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    Posted 9 years ago

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    When I lived in Hollywood FL I worked a 2nd job on weekends at a thrift store. Yes, senior citizens were big contributors to the store and many fun 1970's and older art deco items were donated - with everything in between. Because I only made $5.15 an hour the manager allowed me a treasure when we closed Saturday and Sunday. This is one of them. I like to think it is a copy of the real diamond bracelet a gangster's flapper moll had in her safe deposit box because it is of beautiful quality for rhinestones - marked EB? hard to make out. The white rhinestones are not perfect - but the green are....maybe they're a semi-precious stone? It has a safety chain and a double hidden closure - very pretty piece.

    I worked 7 days a week for the 2 years I lived in Hollywood because I could not give up this wonderful thrift store experience (and I was young - 24) Yet - I don't have much - I wasn't greedy - this bracelet is the piece that I fondly remember of that time just before Miami Vice and the cocaine scene TMI sorry!. Then Tony and I packed up his 78 Montecarlo for California. Oh, boy - there are some great stories from that time in Florida but I will save that for another jewel from the past.

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    1. Newtimes Newtimes, 9 years ago
      What a nice story!
      For a while I would have loved to work in a thriftshop but here it is another system.
      We have 'kringwinkels'. Those shops are sponsored by the government and they get their stuff for free from people who don't need it anymore. They employ people who have limited skills. You only get a job there if you have been unemployed for a number of years and if you didn't graduate.
    2. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Thank you! Well - I guess the only way to get around that system is to have a vintage store w/mix of antiques and junk?

      This thriftstore was for a charity and only 3 of us were employed. The rest were community service workers - petty criminals who didn't go to jail but worked off their sentence doing service for the community. Sometimes the "volunteers" (we couldn't tell our customers who they were - wouldn't be right for either) were scary. But mostly they were just con artisits. One time I came up short at closing and I just couldn't figure it out but looking back on it we traced it to 2 of our volunteers. Most of them were interesting and funny - they couldn't live by the rules. Anyway I enjoyed that experience. It was a great thrift store.
    3. Newtimes Newtimes, 9 years ago
      Its a very nice bracelet! It reminds me of real diamond and emerald jewelry, as you already mentioned.
      Oh yes we have a friend who is also doing service for community to work off a sentence. He is helping homeless people to get a place to sleep. I think he cant do much wrong there :-)
      We only have 'real' antique shops and vintage design shops in our mixture with junk. But there are lots of flea markets, especially in spring and summer. I cant wait to start 'the hunt' again!
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 9 years ago
      Best of luck to your friend with his service to homeless. I'm sure that is a humbling job for him.

      I'm sure you are excited to start your hunt again w/the flea markets. The hunt is the best part of it don't you think? I enjoy talking w/the sellers and fellow collectors the most. Sadly my boyfriend can't understand why I haven't sold my things - yes - there's enough here for a flea market booth. Anyway that's always the plan. I have sold lots of stuff over the years mainly to friends. I'm still in the collecting focus which I guess explains why I love this website!
    5. Newtimes Newtimes, 9 years ago
      The hunt is a really nice part. Too bad I wont be able to be very active this year. I also love to learn about the jewelry I have. I also love to hear the stories from other collectors.
      My boyfriend doesn't understand my jewelry addiction, I guess he tries to cool it down but it doesn't work. But he REALLY loves it when I sell some pieces :-)
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thanks Midnight 1208 - I just saw your love. Thanks CW friends for loves. I looked at the back again and it has a simple mark - B. I need to do some more research.
    7. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      This is a beauty!
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thank you Bonnie, Share and Jean for newest loves!
    9. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      I remember some of the more sleazy thrift houses, as todays seem much cleaner. This set is quite deco and as beautiful as possible to illustrate your great memory !~
    10. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Thank you Phil - big SIGH, I miss this thrift store in Fort Lauderdale. One day someone donated a nice desk and a million roaches ran out to meet us ICKKKKK - Screaming!!! another day we got a donation of 8-tracks and player and everyone grooved to the music for a week as it sold very fast. That was sad, we all Loved that donation. Or the daughter who came every week with a donation with little balls of food in the bags (that was her Mama's contribution), or the Bahamian and Jamacian customers who argued 25 cents to 10 cents! Or, the lesbian who brought me a little gift every Saturday for a month. .. I love the memories of that thrift store. I loved the staff and the con-artists and the customers :-)
    11. plein-air-painter plein-air-painter, 3 years ago
      EB is Engel Brothers, New York. They did this very formal jewelry. Your example is awesome. Active from 1931- 1960s? Not sure of the dates.
      Great story and awesome find.
    12. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Plein-air-painter - thank you for this great information! I looked up Engel on ebay and saw some lovely examples. Mine is right up there with the best. :-)

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