MoonlightMartini

Vintage Costume Jewelry Vintage Clothing Destash & More

New Haven, Connecticut · 4381 Sales

MoonlightMartini

Vintage Costume Jewelry Vintage Clothing Destash & More

New Haven, Connecticut 4381 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(2216)

Announcement   Happy Spring All!
My shop carries a marvelous selection of costume and fine jewelry for every occasion and taste. From mod and crazy silly, to absolute decadent and dead serious estate pieces.
I also carry a bit of vintage clothing, a touch of destash, loose genuine gemstones, vintage home décor, retro photo postcards and much more.
Over 1000 listings!
So grab a martini or a cup of whatever and enjoy the surf.
Visit the "About" portion below to read about how I got started in the vintage "biz" and where some of my items have ended up.
From TV shows, to plays, films and more.
A big thank you to all my repeat customers and new customers for leaving such fabulous feedback!
Come Back Soon And Stay Hip!

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 20, 2017

Happy Spring All!
My shop carries a marvelous selection of costume and fine jewelry for every occasion and taste. From mod and crazy silly, to absolute decadent and dead serious estate pieces.
I also carry a bit of vintage clothing, a touch of destash, loose genuine gemstones, vintage home décor, retro photo postcards and much more.
Over 1000 listings!
So grab a martini or a cup of whatever and enjoy the surf.
Visit the "About" portion below to read about how I got started in the vintage "biz" and where some of my items have ended up.
From TV shows, to plays, films and more.
A big thank you to all my repeat customers and new customers for leaving such fabulous feedback!
Come Back Soon And Stay Hip!

MoonlightMartini

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MoonlightMartini

About

I Have Always Loved Vintage Everything!

My story? Here it goes...
I started going to rummage sales with my Mom in the early 1960's when I was only 5 years old. Back when you can get a 1950's prom gown for only a quarter.
My very first purchase was a teddy bear wearing a felt tie that had a letter "A" on it.
I named him Alvin. Alvin was only five cents and I still treasure him today.
Growing up, I always had some sort of sale going on in my backyard under our huge black walnut tree. Whether it was used toys I was tired of or books I no longer wanted. Or anything else I can sell.
I once had a "plant" sale in front of my house one day. The "plants" were actually weeds that I dug up and planted with mud into plastic pots that I fished out of the garbage.
It was a really cloudy day. I set up shop on the sidewalk in front of my house on a rickety card table. We lived on a crazy busy street by the way. I displayed my "wares" in a row with a handwritten sign in crayon that read "Plants 25 Cents".
And then down came the rain. But that didn't stop me. I yelled "plants for sale" to every car that whizzed by and when I started getting really soaked, I ran back into the house to get an umbrella.
I sat out in the pouring rain under my little umbrella for about an hour, when a lady pulled up in a car with her friend. She said " Plants are twenty five cents? I will take them all" and bought the entire batch of "plants" for $2.00! I was so excited. When I went to hand her the plants, she told me "oh thanks ok, you can keep them".
I couldn't understand why she didn't want the "plants" and why she and her friend were giggling so much. All's I knew was that I was in HEAVEN and rich beyond my wildest dreams. LOL!
I went running and screaming into my house to tell my Mom about my glorious sale. She was more shocked than I.
Of course years later, I realized that the sweet old lady and her friend just felt sorry for me sitting out in the rain and thought that selling weeds in containers of mud was simply adorable. I guess I knew way back then I would be in retail some day.

MANY more years later, I opened my first and very own vintage clothing and jewelry store. It was TINY, but it was tres cool. I purchased and stock piled clothing and jewelry for over a year before I opened my shop to make sure it would be busting at the seams with goodies on opening day.
Due to my shop's popularity, I needed to expand, so I moved into a much larger location. It was the largest vintage shop in the state. I was in business for over 18 years. I ran my shop with a lot of help from my Mom and Dad. My Mom was my right arm. I am blessed to have them both still with me. (Dad is 94 yrs young) They now live next door to me now, where I can keep and eye on them, care for them and try to return the favor.
I was lucky to have my shop featured in various newspapers over the years. There was also a newspaper which ran a "best of" contest every year for local businesses. People would vote for their favorite businesses. I am proud to say I won every single year in the vintage clothing category.
Some of my store stock ended up in really cool places. Some clothing ended up in the movie "A Bronx Tale" and also in a documentary of Katherine Hepburn called "Call me Kate". Just to name a few that I can remember.
My shop closed many moons ago because the building was going up for sale. Sadly, they tripled the original asking price. I simply could not afford it and so it was time to move on. So online I went and I never looked back.

I started out on Ebay and sold there for over ten years. I didn't care for the atmosphere there. I then created a vintage clothing and costume jewelry website, which I still own and run today. Then I found Etsy. Wow! I ADORE Etsy.
So basically I have been my own boss for just short of 30 years and I have tried to fire myself several times, but to no avail. LOL!

