Neighborhood Sidewalk Sale & Sample Sale!

Tomorrow, our Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood in Charleston where our Candy Shop Vintage shop is located is having a neighborhood wide sidewalk sale featuring discounts and specials at all the neighborhood shops:
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We’ll be hosting our first sample sale at the store with tables of discounted jewels out in front of the shop. If you don’t live here, not to worry! Add us on Snapchat and shop remotely:

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Happy hunting!

A Special Dolphin Bracelet Resurfaces in Charleston

Last month, at The Restoration Hotel in Charleston, a place steeped in history, we hosted a vintage pop-up shop in their boutique for the month of May. Not only did we have some special, one-of-a-kind vintage items, but we also had a host of beautiful, reissued vintage pieces from CINER, a New York City based family owned, costume jewelry house that is now over 100 years old.

Since I have been collecting and selling vintage I have been fortunate enough to have many vintage CINER pieces come through my hands. They never last long because the demand for their whimsical, elegant designs is so high. They are especially known for the figural jewelry (animals and insects in particular) and quality and craftsmanship of their pieces is exquisite. Last year I took a tour of their Manhattan based factory and was enthralled with their talented team of casters, stone setters and enamel painters. I traveled from room to room watching their hand crafted jewelry get assembled, plated and set with stones or accented with color, right there in the middle of New York city just as they have done for decades.

For our pop-up shop, I was lucky enough to be able to select a few seasonally appropriate styles from CINER’s archive of vintage designs and they were reproduced as one-of-a-kind pieces for our vintage trunk show. I had the idea of selling whichever pieces did not sell in my shop after wards, but many did not even make it that far as they were snatched up almost immediately. One special piece in particular, that went to a saavy vintage collector, was this Dolphin Cuff, an exact reproduction of the same CINER piece owned by Elizabeth Taylor that recently went up for auction at Christie’s in New York, fetching several thousand dollars (a pretty penny for a costume piece!).

 

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The original cuff, belonging to Elizabeth Taylor dated back to the 1960’s when it was originally designed and produced. She favored animal jewelry and with her flamboyant, glamorous taste I can easily see why she would have been attracted to CINER’s whimsical animal and sea life pieces, set carefully with dozens of tiny rhinestones and hand painted with enamel.

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Stay tuned as we will be offering some special, one-of-a-kind vintage CINER pieces this Fall through our website this fall!

The Only Whisky Sour Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Whisky Sour Recipe From Candy Shop Vintage

Last summer I had a trunk show in Florida on a Saturday afternoon hosted by my mother-in-law Mary Zahl. She made a bunch of really yummy southern-style appetizers (since we had just had our jewelry featured in Southern Living) and decided to serve whisky sours, since it is sort of a vintage cocktail. I had never actually had one before. I mentally categorized them as having gone the way of baked Alasksas and flaming desserts – food and drinks that were only found on the pages of long forgotten, dog-eared cookbooks and out of print magazines. You don’t see them around much which is really a shame because they are SO good! I’ve also noticed that both men and women enjoy them – nothing about them is too girly and yet they are sweet, sour and delicious. And the trunk show guests that day agreed, they were definitely shopping with a strong buzz. This particular recipe is incredibly simple and easy to mix up in a pitcher to leave out for guests to serve themselves – we now serve these at all of our events and I get asked for the recipe constantly. When it involves frozen limeade concentrate, you simply can’t go wrong. Just don’t forget the Maraschino cherry and orange slice garnish! Recipe below for the June edition of #cocktailsoncannon.

Whisky Sour Recipe From Candy Shop Vintage

Cocktails On Cannon: Serve Yourself Whisky Sours

1 large can frozen limeade concentrate – thawed slightly and undiluted
 1 (limeade can) fresh squeezed lemon juice
 1 (limeade can) simple syrup
 1+ (limeade can) bourbon or whiskey to taste
1/2 (limeade can) of water to taste
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Serve with maraschino cherry, preferably with a stem, over ice, and with a slice of orange in a vintage glass. Makes about 1/2 gallon.

Whisky Sour Recipe From Candy Shop Vintage

Whisky Sour Recipe From Candy Shop Vintage

This is my favorite type of citrus juicer for squeezing lemons It works well, is powerful and enables you to squeeze all the juice out while separating the seeds so it is surprisingly easy to make your own fresh lemon juice. Of course, you can also buy it pre-packaged, its just a nice addition if you have the time.

Whisky Sour Recipe From Candy Shop Vintage

Adding a little bit of water to dilute it was my only adjustment to the original recipe. I found they were a little syrupy otherwise. The other option it to put extra ice in the pitcher and if you leave at room temperature, the melting ice will slowly dilute it a bit. Either way you don’t need more than 2/3 a cup or so (or half a limeade can) of water and be sure to serve over plenty of ice.

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First Ever Candy Shop Vintage Sample Sale

In less than two weeks, there will be neighborhood-wide Cannonborough/Elliotborough sidewalk sale in Charleston where will be hosting our first ever SAMPLE SALE. We’ll have a table full of $5 vintage jewelry as well as a table of discontinued Candy Shop Vintage designs, samples and more. We’ll be serving One Hope Champagne and homemade Whisky Sours all day so come join us from 10AM-5PM:

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If you don’t live in Charleston we’ll be snapping all the sample sale goodies starting at 10AM, so add us and follow along, user name candyshpvintage and it there is anything you’d like to purchase you can snapchat us with your email address and we’ll send you an invoice.  See you there!