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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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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
Mid-century Mexico dancing demon? earrings - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry


  1. Welcome Curtis! Love this sign.
  2. I love it!
  3. Love these my fellow Quack Packer. I am pretty sure that came from you.
  4. Thanks Katherine - I bought loose rhinestones on ebay too, they were vintage mix - but still always something missing. For a very specific green bakelite bangle I bought larger rhinestones from Mr. St...
  5. Thank you share! It is hard to find those matching stones. I kick myself I had a chance to buy about a cup of old loose stones - darn! I agree, sometimes I just wear my items "as is" without stones un...
  6. Thank you davy - I know you love rhinestones too. Thank you Katherine - I love that big old shiny bling! Thanks friends for the loves: Kevin, Mike, Efes, Kyra, Madmax, Mani!, Karen, Trey, Gudrun...
  7. Thanks Katherine - aren't they deliciously ugly? Thanks everyone for loves: Efesgirl, Kyra, Karen, Trey and Sean!
  8. I thought I loved this a long time ago. Wear it while the weather is right - would go great with your tan.
  9. I love the brown velvet ribbon - thanks for showing us how it looks.
  10. I know what you mean, clampers can be loose - but to wear them out for supper or a glass of wine? Not too much banging around right? Nice!! Stack them up and take a picture for me please. I looked at...
  11. I love it!
  12. Thanks my friend - yours are darn cool too! I can't believe I posted this a year ago. Where does the time go?
  13. Thanks Gudrun - this is a really nice choker. I hoped someone would know a little more about Ernest Steiner. I could only find a few references on the internet. Thanks also friends for loves: fort,...
  14. Kyra - great research - I forgot about those slider items, I agree and how gorgeous is this example? It's the best I've seen. Sara - isn't it amazing that all 3 items were kept together for you to ...
  15. I have some of this bone too and yes it really smells bad to clean it but looks so nice afterwards! I think enjoying your treasure is most important. If you keep it for 5 years the patina will be back...
  16. Okay and another comment about testing w/simichrome - it will clean off the years of oxidation, dirt, smoke, perfume, oil, etc and most likely on any plastic that will be a light pink or yellow residu...
  17. No - I think this is from 70's - I've seen it but not sure what the pattern is.
  18. You love it - $25 is not a big deal.
  19. Yes, that is weird but I LOVE (excitement, not anger) that you do this since I am too CHICKEN to stop and do this (Bok! Bok!). I have some neat bird feathers too, but they were gathered hiking...and d...
  20. Looks like pastoral scenes - 17th century depiction. Romantic theme. Is it a tea or tobacco tin maybe?
  21. Yes, I agree w/TubeAmp - think this is Czech glass from that fab time in the 1920's and early 30's when Carter discovered the famous tomb.
  22. Nice my friend! I am sure they look so pretty on your tanned arms this summer! Looks like you have 3 clampers? Mine are bangles, no clampers. And yes I love those pastel bangles!
  23. I am laughing at this post and the comments.
  24. Hang on to this for another 10 years and it will be vintage. Kyra knows!
  25. Hi Mand and thanks for sharing - I hope someone else will chime in - I don't think you should worry - the metal links and inside are so clean -if it's older than 10 or 20 years there would be a natura...
  26. Thanks for that back pic - it looks like 50's era - agree w/Ken. 8" might seem long but they were often worn over gloves. Very special item for your daughter when she gets married. It is really gorge...
  27. Hey friend - I knew you would notice the LUCITE not BAKELITE comment - (Caps friends - I'm excited, not mad). Those old feather bangles are out there at every price copied over and over again. I didn...
  28. And reading this again - Mani's too - it's not an easy refinish.
  29. I agree w/Karen's instructions on how to carefully refinish - but if you don't want to do much - just hang it the way it is - a gorgeous stained glass transom window originally over another amazing wi...
  30. Agree w/Kyra - I would leave them alone as the original cab cutter knew how to make the most of these stones.
  31. So hard to find these sets now - is it clip earrings and a pin?
  32. Very pretty - I have never collected these Christmas theme pins but I know many enjoy them - Nice!
  33. Very pretty - take a picture of the back which might give a little more insight.
  34. You are welcome - I hope you enjoyed those ebay items and how much they're asking for a similar bracelet not as nice as yours.
  35. Thank you PCC - more caps PLEASE. And thanks Ken for your comment on this lovely old choker. It's really nice. I hope an expert will give me a little more history since I could only find a meager amou...
  36. I think it's 30's-40's - are those bakelite ball feet? I love it.
  37. Thanks Kevin and Mike for loving.
  38. Thanks PCC - I hope the oh means you like it and are not completely WHAT the F is THIS? (ha ha!! all caps - sorry, excitement, not anger) Thanks to kevin and mike for loves.
  39. Thanks PCC - for this comment about our beloved campy Dark Shadows. A fun memory - and to all my other friends for enjoying this post. I sent the card to my little brother to add to the original g...
  40. I love old tins too for their graphics. Thx for sharing.
  41. Thanks Ken - I hoped you would like it. Thanks AGH!
  42. As always AGH - thank you for the first love.
  43. I forgot about the hot pin test - there is a burn mark (tiny circle nub) on this. And, a word of caution about the hot pin test to everyone - pin - not thumb tack or carpet needle - those will penetra...
  44. Thanks all for the love and thanks Ken - keep looking there's lots of plastic fantastic out there!
  45. Kyra - you are too kind (is there a laugh, cough, wink emoticon?) I need to get a proper bracelet prop up. :) Thanks AGH for the love.
  46. Great story - thanks for sharing it, and I love your pictures.
  47. I thought he was the most handsome man in the world until I saw young Elvis. I have a thing for Valentino. There aren't too many men that come along like those 2.
  48. Yep, that's how it goes w/us sometimes - we get obsessed with having more lizards no matter what. Way to go!
  49. I love the color! I think it's 1900-30's. Nice find Anne.
  50. This one is more like your's - nice!
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