I'm in the midst of a major Spring cleaning, switching out my Winter pullovers for warm weather caftans, and attempting to organize my Hoarders-worthy vintage jewelry collection into one single chest. This is a major feat, considering I have hat boxes full of baubles collected throughout my life, including every bangle purchased in the '80s, a lifetime of band pins (one never knows when they'll feel like breaking out their Adam Ant buttons again), and swag scored from all the glam grandmas I've known. Also highly coveted are my Zuni pawn and old Mexican artisan silver pieces, '50s trading post copper, African beads, '80s Ralph Lauren and '70s Elsa Peretti.
For years I've been hanging all my necklaces on a hook in my closet, but they were constantly becoming tangled up in each other. So, on a recent antiquing trip to Beacon, NY, I spotted a pair of antlers ($30), an item I previously found to be overused decor-wise and swore I'd never buy, but realized they'd make the perfect jewelry hanger. All it took was one nail, et voila! Also purchased was a 1920s tool chest edged with copper ($75), that I lined with camel colored wool. It's made accessorizing so much easier!