Don’t Let Your Passion Die with COVID-19!

Vintage Jewelry has always been one of my passions, hmmm since when…. I don’t even remember. Maybe it started about 7 or 8 years ago when I first bought a few vintage jewelry items at a shopping event in Bangkok. Since then, I have been so obsessed about them. I have kept buying a lot online. Then one day, I was like “OMG, I have so many… and I don’t really wear them all, some of them I don’t like that much either. So what am I going to do?” I asked that to myself. Okay, finally I got the solution. I needed to sell them, keeping some that I really like and selling some away … no way I was going to give them away for free though 😉

That’s when my small online vintage jewelry shop called Lets Be Vintique was born on Instagram: letsbevintique. It was August 15, 2015 when I posted my first post there. I have continued purchasing more and more while selling them online. Meanwhile, I had a pop-up store almost every weekend at Dadfa Lasalle in Bangkok to showcase my jewelry and sell them as well. Well, until 2017, I made a new plan with all my passions for travelling and vintage jewelry. I have began my journey to hunt for vintage jewelry since then.

Now, here comes to this post. I want to blog it just to remember and remind myself to keep my passion alive during this COVID time. So let’s throwback to my vintage jewelry hunting trips … SOLO for almost all trips!

1. Oct 2017 – Lhasa, Tibet… as known “The Roof of the World” … I finally fulfilled one of my dreams. Also that was the first trip I travelled for the hunt!

2. Apr 2018 – NYC, Manhattan and Brooklyn, the USA… Returning to the Big Apple for the third time, I switched on ‘the passion’ button at Chelsea Flea Market and Brooklyn Quarter.

3. Dec 2018 – London and York, the UK … the first time flying to London… almost every zone of London, I was there for the hunt! The best moment was York, a small but so beautiful town of the UK, and the town is full of many vintage jewelry shops. Very good feast to the eyes!!

4. May 2019 – Edinburgh, Stonehaven, Scotland, and again London town … my UK visa was valid for 6 months, so it’s better not leave it! I still followed my passion. Scotland was the best path as I searched almost everywhere in Edinburgh, the capital… Unfortunately, it was a pity that this was the last trip before the outbreak of the pandemic.

5. Apr 2020 – Wales and Ireland… a fixed planned trip that I had to cancel due to the COVID-19… I got the UK visa for the second time, valid for 6 months… flight tickets were refunded, but not the visa.

Here are my future trips that I hope are not just dreams!

*Alaska, USA – one of my dream destinations… I want to say hello to the Polar Bears… and of course hunt for the jewelry, expecting to find very unique items!

*Latin America – my dream continent… I am positively sure that I am going to find a wide range of cool jewelry there.

*Wales & Ireland – I won’t ever give up on this. The 6-month UK visa is a great chance to travel to the UK region twice in a year!

*Paris, France – Just want to check out the Les Nereides Shop. The shop in Thailand is super pricy and even in Covent Garden, London.

When the time is right, the opportunity is always there! Then I will start my trip again…

Last word, “DO NOT Let Your Passion Die” during this tough time!


About pixomentum

Wantipa Patumanon, or Fang, is a Bangkok-based amateur photographer, traveller, and writer, as well as an English teacher. She is currently working for a wholesale tour operator based in Bangkok, and during her free time, after work and on weekends, she offers an English lesson to Thai people, both young students and adults.
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1 Response to Don’t Let Your Passion Die with COVID-19!

  1. Yes indeed..travelling is my joy of life

    Let’s keep going.

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