The French 75 Cocktail Bracelet

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. 01

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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!

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Fall/Winter Lookbook

Two weeks ago we launched our Fall/Winter Candy Shop Collection pieces, along with some fab one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that are going quickly! Because we were pressed for time, we shot the Lookbook in my house in Charleston and around town. I worked in collaboration with my friend Stacy’s new store on King Street, Small by Hampden. Hampden Clothing, her main retail store is one of my favorite stores in Charleston (and maybe anywhere) but sometimes the price point can be intimidating. Small, just a few doors north of Hampden at 324 King Street is a scaled down version of Hampden that is refreshingly intimate and more affordable but just as hip. We pulled some fab pieces from her (the hot pink Ulla Johnson dress being amongst my favorites) to pair with our holiday jewelry and worked with Jesse Volk, one of our talented, go-to photographers. Here are some of our favorites – enjoy!

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YOU CAN VIEW THE FULL LOOKBOOK HERE and SHOP THE NEW COLLECTION HERE

Feeding You Scoop On The Sale Trifecta

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Before you sign off for 24 hours of food coma later this week, we thought we’d give you our lesson plan for the next few days. That is Birthday the poodle, sitting politely for a treat, one of his greatest (and only tricks). And in case you couldn’t tell by the fact he looks like a cardboard cutout, black dogs are hard to photograph! Nevertheless, in his honor we will be having another Black Friday special this year.

BLACK FRIDAY:

Begins: Midnight Thursday, November 22nd
Ends: Midnight Friday, November 23rd
Sale: Buy One Get One 50% OFF on ANY of our Charleston Rice Beads – yup, this includes necklaces, earrings, bracelets & rings. The 50% will automatically be deducted at checkout off of your lower priced item. NO CODE NEEDED.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY:

Begins: 10AM Saturday, November 24th
Ends: 5PM Saturday, November 24th
Sale: This is an IN STORE ONLY sale at our Charleston, SC retail store. Take 20% OFF any in store purchase all day at Candy Shop On Cannon (9 Cannon Street) and enjoy sips and sweets while you shop.

CYBER MONDAY:

Begins: Midnight Sunday, November 25th
Ends: Midnight Monday, November 26th
Sale:  20% OFF Site Wide with code MONDAYFUNDAY

 

Halloween Happenings

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!

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Here’s a close up of the jar. (HINT: it is probably more than you think!)

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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!

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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 contact@candyshopvintage.com with your name so we can add you to the guest list!

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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.

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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!

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Charleston Neutrals: Fall 2018 Inspiration

Charleston is famous for its color palate – pinks, yellows, greens, blues, violet, there is even an official paint color called Charleston Green. But if you spend some time in Downtown Charleston, you will also come to appreciate the neutral palate in between the bright rainbow palette. One of my favorite buildings Downtown is City Hall on the corner of Broad and Meeting Streets. It is all marble, stucco and wrought iron but not a splash of color to be seen. The marble staircase cascades down on each side of the entrance and the Spoleto kick-off party is held here every season. The blacks and greys are like a soothing palate cleanser in Downtown Charleston.

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Another favorite is one of the houses on the Battery, down towards White Point Gardens with these curved, elegant iron balconies and painted in a clean, crisp slate gray. Blacks and greys are this as much a part of the Charleston architectural landscape as pinks and yellows, but not appreciated nearly as often.

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So this season we are also offering our Charleston Rice Beads in the same, elegant slate grey found on some of the more stately, Downtown Charleston buildings:

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And of course, as we do every fall and winter, you can also purchase them in lacquered Midnight (Black). How beautiful is this old, painted garden door Downtown?

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For a pop of color, and by popular demand we decided to introduce a festive shade of red. While bright red usually feels much more New England to me, it does jump out at you like on this great front door on Queen Street. So you can purchase your Cranberry Red Charleston Rice Beads here, now until the end of the fall/winter season.

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And how about this festive combination of red, grey and gold together? Bring on the fall and the holidays!

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THANK YOU.

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From the bottom of our hearts, thank you not only for a wonderful year and gifting season and supporting a small and growing local business, but especially for supporting our campaign to raise money for the MUSC Children’s Hospital Fund. This season we were able to raise $2,130 through the sale of our limited edition Charleston Rice Beads in Kelly Green. Thanks to all who gave or received these as gifts this season. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. We are excited for a new year and have lots of sweet things in store both at our shop and online.  And I am personally grateful for the support of every single one of our customers, near and far who appreciate what we are putting out there. See you in 2018! – Deirdre Zahl

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Christmas Is Here and so Are The Shipping Deadlines

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…

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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

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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!

