Black patent vintage high heels

I was revisiting one of my favorite vintage boutiques on Etsy, Joules Jewels Vintage – oh my I love that shop! And among all the new goodies I found, Jillian is offering these adorable shoes:

black patent leather vintage high heels


And why do I love this shop, you’re asking? (Actually you already halfway know, because you are seeing these shoes.) Well! Her pics are clear and contain the info you need to shop wisely, her prices are fair, her reviews are terrific, and honestly, it’s just FUN to shop there!

And. Those shoes. Really that’s all I need to say.

I haven’t even mentioned yet, the tan leather boots she’s got that oh I wish were my size, and the adorable piggy bank, and the actual Givenchy dress that you just have to see! This is why vintage is so much fun.

This is why we love it.

How to save money – DIY!

This is not a revolutionary idea – but this year I’m going to point out occasionally, how making your own jewelry for gifts, for yourself, or to sell, can save – or make – you money. First idea: “buy the set and save”.

red framed glass pendant and round earring jewels - buy the glass bead set and save

These particular glass beads would cost $4.79 if purchased separately from my shop – the set here costs $3.99. Already you’re saving a bit of money. Of course there are many talented jewelry artists who can provide you with beautiful necklace and earring sets – but if you’re looking to save money, it can be such a smart move to do it yourself.

These earring jewels come in one-ring, two-ring, or No-ring styles, so you can make dangle earrings or stud earrings with only the addition of post earring backs, or earwires. The teardrop jewel can be turned into a classicly simple, lovely necklace by adding a jump ring and chain.

Easy, low-cost, and pretty! This is a good way to start the new year 🙂

Hyacinth orange framed vintage glass beads

I love this bright orange color, these smooth gorgeous glass jewels. They’re fun, they’re flirty, they’re just a great way to greet the new year. They’re vintage, from the late 1950s I believe (the company that made them has been out of business for quite a while…)

hyacinth orange framed glass beads

I don’t know about you, but I don’t always want to be Serious. Orange? These smooth, buff cabochon jewels are just made for fun 🙂

Vintage suede and faux fur boots

Now this is the best example in the world for why we love vintage. It’s snowing outside, it’s cold, it’s going to be Red Alert Winter for a while, you know?

We want to be warm, and safe (non-skid boots!) – but we also want to look great. And we want our stuff to be special, and a little bit unique if possible, and fun. Fun is important. So! Look at these fabulous boots.

vintage suede and faux fur boots

Are those not wonderful? And they are only $35.00 plus shipping! Trust me, if they were my size, I would be showing you a different item, because these would be already sold. I found them at LesSoeursVintage, a wonderful vintage boutique on Etsy. You really and truly want to go shopping there.

Even after Christmas. You deserve a little goodie for yourself. Like the vintage floor length black dress, or the vintage 1950s Bestform lace-up corset, I’m serious, you have to see it!

Do you get the idea that this could become your favorite vintage shop? Yes. You’re welcome.

And a merry Christmas to you, too 😉

Deal of the Day – December 18, 2016

Hearts and flowers – okay, just hearts. Vintage glass red heart jewels – as shown here, paired with red oval earring jewels – or worn as a pretty, romantic pendant. Mention “red heart” when you place an order at my online jewelry supply shop and you get a free pair of red glass jewels. You get to choose the style 😉

red vintage glass heart beads

Of course they’re wonderful for Christmas. And, you know, Valentine’s Day is coming. Just saying 🙂

Deal of the Day for December 18, 2016 – good till tomorrow night!

Deal of the Day – December 16, 2016

And the word is “purple”. Mention PURPLE in the notes to seller (or just send me a note) when you place an order in my Etsy jewelry supplies shop and you get a free pair of framed glass jewels – in purple 🙂

amethyst purple framed glass beads in my jewelry supplies shop

Like the pair above, for example. But if you prefer a different pair, you can dicker!

Pretty in purple. Glass jewels, easy to use, easy to wear, and affordable. Talk about a deal!

Vintage festival dress, party dress, wedding dress

I found this darling dress while doing a search for “hippie dress”. Now I don’t really consider myself a hippie, or the dresses I love as ‘hippie’ – but comfortable, pretty, flowing dresses are labeled that way right now. So just go with it. This is now officially a ‘hippie dress’.

vintage yellow wedding dress ... festival dress ... party dress

I also think it would be wonderful for a spring wedding dress, or party dress over the holidays (maybe not in the frigid north, but still) – or just a garden dress. Or wear it the way the shop intended – as a “festival dress”. I’d love to go to that festival 😉

I found it at Yellow Bee Vintage, a sweet vintage boutique on Etsy. Nicci, the shop owner, has a terrific eye for value – she has great items, she gives good pics, and includes the detailed info you need to make an online purchase. Not to mention, just as an example, an ivory organza 1950s wedding gown with ruched sleeves for $169.00, I am NOT kidding, and a pair of beaded white wedding gloves for $25.00. You need to check out this shop!

Oh. Did I mention the lovely yellow festival dress is $38.00? Nice little detail there. Now seriously: go shopping. You’ll thank me!

Deal of the Day – December 13, 2016

Sparkling jonquil yellow glass beads – these aren’t traditional Christmas colors. So what? They’re lovely, they’re flattering, they’re affordable. And if you mention YELLOW after making a purchase in my Etsy jewelry supplies shop, you get a free pair of 18mm x 13mm pear jewels. **

jonquil yellow glass teardrops in my jewelry supplies shop

** oh – did I mention? Your “Deal of the Day” teardrop jewels I mentioned above? You get to choose the color 🙂

Good only till midnight, December 14, 2016 (don’t wait!)

Deal of the Day – December 10, 2016

You know that the Pantone Color of the Year for 2017 is Greenery, right? Now honestly, I have to say I kind of get a laugh out of the Color of the Year thing. So far I’ve heard “Greenery” also called avocado green (remember the appliances of the 70s?), and a few other color names that I won’t repeat here. My point is, “olive green”, “olivine”, “avocado”, and some other color names I can’t remember right now, all refer to a slightly tangy, plant-like green. Pantone just has a Marketing Name for it.

But hey, I’ll go with it. “Greenery” is my Deal of the Day” code word today. Mention “Greenery” after you order – in the Notes to Seller – and you’ll receive a FREE pair of green OVAL glass jewels, you choose the exact pair, sent with your order.

green oval glass beads in my Etsy shop.... these are vintage glass, vivid emerald green

Such a deal 🙂

Deal of the Day – December 8, 2016

Think pink – and that’s your Deal of the Day special code: pink. I know, it’s not a “Christmas color”, but think about it. It’s feminine, it’s pretty, it looks good all year round, and it’s flattering to every skin tone. Pink. It works 🙂

pink glass rhinestone beads

So – the Deal of the Day – if you mention Pink in the “notes to seller” after you order from my online jewelry supplies shop, you get a free pink pair of 10mm rivoli jewels!

And you can dicker if you really do prefer a different color.

Win!