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

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Serendipity Salvage Heads Back to San Diego!

Serendipity Salvage is thrilled to be heading back down to Bead Gallery in San Diego this weekend! We are going to be there with fabulous treasure for 2 whole days! We can't wait to show you what cool new treasure we have found! We had a little down time after Glitterfest and we have been out on the hunt! We are also looking forward to spending some time with owners Dolores and Julie. They always have something new and fantastic going on in their gorgeous store. It's always a good time! Come on down and join in the fun! We will be there on Friday and Saturday Nov. 4th & 5th from 10-6 both days. Also, Tara is going to be sharing her fabulous patina techniques in a class on Saturday from 11-3pm. You don't wanna miss it! Check out the photo or you can go to for more info. 
Hope to see you there!
Tara & Crystal

Monday, September 19, 2011

Whew! So Fun We Almost Lost Our Heads!!!

I would describe the last day of the bead shop hop at Brea Bead Works as delightful chaos. The day started with us searching for our heads- literally. One of our amazing customers was looking for just the right frozen Charlotte heads for a special class she will be teaching. After a little hunting through our back-stock boxes she picked 13 cute as a button heads. 

Crystal and I were thrilled to meet so many amazing mixed media artists. Brea has an absolutely stunning class schedule with top notch teachers in ALL disciplines. I really mean all. The samples in the store are amazing. I brought home one of the class schedules so I can pick something to attend after Glitterfest. 

We had a really busy day at Brea. I think the words 'feeding frenzy" were used. Crystal and I learned so much about preparing for a busy trunk show. 

1. Bring a calculator with a print out. ( I thought it was me but turns out our pink calculator sucks!)

2. You cannot have too many receipt books or credit card tape.

3. Pack a protein bar. 

4. Always book shows at amazing bead stores like Brea!!

5. Get bags for our ephemera!

We grow and learn with each show and really appreciate all of our customers that come out to see us at each location! We had a raffle this weekend and the winner is Connie Romero!!! The winner for last weekend at San Gabriel is Mary Fleming!!! Congrats!

A huge Thank You to Brea Bead Works!!

Now Crystal and I have to get our art on for Glitterfest Oct 15 and hunt for new and exciting treasures! Check back often as we will begin listing fall/winter trunk shows. for all the details!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Heading to Orange County for some good old fashioned fun!!!

We had so much fun when we were at Beadology in August! We got everyone's wheels turning and can't wait to see some of the fabulous fun everyone has made with their goodies :) We are so excited to show you some of our new treasure! We have new Vintage Cabochons, Brass Stampings, Fabulous Buttons, some new cameo designs and so much more!!! We are busy devising a plan to bring as much as we can. If you missed us last time,  hope you can make it this Saturday Sept 17th from 10-5. If we met you last time, we would love to see you again and share our new treasure with you!
Beadology is offering a fantastic wire wrapping charm bracelet class this weekend if you are looking for something fun to do! 

For more info go to

On Sunday Sept. 18th from 12-5, we will be traveling up to Brea Bead Works for the final day of the Bead Shop Hop! Brea has an amazing class schedule and class room facilities. They are putting out their new schedule this weekend! Stop by and check out our treasure & sign up for something fun! 

For more info on Brea Bead Works check out

 These are our last trunk shows for about a month because we are both getting our creations ready for Glitterfest! So get your fix while you can! Save the date for Glitterfest! Oct 15th. Come by and see our mixed media art and jewelry, you won't be disappointed! Tara and Crystal will both have a table at the show :) Check out for details.

Hope to see you all this weekend!
Happy Hunting!
Crystal and Tara

Monday, September 5, 2011

Our Biggest Show Yet!

We are SO excited for this coming weekend! Serendipity Salvage is heading to San Gabriel Bead Company in Arcadia for a 3 day show September 9-11th! If you have never been to San Gabriel Bead Company, they are the biggest bead store we know of in the area. They have everything! In keeping in that spirit, we have decided to bring everything we have! We are delighted to have a whole entire room to fill with Vintage and Mixed Media Treasure. We spent most of last week pulling out boxes of cool stuff that we had almost forgot we had! Tons of super cool ephemera, old labels & bottles, old dolls, beautiful buttons, rhinestones, brass stampings & chain, vintage glass cabs...tons of new old stock! You don't want to miss this one! We will be raffling off some goodies for the Bead Shop Hop, so be sure to come by :) 

Best Wishes,
Tara and Crystal

Sept 9th-11th

Fri & Sat 10-6 PM
Sunday 12-5 PM

For more info 
check out San Gabriel's Website

Monday, August 22, 2011

Heading Back to the OC for Jamestown Vintage Flea!

