Where We'll Be Next - Strange Folk Festival - St. Louis, MO - Sept 22-24th

We're so excited! We finally were able to apply for Strange Folk Festival!! This is a show we've longed to be in, but usually due to scheduling conflicts, were not able to apply for. Well this year we're in and we're so excited to go back to where Vintage Baubles & Bits got it's roots in STL! 



STRANGE FOLK FESTIVAL 2017: Carondelet Park
September 22nd-24th, 2017
Location Northwest corner of Carondelet Park, St. Louis, MO
Friday 3pm-7pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, and Sunday 10am-7pm

Shop from 200 indie makers, designers, and artists coming from all over the country! Some people call Strange Folk Festival “Etsy in person” and we curate the best established brands and up and coming makers to set up shop in person! Preview vendors by following @strangefolkfestival on Insta or see their feeds upcoming at http://www.strangefolkfestival.com/

Live Local Music All Weekend (schedule TBA):
The Defeated County
Steven Deeds
Ruth Acuff
Traveling Sound Machine
Syna So Pro
Cranky Yellow
The Good Deeds
Prairie Rehab

so far….


New craft scavenger hunt! Legends of the Hidden *******

Our bespoke children's playground, Fort Featherbottom returns + adorable hands-on DIY projects. Meet people you're friends with on Facebook in person. Eat, drink, and be sweary.

You can bring your dog.

Whatever. Just have fun.


Where We'll Be Next - Chick Events in Belton, MO Sept 15-17th

One of our favorite events of the year is the Fall Handmade and Vintage Chick Events. This year's event is Sept 15th-17th at a brand new venue! Come see all the awesome vendors at Johnson Farms in Belton, MO. 


This year's event will have a lot of activities for families plus all of us awesome vendors!


Friday, Septemer 15th: 10am-6pm
Saturday, September 16th: 10am-6pm
Sunday, September 17th: 11am-4pm

Johnson Farms
17701 Holmes Rd
Belton, MO 64012

Chick Event Tickets:
$5 Daily (BOGO 2 for $5 through 8/5)
$8 Weekend
$50 Weekend Family Pass for 4 (includes Chick Events & All Farmstead Attractions - 2 adults, 2 children + $15 crate of U-Pick vegetables included in the pass). Additional children passes 3-12 years available at the Farm for $11)
* Children 12 and under may shop at no cost. Farmstead attractions at an additional fee (see below for costs).

Chick Event Ticket Includes:
* Over 100 handmade & vintage vendors
* First 100 guests on Friday receive a free mum ($12 value)
* DIY Make & Take Classes
* Barnyard Grill offering a farm fresh menu & food trucks
* Cider slushies & pumpkin donuts
* Live music
* Shop the mum garden with over 25,000 mums in over 80 varieties

Farmstead Open Attractions: (additional fee - $11 (3-12 yrs), $9 (13-59 yrs.), $7 (60+)
* U-pick vegetable patch with fall veggies available at farm market pricing
* Kid Fun on the Farm Playground & friendly farm animal corral

Where We'll Be Next - Kansas City RenFest - Sept 9-10th

September is going to be a busy month for us! We'll be at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival for two weekends this year. The first weekend is September 9th-10th and the theme will be Highland Fling



For this themed weekend we'll really be focusing on brooches that can be used as kilt pins! 


We'll be in the Trade Winds section of the festival grounds - in the back near the Mud Show! 


Women Crush Wednesday - Hattie Carnegie - Fashion Forward Icon

Today's Women Crush Wednesday post is about an incredible lady who came to American and redefined who she was, from her name on up! Hattie Carnegie was born Henrietta Kanengeiser in Austria-Hungary on March 15, 1880.  After immigrating to the U.S. in 1900 she changed her last name to Carnegie. The story goes that during her immigration voyage she asked a fellow passenger who the richest and most respected person was in America and the answer she was given was "Andrew Carnegie." Determined to be seen as influential and wealthy, she changed her last name to Carnegie. 


Henrietta arrived in New York City, poor, but determined. She began working as a milliner, creating hats and earned herself the nickname Hattie. Now, armed with a new name and a reputation, she was ready to take on the entire fashion industry! 

From hat-making, Hattie moved on to women's fashion as a whole. She was one of the first designers to create a ready-to-wear line of clothing, making fashion more accessible to everyday women. This tact not only changed the way fashion was seen, it opened up a new market for Hattie, as her ready-to-wear pieces were more affordable and many women began to purchase multiple pieces - making her business thrive. 

In 1939 Hattie Carnegie introduced costume jewelry to coordinate with her already well-known and loved clothing lines. Her jewelry encompassed many styles and today Hattie Carnegie costume jewelry is much sought after by collectors. 

Her jewelry is most well-known for featuring animals or people, something we in the business call "figural" pieces. These pieces can range from the cartoonish, adorable, and often rhinestone-encrusted animals to the classical or more natural of styles. Her line also includes traditional rhinestone pieces, of which the demi- parures and parures; sets of two or three or more matching pieces; are highly sought after.   

High quality rhinestones, enameling, design, and craftsmanship characterize all Hattie Carnegie jewelry. Her studio was a starting point or a launching pad for many talented jewelry designers including Kenneth Jay Lane, Norman Norell, and Nadine Effront. 

