Handmade Vintage Accessories & Vintage Findings

106 Sales


Handmade Vintage Accessories & Vintage Findings

106 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   Thank you so much for stopping by! I have been away for a bit and I'm working on getting my shop back up and running!


Last updated on Dec 29, 2016

Thank you so much for stopping by! I have been away for a bit and I'm working on getting my shop back up and running!


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Welcome You!

Hi, I'm Valerie! I've always been one that has the NEED to create. I attended college to study fashion design. My senior fashion show featured clothing I created made from silk shantung, adorned with hand stitched silk embroidery. Loved it. Loved the work that went into it, loved the artistic touch I was able to express. Just after graduating I moved from California (perfect spot for fashion, just outside of Los Angeles) to Connecticut (country and hours from NY). I did choose to move here, and with that, chose to possibly not pursue a career in fashion.

Years following the move, and several non-creative jobs later... I went back to school to study graphic design, which is what I do now for my full time living.

Creating accessories came several years ago. My then 3 year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. During her long stays in the hospital to undergo chemo, I started making her headbands and such to wear, knowing she would have no hair soon. I was able to do this right by her side in her room, it was nice. I then started making ones for me as well, and then make others to sell. After her treatments were over and we were back to home life, I planned to fill my shop with the hair goodies I created. Any spare time I can come up with, I enjoy sitting and creating these accessories. (And my business name has everything to do with her!)

I do love the personal touch I'm able to put into every piece. My space is loaded with fabrics, buttons, notions, flowers (mostly vintage) and other such things, just waiting to be put to use.


Shop members

  • Valerie Espeleta

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I moved to Connecticut in the US, from California, 13 years ago. I love antiquing, auctions, coffee, friends and family, and most of all my daughter and husband. Oh and legwarmers are my best friend in the winter, never leave home without 'em.

  • my girl

    Little Helper Extraordinaire

Shop policies

Last updated on February 1, 2013
hi there!

Thank you for visiting my shop!

...Welcome to The Blue Apricot. I enjoy handmaking every item I have listed as handmade. My vintage is really vintage (20 years old or more). I have lots of fun finding and making my treasures. Sometimes they're hard to part with!

I love to make my customers happy! If you have any problems with a purchase or an item in my shop, contact me straight away. Please do not leave feedback before you ask if I can fix the problem — and check etsy's Do and Don'ts for sellers and buyers for any guidance on this.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Paypal, credit and gift cards are accepted.

I will happily reserve an item for you for 3 days only.
I ship within 3-5 business days of cleared payment. Usually within the 3 days.

• Priority Mail whenever possible
• USPS media mail for books / pubs.
• Tracking number will be included on most items.

I only ship a handful of my items internationally at this time. Please refer to listing.

Combined shipping:
• I WILL and DO adjust rates for combined shipping once I know what's in the order.

• Just ask.

• If you want insurance, you MUST request first. I do not automatically insure.

• The Blue Apricot is not responsible for damages or losses incurred in shipping. If you would like purchased item insured, Just ask, I will add it to your total!

Extras and packing materials:
• Gift wrapping upon request. I use a wide range of materials to pack and wrap, including reusables and recycled materials. Please reuse and keep the green cycle going.
Refunds and Exchanges
If there is a problem of any kind, please contact The Blue Apricot first. (me!) I am very buyer friendly.

• I DO issue refunds on full price of the item if:
— there is a serious problem, such as a flaw somehow not noted.
- PLEASE do not use feedback to start the process! Contact me first.

• Custom orders:
--returns not accepted unless there is a serious problem with item.

If you're not sure about something, just ask! I'll be happy to answer you and help you as best as I can.
Additional policies and FAQs
I have a smoke free home. The vintage items are vintage however. I cannot account from where they have lived prior to here. If you have any questions, just ask!