Some of my Etsy shop items have "starred" in various venues, including films, plays, popular TV shows and also attended many fab parties.
A few notables:
Various 1950's necklaces were purchased for the TV show "Vegas",
A pair of Victorian coral earrings were worn by an actress in the TV show "The Originals",
One of my Brooks Brothers silk ascots was worn by an actor in the pre production movie, "I Fell in Love With a Psychopath",
A Swarovski crystal tie tac was worn in a production of "The Elephant Man" in San Francisco,
My shop was mentioned in a Gift Giving article in the Latin Times,
A chunky green bakelite bangle hit the stage in a New York play,
Jewelry was purchased by an actor in LA. (name kept private)
A vintage embroidered patch lot went out to a LA jeans designer.
A celebrity make up artist from LA purchased a bracelet.
And a watch parts lot was over nighted to a photographer in NY.
Some 1960's bumper stickers are slated for an upcoming episode of "Masters of Sex". (fingers crossed!)
And on it goes...
If you made it this far, (lol) thanks for letting me share my story with you.

To shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonlightMartini

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  • MoonlightMartini

    Owner

    I have been selling vintage jewelry & clothing for over 36 years. Even my home decor is vintage. From a 1950's kitchen, to a 1960's tiki bar. Life is short, so why not spice it up? This picture was taken of me WAY back in my heyday. :)

Production partners

  • Vista Print

    United States

    I chose Vista Print to print my photo postcards. Using this company allows me to offer a cost efficient product to my customers from a name they can recognize and trust.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 15, 2017
Thanks for stopping by MoonlightMartini.

I hope you find something that tickles your fancy or at least makes you smile.
SORRY, I DO NOT SHIP INTERNATIONALLY OR TO CANADA.
*I do combine shipping whenever possible and will reimburse for any difference over $1.00.*

Ready set shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonlightMartini

Forms of Payment Accepted:
Paypal, and US Postal Money Orders Only! (no other money orders will be accepted).
I do not accept personal checks, e- checks, wire or bank transfers, bank or cashier's checks, Etsy gift cards or use Etsy's Direct Checkout.
You can use any credit or debit card through Paypal. :)
No need to set up an account.
HOWEVER, I do carry a small amount of consigned estate items that do require that you sign up for a Paypal account and have a confirmed shipping address. Paypal "guest check out" is not allowed for these particular items and it will be specified in the item description.
Sorry, I am not set up to accept credit or debit card payments directly.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
SORRY I DO NOT SHIP INTERNATIONALLY OR TO CANADA

I do offer a combined shipping rate whenever possible and will reimburse for any shipping difference over $1.00.* :)

FORMS OF PAYMENT I ACCEPT:
Paypal, and US Postal Money Orders Only! (no other money orders will be accepted).
I do not accept personal checks, e- checks, wire or bank transfers, bank or cashier's checks, Etsy gift cards or use Etsy's Direct Checkout.
You can use any credit or debit card through Paypal. :)
No need to set up an account.
I do however have "some" consigned estate listings that do require for you to set up a Paypal account in order to purchase. For those particular items, it will be specified in the items description. Paypal "guest check out" is not allowed for those items.
Sorry, I am not set up to accept credit or debit card payments directly.

SHIPPING INFO:
I usually ship about three times a week, up until around 2:00 pm EST.
Sorry, I do not ship on Saturdays. I need to have some fun too! :)
All Connecticut residents must pay sales tax.

SHOP:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonlightMartini
Shipping
SAFE PACKING:
*I do combine shipping whenever possible and will reimburse for any shipping difference over $1.00.*

I am a STICKLER when it comes to safe packing.
Your items will arrive safe and sound.
I ship USPS First class for anything under 13 oz, and Priority mail for anything above.
I usually ship on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays up to 2:00pm EST.

TRACKING AND INSURANCE:
Tracking is always included with postal quote. All shipping quotes are listed per item at the bottom of the description. Insurance is a MUST on all items with a purchase price of $25.00 and over.

*If your item is priced UNDER $25.00 and you would like to insure your item, please email me before purchasing and I can edit the shipping price or you. :)

COMBINED SHIPPING:
*I can combine shipping for you on multiple purchases whenever possible.*
Email me first! Sometimes the shipping may come out too high with multiple purchases. No worries, I will refund you the difference. :)
I email all my customers to let them know when their items ships and I also provide a tracking number.

