Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Hi everybody!

I've decided to do a series of gift guide posts of vintage jewelry and other vintage items as unique ideas for Christmas gifts.

My first gift guide will be vintage jewelry, with an emphasis on one of my favorite types of vintage jewelry - rhinestones! Since vintage jewelry is what I sell, of course I love it and think it would make a wonderful Christmas gift! There is such a variety to choose from when picking a special piece of jewelry from a vintage seller. The price range is extremely wide, from very affordable to extravagant. And chances are, if you give someone the gift of vintage jewelry, your gift will be extremely unique and one-of-a-kind!

Here are some examples of exquisite choices in vintage jewelry - each would make a great gift for someone special - or maybe a gift for yourself!

Multicolor Rhinestone Earrings from Leru from Jujubee2



Glitzy poodle rhinestone brooch from TheJewelSeeker



AB and Black Rhinestone Demi Set from PopGoesMyVintage



Gorgeous Green Art Deco Necklace by BoylerPF



Fabulous Art Deco Dress Clip with Sapphire and Clear Rhinestones by GildedElegance



Stay tuned for more vintage gift ideas, and find these gorgeous pieces and more on Etsy!

Waalaa Vintage Jewelry

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fabulous Fall - Is there anything better?

I love fall. It is my favorite season. It has everything...warm summerlike days, cooling Southern nights...slowly drifting into cooler days and chilly, roasting marshmallows kind of nights! The smell of freshly cut grass fades into the smell of burning leaves...And the colors! Nothing can compare to the color of autumn leaves!

Here are few pieces of vintage jewelry that remind me of this gorgeous season...


Leesa (waalaa)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

New YouTube Video, And a Couple of GREAT Websites

Hi Everyone!

My summer has been so busy and full of work that I have been EXTREMELY negligent when it comes to my blog and my vintie friends, and I am really having withdrawal pains! With two kids getting ready to start back to college, three dogs, a duck, and a busy medical transcription biz, my vintage jewelry has taken a back seat. But today I did something fun and exciting for my stores, and I wanted to share.

I created a video! The program is located at www.OneTrueMedia.com, and I thank Lora from the Vintage Village for the info about it. It's a wonderful, easy to use program that is FREE (or there is a premium version, though I used the free one). I hope you will check out my video when you get a chance!


Also, I have also discovered another wonderful helpful website called www.bannerfans.com - also free, and just wonderful for creating avatars and banners! Many thanks to Kim of LilacsNDreams for the information on this wonderful website! I encourage anyone to check them out!

Thanks again to anyone who takes the time to read my blog - I appreciate it!

Leesa (waalaa)

Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

I just wanted to post a short blog to wish everyone a happy Memorial Day. As we grill, swim, volleyball, play horseshoes, and bicker with our families, I hope we will all remember that many brave, wonderful men and women gave their lives so we can have the freedoms we treasure.

So here is a big thanks to the Armed Services - may we never forget how much you mean to us.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Waalaa! Here I am Blogging - Now what?!

Hi everyone! My name is Leesa, but most who know me on line call me Waalaa. I have several online vintage jewelry shops, so I thought it was about time I created a blog. I mean, it sounded like fun; a lot of others are doing it, and I DO like to talk...

So now what?? I mean, I've READ other people's blogs - and I watched "Julie and Julia" - but other than that, I'm pretty much lost.

I guess I'll start by telling you a little about myself and my shops. I live out in the country, in a small town just north of Nashville, TN. There are cows in the pasture behind my house. I sometimes have opossoms and foxes in my yard. It's not Green Acres, but you won't see me tromping around in my Manolo Blahniks any time soon. I have a wonderful hubby of 26 years, and two wonderful children, a daughter age 23 and (tomorrow) a son age 21. After being in the corporate world, I began working at home when my daughter was born. I have a small medical transcription business. I have been very fortunate to work out of my home (but I am VERY tired - lol)

Over the past year, as I realized my children might POSSIBLY not need me hanging after them constantly, I decided to try something new. I bought several "bags" of vintage jewelry at a thrift shop - one of clip-on earrings, one of broochs - and began to research the names on some of them. I was amazed and intrigued. Some of these pieces were 50, 60, 70 years old and looked brand new, much better than anything I could buy at a store. I wondered if anyone else would want to buy one of these beautiful pieces, so I put two pieces on eBay. They sold almost immediately! What a rush! I was hooked! I sort of lost my mind - bought WAY too much jewelry to sell, sold a few pieces, bought a LOT more, and soon I found I had "a business." How scary! I had no idea how to market, to sell, to price, to research. How did I get myself into this??

Over the past year, I have learned SO much - mostly because of the generosity and kindness of strangers - vintage sellers who have been doing this a long time and are very willing to share their knowledge, tips and insight with a struggling newbie who had barely heard of online selling. Who would believe that other sellers could be kind, so generous with their time, and so helpful? I've never heard of other "retailers" helping their "competitors" so readily (although I'm not much of a competitor - lol). It is this spirit of giving, of sharing knowledge and the love of vintage jewelry and all things vintage, that made me fall in love with vintage all over again.

Thanks to all who helped me get started, didn't laugh at my mistakes, and made me see the incredible decency and good that people are capable of.

Well, this is a pretty long post for a newbie - guess I'll save the rest for another time...

By the way, here are my shops if anyone wants to take a look around...


Hope you'll stop by!

Leesa (waalaa)