Thanks to Country Living’s December issue this year (and how fun is that cover?), our French 75 Cocktail Bracelet is getting a celebratory boost this month. This bracelet was inspired by a Martini charm necklace once sold at auction as part of famous socialite Bunny Mellon’s estate. I thought it was so enchanting and charming, that I’d create my own “Cocktail Bracelet” featuring the ingredients to my favorite, vintage champagne cocktail – The French 75. My friend Ashley highlighted it on her blog a few years back (where you can also find the recipe) and the bracelet has continued to build in popularity since.
Because it is a bit labor intensive to make, the price point is higher. We assemble the bracelet chain, clasp and tag ourselves and have it individually plated along with the four gold charms. After plating, the charms are attached to the bracelet along with the lemon, sugar cube and the tiny bottle of gin. The sugar cube is actually handmade from polymer clay rolled in glitter and the gin bottle is hand cast resin. I designed the gin bottle labels myself but because they don’t die cut labels that small, we cut them out by hand with an exacto blade, apply them to the gin bottle charm, and voila! We also have a Mint Julep version here. Because of the labor involved, we have a limited number of these available, so if you want one for yourself or someone else this Christmas, better snap it up now. And if you miss the boat, you can always make French 75s at home – they make a great New Year’s Eve cocktail!
Halloween is coming and we are hosting our annual “Count The Candy Corn Contest”. The jar below at our Charleston shop is filled with a certain number of candy corns. Take a guess how many in the comments below (or on our Instagram post) and the closest or on-the-money guess wins a $100 gift card to Candy Shop Vintage (valid online or in store). Winner will be announced on Halloween!
Here’s a close up of the jar. (HINT: it is probably more than you think!)
Also, we recently decorated the Charleston store windows for Halloween. I found this great, vintage style Palm Reader sign that flickers on and off in a creepy way. An unanticipated side effect of our window display has been people coming into the shop and asking for… actual palm readings!
So, to remedy their disappointment I figured – why not? We should offer some pre-Halloween Palm Readings in the store! So, we’ve decided to put together a fun Halloween kick-off cocktail party next Thursday, October 25th at Candy Shop Vintage in Downtown Charleston. We will have Halloween cocktails and treats, draw a discount and free palm readings by Angie of the psychic chakra spa from 6-8PM. Space is limited so RSVP if you want to come to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name so we can add you to the guest list!
Also, if you live or are traveling anywhere in the New York area this fall – particularly before Halloween, consider checking out The Great Jack-O’Lantern Blaze, an event put on in Historic Hudson Valley where I happened to grow up. It is an interactive display of THOUSANDS of carved Jack O’Lanterns, assembled together in surreal sculptures – everything from national landmarks to animals to a full graveyard (this is headless horseman country after all…). If you are coming from the city you can easily hop on the Metro North train to get up there (although you do have to buy tickets in advance here and they sell out quickly). It is kid friendly (i.e. not too scary) but thoroughly enjoyable and frankly incredible for adults.
My favorite part was definitely the tunnel of celestial pumpkins you walk through on your way into the park, all with flashing or changing lights inside. Truly magical!
It’s spring in Charleston which means events galore! This is always my favorite time of year – the whirl of of socializing before the summer heat descends and everything slows down. This Saturday, I am excited to participate in this year’s annual Makers + Shakers events at Cannon Green, just up the street from us in Downtown Charleston. It runs from 5-7PM and includes some of my favorite fellow makers and shops including Blakely Made, Celadon Home, Citrine Swim, Charleston Artist Collective, Goldbug , Flowershop, HART, Suite 33 Charleston and 42 Pressed.
Then, Saturday at our shop at 9 Cannon Street we are hosting a trunk show for Savannah designer Sunshine XOXO maker of these fab denim jackets. Select from her collection of one-of-a-kind vintage jackets or bring your own to customize! During opening hours 10AM-5PM.
Spring has spring and so have all of the spring events! We are excited to be launching a few pieces to celebrate the Kentucky Derby in April. Look out as we release one new piece each week next month! We will also have a selection of vintage hats and headpieces available at Candy Shop On Cannon in Charleston starting the Monday after Easter and we will be popping up for a Mint Julep infused celebration at Garden & Gun Fieldshop in The Dewberry Hotel on Thursday, April 19th so save the date! More details and information to follow.
We are really excited to be hosting two other fabulous jewelry designers for trunk shows tonight at Candy Shop On Cannon in Charleston. We have carried local designer Hart Hagerty’s famous tassel earrings for awhile now and can hardly keep them in stock! And, returning for a second trunk show after being a successful guest designer at our Holiday Sip ‘N Shop earlier this year, is Mary Kent Hearon of The Heart Knot! We could not think of two more perfect girls to have with us for a Valentine’s Eve event, so come join us at Candy Shop Vintage (9 Cannon Street in Downtown Charleston) from 5-8PM this evening for shopping, sweets and champagne cocktails. If you bring a friend, you both get 20% OFF anything in the store (trunk show items excluded).
