Reinventing Vintage Jewelry FindsPosted by rachel on October 18 at 08:32 pm
Not only am I a new Lima Beads team member, but I am also a novice in the jewelry and beading worlds. When I was much younger, I dabbled in beading, making bracelets and necklaces for all my friends with those microscopic seed beads, little charms and found objects like shells and sea glass that I had, albeit very poorly, wire wrapped and formed into pendants. That little hobby eventually dwindled away.
When I got older and became interested in shopping for vintage clothing, my attention was quickly focused on all of the great jewelry I could find. Not only was it affordable, but it was a practical guarantee that others would not be found wearing the same thing! Let it be known that I am not now, nor ever have been, searching for those valuable family heirlooms. My taste has always been quite the opposite. I adore the things most people refer to as “tacky” and “garish.” If shopping with a friend, I usually hear “I wouldn’t wear it, but you could pull it off.” I’m okay with that.
I think most people would describe my collection as looking like that of an eccentric, flashy grandmother. I’m okay with that too. However, one really has to inspect second-hand jewelry before buying if you plan to wear as-is. A lot of the time, I find something interesting, but talk myself out of buying it because it’s not in the best condition. This is exactly the reason I have decided to learn how to refurbish all of those great finds. I am interested in using pieces I already own, pieces I have yet to discover, and some new items (from Lima Beads, of course!) to create one-of-a-kind accessories.
Besides the originality factor, I believe shopping second-hand is a great way to lessen our individual impact on the environment (carbon footprint). Purchasing used items reduces the use of fossil fuels used for manufacturing and transportation of goods. It really is that simple. Also, the majority of local thrift stores are linked to a charitable organization. Whether it’s your school’s PTA or The Salvation Army, most of those dollars spent are headed to people in need!
So, I am interested in finding people in our Lima Beads community who do the same. I would love to get tips and feedback from you, whether it’s your story about how you got started making jewelry, what you do with your vintage finds, or even what kind of components you use. I’ll be learning to bead as I go, so I’ll need plenty of help and support!