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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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Zuni 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. What do you do with it? Pretty neat.
  2. No I don't think any of these are native American.
  3. Sorry - Lol - I keep coming across sounding mean! I have to stop this multi-tasking...
  4. Thanks for a little more info - I love them. Now you can delete my comments.
  5. Thanks Elisabeth for enjoying this! I owe you a email - was gone all weekend hunting for more....found a few goodies that I will post.
  6. Thanks Zowie - it is a striking blue turquoise and red coral balance isn't it? Thanks friends for the loves: AGH, Woman34, Sean, Kevin, Caperkid and Mike.
  7. Geez friends - this is Czech glass from early 20th century. Chinese Cinnabar never had any hints of green around the carving. NO it isn't harder than today's glass, don't test it you might break this...
  8. Thank you for all your research.
  9. LOVE this 1940's Peggy McCall Mani!!
  10. Thanks AGH for the love!
  11. If this is a 1930's tin why would Don Draper like it? But I love it - thanks!
  12. Very nice collection - thanks for posting so I can enjoy them. :-))
  13. Thanks Anne - the white budgie Cumi definitely has that look on his face and he is a very sweet bird. Thanks for enjoying those rings and things....
  14. Hi Anne - Thank you for enjoying this bracelet and your comment. I'm a little behind, to be honest - I can only access CW on my computer. I'm trying to catch up on comments. Hope you are having a grea...
  15. Thanks Rick55 and Gloria! Thanks all my Friends for loving these fun old bakelite dice.
  16. Thanks gargoylecollector for the love!
  17. Thank you Gudrun - if you like this - do some research on ebay to see what is out there right now to recognize the difference between new and vintage Native American jewelry. I like some of the newer ...
  18. Thanks Kerry! Hope you are having a great summer.
  19. Yes - I agree w/davy - can you provide more research? It is really nice!
  20. Welcome Curtis! Love this sign.
  21. I love it!
  22. Love these my fellow Quack Packer. I am pretty sure that came from you.
  23. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. Thanks Katherine - aren't they deliciously ugly? Thanks everyone for loves: Efesgirl, Kyra, Karen, Trey and Sean!
  27. I thought I loved this a long time ago. Wear it while the weather is right - would go great with your tan.
  28. I love the brown velvet ribbon - thanks for showing us how it looks.
  29. 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...
  30. I love it!
  31. Thanks my friend - yours are darn cool too! I can't believe I posted this a year ago. Where does the time go?
  32. 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,...
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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...
  35. 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...
  36. No - I think this is from 70's - I've seen it but not sure what the pattern is.
  37. You love it - $25 is not a big deal.
  38. 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...
  39. Looks like pastoral scenes - 17th century depiction. Romantic theme. Is it a tea or tobacco tin maybe?
  40. 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.
  41. 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!
  42. I am laughing at this post and the comments.
  43. Hang on to this for another 10 years and it will be vintage. Kyra knows!
  44. 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...
  45. 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...
  46. 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...
  47. And reading this again - Mani's too - it's not an easy refinish.
  48. 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...
  49. Agree w/Kyra - I would leave them alone as the original cab cutter knew how to make the most of these stones.
  50. So hard to find these sets now - is it clip earrings and a pin?
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