RedVelvetVintageEtc

Red Velvet / handcrafted jewelry & vintage

New York, United States · 23 Sales

RedVelvetVintageEtc

Red Velvet / handcrafted jewelry & vintage

New York, United States 23 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Jaime

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Announcement   Handcrafted jewelry made from vintage and modern elements / vintage clothing / vintage accessories.

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Last updated on Sep 29, 2015

Handcrafted jewelry made from vintage and modern elements / vintage clothing / vintage accessories.

Jaime

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Red Velvet: Handcrafted / repurposed / vintage / jewelry / and accessories

Welcome to my Etsy Shop! I will offer some vintage items picked up on my vintage hunting adventures, but the focus of my shop is handmade and repurposed jewelry. I was recently really struck by the Semicolon Project, a movement helping to raise awareness over depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide, substance use disorders, and other mental illness. A semicolon is used when an author could've chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. I was thus inspired to create jewelry celebrating this movement, and so I've added those creations as my first items in my shop. I will be adding more handmade jewelry and vintage items daily.

The jewelry I make: Salvaged parts from antique vintage jewelry are combined with old brooches, earrings, beads, pendants, keys, chandelier crystals, and architectural findings along with new elements for a completely unique, one of a kind piece.
This jewelry is handcrafted just north of New York City in Tarrytown, New York, from repurposed and upcycled vintage and antique jewelry, giving new life and second chances to objects from days gone by.

Vintage items: I have a raging thrifting addiction. Between my career, work, and volunteering at a youth organization, my favorite way to unwind is to go thrift store shopping. When I was a newbie New Yorker (11 yearse ago!), I used to seek out “vintage” stores, hoping to find unique outfits and accessories to add to my new “city girl” style. I was 18 and a college freshmen, and a little idealistic… It was so disappointing to find wonderful dresses, jewelry, and accessories, and find them priced way, WAY out of my limit. And things aren’t getting any cheaper. I am now much savvier with my shopping locations, after years of practice, trial, error, and some very sketchy warehouse visits, I’ve trained my eye and my hands to seek out quality and style in mountains of not-so-fabulous, and absolutely fugly ridiculousness. My closet has started to overflow, and I have a hard time leaving amazing finds to languish in some sad warehouse, even if it’s not my size. I try to keep them at a price that someone like me could afford, with wearability in mind. I hate unattainable vintage!

ABOUT ME
I live just outside of NYC and work in the city as a psychiatric researcher. My work focuses on suicide prevention and treatment for related disorders. As a growing hobby, I love vintage shopping and creating handcrafted jewelry using vintage elements.

I’ve had an interest in history and sewing since a very young age. I learned to sew at around 8, and have always appreciated the craftsmanship, and everything from classic styled clothing to playful fashions. I love vintage clothing because it was made with superior care and expertise, including details, buttons, and flourishes you won't find on today's garments. I think everyone should have the opportunity to own a piece of history that will compliment and fit seamlessly into their style.

Vintage style is a serious hobby of mine- it my way of unwinding after working with some heavy subject matter all day. However, it fits into my intellectual interests quite well. Another part of my research and clinical/personal interest is body image. Girls as young as age 3 have been shown to internalize society’s preference for “thin” bodies. I dislike when people show curvier women and call them “REAL” women, though. ALL women’s bodies are real bodies. As a former ballet dancer, I was extremely thin yet healthy. Sometimes people would make comments about me not eating, etc, and that was really hurtful because I worked very hard to be healthy and was simply active many hours a day (and had a teenage metabolism.) Now, 10 years after quitting the professional ballet world, I am very curvy, yet still healthy. Both of those bodies are “real”. We need to learn to acknowledge and accept a range of bodies as beautiful.

If I had my way, I’d probably have the time and energy to have a thoughtfully put together vintage styled outfit every day of the week. But that doesn’t happen. I’m busy and don’t have time for all that…but when I do, it’s so much fun. Part of the problem I have with some media, including blogs, is that I think we tend to believe that bloggers always look amazing. Maybe some of them do, but we need to remember that they are real people too, and their lovely photos tend to be planned and edited. There’s nothing wrong with that, but because we internalize the ideals, we forget that these are often curated photoshoots! Comparing yourself to what seems to be perfection is not a healthy way to enjoy content. I’d prefer to represent myself not as a brand, but as a dynamic person with an appreciation of both the ideal and the imperfect.

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Last updated on July 29, 2015
My shop offers one of a kind, handcrafted vintage repurposed assemblage jewelry, vintage jewelry pieces, and vintage clothing and accessories. I thoroughly enjoy hunting for treasures and giving new life and second chances to objects from days gone by.

