Monday, November 29, 2010

Oh dear....Too disturbing not to share...

I love daily candy- but I have to say when my mailbox greeted me with this on this fine Monday morning I had to share..  GASP! As if Teva sandals are not bad enough??  Now they had to go and put heels on them?
They can be purchased at for all of you... errr.. brave... souls out there

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The best bead stores in NYC

On my down time I like to stroll around New York City and see what the greatest city in the world has to offer in the way of Bead Stores.  Here is a list of my faves so far.  I will add them as I stumble across them!

Genuine Ten Ten:
Retail & Wholesale:
1012 Avenue of the Americas (also know as 6th ave!)
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-221-1173

Wholesale only:
27 West 47th Street #16
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-221-0004
I have only been to their retail location on 6th avenue and honestly I didn't even know about their Wholesale location until now!  So I will be sure to check it out soon and report what I think.  I love their retail location for beads and even for design inspiration.  The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and they have even helped me name stones I purchased in other stores.  What I really like about this location is how neat and organized it is.  They just recently renovated and have their beads displayed beautifully and even shorties (like myself- I'm just barely pushing 5'1"!)  can reach (mostly) everything with out needing a go-go gadget arm.  Their prices are a little high, but they have pretty good quality AND get this folks, the name of the bead is clearly written on each strand so there is no guess work involved when you get home and layout your treasures (we have all been there- its purple?  Must be amethyst!)  They also have a pretty decent clearance section and you can score some nice stuff for 50% off.  They have a wide selection of pearls in a rainbow of colors.  I would not go here for findings they don't seem to have that much.  They do have a discount card do be sure to ask for that when you go and they also give you coupons for your next purchase.

Fun 2 Bead
1028 6th ave
New York, NY 10018
(212) 302-3488

I have mixed feelings about this store.  They do have a lot of inventory and their prices are good.  However, the staff usually can't help you.  A couple of times I've gone in looking for something in particular and they told me they didn't have it and low and behold I found it on my own.  I have also asked them what something was and they told me they didn't know.  Hmmmmm- so you stock this item in your store and you don't know what it is?  Not good.  With that being said, they have a lot to chose from including some beautiful semi-precious stones (which I am a little apprehensive about purchasing if they are not sure about what cheaper items are), tons of pewter charms and sterling and gold filled findings.   They have a basement level where you can get some good deals if you have the time to shop and don't mind the smell of a good ole NYC basement.  I believe they do offer wholesale prices although I have never shopped here wholesale.  They offer a VIP card to frequent customers that offers 5% off of stuff that is not already discounted.

Toho Shoji New York Inc 
990 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10018-5419
(212) 967-2088

If you are looking for Swarovski crystals you just hit the mother load my friends.  All the way to the
back of the store are all different colors and sizes of bicone beads.  If they don't have the color you are 
looking for you have no business having it.  By the cash registers they have all different shapes and sizes 
Swarovski crystals as well, everything ranging from hearts to flat briolettes.  They have a nice selection of 
Sterling silver and gold filled findings and if you are looking for metal findings- including chain-they 
got you covered too.
Their prices are average- You can definitely find Swarovski Crystals cheaper online. 
I am not aware of any discount they offer but I am assuming they sell wholesale because they asked me 
for my tax id # but foolish Ky forgot it once again.

MJ TrimmingAddress:
1008 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10018
(212) 391-6200

This might sound a little harsh but don't waste your time here looking for beads.  This place is great for all your other creative projects- you fashion guru you.  But not beads.  They only have a handful of metal charms- and good luck trying to ask someone for help.   Just sayin.

New York Beads
1026 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY‎ 
(212) 382-2994
Very similar to Fun 2 bead- except they don't have the hidden sale lair.  

