go on all night); Curiosities is both showing consonance with Crash and the bewildered-along-the-lines-of-"What's that?" reactions I got when I first showed off my jewelry. "Odd and Unusual, Kitsch and Whimsical", the shop's slogan, stemmed from my first craft show back in 2009; I had to come with something to fit on a blank space on a banner, and I had to dig into my college experience (I hold an Associate's Degree in Creative Writing...no, I will not ask if you "want fries with that") to get the words to fit right and be catchy. After a few tries, "Odd and Unusual, Kitsch and Whimsical" came out, and people loved it and my jewelry at the fair. It stuck like spitballs on a ceiling!
When the shop opened, things were VERY slow at first, then my older sister Shelly got involved. She told me my shop, to put it nicely, needed some help. The items in the photos were hard to see (I was using a leopard print background instead of the nice white blank ones I use now), none of my items were nickel-free and one of my jewelry lines had the same name as a cosmetics company. OOPS! After more picture taking, renaming and making some items with no nickel in them, Shelly got the honor of having Shelly's Selections, my nickel-free line, named after her. After she gave me all that advice (plus I got some extra advertising done), business began to pick up...sister knows best! She still gives me advice from time to time.
Why is my jewelry so, well, odd? Simply put, that's my personality. I''ve always been the odd duck in life, but it wasn't until my late 20s when I learned to accept it and show off my eccentric self. Sure, I do love a good set of pearls and what girl doesn't love diamonds, but sometimes, people love a good costume jewelry statement piece to add that extra pop to their outfit. Having an eye for the out-there, I know how to add that pop! Also, I love making jewelry out of whats-its and what-nots, and I'd much rather see a broken jewelry piece get turned into something beautiful than get buried in a landfill.
Speaking of broken jewelry, I LOVE upcycling. While I do brake for bead shops and Hobby Lobby is my friend, I do love scouring flea markets, thrift stores and garage sales to find inspiration and supplies. From time to time, my best friend Amanda still brings me bags of beads and broken necklaces from her various garage sale raids too. It's amazing what you can do with a pair of needlenose pliers, some chain, jump rings, a little glue and a lot of love.
As for love, love towards the shop grew throughout etsy when I started to meet other etsians as well. The more items and treasuries I spread hearts around, the more hearts and feedback I got in return. I even became good friends with a few etsians, as well as getting a few return customers. Plus, I learned that etsy groups are very helpful in sticky situations and make a VERY good audience when it comes to practicing my jokes!
So, that's how Crash's Curiosities came into the world and, whew, I didn't realize until now how far I've come. I still have a long way to go (I hope to get into more craft fairs and maybe even a physical storefront!) , but that's how life is: you have to move forward, but also realize where you came from.
Now, if you'll excuse me, my pliers are itching to be used and I got lots of shinies to play with. Well, that and I have a polymer clay flower glued to my finger...how'd THAT get there?
Watch out for snakes!
Jackie "Crash" Tennyson
Owner, Designer, Maker
Short, eh? Okay: Grew up in Northern Michigan the second of seven kids, has three cats and a husband geekier than she is, has a sense of humor bigger than Alaska, brakes for bead shops and hates pea soup. Short enough?
We use all sorts of materials in our jewelry, from traditional beads and stones to such outlandish items as Christmas orrnaments, miniatures, guitar picks and the like. We are also BIG into upcycling, so many of our materials are secondhand and getting a new life as a new piece of jewelry.
No two items are exactly the same, so once it's sold, it's gone!
All items are made by Jackie "Crash" Riley, the owner and jeweler; she has been making jewelry since the mid-1990s and has been selling jewelry in person since 2006.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Other Method
International orders: Paypal only.
MI residents pay 6% sales tax (sorry, it's manditory!)
Payment must be received within seven (7) days, or else a notice of nonpayment will be sent to etsy and the item will be relisted. The buyer MUST notify Crash's Curiosities if there is any delay and/or problem with payment.
Refunds and Exchanges
All items contain measurements and, if applicable, suggestions and warnings regarding the item; measurements listed DO NOT include findings (ear wires, posts, clasps, etc). Thusly, items cannot be returned due to the item not fitting. Please take all proper measurements before purchasing the item.
If an item is damaged during shipping or NORMAL wear, please notify Crash's Curiosities within ten (10) days before leaving any feedback so that the item can be repaired. If item cannot be repaired, the buyer will receive a store credit towards the purchase of a new item.
Additional policies and FAQs
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