All of the Holiday Sweetness in One Place

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Every year we get a lot of questions – what kind of sales are you doing, what kind of events you are having for the holiday season. So here they are all in one happy, sweet place. So save the date(s) for some great sales, fun events and merriment in general:

Gifts That Give Back

Our first and most important holiday special is our Kelly Green Charleston Rice Beads promotion. We teamed up with I Heart Radio’s Y105 in Charleston to create a special color in our popular Charleston Rice Beads this season. $20 from every Kelly Green Necklace and $10 from every Kelly Green Bracelet go to benefit the MUSC Shawn Jenkin’s Hospital Project in Charleston, SC. You can read more here, or shop them directly here.

Black Friday  Friday, November 24

There will be one special for Black Friday and it will be a Buy One Get One at 50% OFF (!!!!) any of our Charleston Rice Beads. It will be one day only and it will exclude the Kelly Green Rice Beads we are selling to benefit MUSC Children’s.

Small Business Saturday  Saturday, November 25

There will be and in-store (in Charleston) only promotion. 25% OFF everything in the store one day only. There is no online special but if you can make it into the shop, you get a free Whisky Sour and I promise they are good. Also, a lot of our neighbors like J. Stark and Mac&Murphy are having their own Small Business Saturday specials and events so check them out.

Cyber Monday  Monday, November 27th

As it is Cyber Monday, this is an online only special (our shop in Charleston is closed that day anyway). There will be 20% OFF site wide – that means everything. Code will be sent out first thing Monday morning on the 27th and be valid for one day only. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Junior League of Columbia Holiday Market  Thursday, November 30th-Sunday, December 3rd

We will be popping up on Columbia, SC at the Junior League of Columbia Holiday Market. Last year it was so busy and I was so tired driving back to Charleston I accidentally put diesel fuel in my car and had to get it towed most of the way home. This is very bad for your car, by the way, I will not be doing that again. But we are very excited to be back this year!

Neighborhood Holiday Sip N’ Shop  Friday, December 8th 5-8PM

Cannonborough/Elliotborough in Downtown Charleston is hosting its second annual Holiday Sip N’ Shop. Neighborhood stores and business will be open until 8PM offering libations and specials. We are doing a “Draw a mystery discount” of up to 50% OFF at Candy Shop On Cannon, a free braid bar, complimentary French 75s and a Beauty Counter Pop-Up.

That covers it for the rest of our holiday events! Make sure to subscribe to our e-newsletter at the bottom of the page for reminders and other treats in your inbox this season. xo

A Gift That Gives Back

I am excited to share that we are bringing back our popular Kelly Green Charleston Rice Beads for a limited time this season. $20 from the sale of each Charleston Rice Bead Necklace in Kelly Green and $10 from the sale of each Charleston Rice Bead Bracelet in Kelly Green will be donated to the new MUSC Shawn Jenkin’s Children’s Hospital Campaign in Charleston, SC, thew new state of the art facility being built in Downtown Charleston. You can also visit their website and donate directly there and learn more about their mission and building project. Any one who has children in Charleston or has had the unfortunate experience of having to visit the MUSC Children’s Hospital, long or short term, knows what an incredible place it already is. But this new building and its facilities will continue to elevate the level of services they are able to provide to children around the country. We will be promoting this campaign in partnership with I Heart Radio and Y105 Charleston.

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Each necklace and bracelet comes in one of our Charleston Rice Bead bags with an insert card printed with a lovely illustration by local artist The Town Serif with a description of the partnership on the bag. This makes a great gift for any Charleston lover who also wants to contribute to the community. They will be available until Christmas or until we run out of inventory!

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A Mad Fantasy Tea Party

This past Monday we had a spring tea party to launch our new Fantasy Garden Collection, a vintage inspired capsule collection and collaboration with New York based jewelry company Ciner. I don’t know if it is the recent release of Beauty & The Beast, spring in general, or the fanciful nature of this new collection but I have had a tea party craving for awhile now. Talented Charleston-based illustrator Daniel Velasco did our invites and we purchased teacups that doubled as party favors for all the guests and turned Candy Shop Vintage on Cannon Street into a tea room for the afternoon.

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Thanks to Ooh events, we were able to squeeze in seating for 18 people down the length of the store. We served Charleston grown tea from The Charleston Tea Plantation in three flavors – Charleston Breakfast, Peach and Earl Grey. Frampton’s Flowers provided some beautiful fresh ranunculus for us in shades of pale pink.

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Out tiered tea towers were brimming with homemade goodies from local bakeries and caterers – Hamby’s, Sugar bakeshop and scones from Wildflour:

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And one of the best details were the beautiful, hand painted unicorn macaroons from Mercantile & Mash:

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The centerpiece of our new collection, The Unicorn Fantasy Necklace:

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Our floral selfie wall was also a lot of fun:

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As were the unicorn horn party hats from Meri Meri party:

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I only slept about two hours the night before but still had a blast:

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Thanks to all who came and contributed to a magical afternoon in Charleston!