Monday, March 8, 2010

New Stuff







OK...I've FINALLY gotten my act together on all the odds and ends of vintage filigree. They're on their way to Ideal Plating in Providence and should be back in a couple of weeks. Only small quantities though, sorry to say. Here's a preview--I had forgotten how gorgeous they were.


And..I've gotten my hands on some decent Turquoise and Coral. Well, more than decent--the best. To die for,in fact. From the Sleeping Beauty Mine...totally natural, undyed, unstabilized. And Mediterranean Ox-Blood Coral. Thankfully, all the new beads have headpin sized holes. I had to relearn everything from my years ago importing coral and trading beads with AmerIndians for Turquoise. Since the Coral Beds have been quota-ed or closed due to over harvesting and ocean pollution, it's gotten very scarce and pricey. There was a time when I could look at a piece of Turquoise and tell you what mine it came from. Sadly, most of the old sources are mined out and most of what's around has been "stabilized" and dyed in the process. I'll get these priced and up ASAP.

And another supplier tip...I turned my nose up at freshwater pearls for quite a while but somebody wanted them in a couple of necklaces, and I broke down. They're really very pretty and great for earrings. Coloresky and Ayliss on Ebay have them; Ayliss.com has a private website as well. Takes about 2 weeks for them to arrive. I've posted an example used with Venetian glass.

Ebay is changing their fees again beginning 1 April which means ANOTHER listing re-write. Last year they abolished listings under $1, and now the choice is to pay $250 a month "rent" or listing fees 6X higher...either way it means prices going up and no more $1. listings. I'm really sorry about this. Times are tough now and everyone wants to conserve cash and buy exactly what they need and no more. So, I'll either be listing a lot less items or not at all.


And another supplier tip: if you have an EBay supplier that you're dependent on, get their direct e-mail address. Rumor has it that a lot of sellers will be leaving EBay. There's a website called everyplaceisell.com where sellers can register where they sell on line...check it out if you're looking for new stuff.