I grew up in Upstate New York. My small town upbringing didn’t allow my young self to be acquainted with jewelry very well. Only a couple mall jewelry stores is all I knew and unfortunately, all I thought existed in this world. Luckily the world wide web had opened my eyes to all that is out there, with the goal of my #JewelryRoadTrip project is to be the world’s eyes and ears for searching out the best. Buffalo, NY was a short hour and 45 minute drive from where I lived and was visited almost on a quarterly basis as it was the closest city within driving distance. Ten years ago Sarah’s Vintage & Estate Jewelry opened its doors in Williamsville, NY and I had just graduated from college, not really getting any more chances to visit the city. Then I moved south to Nashville and if you’ve been following my blog, you know the rest of that story! I don’t go home often to visit friends or family, but recently I got a chance thanks to my sister moving back and some serious frequent flyer miles. I discovered Sarah’s Vintage & Estate Jewelry on Instagram and have been an avid follower of her finds. I knew she was based in Buffalo and hoped that someday the stars would align!
Sarah’s Vintage & Estate Jewelry is owned by Sarah who grew up with a father in the jewelry business–he owned a jewelry store himself! Sarah found herself following in his footsteps back in 1984 when she started buying and selling jewelry while traveling the world. Selling high end costume jewelry is where she found success, with clients who owned boutiques on Madison Avenue in NYC and other dealers on the East Coast. Soon Sarah graduated to working with fine jewelry and found herself setting up at the big markets and shows which specialized in antique and estate jewelry. Shows like Las Vegas, Baltimore, and Miami were where she exhibited and sold jewelry for many years. Wanting a more permanent store, she decided on opening Sarah’s Vintage & Estate Jewelry in 2006 and has been open ever since! Being Buffalo’s leading source of antique and estate jewelry, Sarah is changing the game for the city and educating them on what it means to own a piece of history.
I’m so glad I got to visit! Not only is Sarah as sweet and kind-hearted as many have told me–she also is impressively knowledgeable about vintage jewelry and has an amazing inventory. I browsed the three main glass cases first–filled with lots of rings, including engagement and wedding bands, diamonds and antique pieces. Next, I took a long, hard look at the tall glass cases which boasted five-levels of jewelry! From high up top to “get down on your knees” low, the jewelry ranged in ages from Georgian pieces on up to new and modern. Whatever you prefer or collect, I bet Sarah’s Vintage & Estate Jewelry has it! I love her prices–so very fair and she also offers layaway. Her store alone may have me visiting family more often! 😉
Hope you enjoy my photos from my visit and if you see anything in any of the photos that you’re curious about, want a price, or would like to purchase, don’t hesitate to email Sarah. You can also call the store at (716) 633-3738. I brought home a gorgeous lapis ring and an antique baby ring, which I will treasure forever! Thanks Sarah and can’t wait to see you again!
5459 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
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