T H E R E NOT T H E R E / reconstructed ephemera

New York, United States

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Last updated on Nov 14, 2021

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Melanie Elyse Brewster

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Melanie Elyse Brewster


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About therenottheredesign

Sales 88
On Etsy since 2008

Reconstructing ephemera and rocking on the internet since 2006.

A little bit southern gothic, a little bit archaeological dig from 1910. Upcycled vintage and antique jewelry with modern designs inspired by art deco buildings, quivering forests, and vibrant patinas. Everything is one of a kind. Everything is made, packaged, and shipped by me.


For more information and recent updates check out the @therenottheredesign instagram feed.

I'm happy to work with stores or fulfill custom requests for special occasions. Please email melanie.brewster [!at] for inquiries.


(currently only sell on etsy)

- Hapa Collective

- the Harn Museum
- Loop de Loop
- Wild Iris Bookstore
- Persona
- Etoile Boutique

- Black Bear
- Brooklyn Collective

- Salt Lake Citizen
- Tempest Couture

I love working with local businesses and other artists. Please get in touch if you would like to collaborate.

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  • Melanie Elyse Brewster

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    Melanie Elyse Brewster is a licensed psychologist and associate professor at Columbia University. Academic by day, artist by night, Melanie has sold jewelry and exhibited her visual art in galleries and boutiques nationwide since 2002.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 4, 2018
welcome to there not there design!


* this is a one woman business; I design and make everything in the shop. I do not recreate pieces, which means that all of the jewelry is completely one-of-a-kind.

* prints are from original hand cut collages and reproduced on high quality card stock. At this point in time, I have no plans to start limiting runs, but when that happens I will clearly post that information in the item description.

* a majority of my pieces are made with mostly or entirely antique or vintage components. As such, many of my items will have gentle wear. Please carefully examine photos and reach out to me with any questions before you make a purchase.

* I am happy to offer complimentary gift wrapping and personalized cards on all orders, just put a request in your buyer notes.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If an item reaches you in a damaged condition, I will gladly exchange it for a similar item of equal value. Buyer pays return shipping. I do not exchange merchandise that reaches you in good condition. Please be sure that you are choosing what you would really like!
Payment is expected within 1 Business day.
All domestic orders are shipped via USPS Priority Mail with a delivery confirmation. All orders are usually mailed within 1-3 business days of purchase. I will wait for your payment to clear before shipping and you will be notified via email when the item(s) ship.

International orders are shipped with USPS First Class Mail.

I automatically ship your package to the address specified on your etsy account. If you need your item to be shipped to a different address please note this in your buyer comments.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you are purchasing a gift that is to be sent directly to the recipient, please notify me at checkout, and let me know what you would like the card to say (or I can include a blank greeting card so you can write the message of your choice). For gifts, I will not include any receipts or invoices.

I am also happy to offer gift wrapping at no additional charge, just make a request!