2014 Round Up 2014

2014 has absolutely flown by for me.  Hard to believe that it was only earlier this year we launched our Charleston Rice Beads.  Since launch we have sold over 8,000 feet of necklaces and bracelets – more than half the length of the Ravenel Bridge! I feel so fortunate to have a growing business (one I started in the guest room of our house) and it is an exciting time as I continue to expand the Candy Shop Vintage line and to work with so many talented people to make it happen.  Here are some of the highlights of my year:

Debuting the Charleston Rice Bead collection to a fabulous group of ladies at a Charleston-themed lunch I hosted at The George Gallery in March:

Seeing the Candy Shop Vintage Space Age Bangle featured in the April 2014 issue of InStyle Magazine:

Hosting a trunk show and book signing with The Deans of the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits Suzanne’s beautiful Downtown Charleston home.

Collaborating with some very talented ladies on our first wedding lookbook featuring both vintage jewelry and the Charleston Rice Beads. My friend Evelyn, of Evelyn’s Alterations and Design, designed and handmade the bride and bridesmaid dresses, Paige Winn did the photography, Bailey Bial styled hair, Flowershop provided the lovely blooms and hair and makeup was done by Amanda Rose and Bailey Bial:

In June, I went up north for a factory visit (and little vacation). We spent a lot of time in Rhode Island, one of my favorite states. Even though it is a small, it is fun to explore. Check out my mini-guide guide to Rhode Island for more.  This was Daphne’s third visit and she loved it!

In August, my husband John and I were featured on southernliving.com as part of a Southern Style feature. We hardly consider ourselves amongst most stylish in Charleston, but Gray Benko made us look our best:

In September, we all sadly said goodbye to style icon Joan Rivers. I recounted and remembered with gratitude swapping necklaces with her on her 80th birthday:

We also shot our A Charleston Afternoon lookbook featuring some of the hottest spots around town (Leon’s Oyster Shop, Sugar Bakeshop, mac & murphy, and The George Gallery), and the Charleston Rice Beads. I have been wanting to do this for awhile, sharing some of my favorite local spots with our clients inside and outside of Charleston and I loved how it turned out:

For the first time this year, I helped designed our first non-jewelry items. The Candy Shop Vintage x Lettermade collaboration – three unique sets of embroidered linen cocktail napkins. I loved working with the talented owner of Lettermade, Malia Dreyer on them.

Ending the year with the launch of my new Far East Collection was fantastic. These Asian-inspired pieces are based on a much loved 1970’s vintage runway necklace I own, and include the Breastplate Statement Necklace, the Crescent Necklace, and the Lu Tassel Earrings in a few different colors, as well as the delicate Lu Necklace which, like the earrings, features the Chinese symbol for prosperity. I debuted the Collection at a trunk show at HAMPDEN clothing, one of the Charleston Area Candy Shop Vintage retailers and best boutiques in Charleston.  Stacy, the owner (below) has a fabulous eye and curates a cutting edge collection of designers, keeping Charleston fashion forward.

Blogger and DJ, Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes, flew to Charleston especially for the event, and wowed us all with her DJ skills.  I gifted Jane some of her own Charleston Rice Beads as a thank you and later spotted them on her bog paired with this amazing vintage tweed top – they have never looked so glam!

I also took the Collection to Gwynn’s for a pre-Christmas Trunk Show – where select Far East inspired pieces are still available.

And on a personal note, we added to our family with the adoption of a furry friend, Birthday the poodle (named by my daughter).  Can you spot him in our Christmas card?

I was even gifted an ornament this Christmas by the lovely ladies of Croghan’s. She is what I imagine his future girlfriend will look like – ooh lala!

THANK YOU to everyone for your continued support of Candy Shop Vintage. It has been such a huge year and never would have happened without loyal friends and customers, old and new. So excited to see what 2015 has in store, Happy New Year!

– Deirdre Zahl (designer & owner, Candy Shop Vintage)

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