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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.

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.

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

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

Inspiration: Contemporary seasonal fashion to wear with vintage jewellery.

Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming

When I'm out shopping for smart casual or evening wear, I always have the intention to pair with my collection of vintage jewellery and/or accessories. Sometimes, it's hit and miss. Most of the time though, I can find something that works. I've found over the last two years, the Australian fashion aesthetic, naturally compliments a lot of the jewellery styles produced throughout the 20th century.  Here are a few of my favourite pieces in this season's collection from Witchery, a 'go to' for a lot of my wardrobe staples at the moment! 

Witchery, Milano Belt Back Knit, $129

Pair with this striking mid century 'Matisse' Copper and Enamel Necklace (matching earrings available too) $175.00 

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Witchery, Silk Tie Top, $199

Compliment with this lovely 1950s vintage sterling silver and yellow enamel butterfly pin, $120.  

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Witchery, Tinsley Silk Blouse, $199.95

I'd love to accessorize this beautiful silk blouse with this stunning Art Deco marcasite and cut glass necklace, $240. 

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Button Trench Coat, $399.95

You can never go wrong with the classic trench coat and I'm suggesting from my current collection, this 1950s vintage Austrian crystal pin by NY designer Albert Weiss. $75.00.

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Witchery, Textured Knit, $119.95

Pair with this flashy, unapologetic costume bracelet from the 1930s. $120. 

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If you would like any more information about these pieces of vintage jewellery, please send an enquiry to hello@hesterflemingvintage.com. I completely understand those who would like to try before you buy. You can set up an appointment to view any piece of jewellery you like via email too.  Witchery clothing images are courtesy of Witchery.com.au. This is not a sponsored post. I just really love their idea of fashion. 

Upcoming Vintage Market Dates to Note!

Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming
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Thank you to everyone who came to visit me at the Round She Goes, May event. It was a fantastic day and a tremendous success!! At this stage I won't be popping up at any more 2018 markets. I'll be focusing on my book launch, sourcing more beautiful pieces and product development. I should be popping up again mid 2019.  However, for now, here's a list of my favourite markets coming up! Winter vintage shopping in Australia is fantastic. Pieces have been sourced by traders from all over the world and I always find this a great time of year to buy. I highly recommend you go to at least one.

Sydney
Save the date: 29th July
Rock n Roll & Alternative Market
Manning House, Camperdown
Click here for more details.

Save the dateSaturday 18th of August
Round She Goes
Marrickville Town Hall.
Click here for more details.

Melbourne:
Save the date: Sunday 12th August
Round She Goes
Coburg Town Hall, Coburg.
Click here for more details.

Canberra:
Save the date: Sunday 7th October
360 Fashion Market
Kingston Foreshore, Canberra
Click here for more details

Vintage Statement Necklaces

Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming

I'm so happy to be taking these stunners to the Round She Goes Vintage Fashion Market on the 19th of May, at the Marickville Town Hall, Sydney. Now the season is turning, these pieces will look great on most casual evening wear styles. Don't hesitate to contact me for more photos at hello@hesterflemingvintage.com. They'll be available to purchase online after the 19th of May. Enjoy! 

A gorgeous 1930s, red glass bead and brass link necklace. In excellent condition. $189

A gorgeous 1930s, red glass bead and brass link necklace. In excellent condition. $189

An exciting 1930s bohemian style, Czech, peking glass necklace. Rare to find and in excellent condition. $175

An exciting 1930s bohemian style, Czech, peking glass necklace. Rare to find and in excellent condition. $175

A fantastic example of 1950s costume jewellery by Matisse. Set in copper and enamel. Matisse costume jewellery is very collectable today. $189

A fantastic example of 1950s costume jewellery by Matisse. Set in copper and enamel. Matisse costume jewellery is very collectable today. $189

A really fun 60s vintage Maltese cross pendent. A very popular design motif from the 1960s. The chain is a great length. This piece is in excellent condition. $125 

A really fun 60s vintage Maltese cross pendent. A very popular design motif from the 1960s. The chain is a great length. This piece is in excellent condition. $125 

A great example of Scandinavian modernist 60s jewellery design. Yes, it's more of an acquired taste, but I feel quite versatile. $155 

A great example of Scandinavian modernist 60s jewellery design. Yes, it's more of an acquired taste, but I feel quite versatile. $155 

 

 

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

Shop Vintage Tokyo!

Travel, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming
Koenji PAL Mall. Picture courtesy of Google.

Koenji PAL Mall. Picture courtesy of Google.

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, has such an exciting and diverse, urban cultural landscape.  Most people who visit Tokyo are well aware of the Harajuku fashion district, put on the international fashion map by roaming global street photographers.  However, I also recommend you take a morning out of your itinerary to visit the neighbourhood of Koenji

A short distance from Shinjuku station (click here for the metro map), Koenji has an enormous selection of vintage fashion, jewellery and accessories boutiques to tempt.   There are vintage stores packed with retro American brand names such as Levi's, Nike, American Eagle and loads of military wear.  You can find beautiful second hand kimonos, silk scarves, a gorgeous selection of mid century clip on earrings and stunning gold tone brooches.  High end vintage pieces from Hermes, Burberry, Gucci, YSL and Chanel are also on offer, but the price tag on these pieces is hefty. 

When travelling Japan, I found Youtube to be particularly helpful.  I like to have a few visual reference points when venturing into a less touristy area. I found a great clip here for Keonji's vintage fashion scene, featuring Samual Thomas, a British Fashion journalist.  The great thing about Koenji and much of Tokyo is that you really can delve in and explore, finding fantastic treasures, as travel keepsakes along the way. 

Shop Vintage London!

Travel, Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming
Image courtesy of:  Pop Up Vintage Fairs .

