Christmas Shipping Guidelines

Holler if you’ve finished your Christmas shopping! (*silence*).  If you’re like me you still have a number of people and/or gifts to knock off your list.  With that in mind, here are some shipping guidelines you might find helpful if you are ordering something from Candy Shop Vintage to stuff someone’s stocking or put under the tree.  Of course, there are no guarantees but you should have your gift in time for Christmas if you follow these guidelines when placing an order on our website. Basically you’re fine with our standard shipping if you place an order before noon this Friday.  For any orders placed after that, select our expedited shipping option at checkout to get it there by the 24th.  And even Santa (UPS) needs a little bit of advanced notice so any orders placed after noon on Monday, December 22 are likely going to end up as New Year’s presents.  Of course if you live in the Charleston Area, you can also visit one of our local retailers. Happy shopping!

Christmas in Charleston

Christmas time in Charleston cannot be beat. While Charleston is beautiful and picturesque throughout every season, it really takes it a step further around the holidays. The residents south of Broad Street adorn their doors and homes with wreaths and garland and lights to be enjoyed by tourists and Charleston-dwellers alike.

Along with the beautiful decor comes exciting events and happenings around town…

One of our favorites is the Festival of Lights on James Island. Beginning on November 14 and continuing through January 1, 2 million lights and 700 displays illuminate James Island County Park. There is a driving tour, a walking tour, a holiday market, s’mores by the fire, and rides. It is especially fun for kids – my daugher 2 1/2 absolutely loves it.

We have one final trunk show this season at Gwynn’s! I will be there selling the Charleston Rice Beads, the new Far East Collection, and some of my favorite pieces of vintage jewelry all day this Saturday and 12-5PM this Sunday so you can come squeeze in your last minute shopping! Happy Holidays!

Enter the Ultimate Elephant Giveaway

In honor of the holiday season we are hosting the Ultimate Elephant Giveaway! Starting today, if you follow the instructions at the bottom of this post, you can enter to win the following set of lucky elephant goodness… a gift to yourself or someone else!

One of our Elephants on Parade necklaces along with a pair of our Lucky Elephant Earrings AND a set of 4 of our Pink Elephant Cocktail Napkins from our recent collaboration with Lettermade. A total value of over $200. Can’t you just imagine a few of our lucky elephants around your neck this season? The Elephants on Parade necklace by Candy Shop Vintage has been one of our most popular pieces in the Candy Shop Vintage Collection to date!

It was  was most recently featured on Mary Summer’s Blog, So Then They Say with a chic, pared down layered look, perfect for winter.

So to enter the Ultimate Elephant Giveaway, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Contest runs through midnight this Sunday, December 13th.  Winner will be announced on our blog and Instagram as well as notified be email next Monday, December 14th. Best of luck!!

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Locally Loved: Charleston Gifts $75 and Under

I’ve gathered a few of my absolute favorite Charleston-made or Charleston-themed gifts below, all $75 and under, and a couple from Candy Shop Vintage of course. From the hostess gift to friends and family, there is something in here for everyone.

1. Our 5′ Long Charleston Rice Bead Necklace perfect for Mom, Grandmother, sister or friend (shown in shiny gold) $75
2. Our Embroidered Linen Charleston Cocktail Napkins (set of 6) $56
3. Horseshoe cocktail picks from Sideshow press with a chic, masculine flair (set of 12) $12
4. Adorable vintage-style lunchbox printed with the work of Charleston based artist Lulie Wallace $22.50
5. Made in Charleston, a mason jar candle in Winter “Beet” Scent by Produce Candles $56
6. A scrumptious Holiday gift tin of  Sugar bakeshop goodies available locally in two sizes $20 (small) & $28 (large)
7. Limited edition Charleston Print by Rifle Paper from Mac&Murphy (11″x14″) $40
8. Sweet Sloth Friend Toynament from the adorable collection of  Finkelestein Creatures, handmade in Charleston $16

