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Brampton, Ontario

Ever since I was little girl I have been interested in “old stuff”. My grandmother, born in the late 1880’s, was a truly Victorian lady. Her taste has influenced Ever since I was little girl I have been interested in “old stuff”. My grandmother, born in the late 1880’s, was a truly Victorian lady. Her taste has influenced me throughout my childhood. After leaving the socialist East Germany in 1985, I lost pretty much everything I have ever owned, including many special items handed to me by my grandmother. I will never be able to replace most of the jewelry, books, and furniture. Some time ago, I started going to antique stores and second hand stores and came across many beautiful objects that awakened memories of my beloved grandmother. These memories inspired me to start collecting vintage costume jewelry and porcelain and anything else that is old and gorgeous. Having said that, I also enjoy the hunt for a great find, the beauty of an old and previously loved item, and the thrill of finding out who made it and how old it is. (Read more)

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Grab-Bag Find:  Vintage Ladies Wrist Watch - Wristwatchesin Wristwatches
Buckle Bangle Marked 925 Mexico - Real or Not? - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Vintage Hair Accessories - Accessoriesin Accessories
Vintage Hardwood Jewelry Box - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Coro Sterling Pin Marked Mexico - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Vintage Glass Beads - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Abalone Brooch- Alpaca? - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Large Enamel Flower Pin - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Sterling Bangle, Birmingham - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Grapes and Leaves Pin - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry

Comments

  1. Makes perfect sense to me! Many years ago I taught young children. Sometimes we played games and I always lost! When I finally asked them how they were able to tell all the time that I was the one ...
  2. Thanks so much, kyratango:)
  3. Thanks a lot, Jewels. I have been wrong many times and I am always trying to learn. For that reason I posted the bangle in "Costume Jewelry" - just in case it's not real. Many thanks also to agh...
  4. Thanks SEAN68:) As always, you are very fast:)
  5. Many thanks, idcloisonne, antiquerose, vetraio50, racer4four, and SEAN68 :)
  6. Many thanks, vetraio50, SEAN68, racer4four, and geo26e:)
  7. Thanks SEAN68. You are fast!
  8. You are very welcome, Virginia.vintage:)
  9. I have bought some "silver" recently that I am almost sure is not at all what it appears to be. There are forgeries of famous costume pieces, too, but most of them never pretend to be something they ...
  10. Thanks a lot, nutsabotas6:)
  11. Thanks a lot, aghcollect and mikelv85:)
  12. Thanks a lot, mikelv85 and aghcollect:)
  13. Thanks a lot, Jewels:)
  14. You are very welcome, idcloisonne. Many thanks also to mikelv85, aghcollect, and nutsabotas6:)
  15. idcloisonne, I think your are correct: the beads are most likely Bohemian. They come from a small factory producing decorative items to embellish lamps, curtains, clothing... made of rhinestones, seq...
  16. The missing stones could have been marcasite.
  17. Many thanks, shareurpassion and valentino97:)
  18. Also many thanks to Newtimes, vetraio50, racer4four, and mikelv85:)
  19. Thanks a lot everyone: valentino97, kyratango, aghcollect, vetraio50, shareurpassion, mikelv85, nutsabotas6, and SEAN68:)
  20. Shareurpassion, what a coincident. I would love to see it.
  21. I am glad you like it too, inky:) AmberRose, I guess we are kind of in the same club. I grew up in the late 60's and 70's and some items bring back memories or look familiar:)
  22. No, I haven't seen any but I heard about it. Wouldn't it be lovely to make a wedding bouquet for our daughters out of vintage pins! I checked on line and some pins come in great shapes and colours.
  23. Thanks, Jewels:)
  24. I am so delighted about your comment, nutsabotas6!
  25. Thanks a lot, Manikin:)
  26. Thanks, SEAN68:)
  27. Many thanks, Virginia.vintage and aghcollect:)
  28. Thanks, valentino97. I was thinking so too, but this is my first one and therefore I am not too sure. My husband didn't like it at all but because it cost me next to nothing, he didn't protest too m...
  29. shareurpassion, yes, I guess it is a great thing for me. I just hope that some when, someone will "share my passion" for these pins and appreciate them as much I do:)
  30. Thanks a lot, Zowie, for your kind comment. I am glad you like what I post.
  31. Thanks a lot, racer4four:)
  32. Yes, valentino97, the snake made me take her home. I put her in the bottom of a box where she cannot charm anybody!!
  33. Many thanks, mikelv85 and aghcollect:)
  34. Thanks a lot, vetraio50:)
  35. Thanks a lot, idcloisonne:)
  36. Thanks a lot, mikel85, nutsabotas6, and vetraio50:)
  37. Many thanks, aghcollect and SEAN68:)
  38. Thanks a lot, Moonstonelover21:)
  39. Thanks a lot, Manikin, racer4four, and valentino97:)
  40. Thanks a lot: Moonstonelover21, mikelv85, racer4four, aghcollect, and nutsabotas6 :)
  41. Thank you, Jewels. I thought of Mexican too, however, the Mexican brooches I have seen had a flat back; this one doesn't have it. Also, antiquerose, I had a second look at the pin and realized tha...
  42. Antiquerose, I think you might be correct - it could be a flower; although a strange one. Maybe I just associated the image with grapes because of the Mexican earrings I have. I will have a good sec...
  43. I am inclined to say so too. But I am not sure and I have not tested it.
  44. It kind of scares me.
  45. Thanks, racer4four and nutsabotas6. I have been collecting Bond Boyd for some time and I don't like all of their pieces. I prefer the older ones and think that in many cases they are undervalued. M...
  46. This was the first I found here. In the store they had more but this was the only one in almost perfect condition, nutsabotas6:)
  47. Thanks a lot, aghcollect and mikelv85:)
  48. Update: I just wanted to share a photo with the earrings I found. Hope you like it.
  49. Thanks a lot, vetraio50:)
  50. Thanks a lot, vetraio50:)
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