Vintage is always timeless. We live in a ‘throwaway” culture, where things aren’t built to last. I love old things for the memories they hold and the stories they tell. They are a key to past times with every piece having it’s own history. There’s a beautiful romanticism about vintage. Quite often we won’t know the history of each garment, but have to imagine the story of the former owner. The wear or patina only gives a character to pieces that you just don't find in the average "contemporary" vintage style accessories.

Why vintage?
Since vintage shopping is becoming more popular, it’s getting harder and harder to find at reasonable prices. More people are starting to realize the uniqueness, quality, and style of vintage. If you take the time to examine most vintage pieces you'll notice much greater attention to detail in textiles, patterns, textures, stitching, etc. Vintage fashions were designed to last.
Modern clothing is usually made in factories whose main goal is to make the most garments in the shortest amount of time possible all with inhumane working conditions. Quantity is much more important than quality. There is no question that purchasing lots of new clothes has a negative impact on our world - whether it's through harmful emissions or sweatshop labor, the clothing manufacturing process is destructive. America throws away two quadrillion pounds of used clothing each year! Purchasing secondhand is recycling, and in my opinion, rescuing pieces of history from landfills.

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Returns and exchanges
If for any reason what you've ordered is not described properly and is not worthy of a 5 star review, please convo me and I will do everything I can to make it right.

I try to describe our items as honestly, as accurately AND to the best of my knowledge through both text and pictures, listing any known imperfections (holes, stains, missing buttons, etc.) but keep in mind you are buying previously loved, vintage clothing and accessories (20+ years old) so a small amount of wear should be expected. Occasionally something small may slip by me.
I will only offer a refund if an item has been seriously misrepresented.
I do not accept any returns at all on any item that was purchased 30 days or more ago.
I do not accept returns if sent back to me without contacting me first.
I do not under any circumstances accept items that have been altered or worn.
I do not return shipping cost on anything returned.
I DO get that buyers remorse is seriously annoying…if you are very unhappy with your purchase for whatever reason, please do contact me about it, and we can try to work something out based on the situation. I’m reasonable 
Shipping
- I ship via USPS within 3 days of receipt of payment
- Domestic packages ship via USPS Priority Mail and come with tracking
-Delivery within the US is within 1-3 days of shipping
- If you need an item by a specific date, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate your request.
- I am not responsible for packages that have been lost or damaged during shipping- however Priority Mail comes with insurance!
-Combined shipping is of course available to save you money on multiple purchases!
-I typically use USPS Priority mail flat-rate boxes and will try to use the smallest (i.e. least expensive) one possible to save you money on shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
JEWELRY: My jewelry is handcrafted from repurposed and upcycled vintage and antique jewelry elements, giving new life and second chances to objects from days gone by. Salvaged parts from vintage jewelry are combined with old brooches, earrings, beads, pendants, and other found lovelies along with new elements and findings for a completely unique, one of a kind piece.
Please note that because I craft my jewelry from salvaged vintage parts that have been previously worn and loved, there may be signs of wear and imperfections, which I believe adds character to the piece.
I only offer creations that I would be proud to wear myself. I take the utmost care in quality, creativity and design choosing beautiful vintage components to incorporate and feature in my designs. The result is an ever changing collection of one of unique pieces.

COMPLIMENTARY GIFT WRAPPING FOR JEWELRY:
All items are gift boxed with care using custom handmade and recycled materials, ready for giving or as a treat for yourself. Every purchase comes with an information card about your jewelry, including how to care for it.

VINTAGE CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES:
CONDITION
Flaws that are above and beyond normal wear for a vintage garment are listed in the description. Please remember that vintage garments are NOT NEW and most likely have been worn. As far as flaws on these previously loved clothes, any and all will be listed in the description to the best of my vision. I am selling vintage clothing so keep in mind before purchasing that most vintage clothing has some wear in it and I do try to list any and all flaws I see, but at times some things will have flaws here and there.
If any minor repairs are performed, I will detail it in the listing. The majority of my items are in good - very good vintage condition. Please keep in mind that with vintage, minor wear is naturally present. Significant flaws are always specified, and photographed whenever possible.

I always indicate any major flaws or blemishes, but will not always mention small flaws, such as pinpoint sized spots or holes. If you are concerned about a particular item's condition, please contact me.
CONDITION DESCRIPTIONS:
Excellent: No visible wear or flaws of any kind. Nearly perfect.
Very Good: Very little wear. No obvious flaws, markings or discoloration.
Good: Some wear. Minimal flaws, markings or discoloration possible.
Fair: Multiple imperfections. Discounted accordingly.

What does “vintage” actually mean? Typically, vintage means an item is at LEAST 20 years old.

Please keep in mind that some computer monitors display colors differently, which is something I can’t control. I do my very best to describe the item as accurately as possible.

Feel free to shoot me a message if you have any questions about the fit, color, etc. of an item. I’d be happy to take more photos, take more measurements, or answer any questions you may have.

