Hester Fleming Vintage

Sourcing Vintage Treasures for the Modern Woman

What a day! Round She Goes, Pre-loved Fashion Market, Sydney

Vintage Accessories, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Shopping Tips, Vintage SydneyHester Fleming

I need to say a big thank you to everyone who came to visit me at the Round She Goes, pre-loved fashion market a few weeks ago. It was held at the Marrickville Town Hall on a rainy Saturday. I can’t tell you how many people turned up but it was exciting to see so many regular and new faces. I really enjoy this market. It’s a great pop up concept, which attracts shoppers of all ages and backgrounds.

Vintage jewellery collection at Round She Goes, preloved fashion market. 31st August, 2019.

Vintage jewellery collection at Round She Goes, preloved fashion market. 31st August, 2019.

I sold an amazing selection of pieces dating from the 1930s to the 1980s. Signed costume jewellery by the greats including, Trifari, Coro and Monet flew from my showcases. A mid century Coro necklace, pictured below, and a true favourite, went to a very stylish customer. Clip on earrings were also hotly pursued. I think once a few more people understand clip ons can be just as comfortable as pierced fittings, more will fly out the door.

Coro Vintage Necklace pictured with my book, How to Buy Vintage Jewellery and Accessories

Coro Vintage Necklace pictured with my book, How to Buy Vintage Jewellery and Accessories

To prepare for a market day, I usually start prepping 2 - 3 weeks in advance. This is so I have plenty of time to work on presentation, labels, email newsletters, social media posts, and packaging supplies. Juggling the kids, a household and a small business is daunting but it can be done with advanced planning.

For my next market, I’m going to concentrate on lighter pieces of vintage for spring/summer. Not so much of the heavy goldtone vintage. I also offer a full refund if customers feel they aren’t happy with their purchase once they’re home. Customers can claim this refund up to 30 days post purchase.

Please watch this space for my next event, or you can subscribe to my newsletter here. My newsletter subscribers receive collection updates and specials, event details and styling trends, first.

Hope you all have a wonderful start to the working week.

Best wishes,

Hester x



Book Review: Gemologue by Liza Urla

Vintage Inspiration, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Style SeekerHester Fleming

I am so excited to be in possession of Liza Urla’s, Gemologue. A guide to street jewellery styles and jewellery styling tips. I purchased it after finding Gemologue on instagram. I was immediately captivated by Liza’s visual diary of what inspires her in the world of jewellery.

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Liza doesn’t have a particular era she’s interested in. She covers everything from antique pieces to contemporary collections. The feature of this book is the jewellery photography, however it’s also the thought provoking nature of each photograph that makes you want to pick this book up again and again.

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Each styling tip explains why a particular piece of jewellery is interesting and how you can incorporate it into your daily life. Liza even suggests you push a few boundaries with your jewellery style. Such as mixing metals and combining fine jewellery with costume jewellery.

The feeling I experience when I read this book, is that you could be anywhere in the world to enjoy it. Not just wish you were in the big metropolitan cities, such as London, New York or Paris to practise what she preaches. Liza is so good at making the reader feel like jewellery is accessible on every level.

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Lisa Erla’s Gemologue is fun, it’s fresh and it gives you a wonderful insight into how she feels about jewellery. She also emphasises how important jewellery design is to society today and yesterday. I highly recommend you have a copy of this book too! You can purchase through booktopia here.

Gemologue was published in May 2018 by ACC Art Books.




Vintage Style Seeker: Lily, founder of @wear_jewellery

Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Style SeekerHester Fleming
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This week, I am so excited to bring you an interview with Lily from the sophisticated, fun and quirky @wear_jewellery instagram account. I met Lily a few years ago, pouring over 20s and 30s jewellery at the monthly Wentworth Park, Antiques and Collectables Fair. We’ve been really good friends ever since. Here are her thoughts on vintage jewellery.

What sparked your interest in Vintage Jewellery?

