Vintage Kimono, Custom Jewelry
138 S. Houston St.
Wharton, TX., 77488
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I am Angie
McCray, and welcome to the Blue Moon Antique Shop!
We came to Wharton, TX, James and I, after 7 years on the road
with the antique shows. The shows were good to us, but after 7
years it had become an exhausting lifestyle, the shows were on
their way out, and it was just time to try another path.
Wharton offered charm and location; far enough from Houston so
that one doesn't have to put up with the annoyances of city life
and traffic, and CLOSE enough to make Wharton attractive as a
destination for a day trip for Houstonians who have tired of the
impersonality of shopping in their home town and are looking for
something a bit different.
Our shop is Blue Moon Antiques, and we are certainly different!
We have unusual antiques for those who are tired of antique
shops that are full of garage sale rejects and for those who are
tired of antique shops that seem to have more reproduction
antiques and craft items than actual antiques or collectibles.
Our stock is ever-changing, and includes items from the most
unusual vintage toys to vintage glass and porcelains and pottery
to vintage kitchen collectibles and interesting furniture. It
was never our goal to pack the shop full from ceiling to floor,
and from wall to wall. We have always been more interested in
having items to offer that actually ARE something. We firmly
believe that you have seen every common piece of trash that you
ever want to see, and we don't think you should have to look at
that sort of thing in our shop too.
Every antique shop must have a secondary line of stock in order
to appeal to those who may not necessarily be looking for
antiques, and who are maybe just along for the ride with those
who do look for antiques. So Blue Moon elected to appeal to
those who have tired of the mundane and mediocre.
I began by adding a group of fine jewelry. I personally select
each gemstone for quality and beauty, and they are mounted by my
goldsmith, who is unsurpassed in her ability to create mountings
for the stones of unusually large size or the unique fantasy
cuts that I specialize in. My jewelry pieces are custom made,
not commercially produced. Perhaps 'fashion jewelry' is good
enough for some, but it is not good enough for either me or for
my clientele. Layaway is available for any item listed on the
site, including my spectacular jewelry.
But alas, not everyone is as fascinated by gemstones as I am, so
the addition of yet a third stock item seemed necessary, and the
decision was made by a complete accident, as are so many of my
When my son and his wife were beginning to furnish their first
house, they discovered that they both had a taste for furniture
with an Asian influence. I asked a friend of mine in England to
hook me up with someone in Japan who could get me a couple of
kimono for these kids as a Christmas gift. And, of course, they
had to be VINTAGE kimono. And so it was that I was hooked up
with my very first supplier in Japan. The garments that he sent
to me were breathtaking in their beauty and incredible
workmanship, and I decided that I must have them for the shop.
My new contact could not hope to supply me at the level I
required, and so he kindly gave my information to several other
sources who are in the business of supplying people like me.
I settled on the idea of having several different types of
garments; most primarily for wearing in public, but also some
that would be worn in the home and those that would make
spectacular decor on the walls of better homes. I decided on the
standard kimono, the haori (pronounced HOW-ree), the juban, and
the uchikake. I decided that the bulk of my stock in this venue
should be in the haori, available for both women and men, and in
a variety of colors, fabrics, and prices. The two things they
have in common is their exclusivity and their ability to fit
almost anyone because of the way they are designed, which is to
be worn open, not closed or belted.
Each garment is one of a kind, with no duplicate. This takes a
bit of getting used to for those who have been so inundated with
the department store fodder of endless supplies of identical
garments. These garments are not something you can "shop and
compare"; there is one of each. If you like it, either buy it
today or put it in layaway; I CANNOT get you another like it,
because there IS no other like it.
If you want to keep up
with the Joneses, you may wish to look at another website. If
you like the unique, the exclusive, or the unusual, and prefer
that the Joneses should scramble in an attempt to keep up with
you, then you have come to the right place.
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