The mother-daughter team of Annamarie and Brigid McAlpin has been serving the Chicagoland area since 1982.  We have designed and created a number of different products over the years such as hair accessories, hats and jackets.  Since 1995 we have designed vintage glass bead and crystal jewelry under the company name Windy City Jewelry.  In 2004 we formed an artist's group, Flower Girls Gifts, to provide local boutiques and galleries with an expanded selection of floral-themed gifts in addition to the jewelry.

 

Annamarie has a Fashion Merchandising degree from Dominican University, River Forest and has completed the Floral Design program at Harper College, Palatine.  She worked at Talbots, Park Ridge for 13 years, responsible for the store's display and merchandising.

 

Brigid has a Finance degree from Marquette University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.  She worked as an accountant and then as a computer programmer before leaving the corporate world to start her own business.  From 1999 to 2010 she was an eBay Top-Rated Seller and Trading Assistant, selling customer returns from the #1 TV shopping network and clothing, jewelry and household items for clients.

In 2006 we decided to combine the concepts of handcrafted and vintage into one store, Brie's Gift Gallery, where we offer the work of an expanded group of artists in addition to vintage home accessories and small furniture pieces placed on consignment by Brigid's eBay and estate sale clients. We started in a 450 square foot store which we quickly outgrew and in 2008 moved to a larger location 1 1/2 blocks west of our first store. In 2011 we moved again to Uptown Park Ridge. In 2014 we downsized from a brick and mortar location to an in-home studio where jewelry may be purchased by appointment. We also expand our offerings and hold three pop-up sales per year - Spring, Fall and Holiday.

 

In 2008 we launched our estate sale business, Brie's Estate Sales. We specialize in helping those who are moving, retiring or settling an estate turn their unwanted property into cash. Our unique combination of business, merchandising and retail store ownership experience makes us uniquely qualified not only to present belongings in the best possible light but to get top dollar for them. To inquire about our services or join our e-mail newsletter, contact Brigid at 847-253-3986 or briesestatesales@comcast.net.

 

Feel free to browse through this site.  If you have any questions, stop by our store or contact us by phone or by e-mail at briesgiftgallery@comcast.netThank you for visiting and we look forward to serving you!

 

Brie's Gift Gallery
700 East Busse Avenue
Mount Prospect, IL 60056-3454 United States
Phone: 847-253-3986

briesgiftgallery@comcast.net