ABOUT THE DESIGNERS
Hart Huguet Hagerty creates timeless statement pieces that blend her love of Asian aesthetics and the bohemian side of her hometown Charleston. In addition to luxe, one-off jackets, Hart is known for her tassel earrings: the perfect “everyday statement earrings” featuring a featherlight tassel, chic silhouettes and rich colors.
After majoring in Chinese at Vanderbilt, Hart lived in Shanghai for 5 years, working as a fashion editor and trend researcher before launching the line in 2013. Hart was a travel curator and contributing writer for Vogue‘s and Travel + Leisure’s Shanghai city guides. While Hart now lives in a classic Charleston single house, China will never leave her. She uses her Mandarin skills to work directly with Chinese artisans and suppliers to proudly produce her earrings in small batches in Shanghai, where she returns to annually to get her fill of greasy jianbing, wild Bund nightlife and tone-deaf karaoke.
Mary Kent Hearon weaves her beautiful and chic statement necklaces from French twine, all hand sewn and in the shape of a heart. When I met Mary Kent we were fast friends and I purchased a necklace of hers last year and it is one of my go to’s. Her bright, warm and creative energy is infections and we think this is the perfect time of year for her to show off her designs, which now include cast and plated pieces as well as woven. From Columbia and a SC native, she is rarely in one place for very long – regular jaunts abroad keep her occupied and inspired.
Hope to see you tonight! xx
Shop girl is a term I hear thrown a lot in retail. “I’m a shop girl. I need a shop girl. I just want my own shop!“ As someone who did not initially set out to own a brick an mortar shop I have been both overwhelmed by how hard it can be but sometimes pleasantly surprised about how wonderful it can be. Wonderful, because it puts you in the fabric of a community in a more personal way, hard because it can be hard to connect socially with other retailers you admire, and even find time for your friends and social life. That said, while Charleston may be home to so many national retail chains these days, some great locally owned shops are very much holding their own and thriving. One of them is Beckett Boutique – a sophisticated women’s boutique right in the middle of King Street, with a soothing feminine and sophisticated color palate.
When they asked me to shoot some photos for their blog I was flattered and thrilled. And when I went to pull some outfits for our shoot, I found it hard to narrow down. I also loved how much they appreciated my whimsical aesthetic and ended up finding that some of our accessories from Candy Shop On Cannon as well as my jewelry designs fit in perfectly with the Beckett collection. And who doesn’t love a good French 75?
So was born a fun little shoot in downtown Charleston, featuring some of their new arrivals like this fab ruffled seersucker skirt) paired with our new Rosé Statement Earrings and one of Susan Alexandra’s Watermelon Totes. You might even get a preview of some Candy Shop Vintage gems that are coming soon!
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We are so excited to be hosting trunk shows for two of our favorite jewelry designers at Candy Shop On Cannon on Tuesday, February 13th in Charleston… come meet Hart Hagerty of Hart Studio and Mary Kent Hearon of The Heart Knot.
We will be serving champagne cocktails and other Valentine’s sweets and treats from 5-8PM at 9 Cannon Street. If you come with a friend, you can each take 20% off any of your Candy Shop Vintage purchases (this excludes our trunk show items). Hope to see you there for a sweet evening!
Well, you’ve likely survived the holiday party gamut and are seeing the Christmas break light at the end of the workweek tunnel! If you are like me, you are really maximizing these last few days to wrap up – haha – your Christmas shopping. We know a lot of lucky people out there are getting Candy Shop Vintage under their trees and in their stockings and we couldn’t be more thrilled! But we do want to share our shipping deadlines so you don’t want to find yourself without a gift on Christmas Morning…
Tuesday, December 19th (TODAY!)
NOON today is the cutoff for our regular, standard shipping ($4.95 or included if your order is over $100)
Wednesday, December 20th (TOMORROW!)
NOON is also the cutoff for orders but you MUST select Priority 2-3 Day shipping at checkout ($8.95 regardless)
Thursday, December 21st and beyond
You can select 2-Day express shipping for $25 until noon. Chances are, you’ll have your order by end of day Saturday. But of course at this late date there are no guarantees.
Holiday Hours at Our Shop & Local Pickup
Our shop in Downtown Charleston at 9 Cannon Street will be open through Saturday 10AM – 5PM and closed Sunday (Christmas Eve). If you want to order something online to pick up in the store, just enter LOCALPICKUP at checkout and all shipping charges will be removed and pickups must be completed by Saturday night. We will package and hold your order for pickup during retail hours. It should be noted that we are CLOSED in between Christmas and New Years for some minor updates to our retail space – stay tuned & Merry Christmas!
Our Black Friday Special is here!
For one day only buy anything from our collection of Charleston Rice Beads and get a second of equal or lesser value at 50% OFF. This special is good for today only and is also available in store at Candy Shop On Cannon open 10AM-6PM today. Happy Shopping!
Our white and blue sale starts now! Until midnight, July 4, take 20% OFF all white and blue jewelry when you enter discount code WHITEANDBLUE at checkout on candyshopvintage.com. Enjoy!