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blue glass beadsToday we’d like to feature Libby of Columbus, Ohio, who owns and operates the magnificent Etsy Shop ‘PickleValentine’.

Like many people on Etsy, she is an eBay refugee. She heard about Etsy in 2007, but she thought it was only a handmade site. She was delighted to find that she could sell beads and other vintage items there, so she set up shop in 2008 and hasn’t looked back.

Her passion is vintage, especially vintage beads and findings. She also sells sterling silver jewelry, vintage necklaces, and occasional small vintage items. She has a huge collection of beads, so this is one fun place if you’re looking for something in particular. She’ll help however she can with special requests as well.

She’s been a bead person ever since childhood. Her introduction to fine art glass was a loving and magical Hungarian baby-sitter who became a third grandma. She had collection of beautiful beaded art glass and crystal rosaries from pre-War Europe. She would hold them up in the sunlight and Libby was just mesmerized. It's one of her first memories. She got her first beads at 3 or 4 when someone broke a necklace. She was apparently old enough not to stuff them up her nose (see our earlier post on Shannon and the nose/bead/stuffing adventure). Anyway, as with Shannon, Libby’s bead addiction was likely born at that early age.

Libby doesn’t claim to be a bead historian, but she is definitely a bead nerd. She is always doing research, which ties in with her love of history. She believes everyone who buys vintage beads deserves to know as much about them as possible.

acorn beadsMost of her items are never used, completely mint, but when she salvages great beads, she sometimes passes them on and will let folks know where they have come from. Some of her best beads, including trade beads, had been used in jewelry or collected before they came to her.

The awesome name for her shop came from one of her 'team members' - Pickles the Parrot (aka ‘The Gragger’). Libby says he is definitely a Valentine, a sweetheart of a bird. He is also very noisy, especially when he is frustrated, thus the nickname. Interesting Note: A 'Gragger' is a noisemaker that is used during Purim (a Jewish holiday). When the Megillah is read, a very long scroll, it is used to drown out the name of Haman, who was planning to annihilate the Israelites in Persia. The term Megillah has crossed over into slang English to mean a long, complicated and very irritating process. Graggers are also used during New Year's Eve at Midnight. 

And we should not fail to mention Motie, another team member (described as ‘Rescued Furpurrson’ & ‘Da Boss’) (See our previous post on our own Ariel Lucy, Office Manager and CFO – Chief Fur Officer). Clearly Libby is a woman after our own heart. We wish her lots of success and hope you’ll spread the word in your social/bead circles. We’ve shown just a small sample of her beautiful items here – but you can peruse everything by clicking here on PickleValentine.

Until Next Time,   Sheila



0 # Libby Stone 2015-10-19 20:35
Thank you so much for your wonderful blog post. It is lovely...funny and informative both. I can't put into words how much I appreciate this.
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0 # Somclaughlin 2015-10-19 23:30
Thanks, Libby! We do love your shop! :-)
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