Hi there! How was your weekend? Mine was much more relaxed than the last few, and for that I am very grateful. My sweet husband and I took a quick trip on Saturday out to my antique booth at the Gristmill Antique Center to replace a piece of furniture that sold (woo woo).
Then we drove a few extra miles out of our way to check out The Treasure Hut Consignment Shop in Hoosick (NY) and poked around–nothing I couldn’t live without, but it’s always fun to look, right? It’s quite a large shop with a mix of newer and vintage goods all displayed together. Kind of like today’s mix of jewelry. I hope you enjoy poking around 🙂
I fell in love with these amazing 1970’s era, faux pearl clip-ons almost immediately. I don’t think it would be too difficult to turn them into pierced earrings (cost: $1.00, value: $15-18.00).
Speaking of pearls, these genuine cultured pearl studs were quite a find.
Turned to the side, you can see the natural imperfections on the surface (cost: $1.00, value: $20-30.00).
These gold over sterling earrings are newer, but were such a value I decided to pick them up (cost: $1.00, value: $18-25.00).
Another newer pair of sterling silver earrings (cost: $1.00, value: $15-20.00).
And yet another (cost: $1.00, value: $15-20.00).
This sterling pair date to about the 1980’s; because they were bent and scratched, I sold them for scrap (cost: 25¢).
I bought this pair, and the pair below to make a bracelet with, someday(!) (cost: 50¢).
Sarah Coventry, the “Tupperware” of jewelry, manufactured costume jewelry from 1949 until 1984, when it went bankrupt (and for a brief period from 2003-2008). The founder named the business after his granddaughter, Sarah, and the city in England where his family had immigrated from, Coventry.
Known for its eye-catching and fun designs, Sarah Coventry found its way into millions of American homes via house parties thrown by both male and female sales people. Pieces from the 1960’s and 70’s are among the most highly collected.
The second pair of rhinestone clip-ons destined for a [someday] bracelet (cost: 50¢).
While we’re talking about buying jewelry for parts, here are a few pair of earrings I picked up for 25¢ each that I also bought for their parts. I like to make simple silver bangles with one large bead like the ones you see here. The smaller beads on the lower right I’ll turn into pierced earrings.
More miscellaneous bits. I scrapped the sterling earring on the lower left and will use the gold locket on a charm bracelet.
I buy almost anything scottie-related, figurines, drawings, paintings, etc., including this gold-tone pin (cost: 50¢, value: $6-8.00).
I don’t typically buy jewelry this new, but the bird, nest, and pearl eggs got to me (cost: 25¢, value: $5-6.00).
An antique gold tone bar pin with a topaz-colored stone (cost: $1.00, value: 10-12.00). Available #J-40.
A vintage Weiss butterfly pin (cost: 50¢, value: $15-25.00). Weiss is known for stunning butterfly brooches, usually more heavily encrusted with rhinestones than this example. They are typically worth $15-100.00 each.
I’ve bought and sold a few Weiss pins over the years, and this one does not measure up in terms of quality. In fact the center stone, which had been set improperly has popped off. At least now I can glue it in properly (cost: 50¢, value: $15-25.00).
Probably the most interesting piece I have for you today, this reverse carved and painted Lucite cat pin dates to about the 1940’s or 50’s (cost: 50¢, value: $25-50.00). Dupont made Lucite commercially available in the late 1930’s. I’m planning to list it on eBay and see how it does. (SOLD on eBay 2.26.18 for $144.00)
A chain-link style, gold tone bracelet (cost: 50¢, value: $8-10.00). Available #J-39.
I thought I might use the charms on this newer bracelet for some sort of project (cost: 50¢).
This colorful enamel bracelet represents the province flags of Canada (cost: $1.00, value: $12-15.00).
This sterling and crystal charm is meant to be worn as a necklace (cost: 25¢, value: $8-10.00).
In the 1950’s, Trifari designed a triple strand of pearls for Mamie Eisenhower. I’m not sure if mine are the set, but it looks and feels remarkably genuine. They are weighty, cool to the touch, gritty on the teeth, and imperfect.
It’s unlikely they are real since the clasp is silver-toned metal rather than sterling or gold. I’m guessing they are a quality glass reproduction covered with a sort of “pearl dust” that makes them very realistic.
The clasp bears the “crown Trifari” mark, dating it to sometime between 1937 and 1955 (cost: $2.00, value: $25-40.00). The rhinestone clasp is missing a few stones that I hope to replace.
So that’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed taking a look at some of my more recent vintage jewelry finds. This week I’m moving into a new antique booth (downstairs on the first floor), which means I can sell jewelry since first floor booths can have locked cases–something I’m looking forward to.
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