LittleSecretsVintage

Exceptional Vintage Items for the Discerning Patron

Dallas, Texas · 109 Sales

LittleSecretsVintage

Exceptional Vintage Items for the Discerning Patron

Dallas, Texas 109 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Gabrielle

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Announcement   Welcome to Gabrielle's Little Secrets Vintage! I'm so glad you're here and hope you will visit me often. In this shop I will feature select vintage items that either I have personally purchased across the span of 60 years, or that I have personal knowledge of. This will not be a huge shop, but rather a shop that offers quality vintage items.

So let your journey into Gabrielle’s Little Secrets Vintage begin! I hope you enjoy your time with me as much as I enjoy having you, and I hope you'll come back often!

Remember, for even more variety, please be sure to visit my shop: LittleSecrets on Etsy,

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Last updated on Dec 21, 2017

Welcome to Gabrielle's Little Secrets Vintage! I'm so glad you're here and hope you will visit me often. In this shop I will feature select vintage items that either I have personally purchased across the span of 60 years, or that I have personal knowledge of. This will not be a huge shop, but rather a shop that offers quality vintage items.

So let your journey into Gabrielle’s Little Secrets Vintage begin! I hope you enjoy your time with me as much as I enjoy having you, and I hope you'll come back often!

Remember, for even more variety, please be sure to visit my shop: LittleSecrets on Etsy,

Gabrielle

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About

What a long, strange trip it's been

First and foremost I absolutely must give credit to the creative genius who breathed life into Gabrielle's Little Secrets. It is with immense pride and gratitude that I thank my son, Kevin, for his creative genius, infinite patience, ability to capture and express my visions, and countless hours invested in the creation of logos and web pages for all of my sites!

Over the years I have been asked many times how the name "Little Secrets" came to be my shop name, so I thought I'd share that story with you here. A very long time ago as a young psychologist I experienced a life-changing crisis of personal and professional direction after being sexually assaulted by my supervisor. It was during this time that I became a Special Education teacher in a small rural town in Mississippi. My students were adolescents and young adults who had been diagnosed with severe and profound mental retardation and Autism. After working with these ladies and gentlemen for only a few weeks I realized how creative and resourceful they were, and decided that I was unwilling to simply teach them the same basic life skills that they had been learning repetitively for years. Heck, they already knew that stuff, and by not challenging them to grow further they were bored! So I decided to introduce them to a craft, and was hopeful that by doing so they might be able to make some money to take trips and buy much needed supplies. As I had been making jewelry, soaps, bath salts, perfumes, etc. since the early 60's, I decided to introduce my hobbies into the classroom environment. The response from my students, their families, and the administration was humbling. I had everyone's unconditional support. Not only did my student's put forth their absolute best efforts, but they dedicated themselves to mastering the crafts. Every day they gave me their unconditional best. Soon we were in business; one Psychologist turned Special Education teacher and nine severely and profoundly mentally retarded adolescents. We were a motley crew to be sure.

As the years passed we grew and became a well oiled team. My ladies and gentlemen demonstrated creativity and skill beyond all possible expectations, and with this proficiency came a new found pride that was a privilege to see. Within a year we started selling our products at trade and craft shows, with my students directly manning the booths and selling the products themselves. They loved it! However, as would be expected they would often be asked by patrons and family members how they made the soaps, salts, jewelry, etc. Because of their exceptionalities explaining was either not possible or terribly difficult for them. So one day when one of my students with Down Syndrome was feeling very frustrated because he couldn't answer the questions to his satisfaction, I told him to tell anyone who asked that it was "our little secret"; thus, Little Secrets was born.

During my time with those exceptional young ladies and gentlemen one of my ladies with Down Syndrome won High School Homecoming Queen, and went on to win the title of Miss Congeniality in both Mississippi and Louisiana, and the International "Yes I Can" award. Those delightful ladies and gentlemen taught me that anything is possible, even when faced with obstacles we can neither see nor understand.