I’ve always loved jewellery - all jewellery. Re-organising my mother’s jewellery box was a major hobby when I was little. My love of vintage jewellery, in particular, was first sparked by wandering around ‘The Vic’. A large Antiques and Vintage shop, “The Victory’, is an old converted theatre in Blackheath, at the top of Blue Mountains outside Sydney. We have a farm nearby and would often stop at Blackheath to get food. I would always ask to go and look at ‘The Vic’ and escape the fruit and veg run. I felt very grown-up being allowed to look around by myself when I was around 10.
Then, as now, there was such variety. Expensive diamond rings to dream about, blacker than black jet mourning jewellery, cheerful murano glass beads and enamelled butterflies in amongst the homewares, clothes and books. My father bought me my first vintage brooch from The Vic in 1995. A little retro kiwi with a mother of pearl tummy. A Kiwi bird - not a Kiwi fruit! I still treasure it.
The spark of interest blazed to life when I started travelling overseas more during university. On one trip I was travelling alone visiting friends in different cities. I found the delightful Toma, from The Antiques Diva who arranged some jewellery based tours for me. I learnt so much. I’m hooked now...there is no return.

How often will you wear a piece of vintage jewellery?

Usually 2-3 times a week easily. However, now I’m on maternity leave and as my 9 month old enjoys chewing and pulling my jewellery, it’s down to about once a week!

Do you presently have a favourite piece?

Tough question...I am enjoying a silver tone brooch I bought just last weekend. It’s a Sarah Coventry piece called ‘Mr Seagull’ and it’s easy to pop on with a casual look. It’s also robust and childproof.

Do you have a particular vintage market you like to visit regularly?

Price wise, for accessible pieces, I enjoy the Collectables and Antique Market, on monthly at Wentworth Park in Sydney, local rotary markets and Rozelle Market. I always enjoy the two big fairs held in Sydney as well - The Sydney Fair and the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association Fair.
If I could teleport myself across the world, I would happy visit Les Puces in Paris most weekends.

Is there any particular style of vintage jewellery you’re currently seeking?

I like to be able to wear my purchases often - so actual ‘wearability’ of styles is important to me. I have a real love of green and brown necklaces - green Peking glass, green glass beads, jade, brown and autumn tone bakelite - they are my thing. I’m also keen to do another brooch to necklace conversion - maybe a crescent moon??

It’s difficult to look for ‘the one’ with vintage jewellery the same way you think “I need some new jeans - I’ll go buy some”. When shopping for vintage, you just don’t know what you will find on any given day. I’m always seeking good quality pieces that I love - whatever the style.

Thank you so much Lily, for taking the time to answer my questions about your love of vintage jewellery. I think we should definitely organise a vintage seeking trip to Paris and New York soon! If you’re reading this interview and you’re not following Lily on instagram, you can find her here. I highly recommend you do. Enjoy!

Five Vintage Jewellery Instagram Accounts Worth Following

Vintage Shopping Tips, Vintage Style SeekerHester Fleming
Vintage Charms Necklace by Lulu Frost. Photo Credit @lulufrost instagram account.

Vintage Charms Necklace by Lulu Frost. Photo Credit @lulufrost instagram account.

Instagram, blogs and online vintage jewellery boutiques, are a great platform for inspiration. I’m not sure what I think of Instagram’s recent trick of hiding the number of likes on each post, but there’s still some fantastic graphic content out there to absorb yourself in. Once you’re hooked on the instagram feeds, no doubt you’ll be regularly visiting these industry experts as well as me!

  1. @Gemologue by Liza Urla. As a qualified gemologist, Liza’s look into the world of fine jewellery is stunning. She’s also just published a beautiful book about Jewellery inspiration and street style!

  2. Diamonds in the Library by Becky Stone. I love this account because Becky is so authentic. She has a genuine love of jewels and books.

  3. Jennifer Gibson Jewellery Based in London, Jennifer specialises in higher end costume jewellery. She recently contributed to the Dior exhibition at the V&A, and has an eye watering collection of jewellery available to buy.

  4. Gem Gossip: Fantastic for all things trending in the world of jewellery.

  5. Lulu Frost: Based in NYC, I have had such a crush on this business ever since I can remember. Lisa Salzer produces the most amazing costume jewellery, or does a re-purpose job on vintage bits and pieces. She has a great vintage charm collection running at the moment. I’m always fascinated by her take on jewellery.

August edit: Vintage jewellery collection favours the 1970s

Vintage Style Seeker, Vintage JewelleryHester Fleming

With the next Round She Goes pre-loved fashion market coming up at the end of August, I’ve been busy sourcing new collection pieces. I never know what I’m going to find. I try and have a general idea of the decade I’d like to focus on, but sometimes it just doesn’t work. My intention for August was going to be the 80s, but some fantastic 70s pieces came up instead. Check out my gallery below for some vintage inspiration. All these pieces are available to shop in my Jewellery Box here. Enjoy!

