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We always have over 200 Shelley items, and over 500+ vintage teacups in stock at any given time! If you don't see what you are looking for...just ask!

I learned to love antiques and collectibles when my English grandmother told me stories of growing up and living in Victorian and Edwardian England and gave me her teapot and teacups when I was 16. I grew up in an English household complete with tea, eggies and soldiers, treacle tart and Sunday roast dinners.

 

I learned to love the incredible workmanship of the Victorian age...a love of quality and care that has pretty much disappeared in this day of planned obsolence and a throw away culture...the best recycling and green tech is reusing something with a history...either the way it was designed to be used or reinvented...


My first job was in an Egyptian antiquities shop followed by degrees in physical anthropology, and archaeological digs. While I was teaching, I began to buy and sell and opened my first official business in 1985, Regeneration which spun out of our jewelry shop Ring And Wheel in Northern California primarily for my husband's hand made gold and silver gemstone fine jewelry. 


I am married to my best friend who was an Englishman imported to the US from England to work at a manufacturing jeweler in San Francisco...because they could find no US Diamond setter with his credentials and experience. He had been in the jewelry business since 15 when he began a 6 year apprenticeship as a Diamond setter and jeweler. He finally retired in 2000 after 40 years because his setting arm basically fell apart. He has consequently been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, which they think is due to the many chemicals, acids and compounds necessary to the job of Diamond setting and being a jeweler.

My antique business has had a few reincarnations with moves, but we closed our actual bricks and mortar antique and tea items shop in 2002 to go exclusively online.  I have never lost my passion for vintage, antique, Victoriana and all the wonderful items with a history and a past. My motto is from William Morris....“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful” William Morris, 1834-1896