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TCH’s annual Vintage Jewelry Sale and Tea returns Saturday

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published February 1, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — Sip. Sparkle. Repeat.

That’s the plan for the fourth annual Vintage Jewelry Sale and Tea at The Community House Feb. 6.

More than 40 vendors will be on hand for the popular event to sell new and vintage jewelry, along with some handmade, repurposed items and other accessories.

“It’s really for young and old; it doesn’t matter. It’s a great event, and people really love seeing all the jewelry. Especially that repurposed (trend); it’s catching on more and more, and it’s got a broad appeal,” said Kathie Ninneman, vice president of programs and enrichment at TCH.

New artisans and vintage jewelry collectors will bring their collections to the sale, along with plenty of old favorites like Joy Sparks, of Joy Sparks Designs. Sparks, creates one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces made from vintage typewriter keys.

“I buy typewriters anywhere and everywhere, and I use the keys to make bracelets, earrings, lockets and cufflinks,” she said in a media release. “I enjoy taking something that is useless and making it into lasting, wearable pieces of art.”

Ninneman said she’s especially excited to see the items on one special table, manned by the ladies of Christ Church Cranbrook.

“Jeanne Hackett was a fabulous jewelry designer and a great friend of The Community House. She passed away two years ago, and her family donated her bead collection to Christ Church Cranbrook,” Ninneman said. “She had thousands of beads; it’s just unbelievable.”

She said volunteers at the church have used the beads to create beautiful necklaces that will be sold at the event, and the proceeds from those items will benefit outreach programs for women in Detroit and Pontiac.

But before the shopping comes the steeping. The event kicks off with a tea time at 11:30 a.m., complete with full coffee service, fruit, tea sandwiches and dessert. The tea will be provided by Eli Tea, of Birmingham.

Tickets for the tea and sale cost $45 each, but the public can shop the sale beginning at 12:30 p.m. for $5. Proceeds will benefit TCH’s outreach programs for children in at-risk communities.

Advance reservations for the tea are required, while admission to the show can be purchased at the door. To purchase tickets, visit or call (248) 644-5832.

The Community House is located at 380 S. Bates St. in downtown Birmingham.