petit JAPAN on Apr 24, 2017
it was dispatched 8 days later after I made a payment
Vintage Love Affair
It all began while I was living in Columbus OH. As a young working professional, I was devastated by the loss of my job post 9/11 when the major credit card company I was working for had a massive layoff. I suddenly found myself without an income in a city full of places to work. My grandmother, now 83 and still selling at the flea market, suggested shed send me some things to sell at the flea market to help with my income problem. After one weekend at an inner city flea market and watching the police haul 4 or 5 people out of there, I decided that was NOT the place to take jewelry and glass. After failed attempts on Ebay, I stumbled across Ruby Lane. I opened KS Antiques and Collectibles in December 2001. Shortly thereafter I found a new job, but was enjoying the new people I was meeting on RL, and I decided to keep the shop to supplement our income.
My Love Affair with vintage jewelry truly began when I received the book "Costume Jewelry a Practical Handbook & Value Guide" By Fred Rezazadeh as a gift from a fellow shop owner on Ruby Lane named Liz.( http://www.rubylane.com/shop/jewelsbyliz ) Her patience and kindness Ill never forget, always willing to answer my silly questions! (Thanks Liz!) I spent several years selling on RL, and over time my inventory became mostly jewelry. From that book, fellow shop owners and experience, I was able to buld a successful business online. A few years later, after the birth of my first child, I closed up shop thinking I would not have the time necessary to serve my customers right. I moved back home to Western PA, closer to my dear grandma, Shirley, who to this day still brings me amazing finds to sell online. At 83, she still packs her car every friday and heads to the flea market for Saturday and Sunday mornings. When baby number 2 came along, we decided we needed a way to supplement income, thus I opened another shop on Ruby Lane called Yellow Creek Collectibles, again selling mostly jewelry and glassware. I again closed shop when I was given the opportunity to attend college at Indiana University Of Pennsylvania (IUP) because I felt I could not devote the time I needed to the shop and customers. For a few years I went without a shop online, selling at the flea markets and selling at Olde Hanna's Town Antiques and Collectibles show, twice every summer with my beloved Grandma. In 2011, after a work related injury ended my husbands career as a truck driver, we found ourselves again needing a supplemental income. I opened shop here on Etsy because I simply wanted to try it out. The seller cost was lower and there was a huge diversity here that other venues simply didn't offer. Here, I was able to sell items to both the consumer and to other shops on other venues at affordable prices without negatively impacting other shops who have paid more for their inventory. I still love to shop Ebay, Ruby Lane and TIAS, as well as local flea markets, auctions, antique shows, you name it, we have it here! Most of my summer is spent running the roads looking for the next pile of pretty jewelry to sell. Within the first year of opening the shop, I decided to add a dear friend as a business partner to help them supplement income, and give her something to look forward to every day. Kim Shankle signed on as my business partner officially in early 2012. She, like me has a love of all things vintage. We both share the belief that vintage should be affordable for everyone, and that vintage should remain vintage and treated with love. If it has survived all these years, why destroy it in the name of art when it could live another life being loved? Thus, we have began to repair broken items, and adopt anything we think might have a chance at being loved again. Her mother left us a good bit of lovely items, and some friends have over time began to consign their estate items with us, rather than sell them at a garage sale or pack them away. In January, our shop will be celebrating 3 years here on Etsy! We'd like to say thank you to those who have helped us along the way....family, friends, other shops here on etsy and other venues. We intend to stay, and grow! Now that there are 2 of us with the same beliefs and values, we feel we are an excellent team when it comes to serving customers! Please read our feedback, as many have taken the time to tell you how happy they are with our products and service!
Thank you to everyone who have helped us become a success here on Etsy!
Kelly & Kim
HERE IS WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING ABOUT US "if you have 10 that is what I would give this necklace, FAST shipping - will be shopping with this store AGAIN " "Superb Seller And Shipping! Great Communication. I'll Be Back Again Very Soon! Thanks"
INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS-Please convo us we are willing to ship to some countries outside the USA such as Austrailia, Europe, Canada Etc. However, some places we have had zero luck and do not wish to ship to, if you have a relative or friend in the USA, we can ship to their address at your request.
RESERVES-Yes we will reserve an item for you for up to 30 days! We feel everyone should be able to purchase vintage, regardless of income. We understand that many are on a budget or may only get paid once or twice in a month. SImply convo us and ask, we will reserve any item for you for up to 30 days. We ask that you honor that agreed upon date and checkout on that day. If something comes up and we can, we will reserve it longer for you, but we ask that you politely notify us. The photo will be changed to a reserved photo so that other shoppers know that item is no longer for sale.
LAY AWAY-Please convo us, we will work with you on more expensive items within your budget to help you. Minimum is $50.
TRADES/SWAPS- YES, we welcome trading and swapping with other etsy shop owners. Please feel free to inquire, as we will try our best to make a good deal!
VINTAGE JEWELRY REPAIRS: We now offer repair services. Please convo me if you would like to inquire about having something of yours repaired. We can replace missing stones, re-string necklaces, re-attach or replace closures etc. If a vintage item hold sentimental value to you, it IS worth repairing. You pay the postage both ways and a small fee for parts and or labor, many basic repairs will total $20 or less including postage! Just convo me for a quote! We DO NOT offer repairs to fine jewelry at this time, but this may change someday!
