Holiday Hours at Candy Shop Vintage

Hope everyone is gearing up for a relaxing and fun time with their family this Thanksgiving! I don’t know about you but I have already been getting inundated with dozens of “Black Friday” sale emails even though it’s, um, only Wednesday! I personally can’t even think about Christmas or Christmas shopping until I have had some turkey in my stomach and am almost done with my second round of leftovers. But, I can also respect all of you early present-buyers so in the spirit of practicality, here are our Holiday hours at Candy Shop Vintage at 9 Cannon Street in Downtown Charleston. And of course our website is open 24/7 with expedited shipping options being introduced December 1, so stay tuned and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Party Ready Gift Ideas & 14K Gold Rice Bead Earrings

Candy Shop Vintage has all of our best elves working already filling orders for this holiday season, so much so we haven’t even begun our own holiday shopping. So, we thought we’d put together some fun, party-ready suggestions for gift giving this year to get us motivated to get through our own list this year, including our brand new Charleston Rice Bead stud earrings we cast in solid, 14K gold as party of a collaboration with Garden&Gun this season. Quantities are limited you do not want to mis out on these! I wear mine every. Single. Day.

1. How gorgeous is this metallic tassel bucket bag from Very Fine South via And it comes in several yummy colors!  2. The new cookbook from one of my favorite restaurants in NYC, The NoMad ($59.46) as a bonus it has a cocktail recipe book featuring their signature craft cocktails conveniently tucked inside the back – two for one! 3. Our Toasting Set – Champagne bottle necklace and earrings  ($125) is perfect for the party lover in your life 4. This Rewined Wine Under The Tree Magnum ($40) candle made here in Charleston is our go-to holiday scent that will last longer than your holiday party does! 5. Gold plated everything! Loving this gold plated corkscrew from Society Social ($14.99) – a great hostess gift or perfect to pull out at one of your own parties 6. Pets frequently get forgotten about during the holiday season. As evidenced by the fact our poodle currently needs a haircut so badly that I used my daughter’s barrettes to keep his hair out of his eyes yesterday. Digging this festive made-to-order glitter dog collar ($18.42) by DelaheyandCo 7. These Loeffler Randall tassel heels from Hampden Clothing ($395). Oh wait, how did an item from my wish list get on here? 8. Our 14K Rice Bead Studs are just perfection ($225) - an extra special gift for someone who loves Candy Shop Vintage and Charleston!

Perfect Pairings… Save The Date for November 28th

My sister-in-law Cate West Zahl and I have more in common than just a last name. With a similar and often complimentary aesthetic we have been chatting for awhile about doing some type of collaboration in the design world. Cate is a hugely talented painter whose soothing, sophisticated abstracts will instantly upgrade any interior.

She works out of a light-filled studio in Downtown Charlottesville, VA and occasionally from her favorite New England coastal spots she visits with her family in Nantucket and Long Island. Not surprising since her work, while not exclusively coastal, invokes a landscapes and layers of intersecting planes and colors which, as she describes, “leads to a process of making choices of what to put in, and what to erase so that only the necessary components are left on the surface.” Isn’t this studio just perfect?

And our work was recently featured side by side in Glitter Guide editor Caitlin’s November edit:

So we’ve decided to come together this November in Charleston on Small Business Saturday for an exclusive show of her paintings inspired by my new Celebrate Collection:

If you are in Charleston on Small Business Saturday (November 28) from 2-6PM please join Cate and I us for a few hours of shopping, sipping and snacking and peruse Cate’s beautiful work at Candy Shop Vintage at 9 Cannon Street! And, as a special treat, we will also have fashion illustrator Daniel Velasco on hand doing LIVE PORTRAITS for $35 each all day on the 28th from 11AM – 5PM. Click here to reserve your spot now with Daniel (he booked up fast last time!). 

- Deirdre Zahl (Owner & Designer at Candy Shop Vintage)

Shaken Not Stirred: Our NEW Celebrate Collection

Our complete Fall/Winter 2015 Celebrate Collection is now online and available! A sweet variety of party ready jewelry to help you toast the upcoming holiday season. And great as gifts, too! We shot our lookbook last week with talented Amanda Greeley with our go to model Adrienne (who I just love because of how expressive she is) and Dannon Collard doing makeup.  I have lived in Charleston eight years now and I am constantly impressed with how accessible all the talented, creative people are here are and how easy it is to come together and collaborate. Loved working with all of these ladies!

The “Celebrate” Collection is based around the ingredients to my favorite cocktail – The French 75. In addition to The French 75 Cocktail Bracelet (a highlight of the collection) you can also buy all the charms separately as earrings and pendants. The French 75 Cocktail Bracelet is available now for pre-order and will ship in approximately ten days:

Also new is our convertible brooch pendant necklace that can be work two ways:

As well as our festive multi-strand Charleston Rice Bead Bib Necklace and Triple Strand Earrings:

So go ahead, get started early on your celebration!

