Gilding the Lily Vintage Design Resource
Vintage Design Resource


Are all your items vintage?
Almost everything we offer is vintage...it's our specialty. On occasion, we search out contemporary findings with a vintage feel to make it easier to use our vintage items. We will always note if an item is old or not, actually vintage or made to look so.

If I like an item I order, will I be able to get more?
Many times, yes. When we land on something good we try to get as much as possible in stock. We work with warehouses back East and buy in quantity, both to negotiate price and guarantee more inventory.

Lot's of items say "Sold" - Is there more in stock?
We can, and do sell out quickly on some items, but just because the site says it's sold doesn't mean there isn't more to go back up for sale. Don't hesitate to contact us to check on the availabilty of any item.


How do I achieve the patina effect on the silver and bronze antiquities?

By using our patina solutions for each metal finish (brown patina for brass, bronze and copper; gold and silver darkener for our sterling plated metals), you can achieve a vintage look on your castings. Instructions are on each bottle for how to use the patina, but we do recommend buffing the metals with fine grade steel wool (#0000) to give you the contrast your desire. Still have more questions? Feel free to email us: gildingthelilyvintage@yahoo.com

Do you actually make your custom chains - or are they imported?
Our chains are made on premises by hand. We design the patterns and source the materials we use: vintage glass pearls, vintage bead caps and Czechoslovakian glass beads. We hand age our rhinestone findings for a wonderful vintage look, and our hardware is plated for a vintage look as well.

Do you have a store or studio I can come visit?
Gilding the Lily is our brick and mortar store in Southern California, which stocks not only vintage jewelry supplies, but also a huge inventory of vintage ribbons, trims, laces, and appliques, as well as buttons, papers, vintage holiday, German glass glitters, crepes and Dresdens. Gilding is located in the historic downtown district of Fullerton, California, in a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival hotel known as the Villa del Sol. Our store is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 6 pm. Sunday and Monday by rrequest. Call 714-349-2069 to arrange a visit.

Do you sell wholesale to the trade?
We welcome wholesale applications to our site. You may apply for wholesale access by clicking on the wholesale link and submitting your business name, contact information, and your seller's permit or NTTC (Non-Taxable Transaction Certificate) faor your state. We will contact the department of revenue in your state to verify your status before activating your account. Our brick and mortar store in California services all accounts, wholesale and retail. Retail orders inside California will be subject to state sales tax.

I want to order a large quantity of an item, is this possible?
Depending on the availability in stock, we can definitely send you a large quantity of a particular item. Please contact us via phone or email to submit a request for a custom order.

Are all sales final?
Yes, all sales are final.

What if I receive a defective item?
Please notify us as soon as your recieve your package with a defective item and we will let you know the next steps to take.

If you have questions about any products featured or represented on this website, please feel free to inquire before purchasing at the number listed below. Thank you! Inquiries may be directed to us through the web site, or by phone at 714.349.2069.