When I finally said adieu to my role models, we had danced the night away at every Homecoming and Prom with the hottest dates anyone could ever want, and always arriving in style in a private limo! With the profits from our little classroom business we had taken field trips to the New Orleans Zoo, Dixie National Rodeo, Jackson Planetarium, Mobile shipyard, and Gulf Coast to name a few of our "hot spots." During my time with them all of my ladies and gentlemen held down real jobs in addition to our entrepreneurial endeavors, and were saving their money for things that were meaningful to them.

As the years passed I was honored to walk all of my students across the stage to receive their High School Certificate. When I walked the last three across the stage I knew it was time for me to move on. They had done their job, and thanks to them I was now ready to move on with my life.

So with that said, I'm a native Southern Californian who was so very fortunate to have grown up during some of the most important and exciting years of our recent history, the 60's! I was at Woodstock, saw Joplin, Hendrix, the Doors, the Who and most of the greats of that era in concert many, many times. I made the cover of the Free Press when Bear of the Canned Heat called me on stage during a concert.

I was also an oxymoron. I was a hippie who believed that my brothers and sisters who served our country in the Vietnam War deserved respect and support.

Now across the span of more than 6 decades, and through a series of very strange twists of fate, I've ended up in Texas. I'm a retired Psychologist and University Professor, entrepreneur, strong advocate for the rights and protection of animals, retired mother of 2 amazing sons, and proud grandmother of 7 perfect grandchildren.

I live a simple and quiet life with my four rescued dogs, and somehow amid the confusion it all works out. I have finally found peace in my Golden years and I'm loving it!

Shop members

  • Gabrielle

    Owner, Creator, Designer

  • Luna

    Support Staff, Designer

    Luna is a pivotal member of the team who brings all things beautiful to the studio. Luna is a 7 year old retired racer (aka Greyhound) who has been part of the team since sustaining a racing injury 5 years ago.

  • Raegar

    Support Staff, Curator

    Raegar brings whimsy to the team. Raegar is a 4 year old Greyhound mixed breed who came to me with his sister, Renley, when they were 4 months old.

  • Renley

    Task Master, Marketer

    Renley is the serious one of the team. She monitors Raegar's whimsy & Lunas beauty and keeps the silliness to a reasonable level. Renley is a 4 year old Greyhound mixed breed who came to me with her brother, Raegar, when they were 4 months old.

  • Shiva

    Assistant, Customer Service

    Shiva is the team mischief maker. He ensures that nothing gets done without daily play. He is a 4 year old Lhasa Apso who came to me a very sick little puppy rescued from a horrific puppy mill in Texas.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 27, 2018
Welcome to Gabrielle's Little Secrets Vintage! I'm glad you're here and hope you will come back often. In this shop I will feature items that I have personal knowledge of. I will not list items that have been purchased at yard sales or other venues for the purpose of resale. All items I have in this shop have been previously loved, and if you are interested I will be happy to share the history behind each piece to the extent that I know.

Please enjoy your time with me, and I hope to see you again soon!

Lots of hugs and air kisses! Gabrielle

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Vintage items ARE NOT RETURNABLE. Please be certain of your purchase before making it as ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

In the event your vintage item arrives damaged, you should immediately take it to your post office, in the original packaging, and make them aware.
Payment
If there are additional items (e.g., gift packaging, upgrades, etc.) be sure to add that to your comments section and I will send you and invoice.

I do offer layaway on full price items (on-sale and price reduced items are not eligible for layaway) with a 50% non-refundable deposit. The full amount must be paid within 30 days of the original date of sale. If the full amount is not paid within the 30 days the sale will be cancelled. Layaway deposits are not refundable.

If you live in Texas I will have to charge sales tax. Shipping to other states will not have taxes attached.
Shipping
PACKAGING: Please note the following:
With the exception of large items that require special handling, I ship all purchases at no cost to you, my wonderful patrons :-).

Out of respect to our environment, whenever possible I use recycled packaging. If you would prefer gift boxes, please let me know and I will happily use a necklace, ring, bracelet or my signature floral boxes for your purchase. However, please note that some of my larger items simply will not fit in a designer box. If that is the case, and you have requested a gift box, I will let you know and offer you a refund of your purchase.

