St. Petersburg is home to a variety of local markets; including the Saturday Morning Market, the Indie Market and none other than the Night Market.
The Night Market happens but 5 times a year. One of those times came and went Thursday, Oct. 3, where people gathered at the St. Pete Side Lot for local vendors, food trucks and more.
While locals enjoyed food and popular boozy ice pops, vendors began setting up their shops.
Michelle Molhan, jewelry designer and owner of Retro Nuevo Jewelry Designs, set up her tent and displayed her handcrafted pieces for locals to purchase and admire.
Molhan’s focus is on handmade jewelry that she creates using original, vintage pieces from all over the world. Her pieces may come from as far as Germany or Japan, while others are found right here in America.
Molhan has unique knowledge of jewelry dating from the 1900s through the 1970s, and a lot of her work is inspired by the creative movements of different time periods.
Molhan, who grew up in New England, has been fascinated with jewelry since childhood.
“I’ve been going to flea markets since I was 5-years-old. It’s kind of a New England thing. It’s the thrill of the hunt that I love,” Molhan said.
Molhan has had many other hobbies over the years, but jewelry making has remained her first love.
“As a kid, my grandmother and great aunt passed down their vintage jewelry to me and I treasured those pieces,” said Molhan.
Molhan’s interest in the craft began when her friend took a jewelry making class. She was an eager learner, experimenting with different styles of jewelry making. Eventually she was able to tie her affinity for vintage into her art.
Some of the most unique pieces featured in her shop are custom made chokers, hand-painted flower pins, and new, spooky rings for the Halloween season. All of these items are bejeweled with original vintage accessories.
Many of these accessories from around the world are quite old, some dating back 100 years. Their value has the potential to skyrocket; however, because Molhan wants to share her art with the world, she keeps her prices affordable.
“When people buy my jewelry, I want them to understand that unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry doesn’t have to be expensive, and that you should follow your passions no matter where they lead,” Molhan said.
For more information about Retro Nuevo or to contact Michelle Molhan, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RetroNuevoJewelry/.
If you missed this month’s Night Market and would like to know more about future events, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NightMarketStPete/.