Metalliferous Inc‎ (so not really beads but I couldn't leave this place out)Address:
34 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036-4520
(212) 944-0909
I am surprised to find Metalliferous reviews are not the kindest.  I love this place.  I found the staff most helpful here.  As long as you leave your monstrosity that you call a purse behind the counter you can go into the back labyrinth and have at it.  Through out the back labyrinth you will find all kinds of delicious findings in base metal.  Be sure to bring in a tall friend, or at the very least wear your highest heels because there will be stuff you will want to discover above eye level.
Towards the cash registers are all the sterling silver findings, wire, etc your little heart desires.  You can purchase a catalog or you can download one online for free.  Or if you are really friendly maybe one of the kind staff will let you take one home for free- wink wink nudge nudge!  They are super busy here but they are always happy to help.. As far as I know they are open late on Tuesdays.
The only thing I really wish they have is gold filled findings then this place would be #1 in my book!  A girl can dream....
A nice little bonus to this place is there is a little store next door (not sure of the name but on the same floor) that sells beads.  I've found some cool stuff here.  They have bins and bins of cool vintage beads and buttons too.
The prices at Metalliferous are good.  They sell wholesale and also retail.  They keep a great list of jewelry design classes and other things you might find useful behind the counter.

Beads World
1384 Broadway
New York, NY 
(212) 302-1199
Again similar to Fun 2 bead but they have a larger selection.  If you are really on a budget I suggest if you see something here-before purchasing- see if they have it else where because I find that their prices although not that much more are slightly higher.  With that being said they have a large store with tons of stuff, so I would definitely check it out. 

Phoenix Beads
5 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018-6222
(212) 869-6950
This store is ginormous!  They have tons and tons of beads here.  The staff is not very helpful so its really just every man (or woman) for themselves.  The prices are good retail wise although I have not yet shopped wholesale.  I found that  I had a hard time trying to figure out what things are but if you can find someone they can most likely tell you..  They do have lots and lots of sale bins in the center of the store and if you have the time they are filled with some pretty decent stuff.  I know they do carry findings but I haven't shopped here for any yet, but I am planning on heading there soon.

Lavaliere Sterling and Stones, Inc
1006 Avenue of Americas 
New York, NY 10018
If you can get past the romantic lighting this place is ok.  I don't usually shop here for beads- they have a smaller selection than the other beads in the area.  I do shop here for findings- mostly jump rings.  They have a large selection of oval and round in sterling and gold filled.  There prices are ok for retail, but again you can find findings cheaper online.  Be careful when you do shop for beads- if you are a bead snot like I am you won't appreciate them trying to sell you "amber" that looks suspiciously like glass!

Suma beads
66 W 37th St
New York, NY 10018-7401
I just love this place.  There is a very friendly lady here that is always happy to help.  I always feel at ease coming here.  They have a great selection and I find that for most things the prices are very good.  Their quality is good too.  This place always has a great selection of sale beads in the center of the store and it is good stuff too- When I went last time it was half off.  I thought I had died and gone to heaven!  I have bought some ear wires here at a great price.  I don't think they have much as far as findings- just the basics.  

FYI- there are a couple of good stores back to back on 37th street.  I recommend taking a stroll between 5th and 6th before you but anything.  There is nothing that makes me more angry when I buy something and its half off next door!
Wonder Sources Inc
48 W. 38th street
New York, NY

OMG!  I heart this place more than life itself.  They only sell wholesale for a minimum purchase of $50.00- so its high time to get legal and start paying Uncle Sam..  If for no other reason that you want to get into this store!  Don't let the fact that you have to ring a door bell scare you.  I'll admit I was ready to say to hell with this but luckily, I grew a set and went in.  As soon as I walked in the most friendly man asked if I needed help.  He managed to find 2 beads that I was searching for forever (this is what happens when you buy closeouts)!  Let me tell you that I could not find these beads ANYWHERE!  For this Wonder Sources- I love you.  This store is jam packed with every stone you can imagine.  The prices are good and the quality is excellent.  They don't sell findings here but if that's the only downfall I will take it and like it!

That's all for now!  I will add some mores stores soon!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Some exciting news!

So excited to announce my jewelry line is in a great store in Hoboken, NJ.  It is a fabulous little store with something for everyone.  They have cool accessories, scarfs, sandals, and a lot of indian influenced pieces.  The owner of the store is Neeta King- tell her you have come to see the Avi Ky collection!