Vintage Style Seeker: Sarah Watkins of Lucalia Photography

Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Style SeekerHester Fleming

Last week I interviewed vintage enthusiast Sarah Watkins of Lucalia Photography. I’ve known Sarah since we met in the year 2000, during our GAP year in the UK. We’ve stayed in touch and it’s always been a pleasure sharing a common interest in travel, vintage and design. Sarah was also my wedding photographer! She is currently based in New Zealand, where she has launched her business specialising in wedding photography and family portraits.

Below is a recent photo of Sarah and her husband Ben, attending a wedding. Wouldn’t you agree, she looks amazing in her striking vintage 1980s necklace, by costume jeweller Napier. I originally found this piece at the Chelsea Flea Market in New York, a few years ago. Keep reading below to find out why Sarah likes vintage and how she incorporates it into her daily style.

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Why do you love vintage?

I love items in general that have a story and history; as opposed to the plastic, throw-away items of today. I love it that we can continue the story of a piece by wearing it with meaning and care. The environmental benefits of recycling come into it too, but I just love the aesthetics as well.

What attracted you to your favourite piece of vintage?

My favourite piece of vintage is this early 80s, Napier Necklace. I love the bold design, the versatility of black and the classic combination of black and gold. It's really easy to wear with a black scoop necked knit; or to dress it up with a silk cocktail dress. I've even wore it to a wedding as a guest!

How often do you wear a piece of vintage?

Most work days. I love my earrings and long necklaces!

Do you have a local vintage market you like to visit?

My husband and I have just moved to New Zealand and haven't had a chance to explore the vintage markets yet (plenty of fresh produce markets though!). I'd love to visit the The Newtown Vintage Market in Wellington on a spare Saturday soon.

Do you have any wish list pieces of vintage you’re seeking?

I'm looking to expand my vintage earring collection, but don't like clip ons. Any advice in this area would be gratefully received!

Sarah, I’d like to change your mind about vintage clip ons. There is an abundance of mid century retro options available. Beautifully designed by the iconic costume jewellers, and if attached properly, you shouldn’t have a problem. Next time we catch up, we’ll sort this out! For those of you reading this and keen to see a few vintage clip on options, check out my collection here.

Things that inspired me this week

Hester Fleming

First week of term 3 and it was full of emotion for my five year old. On Thursday morning, it seemed like everything was boiling over the pot. Luckily, I’d organised a nanny to look after my seven month old for the morning, so I was able to go to the gym and have my nails done. It’s the importance of creating space for myself, that makes dealing with little people, so much easier! Here’s a great resource that can help. The Calm App for meditation and mindfulness. Something we should all make a point of practising.

Since I’ve been handwriting a few thank you notes this year, and signing my book, How to Buy Vintage Jewellery and Accessories, I’ve noticed my handwriting is not as good as it used to be. So, I’ve ordered from Amazon, The Lost Art of Handwriting here, and I am endeavouring to make a few improvements.

Flowers in the house. I know it’s an extravagance having fresh flowers in the house, but it makes such a difference to the overall mood of a home. Since I’m at home a lot, I buy what I see on special. My favourite flowers of the moment are daffodils and tulips.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. See you next week!

Best wishes,

Hester Fleming

Vintage Jewellery Edit: Vintage 60s, Albert Weiss Earrings

Vintage Shopping Tips, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage AccessoriesHester Fleming

For my Thursday vintage jewellery edit, I thought I’d showcase these stunning 60s, Albert Weiss clip on earrings.

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They’re in immaculate, never been worn before condition. The stones are Swarovski Austrian crystal, set in silvertone. Priced at $75 plus postage and packaging.

As mentioned above, this pair is designed by Albert Weiss. Weiss, originally worked with the Coro costume jewellery company, before branching out on his own. His designs are prominently from the 1950s and 1960s and highly collectable today. You can identify the beautiful Weiss costume jewellery by simply searching for the WEISS label on the back of a piece. More details about this piece are available here.

To discover more about seeking beautiful and affordable vintage costume jewellery, you can now read my book! How to Buy Vintage Jewellery and Accessories. Available to purchase through all major book retailers, but also through my online shop here.

Best wishes,

Hester Fleming

Vintage Jewel Box Special

Vintage Shopping Tips, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage AccessoriesHester Fleming

This week, I’m offering 20% OFF my entire collection!

Please use code JULY20 during check out.

