Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Create and Change

It has been a crazy two months! I have had such fun getting ready for the vendor affaire at Create next week in Irvine. This is a great opportunity to take some classes and get outside your box creatively speaking. There are still a few spots in a few classes so please take a moment to check out what is being offered. Last year I took two amazing classes at this event! Here is the info:

Create Mixed Media Retreat
Mixed Media Supply Show!
When: Friday June 1, 2012 6PM-9PM Vendor night!
Where: Hyatt Regency Irvine, CA
17900 Jamboree Blvd
Irvine, CA 92614
For more info check out....
I will have some amazing new goodies for this show! New brass stampings, rhinestone jewelry bits and pieces, letters and numbers, buttons, collage papers, frozen charlottes and so much more! Plus fresh new samples to spark your imagination. This will be my first show flying solo with Serendipity Salvage so come out and show me some love!

As most of you know, Crystal Basica has gone back to Vintage Fairy Finds to sell mixed media art supplies full time. No worries she is still making time for her art. Many were concerned that this was a sad event- definitely not. We will still be having our usual good time hunting for treasure together. Life is a winding path and we have enjoyed our stroll together. We both learned so much and have each solidified our artistic visions. Combining two crazy schedules is daunting. Both Crystal and I wear other hats. Crystal is an amazing singer with the band 90 proof and I am an attorney. This transition was just a natural progression as we both move forward! Big things are happening for both of us and we cannot wait to share them with you as things unfold.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Trunk shows!!

We are gearing up for another season of trunk shows and we have some amazing finds to share with you! If you have not booked us for your store it is not too late. We have an open date in August and two weekends in October! We love doing shows in bead stores but many of you may not know we also carry tons of ephemera and other items for paper crafters. If you want a peek at our broader inventory we will be at the Create event hosted by the publishers of Cloth Paper Scissors in June!  Or better yet send us an email and we can figure out exactly what your customers would love.

We are busy getting ready for Kim Caldwell of Artistic Bliss' event "Affaire at Tiffany's" the first weekend in May. We have loads of new sparkle and goodies to bring.  I am excited to get to stay and play at this event and have been busy getting ready for my swaps! Back to my studio for me! What projects are you working on??


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Getting ready for our big Trunk Show at Brea Bead Works!

Serendipity Salvage is SO excited to be heading back down to one of our favorite bead stores, Brea Bead Works! 

Saturday March 24th from 10AM-6PM 
and Sunday March 25th from12-5PM

  Owners Scott and Wendy have a gorgeous store with just about anything you could possibly need for your next project - not to mention an amazing class schedule! We love coming to this store because we have lots of room to bring tons of our vintage and mixed media goodies!
  We have been hunting like crazy and have all kinds of new vintage treasures! We have held off from listing a bunch of new items on Etsy, so you can get 1st pick of these new finds! We just received a huge shipment of 100 year old unglazed bisque German doll heads, tons of vintage brass stampings and settings, rhinestone buttons, and oh so much more!!!

We also have lots of new samples and ideas to share with you. We are more than happy to share our tips and tricks :) 

Come on down to Brea and check it out! You won't want to miss this one!
See you there!
Crystal and Tara

Check out our Etsy Shop
USE Coupon Code : SPR2012 
and enjoy free shipping! 
Expires May 31,2012

 Also check out
for directions and more info about Brea Bead works!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Serendipity Salvage feeling the LOVE at Beadology!

We are so excited to start off our season in 2012 at one of our favorite bead stores in Orange County, Beadology. Owners Erin and Iris are the most gracious hosts and we always have fun playing and coming up with new designs! We have some fun bits and pieces perfect for your Valentine! Come on down and join in the fun! 

When: Saturday Feb 11, 2012
from 10-5PM
Where: Beadology
16085 Goldenwest St
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
For more info check out....

We took a little break from trunk shows over the holidays, but we have been on the hunt for new vintage treasures. We have scored some fabulous one of a kind finds and lots of new stock for the new year. 2012 is going to be a fun year for us! We have some traveling plans and hunting expeditions in the works, as well as some fantastic art retreats that we will be vending at later this year. Check out our schedule on the side of this blog for all the details. Don't forget to stop in our Etsy shop for some fabulous one of a kind finds and fun vintage stock...
Hope to see you soon!
Tara and Crystal

Monday, December 5, 2011

We come full circle! Back to our roots :)

It's hard to believe Serendipity Salvage started just this last April 2011. We have been from one side of the the country to the other hunting for whatever fantastic treasure we can get our hands on! This weekend we will be back where it all began...Garden of Beaden in Upland, CA. 
We were just two jewelry artists with a love of cool "junk". We had no idea we were starting a business, we had just decided to go on a shopping trip or two for supplies for Glitterfest. So many of our friends thought what we were finding was cool too, so we started buying "extra". We "extra" turned into " we'll take all of it!" and the rest is history :)

This weekend is our last show for 2011. We have already started booking for next year and can't wait to see what 2012 has in store for us! Come by the Garden of Beaden and see what's new! We have just what you need to complete your holiday creations as well as something sparkly and fabulous for your crafty friends! We will be there from 10AM-6PM on Friday Dec 9th and 10-5PM on Sat Dec 10th. 
Tara's Patina Cuff

On Friday, Tara will be teaching her Patina Cuff class. Call Garden of Beaden to reserve your spot! (909) 949-7107.

On Saturday, our dear friend and fellow mixed media artist OmZahara will be at the store with us from 10-2PM signing the new issue of Belle Armoire which she has been featured in. Congratulations OmZahara! You are an inspiration!
We hope to see you there!
Tara and Crystal

For more info check out

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Serendipity Salvage heads to Rainbow!

We had so much fun at Jamestown Vintage Flea on Sunday! Good to see all who came out and so happy to make some new friends! We are spending the next few days packing up for the Vintage Marketplace in Rainbow, CA. Located between Temecula and Fallbrook, we will be nestled amongst the trees with 50 other fabulous vendors. Come on down and knock out your holiday shopping with some vintage flair! We will be bringing as much treasure as our truck can hold! You won't want to miss this event! We will be there Friday and Saturday Dec 2nd and 3rd from 9AM to 4PM both days. Support local artists, find the perfect unique gift, or maybe something for yourself! We will be sure to have all the rare bits and piece you will need to make  fantastic creations for everyone on your list!

See you there!
Tara and Crystal

For more info check out The Vintage Marketplace's Facebook page:

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Next Stop Bead Station!

We are so excited to be heading back to Orange County to one of my favorite bead stores- Bead Station in Lake Forest! There was an error in the date on our blog (crystal's fault sorry!)... We will be there on FRIDAY Nov 18th and SATURDAY Nov 19th from 10-5PM. We are thrilled to bring our treasure to this amazing store that is fill with so much variety! They really have tons of unusual finds :) Jill, Bead Station's owner, is a doll and we can't wait to make some new friends and see some of the familiar orange county crowd! We have been busy hunting this week and will be sure to bring some of new loot! We will see you there!
Happy Hunting!
Tara and Crystal