628 Washington Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030 
(201) 386-0101

Open Weekdays 11am-8pm; Sat 10am-8pm; Sun 11am-6pm

Sunday, April 18, 2010

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

New Designs!!

Check out some new jewelry I've been working on.  To purchase these and other items please visit

Enter "blog" in Notes to seller and save 15% on entire purchase!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Exhibitor List- Image forum & Charity Event- Denville NJ- May 16, 2010

Image Forum
May 16, 2010


The Center for Food Action

AlmostUnique Designs
Textile Designs
Ms. Judy Lind, Fiber Artist
25 Tiffany Drive
Livingston, New Jersey 07039

Alonia Creations
Handmade Jewelry; Children’s Clothes and Toys
Ms. Susann Heinrichs
124 National Union Boulevard
Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey 08087

Avi Ky
Vintage Inspired Jewelry
Ms. Kyleen Moraton
255 Broadway # 106
Bayonne, New Jersey 07002

Ms. Concepcion Vitale
415 West Broadway #6 Floor
New York, New York 10012

Donnygail Wood Products
Exotic Hand-Carved Wood Products
Mr. Donald Giantomasi
69 Sutton Road
Califon, New Jersey 07830

Gem-N-I Fine Jewelry

Ms. Karen DiBona
130 Central Lane
Secaucus, New Jersey07094

Happenstance Creations
Specialty Papers
Ms. Susan M. Krien
25 Snowden Place
Glen Ridge, New Jersey 07028

Jockey Person to Person
Activewear, Sportswear and Accessories
Ms. Lisa Gillette
Maplewood, New Jersey 07040

Just the Right Piece
Home Goods
Ms. Emily Harmatz

Ms. Donna Lee Rogers
14 Zeller Road
Long Valley, New Jersey 07853

Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey 07604

Motives by Loren Ridinger
Mr. David Nelson
Ms. Tami Gaines
2 Terrace Road
Boonton Township, New Jersey 07005-9403

Perfxme/Dunford Jewelry
Mr. Stephen R. M. Dunford
230 West 123rd Street 3C
New York, New York 10027

Roem Designs
One-of-a-Kind Handmade Jewelry
Ms. Rosemarie Monaco
600 Sylvan Avenue
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey 07632

Changing Lives One Card At A Time
Mr. CraigWilson
35 Maple Lane
Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey 07034

Handrafted Sterling Silver Jewelry
Ms. Diana Carr
11 Kren Drive
Ringoes, New Jersey 08551
Cell: 908-399-7342
Home: 908-284-2675

Personalized Gifts To Help Simplify Life
Ms. Kimberly Jaeger
16 Old Wolfe Road
Budd Lake, New Jersey 07828

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Next Event for Avi Ky Jewelry

Denville, New Jersey, March 18, 2010 --- Saint Clare’s Hospital Plastic Surgeon, Lorelle N. Michelson, M. D., F.A.C.S., LLC, is hosting a complimentary buffet workshop for people interested in learning about current topics in medicine and Plastic Surgery.

This complimentary forum is designed to facilitate collaboration among participants. It has been conducted several times yearly in divers venues during the past two decades. The next Image Forum is scheduled for Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 11 AM in the Urban Auditorium of Saint Clare’s Hospital Denville Campus.

The Center for Food Action, honored at previous events, will also be a focal point of the meeting. This non-profit Bergen County-based group provides tireless support to New Jersey residents in need. A special dedication to this outstanding organization is planned.

Dr. Michelson will be joined by Shari N. Mintz, M. D. Dr. Mintz is a Fellow of the American College of Endocrinology, a member of North Jersey Endocrine Consultants, LLC, as well as a prominent New Jersey physician. Dr. Mintz’s talk, “Doc…Could It Be My Thyroid?” will address this prevalent condition and she will likewise will provide guidance about pressing concerns.

Dermatechnician, MaryAnn Velardi, will speak about the application of permanent cosmetics in the medical setting. Ms. Velardi often enlists the assistance of a model to facilitate her demonstrations. Ms. Velardi, an experienced practitioner, is also an instructor in this field.

