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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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
Sky blue thermoset plastic clamper from 60's-70's - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Nice 60's-70's lucite bangles - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Cool carved bakelite clip earrings - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Fun bakelite swirl bangle and earrings  - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Happy Valentine's Day! Red pin and bakelite bangle - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry


  1. A charm bracelet of your tiny wonders would be really special....
  2. So pretty! I love these - beautiful!
  3. I love these! I have a few torchieres and my favorite has bakelite or celluloid base that lights up. Phil - do you think this is a Victorian Revival circa 1930's? The shade is so pretty. Edge...can I ...
  4. So pretty! What are the dimensions?
  5. Oh Ken thank you! - that is so nice to say. I will keep posting and commenting - hopefully not hurting anyone's feelings. There is a lot of junk posted: One man's trash is another's treasure right?
  6. Hi Kyra - and thank you for commenting on my lovely cacti photo! You are the only one. Why? Also old??? Sometimes I wonder what CW members are looking at...yes I know many resell and just want informa...
  7. Yes, I agree with you that sellers know to look dumb and pretend to be first time sellers. Nadia - most recent earrings I bought were photographed same size and turned out to be very different. Yes th...
  8. What tests did you do? Bright gold is usually a 1960's design feature - which would be Lucite or some other plastic.
  9. Hi - I remember this bangle and it is from the 80's or 90's...the really old design you are talking about from Art Deco or Victorian eras have a much different setting than this - finer quality, more ...
  10. Sailor Jerry tattoos. Beautiful!
  11. 1960's. I posted similar to this.
  12. Not sure how I missed this interesting post. WHY would these be stuffed in a shrub? What a fun thing to discover. Carnelian, yes; agate, yes....old in a shrub? -...sorry, no. These are all very curren...
  13. Yes I agree re: pet peeves - if the picture is fuzzy it might be too good to be true? I still buy those fuzzy-picture-items online hoping for a treasure.
  14. Very nice - love the white petals.
  15. Recently I brought a ring I believed was 14kt wht gold w/white sapphires to my local jeweler for cleaning. Not true - which shocked me and really bummed me out too. I paid too much for it. That happen...
  16. I have bought some items that have a 925 stamp on the clasp - and then I find out the rest of the item isn't 925. Your necklace is pretty - is it real aquamarine? Even that is in question. In the 80's...
  17. Thank you - I didn't see it on your photos. FYI Sometimes the only 925 stamp is on the clasp and doesn't refer to the whole item. I am sure you know this.
  18. Nadia - sorry to hear you were disappointed. Same happened to me the other day w/purchase from fuzzy photos. I bought 3 pr. faceted clip earrings - photos were fuzzy (es #1 warning) but the price was ...
  19. Is it silver? I don't see any marks.
  20. Thank you Mae - I love these old art pots.
  21. Thanks Kyra - can't wait to see your new purchases. I LOVE this color. About 5 yrs ago branch coral jewelry was IN and all over the designers in Vogue Mag. That's when I got my stash out and made all ...
  22. Thanks Karen from me and Elisabeth. Thanks for enjoying these designs made from old bits and pieces...time for me to go to bed.
  23. You are welcome!
  24. Thanks Elisabeth - I love that bracelet too! I wear the bracelets in pic 2 and 4 together. I have another 3-row bracelet and a choker necklace I didn't post here on CW which are just gorgeous. Love th...
  25. Oh - we all posted and cross-posted comments at the same time. Love you!
  26. It could be celluloid which was popular in 20's and 30's. Most of those necklaces were 16"or 18" and this is longer. Also it doesn't have the delicate 20's-30's look. Are you sure it isn't bone? Bone ...
  27. Hi Share - hope you are well. Thanks for the comment about my old self and's an agate slice I wove some beads around and the ring I think is leopard jasper. Thanks friends for the love!
  28. Nadia will know for sure but I believe this is from Tibet or Afghanistan. Very pretty.
  29. How beautiful Lee! Love, Your birdiac friend from the LBC. Phil knows his research doesn't he?
  30. AGH, I was right by the old Tucson Studios (pic of opals) when we went to the Sonora Desert Museum. We didn't have enuf time to do both but wanted to. Howard Hawks - great director and look at the ...
  31. Happy 100!!! I LOVE this set! Hope you and your family are all well.
  32. Not real pearl darn it. CindB - in late 1800's a few button companies used mother of pearl - shell - from the Mississippi River. I wish all 5 were here but love this card anyway. https://blog.etsy....
  33. Yes - I kept your email. I agree with you, really love these friends too. I enjoy talking about all the old stuff that matters. After all - it's our obsessions isn't it?
  34. I am sure you both still enjoyed seeing the show. I haven't been to a button show yet. I have heard they are really something.
  35. I hate the imploded stories.
  36. Gees Bend quilters used denim and other heavy fabrics too. Pretty Quilts and thanks for sharing them.
  37. I think this is from the 50's or 60's.
  38. Very pretty - post the back side too please.
  39. In the 1950's to 70's American life, marketing, housing... and spending was pretty good again. Women had a little money to spend on themselves. So many beautiful clothes and jewelry to buy. Why not b...
  40. Hi Elisabeth! I believe these are from 1950's-70's. The American garden party reference goes back as far as Civil War mid 1800's. It describes the women who wears a lightweight dress and hat - mainly ...
  41. Thanks friends Reed, Sean and AmphoraPottery for loving!
  42. Thank you vintagelamp - it's not like your amazing beaded bags. I enjoy researching.
  43. My family had 5 kids by 1965: did not have these. Ha, ha - okay maybe the diaper pins, they look familiar. We didn't have anything new but that's okay. I think these hangars are from 50's/60's and so...
  44. You are welcome! This book might be on internet and is worth it! Another I really like is "A Century of Bags" by Claire Wilcox.
  45. That sounds like a lot of fun. I'm only guessing the $800 might have been French or German 1600's? Where was this show? And thanks for your comment!
  46. If you want me to email the picture from my book - send me your email address. I agree the lining is so unique!
  47. 1978 was a good year for me. Darn why were they so big? to go the way of the dinosaur?
  48. What's going on here about this mosaic tile table which relates to another CW friend who posted one awhile ago that I loved - crap - is mine gone too? Now I gotta look.
  49. Very pretty - I've seen these great flowers on similar mesh bases in yellow, red, blue, pink - mostly just sold as Czech when they are threaded simply. I love this color - would like to hear more fro...
  50. Best quality stabilized or altered turquoise? I think if they were Navajo or Native American made there would be more than just the tiny 2nd mark.
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