The Southwest Trading Post Reimagined

Tucson, Arizona On Etsy since 2010

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The Southwest Trading Post Reimagined

Tucson, Arizona | 834 Sales

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Trailer Hitch Cuffs

My first recreational vehicle was also my first car, an eight year old 1960 Rambler American. The front seats folded back and joined the rear bench seat to form a bed, which filled the entire cabin. Eventually, the driver's seat would not go back up, so I drove around seated on the edge of the bed. From there, all trailers, no matter how small, were a big improvement. My wife and I have owned a number of trailers over the years and our favorite vacation is a road trip exploring the Southwest where we live. I grew up in the Southwest and have been making sterling jewelry since the mid '80's. I am mostly influenced and excited by what is called Fred Harvey era jewelry, which was created and sold to travelers along the highways of Arizona and New Mexico. The Bell Trading Company continued to sell Harvey style jewelry from 1932 to 1974. The designs were images of the area, including roadrunners, Thunderbirds, whirling logs, arrows and dogs. Strangely missing from the designs were the vehicles that traveled the highways and the trailers they towed. My personal mission is to correct this oversight and include the creative and innovative mid century trailers to the Harvey era motif. Early Airstreams and Shastas, among many others, appear on my sterling silver story teller cuff bracelets. Each of our road trips inspires many new designs and ideas. Recently we visited Oatman, Arizona and after that I added, you guessed it, several burros to the designs. Each of the Trailer Hitch sterling cuff bracelets are hammered into shape on a genuine trailer hitch ball so the trailer DNA is built it. I am happy to make custom bracelets featuring your vintage or new trailer. Please inquire re: details.

Before creating Trailer Hitch Jewelry I had some big adventures in the world of gems and fine jewelry. In 1985 I went to a Los Angeles Halloween party dressed as Captain Sugilite. The costume involved purple tights, a cape, and a big "S" on my chest. I will spare you any further details. How I came to be Captain Sugilite is a story that began in 1981. A summary of the story can be found in my Profile page at my Etsy shop. Since that time I have been creating jewelry using primarily Sugilite in the beginning and naturally evolving into the use of other stones to widen my color palette. My recollection of the party in 1985 is somewhat vague, but I was reminded recently (by someone who was present) that it was on that evening I learned I could not actually fly. Ouch. But, as you can see, I am at least alive and well!

Shop members

  • Bill Reimbold, Sparky and Sue

    Owner, Silversmith, Watercolor Artist

Production partners

  • allied shirts

    Pflugerville, TX

    I design the shirt and Allied screen prints my design on the shirt.

  • Ariel

    New York, NY

    I design small specialty components which I will use in the creation of some of my jewelry and Ariel will cut them from sheet silver to my exact specifications.

  • Screen Printing Shop

    VA, United States

    I submit design to Custom Ink and they screen print it on garments.

  • make stickers

    Tinley Park, IL

    I provide my design and this company screen prints it onto vinyl.

  • temporary tattoos

    Tucson, AZ

    they use my design and manufacture the temporary tattoo

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Last updated on Jan 17, 2017
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Layaway schedules are accepted on items over $100 in total cost. Three equal payments must be made within a maximum of 90 days. When the final payment is made the items will be shipped. Layaway payments are non refundable. Contact Bill Reimbold to set up the layaway plan for your desired purchase. Items with reduced on sale prices cannot be put on layaway.