I ship within 1-5 business days of your purchase. If any delay is anticipated, I will advise you immediately. PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT include insurance; however, I strongly encourage you to consider it. Please note that should you choose to not insure your purchase I am not responsible for it's loss or damage once it leaves my studio.

I will be happy to ship international to all countries; however, the least expensive way to ship is USPS, which is still very expensive. If you would like me to ship to any other country please send me a message before you check out and I will let you know the cost. I can also ship priority and domestic overnight to other countries. If you are interested in this, please let me know and I will see if overnight is available in your area (not always possible to get overnight depending on zip code) and let you know the costs of both choices.

I do not ship international packages as gifts.
Additional policies and FAQs
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: While there are no requisite uses for the jewelry items offered on this website, the implied intent is for you, my beloved patrons, to include them as a part of your jewelry collection for sentimental value; to feel better about yourself; to express your personality; be modern & up-to-date; make a good first impression; look professional at work; and to make others stop in their tracks and stare at you for your amazing taste!

Furthermore, while I take great pleasure in frequently including a section on the history, myth, legend and lore of many of my pieces, this information is for entertainment purposes only.

No guarantees or warranties are implied or claimed regarding the healing, magical, psychic or health powers, virtues, genuineness, effectiveness, or whether or not any specific result will be obtained.

Nothing contained on this website is intended to diagnose physical or psychological conditions, prescribe or perform medical treatment, or interfere or substitute with the treatment of medical or other professionals.

The information provided herein, and the items sold on this website, are provided and sold with the understanding that this website does not have the intention of giving medical, psychological, or any other type of professional advice, nor is the information contained on this website or the items sold meant to be a replacement for traditional professional advice and/or treatment.

The information contained on this website and the items sold might not be suitable for your own personal circumstances, and you are solely responsible for deciding whether any of our information, products or services are suitable for your purposes. Visitors to this website and those who purchase items on this website use this information and the items at their own risk, and the website assumes no responsibility or liability whatsoever for any actions taken by visitors to this website or purchasers of items on this website.

Much of the information on this website has been provided by third parties over which the website has no control. For this information, and for any other information offered herein, the website has used reasonable efforts to verify the accuracy of this information provided, but no warranty, expressed or implied, is made regarding accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability, or usefulness of any information.

So, please note that this website and it owners and agents are not liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect, or punitive damages arising from your access to or use of this Site or any contents on this Site.
Privacy
Gabrielle's Little Secrets Vintage has a non-negotiable, iron clad Privacy Policy, which is:

I don't ever give out information about my patrons to anyone..............ever!

More information

Last updated on Aug 12, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Precious Stone Carat Weight and Gold Karat Weights

As often as possible I will include the carat weight on precious stones, as well as the karat weight on gold in the descriptions; however, this will only be when I already have the information from a reliable jeweler. As I am not a jeweler I cannot remove stones from settings to provide carat weights, nor do I have a jewelers scale to provide accurate gold weight.

Sizing details

I have tried to put sizing details in the descriptions; however, if you have any additional questions please drop me a convo.

Care instructions

The items in my shop range from 20 to more than 100 years old. Any cleaning or polishing should be done with great care, and very gently.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Out of respect to our environment, whenever possible I use recycled packaging. If you would prefer gift boxes, please let me know and I will happily use a necklace, ring, bracelet or my signature floral boxes for your purchase. However, please note that some of my larger items simply will not fit in a designer box. If that is the case, and you have requested a gift box, I will let you know and offer you a refund of your purchase.

Shipping and insurance

With the exception of large items that require special handling, I ship all purchases at no cost to you, my wonderful patrons :-).

I ship within 1-5 business days of your purchase. If any delay is anticipated, I will advise you immediately. PLEASE NOTE: I DO NOT include insurance; however, I strongly encourage you to consider it. Please note that should you choose to not insure your purchase I am not responsible for it's loss or damage once it leaves my studio.