RefinedRetro

Vintage // Handmade // Rescued

Spring Valley, California · 294 Sales

RefinedRetro

Vintage // Handmade // Rescued

Spring Valley, California 294 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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RefinedRetro is taking a short break

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Note from shop owner Hello! I am taking my shop offline while I conduct an inventory. I should be back online in a couple of days. Thank you for dropping by!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on May 5, 2017

Hello! I am taking my shop offline while I conduct an inventory. I should be back online in a couple of days. Thank you for dropping by!

Nilene Thompson-Finn

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Nilene Thompson-Finn

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Behind the Scenes - Just finished polishing a batch of vintage Bakelite. They will be in the shop in the next day or two. Let me know if any of them catch your eye!
New to the shop, a great set for Summer Weddings or Parties!

About

Collector of jewelry, singing medals and memories

When I opened Refined Retro I was working full time as a Kitchen and Bath Designer in my own little brick and mortar studio - Tableaux. My thought was to cull my collection of vintage jewelry in preparation for retirement. Then the economy took a turn for the worse and I watched in horror as my profession completely changed in the span of a year. If I was to stay in business I would have to become a contractor and "sell" labor in addition to my designs and custom cabinetry. It was time to take an early retirement and start anew.

I have always embraced change. Like chapters in a book, my life has unfolded in a series of adventures and yes, misadventures! In the moment, my life seemed to just flow along but now I can look back and see very distinct beginnings and endings, so retiring was just a new chapter despite the pain and stress of closing my beloved Tableaux.

Not long after I retired some friends invited me to a city-wide garage sale and I found so many amazing pieces of vintage jewelry that I realized the "new chapter" had already begun! I would expand Refined Retro and become a bona fide treasure hunter.

My days are full of estate sales, flea markets, cleaning gunk, photography and chatting with customers. I am also lucky enough to travel the world with my husband and wherever we go I hunt for treasure. It's a good life!

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  • Nilene Thompson-Finn

    Owner, Photographer, Curator

    I live and work in Livermore, CA which is East of San Francisco. I having been collecting vintage jewelry since my teens. I am a competitive singer, love to travel, read and make jewelry.

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