Hester Fleming Vintage

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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



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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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 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









Shopping Vintage at Camberwell Market

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

It was a very wet morning at the Camberwell Sunday Market in Melbourne today. The challenge was a find a few pieces of costume jewellery before everything was under cover! While my theme this month is all about the mid century modernist edit, I couldn't resist the following pre-loved contemporary costume jewellery pieces, which I'll be taking to my next vintage pop up event in Sydney on the 19th of May.  The last piece of today's collection is vintage though,  a lovely pair of mid century modernist paste earrings.  For more mid century pieces, check out my shop collection here.

A pre-loved contemporary JCrew Necklace $75

A pre-loved contemporary JCrew Necklace $75

A pre-loved CK bangle (size S/M) $25 & A pre-loved Mimco Bangle (regular size) $25

A pre-loved CK bangle (size S/M) $25 & A pre-loved Mimco Bangle (regular size) $25

Mid century paste earrings, set in silvertone. $25.00

Mid century paste earrings, set in silvertone. $25.00

Mid Century Modernist Edit

Vintage Accessories, Vintage JewelleryHester Fleming

The following gallery images are a peak into my 21 piece, mid century modernist edit. Pieces date roughly from the 1930s to the late 1960s/70s.  To view the entire collection, please visit my shop here.  You can also make an appointment to view these pieces in person. To make an appointment, click here.

Mid Century Modern Style

Vintage Accessories, Vintage JewelleryHester Fleming

Over the next few weeks, I'll be overhauling my web shop with a mid century modern theme. Jewellery and accessories will date from the mid 1930s to the 1970s.  It was around this time Coco Channel revolutionised women's fashion. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly around the world and Queen Elizabeth II, was appointed to the throne.  

The Hollywood influence took the lead in the 30s. Fashions worn by the stars, particularly evening wear, gave people a distraction from the hardships of the decade. Material restrictions during World War II, ended up being an exciting time for costume jewellery development, with designers being more open to working with inexpensive materials, so access to high quality design to the middle class consumer was embraced. 

Rapid developments in style also took place from the conservative 50s, to the free thinking 60s. London was the centre of the Mod fashion revolution, also known as the 'youthquake'.  Think bright colours, flower power, psychedelic patterns and a fascination with space, to correlate with the first man landing on the moon.  There is so much energy from this era, I'm excited to bring you a wonderfully colourful curated collection of jewellery and accessories. 

 

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360 Fashion Market Review

Vintage Accessories, Vintage Markets, Vintage JewelleryHester Fleming

It was lovely to meet some of Canberra vintage enthusiasts last Sunday. The Fitters Workshop on the Kingston Foreshore is a great location. It was just a shame about the rain.  However, those that did come, were great. The coffee and DJ tunes were a treat too. 

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Vintage mid century starburst brooches were a popular choice. I think the rumour that the brooch is back, is true. 

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Pretty necklaces were also popular.  Particularly, the cameo and 1930s pendent.  A lot of people asked where I source my pieces and I always say it's a combination of all the years I've spent living in London, New York and Sydney. 

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This stunning Liberty bangle was snapped up quickly. Fingers crossed I find another one soon! Vintage bangles are a fantastic way to accessorise. They're a timeless accessory that rarely dates.  

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Mid century sterling silver and enamel pieces were in demand too. Butterflies in particular, as always.  If you have a piece in mind that you would like to source, I'd love to help, please contact me here.   My next event is in May. I'm sure I'll head across to Canberra again soon. Thank you for having me 360 Fashion Market. It was a great experience.   

Vintage Seekers Survival Guide: The Sydney Antique and Collectables Fair

Vintage Jewellery, Vintage AccessoriesHester FlemingComment
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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 too..  

Good Luck.