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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 & accessoriI 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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Why are these Pesos worth very little? - World Coinsin World Coins
Mystery snake is actually a raccoon baculum - Folk Artin Folk Art
Mid-century Mexico dancing demon? earrings - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Early 20th century French steel cut beaded bag - Bagsin Bags
1920's-30's marbled green celluloid and silver belt - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Sterling double clasp swag brooch w/Arts & Crafts motif - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Lovely woman in stairwell at Pecs, Hungary - Visual Artin Visual Art
Blue star glass deco sterling bracelet - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Art deco enamel bronze necklace - Art Decoin Art Deco
Segregation of states! 1960's-70's enamel state charm bracelets - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry


  1. I have Ohio Ken!
  2. Half way there! I just added 9 more and leaving space for the 4 I am not supposed to know about. Thanks all my CW friends for enjoying this new hunt.
  3. Maybe they will have some insight on the items. Please take them in and then tell us what they said - every little detail. It's a great MYSTERY!
  4. Maybe not....wait a bit. What an exciting find but how sad they were lost for so long. But you have them and that is Good!
  5. Kyra - I'm still trying to understand why a raccoon would have this. (lot's of laughing going on here -LOL?) What - venom from the snake baculum??? Yes I know who you mean. Hey I did NOT know what a b...
  6. Thank you Miss Lee - I really love them!! Thanks Elisabeth - I couldn't find anything either but will keep looking. Thanks CW friends for loves!
  7. TA - thank you - MYSTERY SOLVED!
  8. Thanks for sharing these pretty earrings. They are all nice. I love to buy holiday souvenirs too. Sadly mine are usually postage stamps - about all I can afford - ha ha! Not always though...
  9. Send a picture of it to a TN natural history museum. They will help and probably ask you to donate it if it turns out to be special. (This happened to me, but I kept my goodie - just an old beer bottle)
  10. Miso soup bowl and spoon? Tiny one for soy sauce?
  11. Thanks everyone for loving this oddity and here's a little more of where it came from: From a junk store inside a 4" cardboard box marked "Remembrance of my First Holy Communion". The box held this ba...
  12. Kyra! Well done! I think you searched baculum first, which thanks - because I didn't get around to it. But I opened the link and you are RIGHT! And how scary and why would I ever want to make it into ...
  13. TA - I love natural history museums and certainly do not remember ever seeing something like this. Thank you for recognizing it and the fun fact.
  14. Well....this is certainly interesting and thanks my dear CW friends! I think I will chat w/TubeAmp first. Are you joking? If not, what creature? Why would be hollow - but only open at the mouth and n...
  15. Happy Birthday - I'm with Antiquerose on her comment! Love them! How wide are these bats? And how long the chains?
  16. Size or marks on back please? First glance 1970's Navajo style but only from your photos.
  17. Kyra thanks for loving again with the woohoo! I like doing research so when I saw this I had to post again about this pin. Thank you vintagelamp - see above!! and yes, cool horsey!
  18. AGH says that too! "it's only worth what someone will pay!"
  19. I think this is a 1940's bag. I saw a similar beaded handle in one of my research books. Very pretty and in great condition.
  20. This is very pretty - Lucite. Ken is the Trifari expert and gave you a good idea of timeframe - 60's or newer. There is a lot of research on Lucite, bakelite and other old plastics on this website. Ta...
  21. Please post the back - maybe I can give you a little more info.
  22. Well that is sad - he needs to sit on your collar....hee hee!
  23. Flying fish?
  24. Lovely! Yes, maybe get into the habit of posting front and back please? I think mid 1960's but seeing the back helps. Very pretty!
  25. Thanks Katherine! I'll check those ceramics. It's another lead and I appreciate it! Thanks Sean!
  26. Nice Spring colors!
  27. Hello my friend! If there are no markings - it still could be sterling - or a wonderful, new costume piece for the hippy or gypsy fortune teller in you! And, that's ok! In the 90's many of the old...
  28. Hi there! blue and white are very special tho, this color of blue is not as easy to find as you think. So pretty in the delicate style. Have you noticed there are a lot of copies recently of rhineston...
  29. I just added 2 more - now I have a collection of faceted bakelite spacers.
  30. Thanks Sean - hope you are having a great day!
  31. Just to add a little more - our petite friend Mooonstonelover jumped across the row, into the booth and grabbed this up leaving me and some others in the dust! A good day at the LB antique flea market.
  32. It is wonderful and looks so good on you!
  33. Hi Ken - thanks for commenting - I love hearing from you: the metal is grey - like pot metal? and it's riveted top and bottom of diamond. The original belt from the catalog illustration had two rows ...
  34. Thanks Share and davyd - I think it is all original - just not as old as I wish it was. Why? First the fused links. And the backs of the 2 bow pins have same scratches from machine as the focal piece....
  35. This is so interesting and thank you for the research! What a pretty old item. Maybe the 2 names are nicknames. What a wonderful heirloom. Okay - how did they do this? Fuse silver to the coin and th...
  36. Another amazing item. This is really pretty.
  37. I think it is Victorian Revival style - well exactly what you said! Maybe 1950's? And I think that is the original clasp, seems to sit nicely. Does look like a cat!
  38. Please post a picture of the earrings too if you can.
  39. I just saw this listed in my book "Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry" by Leigh Lesner w/value of $185. Astonishing. But in the words of the great former CW member Art8Jason: "it's only really worth what...
  40. What was the original neck chain? Thin silver links? Very pretty!
  41. So beautiful!
  42. Yes - this is a very nice item for collectors of S. Bustamonte.
  43. I have the black and green one too. Thanks for sharing!
  44. I am sure it was fun! I love the creativity and especially the high-end windows. I'm sure you loved it. Thanks for sharing. With my job I only do displays for events, then take them down. Mainly I se...
  45. Just wonderful! I LOVE the bracelet.
  46. No Elisabeth which is why I think it was a necklace - also most old bracelets aren't 8" long.. The marks were probably on the clasp or end segments. Isn't it just gorgeous? Thanks also to Kyra, Tr...
  47. Hi Elisabeth - it is very dramatic isn't it? Because it's so big I like to wear it on my long wool trapeze coat, or on this great old 1940's jacket. Thank you Katherine! I enjoy taking pictures usi...
  48. Well...I've been in St. John stores many yrs ago....I believe these are from the late 90's. Very nice!
  49. Maybe just out because it is cold enough? Love it!
  50. Thank you CW friends for loves: Pease, AGH, Gudrun, Kyra for your nice comment - it is dramatic on this jacket. Karen - thanks for your nice comment too - I think it's a very interesting motif. Th...
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Females Bracelet Gorgeous gold metal brooch - Cat paw in a fish bowl !


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