Image courtesy of: Pop Up Vintage Fairs.

It's no surprise that London is a magical place to shop vintage. I lived there for five years (2007 - 2011) and I had a wonderful time exploring the scene and starting up my business there. The following list of places is my first port of call when seeking vintage jewellery and accessories in London.  I haven't included Portobello Road, it's a given for most visitors. For more market information, I've linked every market title, so you can find up to date information about location and trading hours. This post is also great if you live in London, as you have the ability to visit these markets regularly! 

Bermondsey Antique Market

This is a Friday morning early adventure. Trade here begins before 6am. Torches are out and business is being done. For the less determined, there should be a good selection of antiques and collectables available to purchase from anytime after. I found an amazingly affordable bakelite swan brooch and a string of Channel pearls from one visit alone. You just never know..  

Old Spitalfields Market

A great market to attend in any weather condition. It's under cover, every Thursday, in the Old Spitalfields Market, near Liverpool Street station. There are approximately 80+ vintage traders here selling everything from jewellery, accessories, clothing, furniture, vinyl and homewares.  This market is by far the largest, regular trading market in the city. 

Camden Passage, Islington

I used to love jumping on the tube every Wednesday morning to visit this eccentric market. It's smaller and I always found the traders here were a little more reserved, but the things you can find here are amazing. The old cobblestone lanes and boutique shops, are also a great draw card to the area. A lovely morning worth the commute to Islington. 

Covent Garden, Jubilee Market

A great Monday morning market. Commencing trade at 5am! Full of every collectable you could think of, with a thriving vintage jewellery trade. This was the place I purchased my first Trifari brooch and earring set.  

Grey's Market Mews (inside Grey's Antique Centre) 

Don't be intimidated by the address! This is a great place to hunt for a special treasure. In particular GiIlian Horsup's Vintage Jewellery stand, Vintage Modes, has a staggering collection available and is regularly featured in high fashion magazines. Ting's and Linda Bee are also amazing.  You could easily pop into Grey's Market Mews in the morning and head to Selfridges for lunch.  Grey's Antique Centre is a quick walk from the Oxford Street tube station.  I originally launched Hester Fleming Vintage at Grey's Antique Market Mews, this place holds a special place in my heart.  

Vintage Pop Up Events

Alexandra Palace Antique Fair, The Vintage Pop Up Fair (multiple locations), Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair

I highly recommend timing your visit to London so you can attend a vintage fair.  Antique and Vintage traders come from all over the country to sell at these events, often hosting hundreds of dealers. The atmosphere is always fun and you just need to make sure your bank account is ready for it!     

There is so much vintage to explore in London. I'm looking forward to my next trip! Let me know if you need help organising your vintage shopping itinerary. It's a complementary service.  Please contact me here.

Shop Vintage New York!

Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping Tips, TravelHester Fleming

When you're planning that exciting trip to New York, I highly recommend including a Saturday or Sunday morning pottering around a Manhattan vintage flea market. They're a great experience and a fascinating insight into the world of New York fashion. Celebrities, editors, journalists, bloggers, costume designers, fashion designers etc, are often seen at these markets for inspiration. When I was living in New York, I made a habit of attending at least one every weekend. Also worth noting, is many of the vintage traders at these markets, have an amazing background in fashion. If you give them a minute or two, try and spark up a conversation, they have a wonderful knowledge and love to talk.  Please note, each market title below is linked with their website homepage, offering up to date information about locations and trading hours.

 1. Chelsea Flea Market

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While I was living in New York, this market was my favourite. I used to turn up early on a weekend morning with a warm coffee in hand. This market trades no matter what the weather is doing. Please note, the speciality of this market is jewellery and collectables, with little clothing.  I used to pick up some great mid century costume jewellery pieces by Trifari, Monet and Coro. Lots of couture scarves and a few bags.  The location of this market is great as well. It's within a ten minute walk to the Flatiron building, Madison Square Park and the wonderful Italian dining establishment Eaterly.  

2. Grand Bazaar, Upper West Side

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As I lived in Brooklyn, I didn't head up to this market often, but when I did, it didn't disappoint. Held every Sunday, there's a real mix of bric-a-brac, artists and designers, vintage/antique dealers and artisanal food vendors.  As this is an indoor/outdoor market, make sure you go inside. There are some great costume jewellery vendors to meet. I've also found the pricing really competitive at this market too. Another aspect to note about this market, is that it hosts themed monthly events, such as home decor and furniture bazaars, and craft pop ups. You can check their 2018 calendar of events here. There's a lot going on, the market organisers make a huge effort to keep things interesting and dynamic. The Grand Bazaar is also in close proximity to Central Park and the fascinating Natural History Museum.  You can make a fantastic day out of visiting this market and the Upper West Side. 

3. Hells Kitchen Flea Market 

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Another great market for bric-a-brac, antique/vintage vendors, and so many other types of collectables, I feel like you could find anything and everything here.  I always found this market great for mainstream vintage bags but that could just be my experience there. Located near Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, it's easily accessible too. This market is run every weekend, including Thanksgiving and Christmas Day! No need to stay cooped up in your apartment... And watch out for a regular vintage fashion vendor here, The Closet Without Walls, they have a jaw dropping collection to indulge in. 

If you would like to know more about visiting New York vintage markets, please contact me here

Images accompanying this post are courtesy of google.

360 Fashion Market, Canberra

Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming

I'm so excited to be participating at the 360 Fashion Market in Canberra, on Sunday 25th of February. Held at the Fitters Workshop, Kingston, there should be loads of affordable designer wear, vintage finds and local couture to get you excited. I'll be at stall number 9, with a big collection of vintage jewellery and accessories. Looking forward to meeting the vintage enthusiasts of Canberra.  Pictured below is a Vintage Ciro Bracelet, 1940s. $75. 

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