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"If people didn't have different tastes there would be nothing in the thrift shops." (thanks to mikelv85 for this reminder.) I love to collect old junk and enjoy "If people didn't have different tastes there would be nothing in the thrift shops." (thanks to mikelv85 for this reminder.) I love to collect old junk and enjoy all the stories. My favorite things: bakelite and old plastics, Native American items, old jewelry, vintage clothing & accessories, the odd and ugly item that makes me laugh right then and there....and I have to buy. Also enjoy old places: taking pictures, exploring, finding about the history. (Read more)


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Navajo turquoise & coral inlay cuff - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Ernest Steiner original - late 1940's or 50's silver choker - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Newish and oldish tiki bracelets and cufflinks - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Unmarked rhinestone brooch - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Black bakelite bangle w/rhinestones - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
bakelite and rhinestone earrings - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
A bracelet to match Freiheit's brooch? - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
2 mid-century sterling rings - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Carved sunflower carnelian & green sardonyx sterling bracelet - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
30's to 50's celluloid and brass flower bracelet - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry


  1. I like it and love it! My birthstone is opal so I have opal preference. My favorite opals are the blues, rosy, tan and light blue tones. I love green - my favorite color - but I don't love the dark gr...
  2. Sorry - I see 30's to 50's, you can delete me if you want to.....
  3. Great color and shape - when do you think it was made?
  4. Some of us collect and some of us only want to know what an item is worth.
  5. Great finds!
  6. Really beautiful! Maybe for cake? I love it - agree w/Kyra, it looks pretty old. I never see this type of tin and I'm always looking.
  7. Is it marked Miriam Haskell? If you could take a picture of the back that might help. Not sure about this.
  8. Or cheese and crackers?
  9. It might have been for a woman's vanity table. Can you imagine perfume bottles and celluloid or bakelite boxes and jars on top?
  10. Great vase, beautiful colors! The story is as special - write it down and put it inside.
  11. It's old plastic, maybe bakelite circa 1930's based on the clasp. Nice.
  12. I love your new picture Miss gorgeous Moon!
  13. Great graphics and colors.
  14. It's nice to see this clean and not the way my parents and their friends left it. Love it - my apartments have always been too small for these old work horse beauties.
  15. Hi SleepyPhoenix - I can't imagine this actually worked! It make a nice bracelet though. Maybe it was a give-away with appliance purchase? What do you plan to do with yours? I have worn mine.
  16. It could be from Nepal or Tibet.
  17. Sorry Share that I missed this - right when I was traveling all month. Interesting that most our posts for favorite Native American only get the big love when items are signed.
  18. Mike - I have a similar story of a road trip in the 80's thru I-10 and 1-40 to the Grand Canyon from Florida to Southern CA. We stopped at the Petrified Forest and saw many wonderful items on blanket...
  19. Great comments all around And Peasejean - would love to see how you wear this...tiny jade beads or a gold chain or a leather cord?
  20. Hi Katherine - yes it's weird - there is a secret handshake crowd on CW.
  21. Nice - I think it's a 1970's Navajo design.
  22. I love opals too since they are my birthstone but this one of your stash? I love!
  23. Great post! This is such a beautiful necklace. Thank you for sharing and the Southern Lights photo.
  24. I love the story that Peasejean shared. It is precious. Thanks Katherine for that reminder.
  25. Oh I love this! I can't find these in my price range.
  26. I agree - love the inscription. I hope you wear it in best health.
  27. Vintage, but not antique. Mystery solved. Nice but not fine jewelry unless that last photo is pure gold it's a common costume technique.
  28. Yes, frame them and enjoy - I love that idea.
  29. Very nice Gudrun - looks like Navajo to me.
  30. Kyra's right on - just a gentle clean. Rebajes worked from 1940's-70's. I don't have this bracelet and I would have bought it with you :) - and your husband saying "why?" behind us??? - because it is ...
  31. I am not sure either. I don't want to say the wrong thing but my first guess is 1950's. Maybe take a photo without the flash? I love Egyptian jewelry.
  32. Yummy! You can restring them on cotton and knot between the beads. I'm not very good at that but I love the result. Buy the thickest cotton thread that you can pass thru the beads. Plan to use about 3...
  33. Nice job! This has happened to me too. You have some pretty beads - I love the long figured pink ones.
  34. Thank you Zowie! Thanks also to all my CW friends for the love.
  35. Thank you Elisabeth - I owe you a nice long newsy email. August is my "back to school" month with store events. I've been so busy every day. Please, just go back to school! :)
  36. Keep looking my friend! I bought this one at an antique mall 5 years ago, it's about 3"x1.5". I think I paid $10, but I knew that was a good price and recently searching online - they aren't cheap - m...
  37. Ken - I have a comment that is very different from Katherine's answer. I've been on CW for 4 years and some members told me they won't love or respond to my posts because they have a following and if ...
  38. Something dry...wrapped candies like you suggested. Could be tea tho...someone must recognize these. Maybe they're English or Scottish.
  39. Thanks Kerry! I agree, I love these old bakelite dice - these are real rolling size. Kinda bummed that they don't have all their red rhinestones, but fun anyway. Thanks friends for loving these gam...
  40. Gorgeous color! Nice addition to your collection.
  41. I think the half oval would be where they entered the hive.
  42. If this was Chanel it would have a mark. Very pretty!
  43. Thanks Zowie for your nice comment! Thanks friends: Kerry, Gudrun, gargoyle, agh, woman34, sean, zowie, kevin, caperkid, mike, karen, ivonne, rick, trey, share and newtimes!
  44. Thanks Share for pointing me towards Tommy Singer and to look at Navajo styles.
  45. Thanks Gudrun - keep hunting. You can find the right thing for less than $300. Going to the antique market is good - and bargain - cash is king!
  46. Hi Share - THANKS! I wondered if this was Navajo because the silver star is very dramatic and not delicate like most Zuni work.
  47. What do you do with it? Pretty neat.
  48. No I don't think any of these are native American.
  49. Sorry - Lol - I keep coming across sounding mean! I have to stop this multi-tasking...
  50. Thanks for a little more info - I love them. Now you can delete my comments.
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