It’s that time of year again. We are all racking our brains to come up with that unique and relevant gift idea for family and friends. Vintage and antique things are definitely unique; that’s the easy part. But what about something that’s really relevant to a particular person? How about a gift that will actually thrill someone; that they will truly love? Great gifting isn’t easy and it takes time. But maybe it doesn’t need to be that hard.
Guys can be hard to shop for. Here’s a few ideas you might not have thought about. How about a vintage shaving mug or an old leather bag for shaving items. Then there are tie tacks, bars, cufflinks and money clips. How about an antique book? Mrs. Beadsley has a stack of books from the 1800’s as well as vintage magazines. And speaking of books, how about cast bronze bookends and vintage bookmarks in silver. Maybe your guy would love a vintage Pendleton robe or a vintage sterling Navy ring.
For babies how about an antique sterling and bone rattle or sterling bib clips or an antique sterling spoon. Also there are really cute clothing items and crib pillow cases or hand made lace bonnets to consider. You might consider a wonderful piece of vintage jewelry for little girls; something they can hand down to their daughter some day. My favorite in the shop is a sterling necklace and bracelet from the 20’s. Plus there are several cute vintage plastic necklaces in little sizes and small size expanding gold plate bracelets from the 30’s with engraved designs including one with a heart. And of course Mrs. Beadsley has all kinds of vintage lockets that are perfect for little and big girls too. Besides jewelry there are sweet vintage hair ornaments.
There are all sorts of vintage gloves that are great for girls and small size purses they would love. The vintage wood beaded ones from Czechoslovakia are brightly colored and really cute. Mrs. Beadsley loves vintage perfume bottles and cute ceramic animal figurines from 1940’s and 50’s Japan as well as all sorts of things for the young ladies vanity. And please ask to see the animal brooches and pendants, charms and sweet hankies in little girl sizes and full size. Boys may like the animal figurines but they might also like the vintage children’s books and the old metal toy gun and holster.
There is so much for grown up girls at Mrs. Beadsley. Of course you will find Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau Mid-Century Modern and 1960’s rhinestone bling jewelry in all price ranges. Don’t forget the collections of jewelry from the international case or the Israeli collection and silver from Scandinavia with jewel colored enamel. There is a great selection of costume and real pearl jewelry in every length and size. Maybe she’d like amber or ivory beads or jewelry or amethyst, coral, jade, Native American turquoise and Mexican silver. Mrs. Beadsley has many rare and collectible signed designer pieces of jewelry too.
Rings, if you know the ladies size are always appreciated. Plus there are vintage dresses, sweaters and coats. Let’s not forget purses, shoes, hats, gloves and scarves. Trinkets of all kinds for the dressing table are everywhere in the shop. Beautiful vintage linens, doilies, tablecloths and pillowcases are well represented too. Unusual ceramics and glassware are tucked into every corner of the shop. How about a ladies spittoon? Don’t tell me she already has one!
All this is great, but if you are still clueless please consider a gift card. I’ll be so happy to help you’re friends and relatives pick something that they really love. Los Alamos has a place to shop for truly unique, one of a kind gifts for almost everyone. No need to leave the hill. Come see me at Mrs. Beadsley Vintage Jewelry this holiday season.
Mrs. Beadsley is open Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Owner Debra Lowenstein can be reached at 505.795.6395 The shop is located at 2101 Trinity Drive, Suite G, in Los Alamos.