Below, I’ve pictured some of my favourite pieces I’ve sourced this season. The 60s goldtone tassel necklace. The Trifari Sun pin. The CoroCraft Swallow Duette (highly collectable). The Weiss, late 50s early 60s clip earrings and the 1950s Coro necklace (top right corner). Discover more by browsing my online vintage jewellery box here. If you have any questions, please contact me via the contact form here.

Best wishes, Hester Fleming :)

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Vintage Style Seeker

Vintage Shopping Tips, Vintage Markets, Vintage JewelleryHester Fleming

Since launching my book, How to Buy Vintage Jewellery and Accessories, I’ve had a surge of new interest here, which has been great. With my eldest at school and my youngest in a good napping routine, I now have a bit more time to pour into this blog.

Every Tuesday, I’m aiming to publish an interview with a fellow vintage enthusiast. Doesn’t matter what type of vintage, could be music, could be furniture, could be fashion. Anything older than twenty years is good! This week, given I haven’t had time to look for someone to interview, I thought I’d introduce myself again and talk about my background.

Where did I grew up and who are my family?

I grew up in Melbourne, Australia. I have two younger siblings. A sister who’s a Chef and a brother who’s an Architect. My mum is a retired antique jewellery dealer and my dad, a retired scientist. I have an Arts Degree from Monash University and my professional working background is in Marketing. After university, I started off buying media at an advertising agency and then I moved into client side marketing and in-house creative account management.

What took me to London?

Melbourne was a good place to grow up and start my career, but at 25, I felt like there had to be more. So I packed up and bought a one way ticket to London. Once I arrived in February 2007, I finally felt like my life had lift off. I was completely taken with the energetic, cosmopolitan nature of London. Everyone was so young (or so it seemed). I made friends quickly. I found a job quickly. Finding somewhere permanent to live however, took a while. I lived in a great share house in Balham, South London, but the dreadful issue of mould eventually pushed me in the direction of moving in with my now husband!

What aspects of London did I enjoy the most?

I loved the ability to visit Europe on a whim. It seemed amazing to be so close to some of the greatest cities of the world, Paris, Rome etc etc.. I also really enjoyed Saturdays in London. Catching up with friends, browsing all the glorious food available at Borough Market, shopping in Covent Garden or exploring the antique shops in Camden Passage, Islington.

What lead me to starting my own vintage jewellery and accessories business?

Back in 2010, Vintage seemed to be turning into a buzz word of its own. I could see with the high turn over of new collection jewellery and accessories, it was a very competitive marketplace. So, given my family background in the antiques trade and understanding a little about how the trade works, I knew there was an opportunity to source vintage pieces. Mostly from the big antique flea events that happened around the UK. At that stage, I had a few years of working in b2b digital and print publishing, so I also had a few skills under my belt, to help build my own webshop.

To reach more customers, I also rented a showcase at Grays Antique Market Mews in Mayfair. However, with the global financial crisis in full swing, keeping that showcase was too expensive. So, I traded solely online, until I moved to New York and participated in a few of the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Shows and the Brooklyn Artist and Flea market in Williamsburg.

Today, I”m based in Sydney, Australia. I trade online and at vintage pop up events. You can follow me on Facebook and Instagram. You can also learn about how to source beautiful pieces of vintage jewellery and accessories, from my newly published book, How to Buy Vintage Jewellery and Accessories, available here.

Where would I like my vintage business to go?

I see such a great opportunity to keep showing everyone how well crafted pieces of the 20th century can fit so well into our lifestyle today. We also have a responsibility to help limit landfill. We’ve produced so much stuff over the years, it’s time to take stock! I’d also like to write more books about sourcing vintage in London, Paris, Melbourne and Sydney. Watch this space.

Travel: Vintage Flea Markets, Paris.

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A vintage fashion boutique at Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt. Image courtesy of Google.

A vintage fashion boutique at Marché aux Puces de Clignancourt. Image courtesy of Google.

It’s another dream of mine to write a book about my perspective on vintage in Paris (and London of course!). I was lucky enough to visit Paris, half a dozen times when I was living in London. It was so easy on the Eurostar from London’s Kings Cross Station.

In my experience big cosmopolitan cities offer the gift of the ability to walk everywhere, with really efficient public transport systems. I say explore it all on foot! Unless it is absolutely freezing, boiling hot or you have young children in tow, keep out of the car. You can visit the Practical Paris resource on the Tourism Paris website for more information about getting around and best deals for train tickets etc.

