I have just added a Nuvo rocket charm to the website and it got me thinking. That was the first ever charm I bought myself.
There was the silver bracelet that had been given to me at my christening, pictured below, with a few charms added from my sister and aunt, but I had never purchased any myself.
I was working at Natwest Bank and there was an antique jewellers across the road. I had popped in for something for my sister's birthday. They had one of those rotating displays full of silver charms. I spotted the rocket straight away and just had to have it, I don't know why, I'm not a sci-fi fan but I loved the way it opened to show the astronaut and I adored the shape of it. I think that was the moment I fell in love with vintage charms. It must have been about 1994/95.
It took me a few years to leave Natwest and set up in business but finally, in 2002, I started trading in charms. I suppose you could say that the rest is history, 6 years of eBay and now 8 years for the website, but I have that little rocket charm to thank for starting it all off. If you look in the picture below, at about 9 o'clock, you will spot it, the exact one I bought all those years ago, still in my collection today.
Feel free to share your stories and collections either on here or facebook. I would love to hear them.