Vintage collectible

I just ran across one of my listings on Etsy and thought I should share it with you.  It is an antique thimble that belonged to my grandmother.  She was a very accomplished seamstress and worked at Cecil B. DeMille’s studio in Hollywood in the 1920’s.  The thimble is size 12 and is in very good condition.  It is for sale in my Etsy store and I no longer sew so I think it would be a great addition to someone’s collection.  You can see it at http://www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu as well as other vintage items and handcrafted jewelry of all types and colors.  I am offering a 10% coupon code LIBRA discount on most items in the month of October as well as free shipping in the US.  Take a look at what’s available.

Speaking of the 1920’s I have a hand made sequin decorated cap for sale that belonged to a professional ice skater of that era.    She gave the cap to my mother when she retired and my mother gave it to me several years ago.  It can be worn but is best for decor.   I’d like to see it have a happy home.

Etsy Summer Savings

For the balance of this month I am offering a 10% discount on all my Etsy items priced at $10 or over.  This discount requires a code, MLU10OFF, to be entered when the item is purchased.  The discount will be in effect until midnight July 31.  You will find some different, attractive summer jewelry in my Etsy shop and if you take advantage of this sale you will save $.  In addition, all orders in the USA are shipped free of charge.

Take a look.   You might find just what you are looking for.  My jewelry is original,  unusual, designed and handmade by me.  You won’t find it in a store or on someone else.  Items are mostly necklaces and earrings, but there are some vintage items as well.

You’ll find my store at etsy.me/GV8zSc  or go to Etsy.com and type in MizMlu’s Store.  Thanks, and have a happy summer.

New Etsy News

I have talked about my Etsy shop in the past, but it’s time to remind you that it’s up and running and waiting for you.  I have been making new jewelry pieces almost daily and posting them for your viewing pleasure.  You will find that there is a large variety of both vintage and new necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and many other pieces.  I use many different colors and materials so that my jewelry comes in all colors and shapes.  The pieces I create are original designs and one-of-a-kind.  You won’t find them anywhere else.  The vintage items are from my collection of long ago.  I clean them and make sure they are in good shape before listing.

Watch the Black Elegance Video to see some of the pieces I create.

I try to price my items for the average buyer who wants something different at a reasonable price.   Some pieces are very inexpensive and others a little more.  It depends on the cost of the materials and the amount of work involved in the making.  I am very diligent in shipping as quickly as possible, sometimes the same day as ordered, and as inexpensively as possible.  I make sure the item is packaged securely so that it arrives in good condition.  I am proud of the 100% approval rating I have received from my customers.

 

My goal is to provide pleasure in the form of a colorful and distinctive accent to your appearance.

 

I urge you to go to my etsy site at www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu or http://etsy.me/GV8zSc.  I would appreciate any comments you might have.  Thanks for your consideration.

The Black Necklace

You all know that I am a member of Etsy where I sell vintage items and handmade jewelry.  I was wearing a necklace a couple of weeks ago that I had made and got several comments on it.  One of the ladies asked if I could make her a necklace to go with her usual black and white outfits.  I said, “Sure, no problem.”  Little did I know, never having made a custom item for anyone.  But what the heck, why not try?  So I found some black beads that I thought would suit her and some silver beads to use as spacers.

 

When I got home I planned how I was going to put them together and made up 3 samples.  I then scanned them and sent her a picture asking her to choose 1 of the 3.  She responded with, “Do whatever you think is OK”.  That was not the answer I needed.  I wanted it to be exactly what she had in mind, so I asked again for her to pick the one she liked the best and this time she chose one.

 

It took me several hours to get it strung together to my satisfaction and what I hoped would please her.  Then I had to set a price.  That’s very difficult for me.  In my Etsy store I am fairly familiar with the pricing and the value of the items I sell.  But this was different.  This piece was for an elderly lady, a friend, and I didn’t want to overcharge her, but I wanted to be paid for my costs and labor, so I suggested $15.  She responded by saying that wasn’t enough and offered $25.  I was shocked.  $25!  So to ease my conscience and still get paid for my efforts I split the difference and charged her $20.

 

Last Saturday I gave her the necklace and put it on for her.   She was thrilled with it.  We are part of a small group which meets once a month and everyone was excited and delighted with her necklace.   My granddaughter saw it before I gave it to my friend and asked me if I would make one for her.  I did and she is very happy with it.  I would rather not make custom jewelry, but I am glad that I did this one.   I hope I don’t have to do this again, but I learned a lot and could do it if I had to.