For accommodation, I’ve stayed in a few areas of Paris. Saint Germain Des-Pres being my favourite. The 6th Arrondissement of Paris. The home of 19th century literary and artistic legends. Also offering today’s best shopping, restaurants, bars, art galleries, antique stores and street markets, at your doorstep. For accommodation ideas, I always start with Trip Advisor.

For the all important, holy grail vintage shopping part of your trip, I am really taken with the comprehensive, Paris Perfect, Flea Market Guide. They even offer tours (which I’m looking forward to booking myself on)! There are several blog posts about all the different angles of vintage shopping in Paris. Best times to visit, how to negotiate with Parisian dealers (very important), and even a section on the history of the Parisian flea market trade. So interesting! You can discover more here.

If you’re planning a more extensive trip around France and keen to discover more flea markets, I recommend looking into, Sandy Price’s Flea Markets of France guide.

Travel and vintage is such a bug! It goes hand in hand. I can’t wait to go on my next vintage seeking adventure.

July Vintage Jewellery Edit

Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming

The following pieces are all signed and dated from the late 50s to the 60s. These styles are always popular choices with shoppers at the vintage pop up events I participate in. For more details, each photo links to the individual collection piece page.

My showroom is based in Balmain, Sydney. You can an appointment to view my collection using the form here. I also offer a full refund policy. If you’re not happy with your purchase, send it back to me and I’ll organise a full refund on receipt.

1970s, signed Monet. Tassel pendent and double goldtone chain. $120

1970s, signed Monet. Tassel pendent and double goldtone chain. $120

1960s Weiss. Austrian crystals set in goldtone, clip on earrings. $55

1960s Weiss. Austrian crystals set in goldtone, clip on earrings. $55

Beautiful goldtone collar necklace. 1950s. Signed, Lisner. $120

Beautiful goldtone collar necklace. 1950s. Signed, Lisner. $120

1960s, Modernist Pendent by Trifari. $89

1960s, Modernist Pendent by Trifari. $89

Circa 1960s, Trifari Modernist Pin $65.00

Circa 1960s, Trifari Modernist Pin $65.00

Things that inspired me this week

Hester Fleming

It’s the last week of school holidays for my eldest, Grace. We’ve had a lovely time hanging out with her little sister Amelia, visiting lots of playgrounds, meeting up with friends and not being on a schedule. So much, I can’t believe it’s all systems go next Tuesday. Here’s a few things I managed to do away from the kids!

Finishing Breaking Badly, by Georgie Dent. Such a courageous and inspirational journey. One that many people, on all different levels can relate to. Highly, highly recommend.

Managed to take loads of product photos and uploaded them onto my site (during nap time), for the Vintage Golden Tones Collection and The Vintage Clip On Earrings Collection. I also managed to send out an email newsletter to my very loyal subscribers. You can have a quick read here.

Watched a few more episodes of Gray’s Anatomy on the 7plus app. I can’t seem to let go of this series.. I remember when it launched back in 2005. I was working as a Media Buyer for a Melbourne ad agency, and the sales reps from 7 introduced it to us. I have been fixated ever since.

Cooked the yummy Mushroom and Broccolini Miso Curry with Crispy Tofu for dinner this week! Straight out of the free Woolworths magazine! Love it.

Finally, I sold a few of my books!! Always grateful that my message about buying vintage is reaching more people than I ever imaged.

See you next week!

Introducing... The Vintage Clip On Earrings Collection

Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Shopping Tips, Vintage AccessoriesHester Fleming

If you follow me on social media (instagram & facebook), I’ve been sharing a few insights into popular vintage jewellery and accessories choices. Vintage clip on earrings are popular at the moment. I had several customers at my last pop up vintage event, request vintage clips specifically. Here are my new favourite finds for July/August. You can check out my full collection here.

Vintage 1950s. Signed, Jomaz. Earrings $39.00

Vintage 1950s. Signed, Jomaz. Earrings $39.00

Vintage Weiss, 1950s. Austrian Crystal Clip Ons. $75

Vintage Weiss, 1950s. Austrian Crystal Clip Ons. $75

Vintage Weiss, 1950s. Austrian Crystal $75.00

Vintage Weiss, 1950s. Austrian Crystal $75.00

Circa 1960s. Signed DeMario NY. $49.00

Circa 1960s. Signed DeMario NY. $49.00

Vintage Kramer. Circa 1960s. $65.00

Vintage Kramer. Circa 1960s. $65.00

Three Reasons to Buy Vintage Jewellery and Accessories

Vintage Accessories, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming
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There’s so much value to investing in vintage jewellery and accessories. Here are my three top reasons for adding a touch of vintage to your contemporary wear.

