fantanafarm on Sep 8, 2016
A lovely necklace from a lovely gal. Thank you Leslie! Miss you already!!
fantanafarm on Sep 3, 2016
LESLIE IS CLOSING - OMG!!! What a loss. Terrific sellers are so hard to find. We MUST talk her into coming back! And this little "thing" is such an example of her "finds". Near perfect and highly unusual. Maybe somewhat unexplained but very exciting to have so ....... THANK YOU LESLIE!!
Florence Beardsley Merkin on Aug 21, 2016
Beautiful chain; couldn't be happier!
Who's on First?
I began my shop as a way to keeping my jewelry collection manageable. I'm a little obsessed, which means I cannot stop from buying things that interest me. I have a background in literature and visual arts and am struck by ways costume jewelry has influenced and reflected culture. There was a time when jewelry was too expensive for the ordinary person to own. The Industrial Age brought the ability to mass produce beautiful things, but much or the jewelry made in the 1800s and first half of the 1900s was beautifully crafted and made to last a lifetime or beyond, not at all like the mass-produced crap you find at Whoremart that's designed to last for a couple of months.
Some of my proudest moments in shopping vintage have been finding unique and rare items I've been able to pass along to others: been donating an early 20th Century kimono to a textiles exhibit, returning a found photograph of Apache leader Goyatle (known as Geronimo) to a Native American museum, selling the perfect locket to gave a physical place to hold in grief or selling a necklace, finding the rare and unusual and beautiful thing you've been searching for.
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Owner, Curator, Writer
Nebula Award-winning writer, editor, & teacher Leslie What has shopped vintage since the 70s & was invited to join the Maskmakers Guild of New Orleans in 1982. Her story collection "Crazy Love" was a finalist for the Ken Kesey Oregon Book Award.
I am closing my shop so I cannot accept returns on sale items.
Vintage items have been worn and stored and will shows signs of wear and use. Any major damage will be described and I try to point out major and minor issues. Photographs can be enlarged to show detail, so sometimes flaws are more visible in the photo that in real life. Remember, too, that the photos often make the piece look bigger than it is in real life, so please read the description for a better idea of the actual size, and if you make a mistake purchasing an item, let me know immediately so we can cancel the sale.
Any purchase over $250 total requires signature confirmation upon receipt.
We don't have a smoking household but I rarely know the provenance of estate items and can't guarantee they've never been exposed to smoke or other allergens, though I avoid bringing things with odors into my home.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Refunds and Exchanges
If an item is damaged or lost in transit, the insurer may require the purchaser to fill out a form. I've had this happen when I bought something and it did require some paperwork and patience, so be forewarned.
Do be aware that sometimes vintage stones can fall out during shipping because the glues are 50-100 years old and they lose elasticity with time so please check boxes for loose rhinestones before discarding. I try to tell you in advance if I notice something wrong with a piece, but if a rhinestone comes loose in transit, please know I was not trying to mislead you, but it's just part of owning vintage jewelry, so do double-check the box for loose stones before tossing! I will give you advice for how to glue it back in and you may return it if you don't feel confident working with glue. If something breaks in transit, let me know and we'll figure it out. This is also pretty rare but it's happened once or twice, usually with odd shaped glass things I probably shouldn't have tried to ship, or with things that may have had a hidden fracture that became damaged enough to show in shipping.
Life is short and nobody needs more angst, so let's agree before we do business that we will work out any concerns to the satisfaction of us both!
Additional policies and FAQs
Frequently asked questions
Gift wrapping and packaging
Items small enough to fit into decorative gift boxes are shipped in them and ready for gift giving. If you purchase more than two items, I will use gift bags or creative packaging to fit the Small Priority Mail Flat Rate box.