All items are properly kept in a clean, smoke-free environment, and are stored in the appropriate manner. Prior to being sold, all clothing items are either dry cleaned, steam cleaned, or either machine or hand washed with natural detergents free of any scents to dyes (specifically, I use the Honest Company hypoallergenic detergent), depending on the directions of the care labels or the appropriate standards for the particular fabric.

MEASUREMENTS/SIZING
Please check out my blog post on how to buy vintage online and how to find our own measurements: https://redvelvetcreative.wordpress.com/2015/03/23/vintage-clothing-measurement-and-sizing-guide-how-to-buy-online/

VINTAGE CLOTHING SIZES
Vintage tends to run a bit smaller than contemporary sizes, and sizing varies between companies. I have vintage and modern clothing pieces ranging from size 4 to size 16 that all fit me! Sizing has always been pretty arbitrary. The key to success in buying vintage (or any) clothing online is by knowing your actual body measurements. No vintage clothing sizes are standard, and the only way to know for certain whether an item will fit is to compare the measurements in the listing with your own. Vintage garments were often custom tailored after being bought off the rack or made by home seamstresses and can come in all shapes and sizes.

•All clothing measurements are taken in inches. Here's how I measure:
• I lay the garment flat on a flat surface.
• All measurements are then taken straight across with the garment not stretched.
• If an item is stretchy, I give a measurement range, from flat to the garment comfortably stretched.
• Bust, waist, and hip measurements are doubled, meaning the measurement includes both the front and the back- as if the measuring tape were wrapped completely around you if you were wearing it.
• Length: from the top of the shoulder to the hem if it’s a dress, and from the top to the bottom if the item is a skirt.
• These are the actual garment measurements, not body measurements, so make allowances for comfort. I try to describe the amount of stretch the material affords

HOW TO FIND YOUR MEASUREMENTS BASED ON SOMETHING YOU ALREADY OWN:
Find a similar item already in your wardrobe, in both fit and material.
For example, if you are interested in purchasing a fitted sheath dress, try to measure a dress without stretch in the fabric that is similar in shape to the item and that fits you well.
Measure it according to the measurement guidelines below.
Then compare the measurements you have with the measurements given to you by the seller.
Measurements are often listed with the term "up to", as in "bust: up to 40 in." This means the item's fit is flexible enough to work on all busts under 40 inches.
Always keep fabric in mind when purchasing. Woven fabrics, especially structured or thicker wovens won’t have as much give as knits, so take movement into consideration when comparing measurements.

Taking your clothing measurements:
Bust: Measure fullest part of bodice (dress, jacket or coat), usually just under the armholes. This measurement is 'taken flat' this means that the dress (or shirt, or sweater) is laid on a table and measured across. If the dress has darts (or a formed bust) you can assume it will fit about 1-2 inches larger than the measurements.
Torso (Bodice) Length: Measure from the top of the shoulder down over the bust to the waistline.
Waist: Measure around the waist seam where the bodice attaches to the skirt. If there is no waist seam, measure the narrowest area below the bust and above the hip.
Hip: Measure 7-9” below the waistline at the fullest width. This is the maximum allowance for hips
* Bust, waist and hip measurements are taken across and then doubled, since you’re really measuring around the body, both front and back of the garment.
Shoulder: Measure between the two shoulder seams.
Sleeve Length: Measure from the shoulder seam to the end of cuff.
Skirt Length: Measure from waistline to hem.
Pants Inseam: Measure from the crotch seam down the inner leg to cuff.
Dress Length: This is the length from the top of the shoulder to the hem. If you used a measuring tape you could see exactly how long this dress would fit on your body

TAKING YOUR BODY MEASUREMENTS:
When you use the measuring tape, make sure it is not too tight or too loose. There should be no gap between the tape and body, but the tape should not sink into the skin.
Neck: Measure around the largest part of the base of the neck.
Shoulder Width: Stand in a relaxed position and measure across the upper back between the two shoulder bones at the upper arms.
Bust: While wearing a bra, measure around the fullest portion of the bust.
Torso (for bodice measurement): Measure from the highest point of the shoulder (near the neck) down over the bust to the waistline.
Waist: Measure around the smallest part of the waist.
Hip: Measure 7-9” below the waistline at the fullest part of the hip. Stand with your feet close together.

SHOE SIZING
Shoes are measured with a measuring tape from the inner tip to the inner heel.
Width is measured at the bottom of sole at the widest part if the ball of the foot.
Vintage shoe sizes may differ slightly from modern sizes as well, so your best bet is to measure a pair of shoes you own and compare them to the measurement listed here. I find vintage shoes tend to run narrow, and I can’t seem to figure out why. If they do look rather narrow but are not marked narrow on the label inside, I’ll mention that in the listing.


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