SHOP:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonlightMartini
Refunds and Exchanges
I stand behind everything I sell.
I take very clear and accurate photos, but keep in mind that different computer monitors may differ when it comes to an item's exact color.
I list any and ALL concerns with each item in each description.
*Please let me know if you need additional photos or if you need any clarification of a description or if you have ANY questions PRIOR to purchasing.
*I am always around to help! And I will get back to you ASAP.* :)

MY RETURN POLICY:
(sorry for all the rules, but unfortunately I have had to enforce stricter policies due to others who have abused my return policies). :(

*NO RETURNS OR EXCHANGES FOR THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
*ALL CLOTHING*
*CLOTHING IS SOLD AS IS AND "ALL SALES FINAL" * NO EXCEPTIONS.
*Hair Accessories ( for health reasons)
*Junk/Craft Lots, Jewelry Lots and "Destash" Lots, industrial or assemblage craft Items
*Consigned Estate Items
*Any items which read "AS IS" or "ALL SALES FINAL" in the description.
*Items returned without contacting me.
*Buyer's remorse.
*Items returned for the reason of color or size.*
*Items returned beyond the allotted return time of 7 days.

**Items returned that are not in the same condition as received.**
*All returns MUST be photographed and photos must be sent through Etsy's email prior to returning. I WILL NOT CONVERSE THROUGH OTHER EMAIL.*

*IN THE RARE EVENT THAT AN ITEM WAS LISTED IN ERROR:
*I must be contacted within two days of receiving your order.*
Return postage is the responsibility of the buyer.
*I DO NOT REFUND SHIPPING OR REFUND RETURN SHIPPING.
*The item must be received back to me in the same exact condition as it was purchased.*
*Prior to shipping the item back, you must provide clear photos of the item. The photos must be sent via Etsy's email system. Photos will then be viewed and I will get back to you right away.* I do not chat through personal emails outside of Etsy's email system.
A refund will be issued after the item is returned to me within SEVEN working days from the day you first received it. It must be sent and packed the same way on which it was received with tracking and insurance if the item is $25.00 or over. You will be refunded the PURCHASE price.
What is the reason for tracking and insurance you may ask?
If I do not receive your package back and it gets lost or damaged in transit back to me, I am not responsible to issue a refund.

*IF AN ITEM ARRIVES DAMAGED OR WAS LOST*
In the rare event that an *INSURED* package gets lost or damaged, you can file a postal claim on the USPS website online.
www.usps.com
I will provide you with postal copies and all information you need.

*FOR A DAMAGED ITEM:
PLEASE BE SURE TO KEEP ALL ORIGINAL PACKAGING AND YOU MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF PURCHASE TO THE POST OFFICE*
This is done online now at www.usps.com
*A lost or damaged item WITHOUT insurance can not be refunded by the post office or by myself. However, you may be covered by your credit card company if you used your card to purchase the item. Please check with them.*

If your item was NOT insured, you cannot file a claim with the post office.
If your item was insured and you need to file a claim with the post office, I will provide you with all information needed, including pictures of the postal receipts. I also provide a copy of your sales order with your package :)
If the post office lost or damaged your INSURED item, then of course they are at fault and they are the ones who will reimburse you. Fair?

WHAT ITEMS ARE INSURED?
Anything shipped Priority mail. (first 50.00 is covered by the post office)
Anything above the purchase price of $50.00 costs more for insurance and is always included and listed with the postal quote per item. :)
FIRST CLASS items with a value of $25.00 or more must be shipped insured.
Insurance is included in the postal price per item.
If your item is LESS than $25.00 and is being shipped via FIRST CLASS (most of my single jewelry items ship First Class) and you would like to add insurance to your purchase for your own peace of mind against damage or loss, please email me first BEFORE you pay, so I can adjust the shipping total for you. :)
Confused? I don't blame you!
Drop me line, so we can chat. :)
I am always around to answer any questions and will get back to you ASAP. :)
BACK TO SHOP:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonlightMartini
Additional policies and FAQs
*I do combine shipping whenever possible and will reimburse for any shipping difference over $1.00.*
A mention about Etsy's Feedback Star System: (sorry)
All my items have accurate descriptions and very clear pictures.
I list all concerns with all items.
I would like to know if you were not pleased with your purchase BEFORE you leave feedback of less than 5 stars. Seem fair?

WHAT DOES THE FEEDBACK STAR RATINGS MEAN TO MY SHOP?
FIVE STARS - makes me smile a whole lot. Thanks so much! YAY!!!!! :)
FOUR STARS - means you were not TOTALLY tickled with your purchase. :(
THREE STARS - means you were REALLY not pleased. :(
TWO STARS - I really would be bummed out. :(
ONE STAR - means the entire transaction was a total failure. :( :( !!
So the bottom line is, before you leave any comment of less than FIVE stars, please email me first? Ok? Seem fair?
I am always around and I will get back to you ASAP.
*Thanks to all customers who take the time to leave feedback and make me smile. It is much appreciated! *
To my shop:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MoonlightMartini