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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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Horn mourning brooch pin - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Marbled orange bakelite ear clips & beaks - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
3 marbled bakelite bangles - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Polka dot bakelite bangle - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
St. Labre faux turquoise pin - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Old coral beads get a new life w/bakelite & silver components  - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Superior Quality bakelite button and buckle set - Sewingin Sewing
Happy Chinese Year of the Goat! - Go-It! - Sewingin Sewing
1940's-50's wood & lucite horse pin with acetate scarf - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Pretty darn old "potch" opals - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry


  1. Sharon - does this screw apart? It might be a hat pin from the 1920's.
  2. Great color and design.
  3. Dizzy and Lulu are adorable!
  4. Great color and subject. Have you been in a Blue mood lately? 2 lovely blue purchases recently....
  5. Do-dad holder?
  6. soapstone?
  7. Thanks CanyonRoad for this info. These are very pretty!
  8. These are so FUN!
  9. So gorgeous - as usual!!
  10. I was hoping Kerry was gonna buy that building near his home, use part of it for his watch museum and the other part for a CW get-together party pad. I hope he watches us from afar (pun intended) and ...
  11. Thank you vintagelamp and Nadia!! Thanks Elisabeth and Kyra - yes I'm thinking that same time frame - maybe German - or European. Nice dramatic style. I'm a nut for natural motifs, this looks like ...
  12. Thanks vintagelamp for loving my little guys!!!
  13. Katherine - click against your teeth. Glass and plastic are much different. Plus glass is heavier as you know. Thanks for loving my clips and chirps!!!!
  14. Thanks Ken for loving these clips. You know about the simichrome, 409, smell tests - but mainly - so many good research books w/examples. In general bakelite was used up until the late 1950's in costu...
  15. Hi MJ - these are recent beads from China. They include agate and jasper beads. I enjoy buying at gem, mineral, bead shows and have seen this strand of mixed stones.
  16. Sorry spurslady - I just noticed the pinback on the other post. Just delete my other post.
  17. Yes gargoyle - when I first met this Whitey he had a look of pure disdain for me in his little beady eyes. And that was true for Whitey (James) Bulger too. He didn't think he would get caught.
  18. Kerry I will miss you! Sorry to hear you are leaving w/all your wonderful expertise, wit, bird stories and the watch museum....
  19. Hi there I got a old ass record player? (is this right)?:) I like to make jewelry from found objects, rocks, fossils, etc. This is a geode that I wove a tiny frame of netted beads around in the right ...
  20. I'm going to Poland this summer - do you have any advice for buying amber? I have a few really nice pieces now and I know there's a lot of shlock out there.
  21. Bobby - I love this! Nothing better to a collector than showing what we collect.
  22. It matches very well! Love it.
  23. I'll ask my sister - I think it is from Europe - before it landed on etsy! :)
  24. I think this is a crocheted & beaded 1920's bag but I'm not 100% sure because similar motifs were made in America early 19th century. Will try to find a little more info. I'm leaning 1920's based on ...
  25. Very nice and a great price for this 20's or 30's necklace. Get that monkey had the right advice - buy the brownish/reddish bead cord with the needle at the end and just string it all back together. I...
  26. No not strange - gorgeous.
  27. Thanks Elisabeth, Kyra and Nadia for commenting on the clips and chirps....
  28. Karen - thanks - these are society finches. I believe they are both males. Atticus has the prettiest song. They aren't loud but they are messy so I have to do a major cage clean once a month. Atticus ...
  29. Thanks Collectomaniac and Sean for loving my orange stuff.
  30. Thanks Sean - hope you are having a great Saturday night out!
  31. I love these colors - so gorgeous and thanks for all your research.
  32. Yes - major love! Very hard to find these beauties.
  33. Thanks Kyra, Robin and Kerry for loving!
  34. Thanks Kerry for checking in on my plastic fantastic. Thanks also to Raestelle for loving.
  35. Thanks Kerry for checking in on my plastic fantastic. Thanks also to Raestelle for loving.
  36. No I really don't know without seeing it in person. Lots of great research out there on old buttons. Because I sew and love vintage clothing I recognize buttons, fabrics and findings.
  37. That helps. Bigger than a quarter means it was probably used on a jacket or coat.
  38. No it isn't really valuable. I have thousands of vintage buttons and few of mine are "worth" a lot on their own one at a time. This is charming and a ladybug collector would like it.
  39. No, it's probably celluloid or bakelite or maybe nut. Because of the shank I would say this is a coat button. Hard to say for sure tho - how big is it?
  40. How big are these? It's hard to say. In the 50's and 60's metal buttons like these were used on popular mohair and wool cardigans. But really that's my guess. Hard to say without holding them.
  41. It's hard to say - how big is this? I'm leaning towards celluloid or bakelite.
  42. Congratulations on post 499!! This is pretty neat. I remember seeing this used way back when. I am SO GLAD smoking is banned where I live. I watch Mad Men on TV - and I LOVE that show but I cannot im...
  43. Robin - your Vogue set is really great! I think the oxidation on back of earring could be due to oils, perfume or lotion. Or it could be one was put away wet, or was sitting next to an item in the jew...
  44. Hi Kyra - yes by machine buffing nice clear original glossy surface is taken away. I think - yet restorers I've contacted won't tell me - that another gloss has to be added or it will oxidize even fas...
  45. Thanks Phil - I think they started out as a wonderful apricot parfait....
  46. Thanks Karen - this was a really great find and worth a lot more than I paid. Thanks also to my friends on CW: Nadia, Katherine, AGH, Gargoyle, mike, patsea and kevin!
  47. Thanks Karen - they have that clink that says Spring is here. Thank you! Thanks kevin for loving too.
  48. Great idea. You should be able to find jewelry making or silversmith classes or maybe something with artclay or pmc. I'll look into it too.
  49. Very handsome!
  50. Thank you friends: Nadia, Katherine, AGH, gargoyle, mike and Patsea!!!
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