Second Week At Home

Our second week of the stay at home order is complete here in the state of Illinois and I continue to keep very productive. The estate sale packages for the week are complete, I just have one more week to go. It was announced on March 31 that the stay at home order has been extended through April 30. As a result, we postponed the sales that we could until May. Unfortunately we have lost five sales - Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Carol Stream, Roselle and Wilmette because their homes have sold and closing dates are taking place as scheduled. If the stay at home order is extended again, we will act accordingly. I hope that if everyone does their part by staying at home, we will not only "flatten the curve" but crush it! I know as the weather warms up that will be more difficult for people to abide by but the sooner people make the sacrifice, the sooner these stay at home orders can be lifted.

I'm continuing to work on my Native American jewelry collection and anticipate that it will be completed next week. That will be a huge milestone for me! Last night I posted the last lot of turquoise and coral jewelry pieces that I have right now, the lot is pictured above. I could have sold the abstract pendant necklace five times, people were loving it! The lucky "winner" can't wait to show it off to her rock and gem society group. I'm always so pleased when items go to good homes. From this lot, so far the necklace, shadowbox ring, cross and inlay cuff bracelet have sold. I could have sold that cuff bracelet five times as well but alas these are all one-of-a-kind vintage items. I am so appreciative of all of the online sales right now. It is very challenging for the self-employed at this time as there are not only personal expenses but business expenses to contend with.

I added more pieces to the C'est La Brie's online shop and I'm up to 66 total items right now. I sold a couple of large pieces through Facebook so I was up to 68 at one time. I should be able to get to 100 over the next 10 days. It's just a drop in the bucket compared to my total jewelry collection but it's a start! My end goal is to have all of the higher-end costume jewelry online as well. I plan to be ready for the holiday shopping season! Click this link to see all of the items or check out the product categories under Vintage Native American Jewelry and New Native American Jewelry. There are pieces under eBay user ID chummie and Etsy shop cestlabries as well. As Etsy is for vintage or handcrafted items there are no new items represented there but the new items can be posted to eBay.

I think once I complete the Native American jewelry I will start the Mexican jewelry. I have some stunning Mexican pieces to offer, many are definitely gallery-worthy. I also have a collection of Southwest-style jewelry from Carolyn Pollack (Relios,) Desert Rose Trading, Silpada, Barse and others. So I will alternate some Southwest-style lots with the Mexican. I know it's hard for people to think about jewelry right now while staying at home, I miss wearing my jewelry as well but I know we'll be back to wearing it soon!

I took a little time out from work to assess my own jewelry collection. I belong to several Facebook groups for jewelry lovers and every once in a while the subject of jewelry storage comes up. With the stay at home orders around the country people have organization on their minds so the subject came up again. The jewelry storage cases by Colleen Lopez for HSN were recommended so I checked out their website and decided to give them a try. I used to watch HSN a lot back in the day and enjoyed watching Colleen, she is a fabulous host, classy and professional but she is passionate about what she is selling and has fun. These jewelry cases have a clear window on top so you can see what you have and they are anti-tarnish for 50 years. Inventory is low right now as they are very popular but I was able to order a set of three different flat cases in the Ivory color. It is the only color choice right now but it actually coordinates well with my bedroom. I selected the pieces I will be keeping and had no trouble filling the cases with my Native American pieces. This works well for me since I keep my jewelry in dresser drawers but there are also styles for traveling and dresser top display. I linked to the product from the photo:

I actually ordered a second set because I need one more for Native American and I'll use the other two for my other silver jewelry. It is a big splurge to spend any money right now but it made me happy to come up with a practical and attractive jewelry storage solution. I had forgotten about some of my pieces because they were hidden from view. It was an exercise I wanted to go through because I have decided to sell some Native American, Mexican and Windy City Jewelry pieces that I love but either never wore or I don't wear anymore. Stay tuned for more details! In the meantime, below are the other Native American jewelry lots I have worked on this week.

From this lot, the Zuni knifewing pin at the upper left, the multi-stone fetish necklace and the branch coral necklace have sold, the other pieces are available.

From this lot, the liquid silver and malachite earrings and the wave design ring have sold, the other pieces are available.