Much of Hattie Carnegie costume jewelry is signed.  The most common mark found is “Hattie Carnegie” in script in an oval cartouche soldered to the back of a piece of jewelry.  “Carnegie” in script can also be found, although it tends to be more rare.  “HC” in a diamond in an oval frame is a very early and sought after mark.  “Hattie Carnegie” on a hangtag is a mark, which dates to the 1970s, and while this jewelry is still collectible, it does not command the same prices as the earlier pieces.

Hattie Carnegie passed away in 1956 just shy of her 70th birthday.  This tiny, 4’10” woman left a mark on the fashion world that resounds still today! She also showed the world that you could, with enough grit and determination, change your path and become the person you create yourself to be. 

Etsy Labor Day Sale August 31st-Sept 4th

There have been a lot of changes at Etsy in the past few months. They have a new CEO and they're working to address problems in search and to make it easier for customers to find what they're looking for on the site. 

One of the main things they've been working on is a way to have sales/promotions directly through the site. So for the first time ever, Etsy is hosting and promoting a site-wide sale for shops that wish to participate. The sale will be August 31st - Sept 4th for the Labor Day holiday. 

We've decided to participate and get an idea of how well the new sales tool and the extra promotion will do. Think of this as sort of like Amazon Prime Day, only it lasts a bit longer! 

Vintage Baubles & Bits will have 25% off of our jewelry, clothing and accessories. Not on sale are the Home Decor items (suitcase shelves), our Holiday items (because we're already offering a FREE SHIPPING discount on those pieces) and our Digital items cause hey, they're only $3! 

Come check out the sale and find yourself a deal from all the fabulous things we've added in the past few weeks! 

Woman Crush Wednesday - Mary Marie Yazzie Lincoln

I'm starting a new series of blogs and Instagram posts that highlight women I respect and admire. These women will range from fashion icons, designers, authors, vintage legends, historical figures and modern-day women I admire. 

Up first in the series is Mary Marie Yazzie Lincoln. Mary Marie is the sister of two very famous Navajo jewelry artists - Lee and Raymond Yazzie. While her brothers tend to get most of the attention, Mary Marie is an artist in her own rights. 

Mary Marie (center) with her brothers Raymond and Lee. Photo Credit: Epoch Times

Mary Marie (center) with her brothers Raymond and Lee. Photo Credit: Epoch Times

Mary Marie was born in 1943 and is a member of the Folding Arms Can in Gallup, NM, Her family has been in the jewelry making business since the early 1900s and it's become a family tradition. The family is one of the most well-known Navajo jewelry makers in history. You can read more about her and her jewelry making process in an article on National Watch and Diamond Exchange's site.  

Check out some of her stunning pieces:

Mary Marie Yazzie ring. Photo Credit: Ebay Seller luv2runrsa

Mary Marie Yazzie ring. Photo Credit: Ebay Seller luv2runrsa

Mary Marie Yazzie Coral Cuff. Photo Credit: Etsy Seller ADJShop

Mary Marie Yazzie Coral Cuff. Photo Credit: Etsy Seller ADJShop

If you're interested in learning more about the Yazzie family - they were featured in a Smithsonian exhibit called Glittering World and a video is available that features the Yazzie Family. 

New to the Shop - Expansion of Our 1920s Slang Line

Last month we created some new items to continue the 1920s Slang themes beyond the note cards. We developed 8x10 prints of the four most popular phrases - The Bee's Knees, The Cat's Meow, Drunk Words and The Cat's Pajamas.

We also made a short run and tested coasters for our Drunk Words phrases image. The eight we had made sold out the first day, so we're in the process of finding a way to print/produce them economically and add them to our line up.  

We also made and added some body products like lip balm for the Bee's Knees and Cat's Meow phrases and bath bombs for the Bee's Knees, Cat's Meow and Cat's Pajamas. We haven't added these to the Etsy shop yet, but if you're interested in having some made up for you or a custom order, please send us an email at mandy@vintagebaublesnbits.biz

In addition to these items we're considering making posters of the top phrases, adding one more phrase if we can find the correct imagery for Hair of the Dog and we're considering adding buttons and pinbacks with images similar to what you see on the lip balms. We'd love to hear your thoughts! Are there products you'd like to see? Out of our new items what are you most likely to buy for yourself or friends/family? Comment below! 

Christmas in July at Vintage Baubles & Bits

It's that time of year! Christmas in July means I put everything in the shop, except home decor and my digital downloads, on SALE for 25% off for the month of July. This year's sale will start on July 1st and end July 29th. The sale will automatically be applied to any new listings this month as well and I have plans to add tons of new jewelry and clothing to the shop! 

It's a great time to buy and sent aside some gifts for Christmas to help with budgeting later in the year. My mom taught me young to shop sales all year long to take the pressure off of last minute buying at Christmas time! Click the image below to go to our Etsy shop and see the sale in action. 

Vintage Items of the Week - June 5th

Yeah, we were slacking again... it's crazy how days get away from you! Here are some of the awesome goodies that hit this shop in the last few days! 

Siam Jewelry

We added four new Siam pieces to the shop! Including this bracelet, a pair of earrings & two pins.

Ladies Rings

Several women's rings were listed or relisted last week!

Indian Cuffs

Several beautiful Native American bracelets made their way to the shop this week! 

Men's Rings

Killer men's rings hit the shop! Indian Chief, Dragons and Crowns! They're pretty darn spectacular.