When I was living in London and New York, my biggest frustration with affordable costume jewellery collections from the big retailers, was the quality! Most pieces if worn regularly would only last a season and start to look tatty, quickly.

Jewellers post world war II didn’t have access to the popular precious metals and stones, so they made do with good quality semi-precious materials. As a result they were able to focus on the design of a piece. Alfred Phileppe of Trifari, an American costume jewellery company, used to work with Cartier. While he wasn’t able to use the same materials he had access to at Cartier, he still had the ability to utilise his superior design skills. As a result, Trifari pieces from the 20th century, are highly collectable today.

Secondly, the ethical pitfalls of fast fashion are very real. Our society is knowingly exploiting workers wages and working conditions in third world countries by shopping at Zara or H&M. How much of what’s being produced from the ‘fast fashion revolution’ are we going to hold on to for our kids? I have pieces of costume jewellery from my grandmothers collection, which are still very wearable today. Are we going to be able to leave the same legacy?

Thirdly, help limit landfill! This is so important. When it’s too much of a hassle to take an item back, only to be thrown out a few months later, isn’t good. It’s like throwing money away. Not to mention the general pollution being created through the toxic chemicals, needed to produce mass quantities of clothing, jewellery and accessories. This doesn’t leave a nice taste in anyone’s mouth.

There are lots of avenues to go down when exploring the availability of vintage. Ebay and Etsy are great online resources. Give it a go. If you’re not happy, sell the item on Ebay later. Loads of vintage traders have their own shops on these platforms. Local pop up vintage markets, such as Round She Goes, are becoming more popular today. Not so much trash and treasure, but curated collections of vintage, attracting lots of interested people. There’s also pride in owning a good piece of vintage. Designers of the twentieth century pushed through so many conservative boundaries when it came to dress and presentation. Why not own your own piece of history. It’s exciting to see what you can dig up and find.

I’ve written in so much more detail about this in my newly published book! How to Buy Vintage Jewellery and Accessories. I have a limited amount of copies available to purchase (signed) here. But…it’s also available to purchase through Angus & Robertson, Booktopia and The Book Depository

Why I wrote, "How to Buy Vintage Jewellery and Accessories"

Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping Tips, TravelHester Fleming
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It was my last summer in NYC. Trading conditions at fairs such as the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show and flea markets, such as the Artist and Fleas in Brooklyn, were tough! It was a combination of big competition and not enough foot traffic going through for the smaller trader. I understand that now, but in 2016, I really thought I’d gone wrong somewhere. I was completely torn about what direction to go in, as I didn’t want to just stop and give up.

Along the way, I had at the back of my mind, the idea to write an e-book about vintage jewellery and accessories, to help boost traffic to my website. I had noticed two significant factors that contributed to this way forward. The first was, a lot of people asked me how I bought my collections of vintage jewellery and accessories. The second was, online trade was still positive at that time, and I saw a good opportunity to channel more energy in that direction. Then, to help kick start this project I joined Lucy Shahjahan’s Momentum Circle program that summer.

Every week, for approximately 8 weeks, I met up with Lucy and three other beautiful New Yorkers who all had interesting projects on the go, but were stuck in various ways. Lucy worked rigorously with all four of us, to break through the various blocks, such as internal beliefs, that were slowing down our way forward. She also held us accountable to what we’d planned to achieve during the time between meetings.

Touching base every week and working with Lucy was a commitment that led me to a finished e-book product, which I promoted through my email newsletter subscribers and social media. I sold a few copies, but somehow all that work seemed to go a bit flat. So then, I looked into publishing my ebook on the Amazon platform. As my book was a PDF, every time I converted it to the Amazon format, it looked terrible. It didn’t feel right so I never officially published it on Amazon.

At that stage, my husband, daughter and I had packed up our life in New York and moved to Sydney. It was a really hot summer that year and I remember going through a printed version of my e-book at my desk, wondering what to do next. It still felt like there was more life in it! I did a quick google search for publishing companies who accepted author manuscripts direct. As a result I found Austin Macauley, based in London. I’d spent five years living in London from 2007 to 2011, and I felt comfortable with the prospect of a British publishing company, taking on my book! And… much to my surprise, they did.

