the treasure of San Carlos, CA

I was thinking to write a post about great local stores that are absolute jewels of the communities. I went to check out one of my favorite stores in San Carlos, CA - Shellies Miniature Mania ( The second I walked in, I felt disoriented and then profoundly disappointed to realize that the store was closing. I was in total shock, I have known this store for about ten years, and it was my go-to location for original jewelry whether for a present or myself.

As I browsed through what was left of the store - not much, I could not but feel a great sense of loss. This place was more than a store to me. It was a place of discovery and joy. I would go there to browse through the shelves and stands to locate a new designer or a new idea. Every present that I bought was loved and cherished by my girlfriends. I saw my friends wear pieces on repeat which meant a lot to me. No more...

I found out the reason for the closure - the owner decided to raise the price by 100%. With such a hike, the store could not justify its existence...

I want to share with you the items that I got and still love very much. I am sure all of these can be bought from other online retailers, but this is not the same for me. I am crushed to know that this fantastic store had to close due to unhealthy rent prices driven up by tech companies. We have an ongoing crisis in the Bay Area of sky-high rents and house prices; now we are losing different businesses... when will it stop...

Here are a few lovely pieces:

Christophe Poly. Christophe Poly's pieces are beautiful geometric original combinations of metal and color. I bought a few for myself and my friends. These items will improve and add uniqueness to any outfit whether you are going on a date or enjoy a family dinner.

christophe poly bracelet
Christophe Poly Bracelet

christophe poly necklace
Christophe Poly Necklace

Lizzy James. Her pieces are simple and original. They can be rocked with jeans or a cocktail dress. Her items are also multifunctional - bracelets can transform into necklaces. There are so many options - check out her official website -

lizzy james necklace
Lizzy James Necklace

Lizzy James Bracelet

These lovely steampunk earrings, I got a 3-4 years ago. I love them! I still wear them on a regular basis. Sadly, I do not remember the maker's name. But this was the essential characteristic of this store - one can find unknown beautiful, unique pieces at reasonable prices.

Steam Punk Earnings
Steam Punk Earnings

The store will be closed at some point during the fall of 2018. Instead of it, a restaurant or a fancy shop will open up. Another faceless place that will exist until people are tired of it. Once everyone had enough, the store or restaurant will rebrand/rename itself. And so goes the cycle. There is no connection to the community or people. Simple business of making money.

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