Treasures

I have just posted some very different items on my Etsy site.  I usually list jewelry that I have made, or recovered from others who just wanted to get rid of them.  I can usually use a single jewel and make something attractive and wearable from it.  But this time I discovered a treasure trove in my own storage room.  I have been making jewelry for as long as I can remember just so that I would have something to match an outfit.  I would take a blouse or T-shirt to the bead shop and pick out beads to match it.  I have been collecting beads and old jewelry items for years.

 

Now that I have grown older I am attempting to dispose of the things I no longer need or want.    Etsy gives me the opportunity to sell things, get a little extra money and create needed space in my small home.  The other day I found among my “treasures” 5 beaded collars and a sequined cap dating from the 1920’s.  The cap was made for a friend of my mother’s who was a professional ice skater.  When she retired she gave my mother several items including the cap and a bag of black sequins.  The cap is still in fairly good condition.  You can see what it looks like on my etsy site at www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu.

After all these years I still haven’t found a use for the sequins.

 

I made the collars.  They are listed on my etsy shop as well.  I made these in the 1950’s.  My husband frequently had to attend fancy dinners and these collars gave a festive look to the dress I wore. We didn’t have a lot of money so I could attend looking my best with a conversation item.

 

Now I think that retro is in and maybe someone will find them interesting and unusual.  I haven’t seen anything like them anywhere.

My Etsy Experience

Hello all. I have been very busy and unable to keep up with my Mizmlu’s Creatives page. I apologize. I will be sending out a new Thought for Today and the following article for your attention. I would like to hear from you about anything I have written, where you are, who you are, what you would like to talk about, anything to help me connect with my readers.

My most recent interest has been with Etsy. Etsy is a site that has vintage and handcrafted items for sale. I joined them in November, 2010. My daughter recommended it to me since she knew that I was disposing of some of my no longer wanted possessions and thought I had some items that were worth money. My daughter is an artist and creates beautiful objects like pop-up greeting cards, portraits, seasonal items, as well as graphic designs for logos or for whatever use they are needed. She has sold many of her creations on Etsy.

I put together the items I wanted to sell and my other daughter took pictures of them and posted them in a folder on my computer. Pictures are required on Etsy because they give the prospective buyer a good look at the item for sale. Also some information is needed to describe the article, its size, the material used, and any other useful facts to help the buyer make a choice.

Joining Etsy was easy. I had to fill out a form, give some information about myself, provide a picture if desired, but not necessary. No personal information is required.

Once I had joined I listed about 10 items that I wanted to sell, set a price for each, added shipping cost and posted pictures of the item. In most cases I used an overall image as well as a close up view so that the customer would have a good idea of what they would receive.

It took a while before I sold anything, but I kept posting messages on Facebook and Twitter promoting my site, Mizmlu.etsy.com, and finally a sale! Then one lady bought 4 necklaces I had listed. What a great feeling! I put up more things. I do make handmade items so I listed a pillow, some slippers, crocheted cell phone pouches, wearable business card holders and lots of old jewelry that I never wear anymore. Etsy takes only handcrafted or vintage items at least 20 years old.

Etsy has a tutorial that teaches how to price your item, how to fill out the form to sell your item, suggestions on pricing and shipping, and tips for succeeding.

Once an item sells it must be shipped within 2 business days. I have collected packaging supplies over time so I didn’t need to purchase anything but the small padded envelopes for the jewelry. I make sure that the item is well padded to prevent damage in shipping. Paypal has a connection to Etsy so that when an item sells Paypal notifies you of the sale and who bought and paid for it. Once you know the weight of the packaged item you can use Paypal to print a mailing label without showing the amount of the postage and just drop it off at the Post Office or put it in your mail box to be picked up. The cost of the postage is deducted from the proceeds of the sale and the rest is deposited in Paypal where you can leave it or transfer it to your bank.

Etsy charges .20 per item for the listing and 3.5% from the sale price. Each listing is automatically withdrawn after 4 months. You have the choice of relisting it if you have more than one and you so desire. The Etsy charges can be deducted from your Paypal account.

Etsy has about 3,000 members who create some of the most beautiful items I have ever seem. They come from all over the world. Some are truly accomplished artists and paint or design jewelry, clothing, accessories, household items, toys and more. Others seek antique items at yard sales or second hand stores and resell them. There is a forum where Etsy sellers can converse and help each other. It is truly a joy to just spend time looking at the amazing talent and imagination of the Etsy sellers. If you have any vintage item or handcrafted piece that you no longer want check out Etsy. It’s fun, it’s easy, and you get paid for your efforts. How nice.