VintageBaubles Not So Vintage??

11 Nov

I’d like to call out this seller (which I just also flagged) for blatant misuse of the word “vintage” not only in titles, but even in item descriptions and tagging. How this seller is privvy to such vast, unending quantities of “vintage” supplies is questionable.

I know for sure that most are not vintage lucite, but instead acrylic plastic and made in China. Several of these I sell in my own Etsy supply shop, though not as “vintage”. Many other sellers sell the same items here on Etsy, again not as vintage. Just a few examples of many:

Vintagebaubles listing:



Vintagebaubles listing (tagged as 1960s vintage!):

Ebay listing from Hong Kong:



There are many, many other examples in this seller’s shop.


9 Responses to “VintageBaubles Not So Vintage??”

  1. MadeByM**** November 11, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    Though I’m no expert, and I’m sure this seller is betting that most people aren’t, I am guessing they AREN’T “vintage”, either. If it’s vintage inspired, then that’s what they should tag it as!

  2. Life During Wartime November 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm #

    The wholesale supplier in the links offers exactly the same beads that vintagebaubles sells in her Etsy shop, down to the placement of the mold marks on the flower cup beads. I took a quick browse of the whole shop, and my impression is that about 10-15% of the items look like vintage.

    The whole ‘vintage’ buzzword fad applied to anything and everything is tired and (I hope) nearly run its course. Someone was bitching in the Etsy forums a few days ago about a holiday ad by some major department store chain saying something like ‘who wants vintage? give them something new!’ Personally, I’d love to see the typical consumer want something new,

  3. Angel November 12, 2009 at 12:06 am #

    Every now and then I start asking myself why I’m so hesitant to buy vintage online. And then stuff like this pops up and I remember.

    Shopping shouldn’t require an extensive online search to verify that the products can’t be found at a wholesaler. Maybe that is utterly naive of me, but I just don’t have that kind of time to dedicate to what will amount to a few dollars worth of goods in the long run. I’ll just close up my wallet instead.

  4. blacksheep November 12, 2009 at 3:37 am #

    Vintage beads and jewelry supplies sell well because jewelry is a competitive market, and designers want materials that will make their pieces stand out. Also, most vintage beads are unique and of higher quality than their modern counterparts.

    Because vintage beads are in demand, many sellers will tag their supplies “vintage” to draw buyers. Caveat emptor. Sourcing vintage supplies requires a great deal of WORK…building relationships with vendors, asking questions, getting your hands dirty, doing research.

  5. Molly L November 12, 2009 at 6:35 am #

    Found another one. Note how the seller writes that they are in “perfect condition”, which they of course are, having come direct from the factory!!!!!!–fro____id__48314.html

    Interesting how the photos by this seller have a yellow tint to them just like old polaroids, all adds to the pretense. The problem is, that deliberate wrong tagging of vintage is especially bad if you are a supply seller. These supplies are bought unknowingly by jewelry makers, who then describe their pieces as having vintage beads.

  6. Molly L November 12, 2009 at 6:51 am #

    Whoops, did more searching on that supply site and found these too. Described by the etsy seller as vintage 1950s.

    How great that these vintage 50s beads have gone into mass production.–dyed–flower–a____id__54146.html

    It’s really obvious here because of the same 4 colors.

  7. Life During Wartime November 12, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    What blacksheep said. Also, it is easier to pass new beads and findings off as vintage on the web because the buyer cannot compare the weight, color, and molding/finishing methods of new supplies with actual vintage items they have.

    For me the ‘oily’ looking finish and hole thru the center are clues these beads are new. That’s all I can tell from a photo.

    Shops that pass off new supplies as vintage are doing double damage: first to the person who buys the supplies, and then to the person who buys the handmade jewelry supposedly created with vintage beads.

  8. twiddledumdee November 12, 2009 at 9:02 pm #

    I have been flagging this shop for the longest time. In fact, I think it’s even been mention on EtsyCallout before for its blatant mistagging. But Etsy hasn’t done anything about it.

    Here’s an example. These beads are tagged as: blue, green, swirl, hand blown, blown, pendant, charm, mosaic

    First of all, they are obviously not blue. There are no swirls to be found in these beads. They are not hand blown, they are not even blown, they are solid. If they are charms, where are the jump rings? Etc.

    Here’s another example, 15 pages of BEADS tagged as “cabochons”:

    Out of these 15 pages, there are only three pages with actual cabochons.

    Or check out these lucite, plastic GLASS owls:


  9. Nat January 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    Hold on here – there are many new beads and findings that are being made from vintage molds and tooling, etc. Vintage style is big now and a lot of manufacturers are making similar or identical models. I buy from some sellers that have items that look identical except they are described as either true vintage or ‘vintage style’.
    Just because they look like some new items on another site doesn’t mean they are not vintage – you need some better evidence than that.

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