An Interview with Vintage Jewelry Dealer Erik Yang

Erik YangQ. How did you get started?

A. I started by accident. Initially my career choice was in bio-chemistry and molecular bilology. I was working for my PhD and I did a flea market just to get rid of some things in the house and it ended up being very lucrative. I was extremely unhappy working in the field I was going into. It was very demanding and stressful. A week after the flea market I just quit the program and the head of the department was like ‘what are you going to do?’ I said ‘I don’t know- I sold a toaster I bought for $2 for $200. I think I’m just going to get rid of some stuff.’ So I’ve been doing it ever since. I started in art deco accessories, small furniture and bar ware then reinvested. I became known as an art deco dealer and started selling in Dallas. Over time it morphed into jewelry.

The jewelry started with Bakelite because it was of the 30s. It looked nice with the cocktail shakers and things. Over time I realized that you can have more quantity in a smaller space and not break your back, and deco did dry out. Now I am 95 percent jewelry. I do pick up a cocktail shaker occasionally. READ MORE

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Eric Miller is a web publisher, writer and show promoter. He is a partner in Stripe Specialty Media and Vintage Promotions, LLC which produces the Dallas Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show, the Texas Art Collector Show and Sale, Vintage Garage Chicago and other events. Eric's public relations work has resulted in placements in the Boston Globe, Maine Antiques Digest, Antiques and the Arts, Antique Trader, the New York Post and elsewhere. His articles have appeared in publications including San Francisco Downtown, InPittsburgh and The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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  1. Keesh Mantle said:

    Either that gun is super tiny or that is one mammoth head. Seriously, though, it's great to see a man interested in vintage jewelry.