WIth the final of strictly come dancing all over there’s no need to worry, there’s still some time to grab yourself some Christmas sparkle with my top 10 tips on how to find some vintage treasure. I bagged myself this Victoriana ribbon corsage bracelet yesterday. I’ll share my other finds on the blog soon. Failing that you can always pop along to my website with new arrivals all the time you’ll find jewellery, fashion accessories, vintage items and Art for your home .
My top 10 tips for finding vintage treasure.
1.Check all stones are present when purchasing jewellery.
2.Check fastenings closures all work on clothing.
3.Negotiate a good deal
4.Get there early.
5.Look for original pieces that you won’t find on the high street.
6.Buy when you see it you’ll kick yourself if when it’s gone later!
7.Be open minded the print might be awful but the frame maybe fabulous.
8.Be prepared to pay more for labelled goods but be sure to check authenticity.
9.Classic design is always a good buy think 20’s 30’s deco or nouveau.
10.Seek out items that reflect up and coming trends or current colour palettes.
Just in time for #uksnow! I have finally completed my nostalgic memory quilt. Faced with a pile of pretty children’s dresses and clothes I just couldn’t bear to send them all off to the charity shop; there goes the hoarder in me again! So they have been cropped chopped and reinvented into a cosy warm quilt. When I look at It I can see the fabrics from family parties, birthdays, and sunny beach holidays as I keep warm! So many happy memories like a photograph to wrap yourself up in. Hope it’s not too snowy but at least I’m cosy.
Today saw my annual visit to the Arts Market in Liverpool. Undoubtedly, one of the best handcrafted markets you will find, a far cry away from naff tombolas and bottled toiletries which are often rudely described as a Christmas Fayre. This is a collection of real artisans sharing their hand crafted goods. I much prefer to select my gifts from the maker rejecting mass production in favour of a more considered gift. Today's haul included, earrings, vintage broaches, bracelets, a bag and believe it or not magical wands. Indeed there were many magical things to find if you do get chance to visit, you'll have to hurry its only on till 7 this evening I recommend Marandadesigns.com. Beautiful handcrafted sterling silver jewellery. For two years now I've found quality affordable pieces with a friendly smile. Based in a cathedral this can only add to the festive atmosphere. All this got me thinking of how long us artists actually spend making and I know when I create my paintings I seem to enter a world of my own and loose complete track of time. Questioning how all this hustle and bustle came about? Springing up in Germany signalling the beginning of Advent linking bank to regular seasonal markets adding a bit of light to dark seasonal nights. the earliest Christmas markets were formed from cosy stands in the streets and alleyways where only locals could share their artefacts and goods encompassing traditional products and delicacies. Traditional handcrafted from wooden figurines, nutcrackers, tree ornaments still remain today. Despite recent belief that Christmas has developed into a whirl of consumerism, it maybe surprising to know gift buying had become a ore Christmas activity as early as the seventeenth century, with usually markets held around the the church to attract church goers. Today the activities and excitement was well and truly inside the warm glow of liverpool cathedral.
Hello there, it's me Sophie owner of Sophie's emporium. A little creative world on a planet far away that time forgot. Sophie collects, Sophie searches for treasures and Sophie creates just for the sheer love of making. I hope you like what you find. Together it's a creative journey of discovery.