Dr. Michelson will discuss Botox, Peels and Plastic Surgery Office Procedures. Dr. Michelson encourages energetic audience interaction.

Michelson, a Bergen County resident, periodically facilitates these seminars. “There is great networking potential,” Michelson said, “especially for business owners and entrepreneurs catering to a savvy, image-oriented clientele.”

Michelson, a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/New Jersey Medical School, maintains her private practice in Denville as well as in Englewood, New Jersey.

Exhibitors of trendy, boutique items, including a fine jeweler, a distributor of handmade jewelry, and a purveyor of distinctive handcrafted accessories will, among others, be on site.

The West Essex Chamber Players will provide classical musical selections and unique.samples, door prizes and a complimentary light luncheon are offered.

The Image Forum convenes at 11 AM on Sunday, May 16, 2010. Saint Clare’s Hospital is located at 25 Pocono Road, Denville, New Jersey 07834. The Urban Auditorium is on the Ground Floor. Registration is limited and is COMPLIMENTARY.

Interested parties should telephone 973-994-2484 to reserve a seat. One may, in addition, click on for information.
Email inquiries to:

Individuals unable to attend may wish to make a contribution to the Center for Food Action, 192 West Demarest Avenue, Englewood, New Jersey 07631 or click on

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010

We took over kill devil hill!

And it was a blast!  I will be posting more pics soon.. Next event May 16- Denville NJ

Friday, February 26, 2010

Its confirmed- March 6th- Brooklyn NY!!

1 Day only- March 6th from 11 am-10 pm
Launch party and Pop-up store for Featuring Avi Ky Jewelry, Dollsville Hats and Hair Accessories, Aprons, clothing, and much more!

Its going to be a great time with DJ's, Raffles, Pinup finishing school, refreshments and a 10% discount from 11-4 with this flyer!!

Please stop by and check us out!  There will be something for everyone!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Hard at work for March 6th

Renting a store March 6th in Brooklyn! So excited! Here is a sample of what I've been working on. Details of Where and When to follow!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

You wont catch me out there today!!

This is outside my balcony in Bayonne NJ, storm has been upgraded from a winter storm warning to a blizzard. And yep my office is open. Mayor bloomberg says not to go out unless you have to. But I guess designing clothes- during chinese new year no less- is imperative. Well I've made an executive decision to stay in my pj's and eat lots of snacks that are bad for me.. :)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Snow Day tomorrow??

10-16" expected in NYC!!! yay! Lets hope I can't get into work...

Saturday, February 6, 2010

I'm just Saying...

I love this new Facebook Group... I'm just saying!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Making some Jewelry for a Beach wedding

I apologize for the pic- it was taken with my i phone. I am currently making some jewelry for a wedding on the beach. The bracelet is for the bride and now I am making the bridesmaids bracelets (I've started them below!!)
I think I want one for myself :)~

Friday, January 8, 2010

Anjolie Ayurveda

These soaps are my new fave!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Legal zoom

I have to take care of the boring stuff!! I have to register my business so I can start paying good ole uncle sam. A friend of mine told me to use Legal Zoom?? Has anyone ever heard of it?

Sunday, January 3, 2010

I'm going to be productive today!!

Can you believe it is Sunday already??? Back to the grind tomorrow... I have to get some jewelry made today. My friend and I are renting out a store for a day in brooklyn!! Yippee! I am really hoping to spread the word!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Trying to make a Facebook Fan Page...

Seems a little tricky.. When I log on I can see my etsy page and the links that I posted but when I view with my when I am in my other (personal) facebook page I can't see anything... So wierd. Any thoughts???

Trying out this blog thing!!!

Hello all!
Welcome to my new blog. I am a childrens clothing designer who has always loved jewelry making and now and am trying to start my own business. So I can eventually can make jewelry full time! I will be uploading pics as I create, and questions cuz I am a newbie. I will also be posting any cool ideas I come up with. Feel free to post your own pics, and suggestions!!