It was a long production process, but completely worth it when I look at the number of platforms my book is now available to purchase worldwide. These platforms include; Barnes and Noble, Waterstones, Foyles, The Telegraph, Angus and Robertson, Booktopia, The Book Depository, Amazon etc etc. Thank you again Austin Macauley and to everyone who continues to support my creative endeavours! It’s a dream come true.

I have a limited amount of signed paperbacks available for sale through my website. $16 plus $4 postage and handling. Click here to find out more and purchase your copy.

Shop Vintage Melbourne!

Vintage Shopping Tips, Vintage MelbourneHester Fleming
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I love Melbourne for it’s creativity, laneways, expressive fashion and restaurant scene. I grew up in Melbourne and it was a great place to explore as a university student. I left in my mid twenties for time in London, New York and now Sydney, but every time I visit, here’s where I like to go for a little vintage inspiration..

  1. For high end beautiful deco jewellery, arts and furniture, Fabrile in Armadale sources from all over the world.

  2. The Chapel Street Bazaar, based on Chapel Street in Prahran is an expansive aladins cave of vintage retro fashion, jewellery, books, records, homewares and furniture. You need at least an hour here. Yes, its a little dusty but isn’t that part of the fun?

  3. Camberwell Market, every Sunday. The earlier you go, the better.

  4. Leonard Joels Auction House, The Thursday Auction, for as long as I can remember, the thursday auction was always part of the household I grew up in. I always enjoyed going to viewings and the occasional auction. Anything and everything can turn up. Viewing is every Wednesday 9am - 8pm. Definitely worth exploring this avenue on a regular basis.

  5. For pre-loved books, Sybers Books (opposite Windsor Station on Chapel Street), I have found some really interesting publications on many different topics here. This was mostly during my time at university. If I knew I was going past, I used to make sure I had enough time to quickly pop in and have a good skim of fashion books and philosophical ideas relating to astrology and tarot!

A Vintage Seekers Survival Guide

Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming
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On the first Sunday of each calendar month, approximately 100 dealers from all over Australia, set up at the Sydney Antique and Collectables Fair, Wentworth Park Function Centre, Glebe. General admission is $6. Doors open at 9am and close at 3pm. Here are my top tips to make the most of this event, and others that you may attend.

1. Make sure you bring cash. Some dealers have an eftpos machine or a square reader, however, they don't always work.  You can withdraw cash from the event organiser but there is a fee on top of this withdrawal. My suggestion is to plan to visit an ATM before you arrive, to avoid any ounce of disappointment. 

2. Bring some nibbles and a bottle of water.  While there's a cafe on site which serves plenty of coffee and tea, a few nuts or a museli bar is a sure way too keep your mind sharp when you're working your way through the enormous range of collectables.

3. Wear comfortable shoes. There's lots to see and practically no where to sit, other than the cafe on site, which is always busy. 

3. Arrive early. It's a well known fact, trade starts as soon as the doors open.  For the best pieces of the day, it's first in, best dressed.

4. Be prepared to seriously rummage. Some dealers have mountains of estate lots on tables, waiting to be picked through. It's not glamorous, but there are definitely diamonds in the rough to be found. Be patient. 

5. Look at the piece of interest thoroughly. Think about the weight, the condition and whether all the stones are there, or if you see any cracks. Consider whether any repair work needs to be done and if you have the extra resources available to fix the piece properly.   

6. Ask the dealer politely for the best price they can offer.  Nine times out of ten, dealers won't be outrageous with their pricing. Often their first price is their best price. However, if you're buying a few pieces from a collection, then you can expect a reasonable discount. 

7. Regularly attend the Sydney Antiques and Collectables Fair. There's nothing better than developing a relationship with the dealers who trade at these shows. Let them know what you're interested in and ask a few questions about their collection. A touch of loyalty goes a long way.   

Good Luck. 


Why Vintage?

Vintage Accessories, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming

Yesterday, after dropping off my five year old at school, I listened to a Melissa Ambrosini’s podcast interview with Samantha Wills. A wonderful Australian entrepreneur who took her jewellery business from the kitchen table to global domination. I really appreciated her 12 year overnight success story and down to earth philosophy when it comes to developing a strong brand. Long term followers of my passion project and business, Hester Fleming Vintage, will have definitely picked up on the ‘slow burn’ aspect of my approach to building this brand. I’m sure many of you have questioned why have I chosen this approach? Why vintage? And why do I keep doing this?

