~A Vintage Charmed Life~
I design one-of-a-kind handmade vintage assemblage jewelry with vintage and antique elements from all over the world. Finding discarded bits and bobs, restoring them, and giving them a new life in a piece of ‘fresh vintage’ jewelry has become my passion. So many lovely bits would otherwise have lived out their days in a junk drawer or, sadly, been consigned to the trash bin, because no one knew what to do with an old dog tag or a single vintage clip-on earring.
I started my retreasured boho charm bracelet line after I came across an old beat up set of aluminum dog tags with chippy color and crazy solder all over them. Combining my love of animals with my passion for vintage assemblage jewelry, I donate 10% from each sale of $100 or more to an animal rescue group of your choice or mine. With Charmed Menagerie jewelry you can ‘wear your heart’ by buying a retreasured jewelry piece and helping an animal rescue group at the same time.
~Hello, and thank you so much for stopping by~ I am Melissa Schulze, designer/owner of Charmed Menagerie. I have always been easily amused by bright shiny objects and jewelry is the brightest and shiniest of all. My first piece of vintage jewelry came from my mother’s knitting basket when I was 5. Hidden amidst balls of soft yarn was an old brooch with faux rubies and diamonds. It was love at first sight. My love of jewelry grew with the gift of a sterling silver charm bracelet from my parents for my 9th birthday. I went on to haunt thrift stores, flea markets and antique shops to build my collection of vintage jewelry. Then I began taking jewelry classes and designing and making vintage assemblage jewelry after my four children were grown and married. Currently I reside in Southern California with my very handsome husband and our maltipoo Winston, our beloved little rescue dog who, oddly enough, came to us through a pitbull rescue group.
I burn marshmallows. Maybe it is because I have poor impulse control. Maybe it is because I actually like them that way~
Treat everyone with kindness and respect, even if you sometimes have to fake it~
I am a really good cook and an even better eater~
There is only 100%. You can’t give 110% no matter how hard you try so please stop saying it~
I am a wedding cake addict and I am not looking for a cure ~
If someone tells you that you have enough jewelry, stop talking to them and walk away. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life~