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    Posted 4 years ago

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    So let's jump right in, shall we? I was at the swap meet on Saturday, and came across a middle-aged man who had a table covered with jewelry he was selling: "Fifty cents a piece." I took a look and realized he had some good stuff in there, so started picking through and before I knew it both my hands were full. Other people had come around and he gave them the same answer, fifty cents a piece, he said it was his ex-wife's jewelry and he just wanted to get rid of it. At those prices, a few people were picking through with me. Another lady had chosen some bits and was finished before I was, so she took her handful of treasures over to the man and he started counting them out. I heard her say, "Wait a minute, that's a pair of earrings, why are you counting each one?" He said, "Because I said fifty cents a piece, each of these is a piece." The lady said, "Oh come on, they're a set. I have two ears, I need two earrings, that's a set." But the guy wouldn't budge. This of course interested me as well, since I was choosing earrings, still even at fifty cents each, that's a dollar a pair, why complain about it, just had to make a mental adjustment now that I saw how he counted -- when he said a piece, he meant a piece, lol. And to be fair, there were some single earrings on there, surely no one thought he was selling those for twenty-five cents! So the lady pays, unhappily, and as she moves off (I should say all of this was taking place behind me while I was still picking, I was listening in), she stops at the pile of clothes the guy is also selling and asks, "How much for that pair of jeans?" The guy says, "One dollar." The woman says, "Two dollars, two legs." I started cracking up, turned to look at her. She was standing there staring him down, tall thin woman, nicely dressed, frowning before she stalked away. I said to the guy, "Burn!" He kind of smiled, and said, "I don't want to be rude." I said, "No, she burned you. She burned you down to the ground." He wasn't bothered, the kind of guy who took everything in stride. So I bought the pieces I chose, that's everything you see in the first pic, he sold it all to me for eight dollars. Okay, now some of you guys know our Bonnie is always posting jewelry on here that's either solid gold or sterling silver that she gets for a few euros, and it sizzles my gizzards, lol. I thought to myself, that has never happened to me and probably never will. Who'd be dumb enough to sell their jewelry without checking for maker marks and for hallmarks? Well guess what, I was wrong. The basket of flowers pendant in the second picture is vintage sterling silver gold gilt. (I will post a link to another I found online.) The third photo is of a vintage sterling silver cowboy pin, marked Bell Sterling. (I will post a link to another I found.) The fourth is a 10K gold pin with jade belly and peridot eyes. (I will post a link to another I found.)

    So there you go. Burn!!! ;))

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    1. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 4 years ago
      Vintage glass flowers in gold basket

      Vintage cowboy pin

      10K gold frog pendant/brooch with jade and peridots

    2. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Katherine!!! How wonderful, fabulous items and great story too!
      Really happy for you to have a big win, win and win!!! Well done.
    3. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      "sizzles my gizzards"...omg......ROTFLMAO!!!!
      You did very well! I was looking at the enamel butterfly pendant just below the black stone bracelet. Is that not silver, too? It's beautiful.
    4. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 4 years ago
      That eBay link for the frog doesn't exist anymore, but here's another one:
    5. bijoucaillouvintage bijoucaillouvintage, 4 years ago
      Two legs, two dollars, LOL :-))) Good story. And good catch! Love all of them, especially the cowboy.
    6. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Katherine! Your story burn me down! ;-))))

      You grasped a bunch of goodies!

      This woman is incredible, lol.
    7. pebble pebble, 4 years ago
      Wow, you did well!
    8. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the love, Hel1, TassieDevil, mikelv85, Efesgirl, bijoucaillouvintage, kyratango, pebble, and kivatinitz. :)

      Judy, thank you, yes, it was a good haul, we had a good day that day. :)

      Bonnie, that pendant isn't marked but the enamel has two chips near the bottom tip of the wings and it does appear to be silver under there, so another gilt over silver with cloisonne, maybe. The "stone" bracelet is, I think, bakelite. Think the red and green earrings are bakelite, that reddish bracelet might be bakelite as well. The bracelet in the front is marked Lc, with the c inside the L, not sure who that maker is, but possibly Lauren Conrad. The earrings in the middle, not marked but the rhinestones appear to be paste and those look like freshwater pearls to me. The last pair of earrings are marked Roman. So overall a mediocre haul of vintage costume jewels, but with three solid winners. The last link is good, you just have to scroll down a bit to see the frog. Found two or three of them. The maker is Taiwanese, have no idea why the price is so high.

      Thanks, BCV, I was staggering around laughing when I left the stall, kept laughing every time I thought about it. Two dollars, two legs. LOL! Thanks, the cowboy is a cutie. :)

      Pascale, that story was the best thing ever, I couldn't stop laughing. That woman was so mad over nothing! She had to burn him! And she did! Hahaha!!!

      Pebble, it's a rare day, I was lucky. :)
    9. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the love, jscott0363, aura, and Caperkid. :)

      Thanks, Thomas, I'd love to burn like that every time, lol! :)
    10. Gillian, 4 years ago
      Whistling hood ornaments Batman - that's quite the haul. Congrats. Two frogs in the States, and one in Britain, never know where the next one will jump out at you.
    11. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      I'm burning here Katherine - jeez 50c a piece! That's awesome. Had a great laugh at your story too!
      Oh the frog! I love a frog!!!
    12. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 4 years ago
      Nice purchase!! The basket of flowers is really neat!!
    13. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the love, beyemvey, vetraio50, kerry10456, and Mrstyndall. :)

      Thanks, Gillian! It was quite a haul, I think, nice to have a bit of luck sometimes. :)

      Karen, hah, you weren't the one I was aiming to burn! I'm glad you like the little froggie, he's a cutie! Oh yes, the story. Two dollars, two legs! It still makes me laugh! She got hers back! :))

      Thank you, Mrstyndall, yes, the basket of flowers was unusual, and that's what I like in jewelry, never had a clue it was as valuable as all that! :)
    14. antiquerose antiquerose, 4 years ago
      ~ Woo Hoo ~ For you ~ BINGO ~
    15. Junkman60 Junkman60, 4 years ago
      What a great story and good finds as well,,,Down here in Florida I run into to these deals all the time!!!
    16. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the love, antiquerose, and Junkman60. :)

      Rose, yes it was a BINGO, lol! Thank you. :)

      Junkman, grrrrrr, how dare you? lol, I guess you and Bonnie got the good places to live. ;)
    17. lentilka11, 4 years ago
      :DDDD what a story
    18. lentilka11, 4 years ago
      BTW, I saw lot of people selling 925 silver for prices like 1 EUR, 2 EUR, without checking... it makes me wonder as well... but they do exist, a lot of them.
      I even bought pink pearl bracelet for 1 EUR, still with original tag saying Philippino pearls in big letters. The same lady sold to me this bracelet for 1 EUR ( ). I am still somewhat astonished.
    19. lentilka11, 4 years ago
      And congrats - what a find and for that price!

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