I started buying vintage jewellery seriously in London 2010, after the global financial market tanked and I was let go from my job in publishing. What I didn’t anticipate when I launched my business at Gray’s Antique Market in Mayfair and a very basic WIX e-commerce site, was the amount of personal growth you go through when embarking on the entrepreneur journey.

Like any business founder, I’ve seriously questioned whether vintage jewellery and accessories is the right product for me to sell. Simply put, the fast fashion movement upsets me. While I am no stranger to shopping at Zara or H&M, the environmental cost (including labour and production) is enormous. Plus, the quality of materials used, isn’t the best.

When you think about it, how many clothes or accessories you own, do you actually wear regularly? And, would you pass them onto an Op shop or friend after being worn a few times? Pieces of jewellery in particular, produced throughout the 20th century are of amazing quality and design, still standing strong today. Building a collection of authentic 20th century vintage pieces you love is a wonderful personal asset, that will retain its value.

The other aspect of vintage I love is the design. The explosion of creative innovation throughout the 20th century is inspired. At present, I’m concentrating on sourcing mid century Modernist pieces, Mod jewellery from the 60s, vintage zodiac designs (tricky to find) and large sculptural pendents from the 70s by iconic costume jewellers such as Trfiari and Napier. Eventually, I’d love to produce an ethical high quality collection of pieces inspired by the 20th century. These pieces will aim to hold the test of time and forever enrich your contemporary style. For now, watch this space. Also, look out for my book, soon to be published, How to Buy Vintage Jewellery and Accessories, including a comprehensive list of places to source great costume jewellery in the style capital of the world, New York. Hopefully, more editions about Sydney/Melbourne, London, Paris and Amsterdam to come! Below are some stunning examples of 60s and 70s jewelry design. If you’re keen to purchase, or you would like to take a closer look, contact me here. Enjoy!

1970s Trifari Pendent $75.00

1970s Trifari Pendent $75.00

1960s Goldtone Necklet $75.00

1960s Goldtone Necklet $75.00

1960s Confetti Lucite Hinged Bangle $75.00

1960s Confetti Lucite Hinged Bangle $75.00









The 2018 Vintage Jewellery Christmas Gift Guide

Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming

The following catalogue is a taste of the authentic pre-loved and vintage jewellery pieces I have available to purchase online.  If you would prefer to have a closer look before you buy, no problem! You can to set up a viewing appointment here (I'm based in Balmain, Sydney). 

Also, if you do purchase a piece from me and you decide it's not quite right, you can return to me within 14 days of purchase. I will happily refund your full amount. 

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Classic Oroton Bracelet
Set in silvertone metal.
Measuring 7.5inches in length x 1 inch wide. This piece is in excellent condition.

$75.00

For more product information and photos, please send an email to hello@hesterflemingvintage.com

 

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A stunning pre-loved,  
Givenchy Necklace.
Timeless in design.

In excellent condition. Materials consist of goldtone metal and thermoplastic .
Measuring approx 31 inches in length.


$270.00

For more product information and photos, please send an email to hello@hesterflemingvintage.com

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1960s MOD Pewter Necklace by Jorgan JensenThe definition of 1960s MOD style.
This Danish mid century pewter pendent by Jorgan Jensen (Georg Jensen's second son)
is in good vintage condition.

A lovely collectors piece. The pendent measures 2inches x 2inches.

$165.00

For more product photos and information, please send an email to hello@hesterflemingvintage.com

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A Retro Mid Century Butterfly by Crown Trifari

A collection favourite. I love this piece. Found at the Antiques Garage in New York (when it was still running). It's another great example of defined mid century retro style.
Materials consist of goldtone metal & enamel.  Meausring 2inches high x 1.75inches wide

                            $65.00

For more product photos and information, please send an email to hello@hesterflemingvintage.com 

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1940s Sterling Silver Bracelet

Pretty & lightweight.
Signed 'Beau Sterling'


Will fit average wrist size. Measuring 7.5 inches in length x 3/4 of an inch wide.

$75.00

For more product photos and information, please send an email to hello@hesterflemingvintage.com

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Such a rare find!
These beautiful french clip on earrings are a sight to behold.  Each earring measures 1inch x 1inch. Materials consist of celluloid with silvertone findings. The condition of these earrings is good, they do show some wear on the back.

$89.00

For more product photos and information, please send an email to hello@hesterflemingvintage.com