CUSTOM MADE: YES, I do make custom jewelry. If you would like something made to match an item you have purchased or already own, please convo me for further details. Many customers love the vintage beaded necklaces but want pierced earrings, and sometimes this can be done by re-purposing the existing clip earrings. We also make necklaces brooches and bracelets, and they can be made to match your item! Just ask, we are always happy to give you an estimate!
INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS-YES, we do offfer international transactions, but only upon request. You may inquire with no obligation to purchase as to the total cost for an item by using Etsy Convo. When shipping international we REQUIRE you to purchase insurance for the item, as we will not be held liable for items that do not arrive or arrive broken or damaged.
SHIPPING RATES listed are for USPS Flat Rate Box ONLY, however, for nearly EVERY item, you may choose to have it shipped in a padded envelope or regular box at a lesser postage rate. TO DO SO YOU MUST CONVO ME BEFORE YOU CHECKOUT, and include your zip code......then await my reply to proceed with your purchase. I will adjust the shipping rate accordingl reserve the item for you and then convo you to proceed with the checkout. WE WILL NOT give any refunds for shipping costs if you do not follow the above steps.
INSURANCE-We generally DO NOT include insurance in the shipping cost, unless it is written in the description that it is required for you to purchase. IF YOU WOULD LIKE INSURANCE, PLEASE CONVO ME PRIOR TO CHECKOUT, otherwise it will not be added.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
RESERVED ITEMS- If for any reason you'd like an item reserved for you, please convo us and we will do so for up to 45 days.
LAYAWAYS-We are also willing to accomodate a layaway if you like, please ask.
We prefer PAYPAL and ETSY CHECKOUT transactions. We will not accept checks or money orders.
CANCELLATIONS-Upon request we will cancel a purchase if maken by mistake or there are circumstances beyond your control, please let us know.
By default, most items will be shipped USPS Flat Rate Box, however, if you would like a different method of shipping you MUST convo me prior to checking out so that I can adjust the transaction total. I will not make refunds on shipping. Generally it costs LESS to have jewelry sent in a padded envelope via USPS, however it's impossible to accurately calculate shipping this way, so we use the flat rate as a default.
INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS-Upon request we will provide you a total including shipping and insurance (if requested) for international orders.
Refunds and Exchanges
☆IF YOU DID NOT PURCHASE INSURANCE AND THE POSTAL SERVICE DAMAGED BROKE OR LOST YOUR ITEM, we cannot offer any kind of refund or replacement!
☆IF YOU DID PURCHASE INSURANCE, we will we will send you the proper paperwork immediately so that YOU can collect compensation for the damages. We will help you do this if you need us to, but you have to ask!
☆We do REQUIRE insurance on some items, for those items insurance requirement is disclosed in listing and cost is already added to shipping
REMEMBER- It is up to YOU to request shipping insurance. Please contact us PRIOR to purchase to arrange insurance!
☆If AFTER a total of 21 calendar days you have not received your item (Within USA ONLY-32 days for international) you still have not received your item, AND the item was insured, we will help you collect compensation from the carrier. If you did not insure the item, we can attempt to track it and deal with the issue, however if it was not insured we will NOT issue a refund of any kind.
☆If your item is blatently NOT AS DESCRIBED, please convo me, so that we can work tword an agreeable remedy! Unless we mail you the incorrect item, we generally do not offer any kind of refund or replacement!
☆PLEASE examine photos carefully and use zoom feature for the most accurate description as we sometimes do not type every detail into the description.
☆We can not offer ANY kind of warranty on the workmanship of others. Please read our repair and refund policy.
☆CUSTOM MADE items are covered for 30 DAYS FROM DATE OF PURCHASE. Simply convo me, and I will paypal you the funds to ship it to me, repair it, and ship it back at my expense. IF I cannot repair it, or make you another just like it, I will contact you with any other options or simply refund your purchase price via paypal.
☆ITEMS WITH A "REPAIRED" disclosure in their listing-If the area(s) of repair on that item fail within 30 DAYS OF PURCHASE, I will paypal you the funds to ship the item back to me. Once I receive it, I will make every attempt to repair it again, permanently, and return it to you at my expense. If I determine the item is not repairable (missing parts etc) I will contact you and we will work tword an agreeable remedy or refund.
☆Please remember to read the ENTIRE description and if the item has a repair disclosure, feel free to ask questions and request any additional repairs at the time of purchase, because I do NOT warranty the workmanship of the maker of the piece, ONLY MY OWN WORKMANSHIP.
If you purcahse a necklace that was repaired by me, and the strand I REPAIRED breaks, it falls under the above policy............
..........if another strand that was NOT repaired breaks, I can only offer you the courtesy of an additional repair-You will be responsible for postage both ways, however labor and parts will be free.............
........From being handled during the repair process the repaired strand AND original strands have come out of the clasp, which is rare as I check every connection after I repair somethins, I AM ALWAYS WILLING TO COMMUNICATE and work tword a solution that makes my customer happy AND keeps my customer coming back! So, please do not hesitate to convo me and ask questions!
THERE'S NEVER ONE POLICY THAT MEETS ALL NEEDS OR COVERS EVERY SITUATION WE PROMISE TO DO OUT BEST TO REMEDY ANY PROBLEM THAT ARISES IN THE FAIREST MANNER POSSIBLE AS QUICKLY AS WE CAN.