The Costume Jewelry Collector’s Conference

Two weeks ago I was fortunate to attend a very fabulous, inspiring conference in Rhode Island called The Costume Jewelry Collector’s International conference. This is a bi-annual event (with smaller meetings on off years) where high-end costume jewelry collectors and dealers from all over the map come together for a weekend of selling, trading, learning and making. I only recently learned about the group, helmed by Melinda Lewis (who wrote one of the best books on vintage costume jewelry that’s ever been published) and Pamela Paschal Wiggins who are fabulous, dedicated ladies who know their vintage costume jewelry and own some of the best of it! I attended this conference with another designer, Justin Giunta behind Subversive Jewelry as I knew his talent for assembling his luxury statement pieces would put him in a position to appreciate a unique experience. We stayed in Downtown Providence in one of my favorite neighborhoods – Federal Hill. Its new England charm is enough to make me painfully homesick for the Northeast every time I visit – so I soak in as much as possible each visit I make to RI:

Everyone at the conference was dressed fabulously! This woman came from Canada to attend with her husband and literally had a different amazing vintage outfit and coordinated vintage jewelry for almost every hour of the conference. I loved seeing all her wardrobe changes…

I was fortunate to kick-off the weekend with a class with Wendy Gell – a designer who rose to fame in the 1980′s for her sculptural, over-glued cuffs (or “wristies” as she calls them), hair pieces, earrings, and pretty much anything else you can glue things on. She was so sweet and taught us, over several hours, her step-by-step intricate gluing technique. LOVED meeting her and will be following up with an interview with her in the next few weeks.

Her creative process is so different than mine – she starts with raw materials and assembles them organically. I start with an idea and figure out how to execute it and what materials I need to do so. It was good for me to have to be a little more freewheeling in my approach and less rigid. So much fun, although I think I inhaled enough glue fumes to last a lifetime.

I thought the lobster as a centerpiece was in keeping with being in New England for the weekend. It got me craving lobster and later that day I ordered a lobster roll for lunch.

Here are a few of my fellow classmates glueing away. It did take a fair amount of patience (and a few hours) to let the glue dry enough to keep working on our pieces. Wendy can do this in her sleep but we definitely struggled a bit more.

The conference provided us with plenty of “jewelry education.” One of my favorite speakers was Kris Brandriff who was kind enough to take me to lunch (and on an emergency post office run!) the first day of the conference. She is a native Rhode Islander and helmed the Quality Control at one of the most incredible vintage jewelry houses – Trifari – for a decade who once operated out of Rhode Island. Here is a picture from one of their factories – I love how elegant everyone looks while assembling jewelry. Bow ties and all!

Justin and I also had a chance to take in a little local culture and visited the RISD museum, which has both a wonderful permanent collection and had a great temporary exhibit by contemporary artist Martin Boyce – really worth seeing if you are in Rhode Island this fall/winter.

Probably the best part of the conference was the shopping. Tables upon tables of jewelry from dealers who know their stuff! I got some really beautiful pieces there – some of which can be viewed and purchased at Candy Shop Vintage in Charleston.

The “finale” evening of the conference had a 1960′s “Glam to Groovy” theme – and involved these wild centerpieces on ever table. We definitely had fun with the theme and it came as no surprise that a group who loves to collect big, bold pieces of jewelry also likes to party. There is something so fascinating and wonderful about people who collect a lot – or in some cases too much – of anything. Where there is passion, there is education, fun, and always an opportunity to learn more than what you already know. I felt really lucky that my career landed me amongst such a passionate, entertaining group of people for a weekend. Looking forward to the next one!




Trick Or Treat! Win a $200 Gift Card To Candy Shop Vintage

Remember this game from when you were a kid? Now you can play with #candyshopvintage! Guess the number of candy corn in this jar. To submit your guess, choose one of the following methods 1) Email it to us contact@candyshopvintage 2) Regram this photo and tag us @candyshopvintage with your guess OR 3) Come into our #charleston shop at 9 Cannon Street and you get two submit two guesses for an in person visit! Our contest ends at midnight on Halloween 10/31/15!

South Carolina Flood Victim’s Fund

You would have to be living under a rock to not know that this has been a terrible week for South Carolina. Rain storm upon rain storm pounded the state starting last Friday. I live in Charleston and my family and I self-evacuated, not wanting to witness the inevitable impassable roads, days without being able to go to the grocery store, and potentially event worse. We live in a neighborhood that floods at the drop of that hat and are required by law to carry flood insurance. We anticipated that this could become a full-fledged catastrophe, and it was for many. Although Charleston was indeed hit hard and many lost cars and dealt with water damage in their homes, it was actually upstate where the worst disaster unfolded. Dams broke, rivers overflowed and people escaped with only the clothes on their backs, if they were lucky. It was horrifying to watch and at the time seemed like it would not end. These are just a few photos of the type of destruction seen around the state of SC this past week and are still dealing with:

For Charleston, though scary, there was almost a comical element to the ridiculous amount of water in our city. We are always well prepared for floods here. This is a friend of ours, standing in front of our house after we asked him to check on it (our house is elevated above the flood water by the way):

Another friend on the Battery, holding a drink. Yes, Charleston residents can drink through anything! We are lucky we could laugh about it. For us Downtowners it was bad but it could have been much worse!

The American Red Cross is out in full force in the State of SC. If you would like to donate directly to the flood recovery efforts you can do so here. We are also going to donate $20 from the sale of every True Navy Charleston Rice Bead Necklace online and in store in the month of October to the same fund. Keep the SC affected by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers as residents recover from this disaster.



Fall Showcase Preview

We are so excited about this Friday night where we will be hosting a fall showcase at Candy Shop On Cannon featuring designer Malia Dreyer of Lettermade with whom we collaborated on a series of fabulous cocktail napkins, as well as artist Jane Marie Edwards who is known for here whimsical, brightly colored abstract paintings and talented fashion illustrator Daniel Velasco. We’ll be kicking things off with a cocktail party from 5PM-8PM this Friday and then Saturday morning, select items from the Showcase will be available here on starting at 5PM and including one-of-a-kind vintage, cocktail napkins and artwork. Here’s a quick preview of some of the items that will be featured in our sale: