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black corset style camisole with antique watch dial and free choker
Black Corset Style Camisole with Antique Watch Dial (Size Small) & Free Gift

Black lace, velvet ribbon, and an antique watch dial pin adorn this alluringly stylish black velour camisole with corset style lacing in the front and adjustable. The watch dial pin is removable and was made from an antique watch dial. The cami has no boning and is very comfortable.

Great as either a costume piece or as lingerie.

Size Small (The fabric is stretchy, but this would probably best fit someone with a chest measurement of 32-34).

From the middle of the top of the chest portion to the longest part, the garment measures approx. 10 1/2 inches.

The corset cami comes with a free black braided choker with metal filigree heart. An artificial pearl hangs from the heart. The choker measures 12 1/2 inches without the chain and clasp and approx. 17 inches including the chain and clasp. It can be closed starting at approx. 12 3/4 inches up to almost 17 inches.


antique watch dial and black rose barrette
Antique Watch Dial and Black Rose Barrette

This darling French style barrette has two black roses made of resin and a watch dial with a red vintage cabochon in the center. The white porcelain watch dial is from the late 1800s – early 1900s. It has signs of age (a couple of minor cracks), which enhance its character.

Measures approximately 3 inches across. The watch dial and the flowers each measure about 1 inch high.

Made with non-toxic silicone glue.


Annabel pearl, rose, and watch dial barrette
“Annabel” Pearl, Rose, and Watch Dial Barrette

With parts beautified by age, this French style barrette evokes nostalgic longing. The blue stones in the center of the watch dials came from a bracelet, the gold-toned center piece with coral rose came also came from a bracelet, and the pearls came from a necklace. Only the clip was purchased new.

Measures approximately 3 1/2 inches across. The watch dials are approximately 1 inch high and the center piece with coral rose is approximately 1 1/2 inches tall.



The latest addition to my Etsy shop:

Here’s to old-fashioned charm! This necklace is made up of a 1 1/4 inch tall actual antique glass vial filled with tiny watch parts attached to an approx. 15 1/2 inch 925 sterling silver braided chain. The vial’s label reads “2132 Swartchild.” The watch parts range in color from silver to gold. There is a tiny approx. 3/4 inch tall vintage-inspired skeleton key charm with antiqued finish right beside the vial that has been attached with a silver jump ring.

Available here:

Monterey Media Circus Digital Photography Group held a fantastic photo shoot on August 21 at Xpressions Studio in Monterey. It was a day of lights, cameras, playfulness, elegance, and whimsy. Christine Holding, hostess of the event, was joined by fellow photographers Michelle Robertson, George Haas, and Todd Davalos. Not only was there one talented photographer present, but four. My clothing business, Secondhand Passion, provided the upcycled and vintage clothing and accessories. Make-up artistry was provided by Gaia, and Jessica, Laura, and I modeled. Thanks, everyone!

An elegant photo by Christine Holding of a woman wearing Victorian style clothing and holding a lace scarf over her face

woman with black wig, cobweb eye makeup, red lips, and wearing red rockabilly vintage dressThe shoot wouldn’t be complete without some radiant red and cobwebs. That’s what I look like in a black punky wig and all done up.

woman with peacock feather and lace top hat and theatrical necklacePeacock feathers, lace, and glamour.

woman in outfit reminiscent of the Dresden Dolls' style plus Steampunk and Victorian flair that includes black and white striped gloves, antique top hat with black feather, antique key necklaces, and vintage 80s Victorian-inspired black lace and tan dressFor a look reminiscent of the Dresden Dolls’ style plus Steampunk and Victorian flair, wear striped accessories, top hats, feathers, and antique key necklaces with Victorian-inspired dresses. Don’t be afraid to mix it up!

model with vintage black lace 80s dress, skeleton key necklace, top hat, black lace gloves, black and white striped gloves, black parasolBlack lace never goes out of style.

Check out to view more of the pics from the shoot.

Some recent additions for men:

Yves Saint Laurent black velvet upcycled men's steampunk, neo-Victorian blazer

Yves Saint Laurent black velvet men's blazer

antique Bridgeport watch dial pin with vintage cabochon and watch gearBe the envy of Dorian Gray in this black velvet upcycled blazer with antique white porcelain Bridgeport watch dial pin. The pin features a red vintage cabochon and with a gold-toned watch gear. The watch gear and dial are from the late 1800s or early 1900s. The watch dial shows some signs of age, which gives the pin and jacket an edgy look.

More details:

Brand – Yves Saint Laurent

Size – Approx. Men’s M

Length – Approx. 32 inches

Chest – Approx. 38 inches

Sleeves – Approx. 25 inches

2 black marbled plastic buttons in the front

2 roomy pockets in the front plus one smaller one in the front

3 black plastic buttons on either sleeve

2 slits in the back

Jacket condition: excellent


Professionally dry clean only

Made in France

Just put the jacket on and you’ll become the embodiment of decadence and elegance.


vintage men's black button up shirt with antique doll eye pin and embroidery

vintage men's black button up shirt with antique doll eye pin and embroidery

vintage men's black button up shirt with antique doll eye pin and embroideryThis is a short-sleeved button-up collared shirt with unusual details that add subtle eccentricity and undeniable stylishness. It features a diamond-shaped embroidered pattern. There are buttons on the shoulders. It’s estimated to be either from the 1970s or 1980s.

More details:

Tag is labeled Size L / 40

Length – Approx. 30 inches (front) and approx. 31 inches (back)

Material – 80% polyester, 20% cotton

Brand – Guayaberas Yucatecas

Made in Mexico

The pin is comprised of an antique glass doll eye from Thuringia, Germany and an ornate solid brass escutcheon that measures approximately 1 3/8 inches wide and 1 inch tall. The pin was assembled using non-toxic silicone glue.

Pair with the “All Eyes on You” fedora ( for double the intrigue.


Tripp NYC men's upcycled pinstriped jacket with vintage pin and cross pin

handcuff and vintage laundry pinUpcycled and ready to rock! This black and white pinstriped Tripp NYC jacket, which is a conglomeration of steampunk, goth, and punk, has been adorned with a black and silver toned cross with grommets and a vintage laundry pin with Tripp NYC handcuffs that came from another Tripp jacket attached to it. The pleather (vinyl) cross pin measures 5 inches x 4.5 inches, and the vintage numbered laundry pin is 2 inches long. The brass laundry pin is embossed with “A 5”, and it has a silver toned watch gear from the late 1800s or early 1900s that was added using non-toxic silicone glue. Both pins are removable and can be placed on other parts of the jacket as well so that you can customize as you please. The removable pins also make for easier cleaning.

Other features of the jacket include 3 black plastic buttons and two roomy pockets in the front. There is also a third smaller pocket in the front.

The jacket is a men’s size XS (fits chest measurement 33-36 inches). Although it’s a men’s size, it would also work for ladies (approximately size S/M for women). The sleeves measure approx. 26 inches. The length of the jacket from top to bottom is 27 inches. It’s 97% cotton and 3% spandex. It’s in excellent condition.


Here’s a headband I made for a steampunk event earlier this month. It consists of an artificial rose, black feathers, an antique doll, an antique watch dial, a vintage cabochon, barrette, and a headband. After gluing the smaller parts, I attached the barrette to a black headband I had. It ended up working well, and I like how it can either be a headband or a barrette.

Steampunk headband with antique doll, feathers, artificial rose, black feathers, and antique watch dial

I recently set up an Etsy shop called SecondhandPassion. Here’s a link:

The items I am selling are either upcycled, vintage, or a mixture of both. There are items for men and women, and more items should be up soon.

This is a sampling of the items that are available:

upcycled black woven swing coat made by Rampage
This is an adorable black woven swing coat made by Rampage that comes with two glamorous pins that give it an Old Hollywood sort of feel. A lovely trim decorates the edge of the collar and the tops of the pockets. The coat ties in the front with a black ribbon. There are no size tags, but this would best fit someone who wears a size small or medium. Aside from the ribbon, the coat is open in the front and has a pleated back, so there is flexibility when it comes to sizing.

