About RagTrader

During the day I edit video but nights and weekends I make jewelry. Many of my pendants are made from vintage molds- designs that are 40 – 150 years old.  Other items I make are from antique found items like pocket watches, cameos, keys, bottles, keyholes or whatever odds and ends i find at the flee market or in the barn.

I try to use vintage jewelry findings, like chain,  whenever I can.  Not just in the spirt of recycling but also because they are beautiful and I love to think the history of a jewelry creation reaches before I was born.  I often wonder where these items have been and what they meant to other people.

I’ve always had a fascination with old things. This passion developed, I think, from living on an old deteriorating farm with my 9 siblings.  Being the youngest of 5 girls I never complained about wearing hand-me-downs.. I even loved wearing 70′s outfits to highschool in the 90′s (Now I sell vintage clothing in a store front in Pittsburgh as well as online).  I would often wonder the woods around our farm digging up antique bottles and old odds and ends.  I always thought these were the most amazing and mysterious treasures  – when really these were trash dumps left by farmers in the early 1900′s.  I think the most beautiful objects are covered in rust or patina or better yet, broken.

You can find my jewelry at:
www.ragtrader.etsy.com
www.ragtradervintage.com

Twitter:

http://twitter.com/RagTradrVintage

Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/elisabiffy_volts/

FaceBook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/RagTrader-Vintage/97379130799

5 thoughts on “About RagTrader

  1. Hi,

    We met you at the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend. We’re opening a small design gift shop in Dallas in the middle of November and would love to carry your jewelry. We discussed wholesale pricing with you. Could you please get back to me at either [email protected] or +1 817 789 1046 and we can discuss the terms.

    Thank you,
    Vynsie Law

  2. I wanted to know where you got the aventurine ring…. Do you know it’s history? Please email me and let me know!

  3. Today, a PageBoy, I bought the Silver Mothra necklace for my daughter-in law for Christmas. Can you tell me any more about the design or origin.? Also I think I would like the chain longer. How can I exchange the one on the necklace for a longer one.? Love your work.