My husband is sure to scan this post with interest, certain that I am secreting away gems daily without his knowledge. Truth is, I don't keep much. Times are tough on everyone, and, my Etsy shop and vintage reselling is for profit. If I kept everything I liked I would have nothing left to sell! I do, occasionally, however, set aside something for myself. Here are a select few with stories (and cost, husband!) for you to drool over...
Golden Nugget Antique Market in Lambertsville, NJ. What a place! I arrived late morning on a 90+ degree day and it was hot, but, full of great stuff! I spent most of my time looking at the outdoor tables before realizing there was a large tent (shade!) at one end with amazing selections of costume jewelry! Down the far end I found Joy, the nicest vintage jewelry seller you will ever meet and, with one amazing collection of stuff! I bought about fifteen pieces from Joy's collection for resale, but, I kept this little West German number for myself. All plastic, but what a gem! Because I bought a number of pieces this item ended up costing me $3.00. Thank you Joy! (PS: I think she is there once a month and maybe more often in the fall...)
national consignment chain more than I care to admit, but, with the turnover volume, cleanliness and air conditioning in the summer heat, who can resist? I found this necklace in a baggie for $2.99. It quickly became the staple of my summer jewelry and I have had more compliments on this piece than any others that cost ten and twenty times more!
Collecting Costume Jewelry. The patent for 115043 on page 41 of her book is a very good match, and, as she also shows in her book, the final piece often changed slightly from the originally patented design. (Update 9.8.09: I discovered today that my brooch is not this design patent 115043 as I found the matching brooch posted here on-line. I am still researching, however - send along any info you may have!)
Now, husband, before you get all in a lather that I am keeping my best items for myself, let me also show this delightful piece I found recently: