The Great Maier Mercantile

Reston, Virginia · 854 Sales


The Great Maier Mercantile

Reston, Virginia 854 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars

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Note from shop owner Join me in Round Top, TX for Spring Antiques Week (actually 3 weeks!) In the meantime, find images of my work on Instagram or Facebook @maiermercantile.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Mar 13, 2017

Join me in Round Top, TX for Spring Antiques Week (actually 3 weeks!) In the meantime, find images of my work on Instagram or Facebook @maiermercantile.

Krissy Maier

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Krissy Maier


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Respecting the Past While Working on the Future

I started my jewelry and accessories business in 2006. I create one of a kind pieces using discarded or broken costume jewelry and oddities like antique German doll parts. The process starts with the "Supply Hunt". This can happen online, person to person, in stores, at shows - pretty much everywhere I go. My favorite source is a group of older ladies that I started purchasing from in 2011. I met a 76 year old woman who was selling some pieces left to her by her sister. I told her about my business and she started collecting all the broken bits to sell to me. She told her friends and they were tickled that someone was using single earrings and beads from broken necklaces as the basis for new jewelry. I've purchased from several of those ladies and the calls haven't stopped coming. I love to buy directly from people because I can usually get a little bit of history about a piece or the person who wore it. It's so wonderful to have that connection.

Next comes the "Organized Chaos" phase. I sort new acquisitions into categories that probably only make sense to me. Sometimes I match metal colors, sort by material (like glass, brass or enamel) or lump together all of the objects manufactured around the same time period. Then I fold the new items into my existing supplies.

Finally, I slide into "Frankenstein Mode" where I take objects categorized in the organized chaos phase and use those as supplies to bring new jewelry to life. I use traditional jewelry making techniques like wire wrapping and silver fusing to create one of a kind pieces. (Recycling vintage objects usually means that I only have enough materials to complete one new piece of jewelry and then it's on to something else.) From there, I complete finishing work like filing edges or securing rhinestones and then it's out the door. This process can take hours or days. Nothing is really for sale until it's something that I want to wear. If I don't get the design right at first, I table the piece until I get the right components to complete it.

In 2014, I also started to use 3D printing technology as another tool in my belt. I've been teaching myself to use Rhino, TinkerCad and some of the other amazing 3D rendering software to create original designs and then I prototype them in plastic on a Makerbot Replicator 2. I'm just getting started with this great technology and am working with in Brooklyn, NY to produce a few of my designs in metal. I can't wait to see what happens next with 3D printing technology and I'm excited to be a part of it!


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  • Krissy Maier

    Owner, Creator

    Being creative is in my DNA. Dad’s family makes ornate beaded flowers and mom’s is full of antique dealers so using vintage jewelry to make new pieces is evolution doing what it does. I made my first ring at 12 and have been full time since 2008.

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    Brooklyn, NY

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Last updated on March 9, 2015
The Great Maier Mercantile is a one woman show. I use a lot of vintage recycled and repurposed pieces, explode them and Frankenstein them into new pieces. It's my goal to make every transaction smooth and hassle free to end up with happy customers.

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I use the U.S. postal service and ship first class mail. I usually will ship everything during the business day after the purchase has been completed. If you are an international buyer and would like me to ship to you, please convo me and we may be able to reach an agreement. International buyers are responsible for all taxes, tariffs and customs fees that may be associated with purchasing something from the United States.

If you would like to upgrade shipping, but do not see it offered with the item you want to purchase, please convo me (including where you are located) to see if upgrading is available. I respond to most convos within 1 hour.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please let me know as soon as you open your package if something has been damaged in shipment. Refunds/exchanges are only offered if there is an error on my part or if an item is defective. If there is a problem with something you received, you must contact me within 3 days of receiving the item for a refund/exchange.