First Name: Linda Sue, aka DaSue
Business Name: Design Delights Ltd
How long?: 35 yrs ago, founded in 1982
With a great appreciation of history & culture, I'm increasingly drawn to incorporate vintage elements & concepts into my timeless jewelry line, DaSue Collection. My sense of style and love of quality, detail & recycling are reflected well in the vintage aesthetic. Over the years I've collected so many nice items; and folks recommended I offer my lines on the vintage market. These past 2 years with Vintage Garage Chicago have been a wonderful experience!
Are you a collector? Yes, I just can't resist!
My collection focus rotates between: gemstones, textiles, trade beads, African artifacts, shells, basketry, decorative and functional vintage items.
What's a favorite piece you can't sell? I won't sell my West African bronze 'grandfather' mask, nor my Ethiopian coin pendant. After digging to the bottom of a nasty barrel of stuff I found both of these hidden treasures; but the dealer refused to sell them to me! Well, the sign said 'For Sale' and I wouldn't take no for an answer. We haggled round & round until I emerged victorious! That mask was oxidized so thickly one couldn't appreciate all the intricate detailing. After painstaking polishing off the rust, adding a large sturdy bail and setting shiny black onyx stones in the eye cavities, this piece became an 'old faithful' that I dearly love. My coin pendant is solid sterling and depicts King Menelik II; I only wear it on special occasions.
What's your favorite thing to sell? Special pieces that perfectly enhance a personal story of my customer!
What sells fastest? Interesting rings, statement pieces & earrings with loads of texture or artistic treatments.
Where are you from? Indianapolis, IN
Online Vintage Shop
Yes, many items of DaSue Collection are cataloged in my Facebook Shop,
Are you bringing anything extra special to the show?
Yes, I'll be showcasing new lines of DaSue Collection jewelry which feature very cool handmade beads and hand painted, embellished recycled elements. I also will feature my collection of unique mid-century & 80's apparel & accessories in handwoven, knitted, applique, lace, leather & retro-print materials; been saving these babies for a long time!