Serendipity Salvage is so excited to be heading back to vend at the Jamestown Vintage Flea Market! 
We have been busy gathering treasure and are bringing it all to you next Sunday Aug 28th from 8AM-3PM. If you haven't made it to this flea market you are in for a treat! We love this Flea because it is manageable unlike some other huge flea markets, and you don't have to get there the night before to find a deal! There are about 50 Vendors all with fabulous fun finds! We can't help but take turns sneaking out of our booth to shop a little for ourselves :) You can cruise this Flea in a few hours and grab a bite to eat from one of the local restaurants in Old Town Tustin. Also don't forget to stop in to see the girls at Whimzy! They do a fabulous job putting together this Flea Market and their shop always has new fun surprises :)
    Come by and see us! Serendipity Salvage will have a great selection of Mixed Media Art Supplies, Cameos, Brass Stampings, Vintage Charms and more! Because we have more space we will also have a lot of items we have been unable to take to our trunk shows. If you know us we have a eye for the good stuff :) Hope to see you there!

For more info and directions check out Whimzy's website

Happy Hunting!
Crystal & Tara

P.S. Tara Wilson and Crystal Basica will both have booths at Glitterfest Fall! Save the Date! Oct 15, 2011 Come and see what we create with all of our fabulous stuff :)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Serendipity Salvage invades San Diego and Huntington Beach!

We are so excited for this upcoming weekend! We have been busy packing up our treasure so we can bring a little sparkle to Bead Gallery of San Diego and Beadology of Huntington Beach! If you are in the area, mark your calendars!  You won't wanna miss this and we would love to see you! We have planned some new FREE demonstrations for these upcoming trunk shows. Come on down and pick our brains! We are happy to share with you :) We have hundreds of hard to find vintage and antique items. I bet we will have something fabulous you didn't even know you needed!

Vintage Brass Stamping from Serendipity Salvage
We will be at Bead Gallery in San Diego on Saturday Aug. 13th from 10-6. This store is fantastic! If you have not had a chance to visit Bead Gallery, now is your chance. They carry a wide selection beads, crystals, findings and so much more more! Bead Gallery specialize in a variety of classes at affordable prices. Their staff provides excellent service and are very knowledgeable . They are conveniently located just off the 15 fwy. For more info check out...

1940's pre-WW2 simulated pearls from Serendipity Salvage
We will be at Beadology in Huntington Beach on Sunday Aug. 14th from 10-4. Beadology is a lovely family run bead store that specializes in a variety of seed beads, crystals, stones, pearls and more! They have an amazing variety, and friendly service. They offer an incredible class schedule! If you live in the OC, Beadology is a must see! For more info check out...

If you would like to peek at some of what we will have available check out our Etsy shop

Hope to see you soon!!!
Best Wishes,
Tara and Crystal

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

So many new things!

We have been busy little bees listing new items from our recent treasure hunting adventures! We found so much cool stuff we don't know where to begin....awesome vintage 1940's Japanese Pearls, Glass and Resin Cameos and Intaglio's for the 40's and 50's, hard to find vintage brass stampings and charms...we could go on forever! Check out our etsy shop & see what is new! We are still photographing inventory and listing new things daily so be sure to check back often. Also check out our calendar. Serendipity Salvage will be coming to a store near you! You never know what new goodies will pop up at one of our trunk shows :) We hope to see you soon!

Best Wishes,
Tara & Crystal

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Back by popular demand!!

We had such fun last weekend at the Garden of Beaden in Upland we are doing it again! We will be there this Saturday June 11th from 10 am until 5pm. We have a great assortment if vintage mixed media supplies. This is a great time to get all the little bits and pieces for a summer project or an upcoming class. We have loads of project samples to jump start your creative brain! We will be bringing new items and loads of rhinestone chain and bits!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Introducing Serendipity Salvage!

What do you get when you cross two crazy girls with a love of cool junk? A company called Serendipity Salvage of course! Crystal and I both collected all sorts of vintage goodies until we realized we had a problem. So now we are sharing our great finds with you!

Please join us for our first show! We will be at the Jamestown Flea Market in front of Whimzy in Old Tustin Sunday, May 22 from 8 am until 3pm . 474 El Camino Real, Tustin Ca  

Visit for more information!

See you there!
Tara and Crystal