Measurements (taken flat) –
18″ from the top of the collar to the hem
14″ shoulders
22″ sleeves

One of the pins is a repurposed earring that has been glued onto a pin. The pin has a top piece that is mostly black plastic and an attached bottom silver piece with a light blue tear-drop shaped stone that hangs down. Marcasite stones adorn the pin on both the top and bottom. It measures approximately 1 3/4″ tall.

The other pin was made from a rhinestone brooch from the 1950s (or perhaps earlier) that was glued onto a pin. The metal is aged and has beautiful glimmering stones. The stone in the center is 1/2″ in diameter and is surrounded by a filigree design. 7 3/8″ rhinestones surround the larger stone, and there are 7 7/32″ rhinestones with flower-petal settings on the outside.

Both pins were assembled with non-toxic silicone glue, so not only will you be wearing recycled clothing, but you’ll also be helping out the planet by choosing items made with non-toxic glue.

The pins are removable for easy cleaning, and they can be placed anywhere on the jacket and on other clothing articles as well.

Note: Item has been sold.

Westclox Bull's Eye pocket watch
This is a Westclox Bull’s Eye pocket watch from the 1950’s or perhaps earlier. 2″ diameter. Connected to a 32″ metal chain and 20 mm solid brass (nickle free) jump ring. The jump ring was hand finished by Supply Pusher ( in an antiqued/oxidized patina.

The watch no longer runs, but it makes for a great accessory. There are a couple of cracks in the plastic, but aside from that, it’s in good condition.

Note: Item has been sold.

beaded necklace with light pink, iridescent, and silverish beads and antique skeleton key
This is a beautiful beaded necklace comprised of light pink, iridescent, and silverish beads that were found at a yard sale and an antique key that is connected by a 20 mm solid brass (nickle free) jump ring. The jump ring was hand finished in an antiqued/oxidized patina by Supply Pusher (

Necklace measures 17″ long.

The antique key is approximately 2 3/4″ tall. It was made in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s, and shows signs of age. Very nostalgic!

Selling for $20 plus shipping here:

black leather purse with red vintage Swarovski Austrian crystal cabochons and antique watch parts
This is a black leather purse that has been decorated with red vintage Swarovski Austrian crystal cabochons and old watch parts. The dial and gears, which date back to the late 1800’s or early 1900’s, are the oldest of the watch parts. In the center of the purse is a white porcelain watch face dial by New Era. The 1 3/4″ dial has cracks and chipping that give it character, and the gears show signs of age as well. The numbers on the dial are in Roman numerals. The larger of the two cabochons is 10 mm and the smaller is 6 mm. The smaller watch parts range in color from silver to gold to yellow. The metal watch face has an iridescent shine.

The purse measures 8″ x 6″, has a middle and back compartment, and hangs down 31″ by a leather strap.

Note: Item has been sold.

black cloche hat with watch dial pin
This adorable 100 percent wool cloche hat from H&M has a velvet bow on the side. Bill is 1 3/4″ (approximately). 23″ circumference. I added a Fortuna watch dial that is from either the late 1800’s or early 1900’s to the bow. The watch dial is attached to a pin with non-toxic, silicone glue. The dial still has its hands, and it has chips and cracks that give it character. The pin is removable, and can be placed on other locations on the hat or on other clothing articles.

Brand – Divided
Size – One size

Note: Item has been sold.

fedora with peacock feather, antique watch dial, and doll eye pinHere’s a quirky, classy fedora that is sure to get some looks!

The pin features 3 peacock feathers attached to an antique pocket watch dial that dates back anywhere from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s and a silver plated brooch pin base. Glued onto the watch dial are a gear from an antique watch and an antique glass doll eye from Thuringia, Germany. The entire pin including the feathers measures about 6″ high. It was constructed using silicone glue, which is non-toxic, and a hot glue gun. Additional glue was placed on the back of the watch dial to protect the hat from sharp parts on the dial.

The black fedora is by Obey Propaganda, and is in excellent condition. 100 percent wool. Striped lining. 23″ circumference.

The hat is very versatile. You can tone it down by removing the pin if you’d like.

Selling for $40 plus shipping here:

More to come!