mikelv85

Elyria, OH

I'm an avid thrift store shopper and I love finding anything of artistic merit and value.The thrill of finding something for next to nothing is really what it's all I'm an avid thrift store shopper and I love finding anything of artistic merit and value.The thrill of finding something for next to nothing is really what it's all about. It always amazes me what some people will throw or give away. I'm always on the hunt for glass, pottery, original signed paintings, furniture or whatever catches my eye ! (Read more)

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Two Pins and a Brooch  - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Two  8 1/2"  Blue and White Cloisonne Bowls/Marked "China" Unknown Age - Asianin Asian
Elegant Lavender and White Pitcher /Neo Classical Raised Design/Unmarked (Spode??) and Unknown Age - China and Dinnerwarein China and Dinnerw…
Alex Deray "Impressions of Paris" /23 1/2" x 18 1/2"  Framed /Watercolor on Paper/ Circa 1975 
Little 5" Azure Blue Asian Vase /Hand Painted Pigeons with Flowers/Unknown Maker and Age - Asianin Asian
Two Large Elegant Crystal Brooches / Unmarked / Mid-Century - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Katsushika Hokusai Woodblock Print and Ando Hiroshige Wood Block Print / Titled and Signed / Circa 19th 20th Century - Asianin Asian
Asian Faux Pearl and Rhinestone Brooch/Original Box - "Avon" Blue Enamel Egg Pendant - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Good*Better*Best / What Do You Think ?? - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Faux Asian Treasures / Cinnabar Box, Ivory Cuff Links, and Ivory Ear Rings/Circa 20th Century - Asianin Asian

Comments

  1. It's getting better by the minute Lisa :) I'm just happy they're not Marshall's or T.J. Maxx. The previous owner did say he bought them at auction. Whether that's true or not has to be taken with a g...
  2. I just was remembering what you said about the little vase I had Lisa. The gold was really shiny and bright on that, so I figured the same with these. The rims and bases on the bowls are a bit mellowe...
  3. Thanks kyratango :)
  4. I know Lisa....Too shiny = new, newer, newish. I'm ok with that :)
  5. Thanks Karen :)..... One of my better finds in the last few months !
  6. Thanks Amber :)
  7. Thank you George :).... So Chinese costume jewelry using a girls name much like our Sarah Coventry and many others.
  8. Thanks Ken :) It looked really nice in the case even thought it had three of the rhinestones missing which was had to tell. I thought it might be Coro and I was right ! Volunteers has cases of jewelr...
  9. Thank you Sean :)
  10. Thank you all :) pops52, kyratango and Ken. I'm pretty thrilled about this find too !
  11. Thanks Jewels :)
  12. It's really nice Ken :) When looking at pottery that has no mark usually the bottom will give you a clue as to who made it. I don't recognize this one though. If I were to guess I would say maybe Japa...
  13. Thank you Lisa :)
  14. Thanks Ken :)
  15. Thanks Ken....lol Well, you are on CW so you inspired me. It's contagious !
  16. Beautiful fluid form.....great sense of movement :)
  17. Thanks Val :)... That's interesting. I never thought about there being reproductions. Just figured these large pieces were out of fashion and most you find donated to the thrifts would be from my gran...
  18. Thanks Karen :).... I guess I have Ken to thank for this new little hobby. It kind of fills in the gaps when I'm not finding much else. I do miss my art pottery. porcelain and glass. There just hasn't...
  19. This is beautiful Karen !..... an incredible piece of glass :)
  20. OK now I'm having regrets Lisa. Patina galore ! ..lol.... Ah well C'est la vie. Was the vase real mercury ore cinnabar or the lacquer type ?? I never knew that real cinnabar was mercury ore and outla...
  21. Not so much Russ maybe fifty to a hundred especially if you have a pair. Mine probably had a young lady calling to him as he's listening to something.
  22. Thanks Lisa I sort of figured that it was Chinese. I went to the flea market today and saw a large baluster type cloisonne vase. It was about 10" tall with peonies but the background was kind of a lum...
  23. Thanks again shrine :)... I was hoping they might have given an approximate date. I saw a couple years there but wasn't sure what they pertained too.
  24. Hi Russ :)....I agree about the magnet and a good magnifying glass or loupe too. It's just a fun new tangent I'm off on. It's all about the hunt and maybe finding a treasure. I know I can always count...
  25. Thank you shrine :) .... I wish I could translate the top of the page. It will only translate the description at the bottom.
  26. That is very elegant :)....I love hand painted flowers and anything. This satin white glass piece has been puzzling me. Not sure what it is except pretty. http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/1...
  27. It's beautiful shareurpassion :) I have a lot of modern Chinese porcelain. I collect it because I love the shapes and designs. Those bottom marks will drive you crazy. Unlike American and European por...
  28. That is splendid !
  29. That is beautiful Ken, what a great find ! I know I'm probably missing so much by avoiding estate sales. Some day I'll just have to steel myself and go :)
  30. Everything is simply beautiful :)
  31. Thanks Karen :)...... It is.... The other mark is on the clasp slide and looks like a "c.z.". it could mean Czechoslovakia. The third one looks like three dots above the .925 (sterling) mark. The brac...
  32. Thanks Karen :).... Well I guess I'll reveal what I know. You and Ken mentioned the center bracelet. It is the best piece and it has 3 marks on it but the most important one is .925 which means sterli...
  33. These are so cool Pops :) ........ looks like I may have another tangent to explore !
  34. Thanks Ken...Good choices. The brooch you like is made by a very well known company and clearly marked. It's petals are a blue enamel that looks like sapphire. I like them all of course :).
  35. He is awesome Jay ! Great find :)
  36. Thanks Lisa :).....Not too disappointed at all.It's still a nice piece of costume that's at least partially real. It wouldn't be worth too much even if it were solid silver. Maybe 50-70 bucks melt val...
  37. Thanks everyone for the the loves :) Yes it is very heavy. As a reference, slightly less than a quarter stick of butter. You would definitely know you're wearing it ! Very sure about the mark as well....
  38. Thank you Amber :..... It sure nuf is !
  39. It's beautiful :)
  40. Well I'm not 100% sure about about any of it yet. I think the links are awesome too. The ear rings.... I'm leaning toward real. Having said that I've just jinxed myself...lol
  41. Your welcome Lisa :) Just happened to be checking in on everyone.
  42. OK..... a distant cousin five times removed...lol
  43. Never seen a glass rat before he's wonderful :)
  44. Wow ! Very stylized and awesome !
  45. Very nice Anne :)...I think I have this vases cousin and mines a mystery too . http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/131836-art-glass-vase-10-aurine-style-design?in=user
  46. I love anything original too and I've posted most of it :)....Prints, paintings and watercolors. You are so lucky to have such an expert locally. I may be sitting on a gold mine and never even know it...
  47. I'd buy that too :)...awesome!
  48. Thanks shareurpassion :)....great ideas!
  49. Thanks Ken:)...I hope so.
  50. Thanks Lisa:) That's OK too..they were basically free.
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