Names: Lisa Peterson and Tanya Galin
Business Name: Bunny’s Trunk Show
Who runs Bunny’s Trunk Show?
We are two sisters that run it on our own.
Where are you located, and where do you sell?
We sell online at BunnysTrunkShow.com and at local Chicago vintage shows.
What kind of inventory do you specialize in?
Antique and vintage jewelry and accessories.
How long have you been in the business? How did you get your start?
Our father is an avid picker and has passed the hunting gene onto us. In the summer of 2009 we found the wonderful world of estate sales and saw great pieces of jewelry and started collecting. We then decided to open our own online shop and it grew from there.
What are some of your main influences?
We both love the glamour of the 1920-1930s era (art deco) and artfully-crafted Mid-century modern jewelry.
What can people expect to find in your booth at The Vintage Bazaar?
We have a very eclectic and diverse selection of jewelry and accessories at reasonable prices. We typically pick up what we personally like and would wear. It could be a glamorous rhinestone set from the 1950s, a Mid-century modern pair of earrings, or a bold Mexican Taxco sterling silver piece from the 1980s.
Seen any good shows at the Aragon Ballroom?
Just recently Tanya was at the Motorhead and Megadeth concert. Two other memorable shows were Flogging Molly and the White Stripes.
What vintage jewelry trends do you think are going to be hot this summer?
It is really kind of crazy right now. Lately we’ve noticed multiple decades being represented in the contemporary magazine ads, even multiple decades in one ad. The most common are the 1980ss and the 1960s. We have also noticed bright bold trends for the summer and layering seems to be popular, with oodles of bangles or piled-on necklaces.
Since you started doing this you must have learned so much about jewelry and designers. Who or what are some of your favorite designers — or styles/eras — that you’ve learned about since starting selling that you didn’t know about when you first opened your shop?
We have learned so much since we started, and we still are! A designer that Tanya recently fell in love with is Lea Stein. She made really unique plastic jewelry pieces in many colors and textures and is mainly known for her whimsical brooches and colorful bracelets. Lisa admires the daring creations of Elsa Schiaparelli, the beautiful patterns of Vera Neumann scarves, and the craftsmanship and unique designs of Taxco jewelry.
I just read on your blog about smudging vintage jewelry. Do you ladies really do that — to remove negative energy from the piece?
Yes! Do you ever notice that when you’re around certain people and you might feel energized or maybe you start to feel tired? It’s all about the energy of that person. People’s energy can be connected to anything, like jewelry or furniture. People tend to naturally, without even knowing, steer clear of certain items because it doesn’t feel right even if it is gorgeous. We always smudge vintage stuff right away when we get home.
What’s one of your best-ever finds?
It’s so great when you go to a sale or flea market and this amazing piece is just sitting there waiting for you. That is what gets us excited for Bunny’s: the thrill of the hunt. One item that comes to mind is a pair of stunning Margot de Taxco earrings that were at the bottom of an earring bin at an estate sale.
Then there was one estate sale we went to that was the sale of all sales. It was when we were first starting out. The woman was a jewelry maker and collector. She had both a jewelry making shop and an amazing collection. The jewelry ranged from unique antique Asian and Middle Eastern pieces, to fun 1980s necklaces, to stunning beads. The collection was beyond huge and the family just wanted it cleared out. I can’t tell you how much we spent that day, but we picked up the best-ever stock of jewelry and beads. It was so much fun!