From the Poker Table to the Runway- Curator Beth Silverberg knows how to win

By Dr. Robi Ludwig 

Beth (Shak) Silverberg knows how to win. A former world champion women’s poker player, she’s sure when she’s landed on something good. Even when she was crushing it at the poker table, Silverberg was known for her sense of fashion and for impressive jewelry, shoes, bags and more.

So, it’s no wonder she’s created an accessory Mecca Exceptional Finds, nestled in the heart of Main Line Philadelphia, where one can snatch up any one of her many curated vintage accessories from across  the globe. But it’s her hand-picked and cultivated jewelry lines she’s most proud of as they’re exquisite collections and curating them has quickly become part of her long line of winning streaks.

Where do you think your flare for fashion comes from?

My flare for fashion hasn’t come from any one thing. It has been years of budding a good core classic wardrobe. I have always cared about quality of quantity.

What makes Exceptional Finds so unique and how to do you curate such unique pieces?

Exceptional Finds is unique because you don’t have to break the bank buying a unique gift. Curating everything is one of the most time-consuming parts of my business. I scour multiple sources to find emerging jewelry designers and auctions, so I have unique items in my boutique.

Who is your ideal customer/what are they looking for?

My ideal customer values having unique things. They don’t want what everyone else has or they want their own twist on it.

What is the most exceptional find you’ve curated to date?

A curated a vintage Christian Dior Saddle bag with Swarovski Crystals on the “CD” it was mint. It was exceptional and a great value. It didn’t last in the store for long.

Tell us about your jewelry line – how do you vet the right designers and what do you look for?

I carry 5 designer jewelry lines that are exclusive to us. I’m about to have two more that no one in Pennsylvania carries.

Where are some of your best treasures from?

My best treasures are from all over! My latest was a vintage Chanel necklace from Hong Kong.

How did you become known for your fashion sense in the poker world?

When I was playing poker professionally there were very few women playing at the time. I was me and one other woman that really loved fashion. I think it became easy for the media to focus on the designers we were wearing.

Where are you customers from?

My customer base has been varied. I have local customers, customers from Instagram (@exceptional.finds) and customers from my website, as well as many parents who have kids at one of the many nearby colleges.


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