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
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
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
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Brie's Gift Gallery
700 East Busse Avenue
Mount Prospect, IL 60056-3454 United States