Trunk Show This Friday & Saturday in Wilmington, NC

After the holiday I will be taking my new collection and Charleston Rice Beads on the road and doing a trunk show at Ziabird this Friday (Black Friday) and Saturday (Small Business Saturday), located in Wilmington, NC.  Ziabird is a beautiful specialty jewelry and apparel shop located out near Wrightsville Beach in Lumina Station. Lynn, the owner has a great eye and is always supportive of new designers. I’ll be in the store from 10AM-4PM Friday and noon-3PM Saturday.  You can read more details in the recent edition of Fashion Fix, by local Wilmington style editor Jess James.

Our office will be closed for the Holiday starting this Wednesday the 26th until next Monday, December 1st.  I am really going to try to spend some time relaxing at home with my family until Friday without email or social media – tough! It can be so hard to pull yourself away when you have your own business, as there is always “more to do.”  We trying to send our first family Christmas card for the first time in years.  We had our family photo taken by the uber talented Gray Benko and she got some great outtakes of our daughter Daphne and the new member of the family, Birthday the poodle. Seeing these photos has made me realize how precious and fleeting these years are with her, it sounds cliched but it just flies by. So thank you Gray for the lovely momentos for 2014!

PS – the only guaranteed way I can get Daphne to smile on command for a photo is to tell her to “show her teeth” hence the third photo down – a trick that works if you need one. Hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Shop The New Far East Collection

Our new Far East Collection, a capsule collection of Asian inspired jewelry is now available online.  The centerpiece of the collection, The Breastplate Necklace (shown below in Midnight Blue) is set with faux opal cabochons made of glass that has flecks of gold foil within them for a beautiful, dimensional look.  As soon as I found these stones I couldn’t wait to incorporate them into this collection.  They are just magical to look at! The Breastplate necklace was inspired by a vintage runway piece from the 1970′s that I purchased several years back.  The original piece has Asian motifs on it, but I felt adding stones was more interesting for a contemporary look and to give each piece a splash of color. They have all been plated in a rich, slightly “antiqued” 14K gold finish for an old world look.

I also did a series of single Crescent Necklaces (above right) set with the same stones that are more discreet for ever day wear.  And to compliment the two pieces are three styles of the Lu Tassel Earring (below) each with a silk tassel and featuring the Chinese “Lu” in the center, which means “prosperity.”

I wore the entire set in Amethyst to the launch of this Collection at our HAMPDEN Clothing trunk show just a couple weeks back.  I am thrilled with how they turned out.  They are especially festive for all the pre-holiday parties cropping up this time of year.  See the entire Collection and shop it here.


Lovely Jane

I was so thrilled to have Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes in Charleston a a couple weeks ago for my trunk show at HAMPDEN CLOTHING.  I normally hassle my husband (JAZ) to DJ all my events and he is great but to have a fellow vintage lover AND stylish lady DJ to mix things up was just too perfect.  I gave her some Charleston Rice Beads as a souvenir to take back to Dallas and she styled them with this enviable vintage tweed jacket and layers of vintage gold jewelry on her blog last week.  This look is simply perfection – trophy wife meets young city girl combined with 80′s supermodel!

To see more visit her blog, all images via

Let Us Entertain

I am thrilled to announce that our collaboration with Lettermade on three different sets of linen cocktail napkins, are now available on our website.  Available online in sets of six ($56 per set) exclusively through Candy Shop Vintage & Lettermade these whimsical embroidered cocktail napkins are brought to you by two designers with a love of vintage and an appreciation of old-world quality combined with modern aesthetics.

The designs include a Charleston Cocktail Napkin with a vintage-style bike complete with a flower basket, napkins embroidered with “I Left My Heart In Charleston”, and finally a circle of Pink Elephants, an ode to our popular Elephants On Parade Necklace.  Any of the designs are sure to make entertaining in your home a little more fun and they make great gifts in Charleston and beyond.