Opulent Oddites

Opulence, curiosity, sensuality, antiquity, mystery, romance, sophistication. This is what you will find at Opulent Oddites, the latest in our series of interviews with independent shop owners.

Jordan, the creative mind behind the shop, gets her inspiration "from the grimy history that’s not in history books, but written all over the walls" using "only antique and vintage pieces that really capture the very spirit of their time period and hold within them stories waiting to be told."

Speaking of stories to be told, on to the interview!

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I have always been a crafty young lady. I remember early attempts at being a crafty business woman at the age of 10 making yarn dolls with a friend and selling them to her family members. I'm much better at what I do now, ha! But after my high school graduation, my parents gave me $500. Back then I was pretty goth and wanted to make rosaries. So I invested that money in beads and crosses. I got bored of making just rosaries so I started looking at antique hardware. It just spilled over into making jewelry with any antique items I could find, and that's where I am now.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
My favorite two things to do are go shopping for antiques and making jewelry. I am so happy that this is what I get to do for a living! Other top favorites are being with my family, watching movies, baking and painting.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
I suffer from major depression which makes getting out of bed hard, let alone running a shop. If I could just kick this little depression thing I know I could really rock the world with my jewelry.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I love this just so much. Its new in my shop and hopefully it won't stay there long. Its absolutely a wonderful, unique piece of jewelry, without being overly complicated. Also, any of the Doll House Collection pieces. Love those!

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I knew I would be doing something creative. I'm still only 20 and not fully grown up, but I have a feeling I'll be doing more of what I'm doing now.

What other shops out there do you love?
Oh gosh! Well first I have to mention my mom and sister's shops, merchantofkismet.etsy.com and prodigalprogeny.etsy.com . After that, I love BoringSidney.etsy.com and nostalgicstudio.etsy.com and theblackspotbooks.etsy.com. Lots of talented people on Etsy!

What does your future hold?
I don't know! And that's the exciting and terrifying thing about it all. I know I'll be working in some creative field, doing...well, I don't know what.

Know what the future holds for you, dear readers? 20% off anything in the shop when you mention this blog post! Thanks, Opulent Oddities!

Don't forget to visit opulentodditiesblog.blogspot.com for more information about this shop.