Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Vintage basket - is it treasure or trash?

This weekend was one of the few weekends all Spring and Summer that I haven't worked with Hubby at the coast in our seasonal business!  It was wonderful to be home and our local flea market was calling out to me.

I arrived hopeful, with my big shopping bag in hand.  I love these big shopping bags from TJ Max.  You can get tons of stuff in them, they're very sturdy and best of all, they're only .99 cents.  I have several of them.  They're wonderful to carry my shipping boxes to the post office.

When I don't arrive bright and early, I'm always wondering what great things I've missed. But the things I bought were things that apparently other people had passed right buy.  Like this cute little girl with the yarn hair, composition face, and jointed legs that reached out to me as I was about to walk away.  I don't know what possessed me - I'm not a doll collector.

But on down the walkway was a vendor with an old jewelry box with a few glitzy pieces.  I bought these Lisner earrings and Weiss earrings from her.  They're in my Etsy shop at this link.

Lisner Clip earrings.  I love this shade of yellow!

Weiss Clip-ons - Sunflowers!
Next it was on to an old farmer who had been cleaning out his barn.  These were hid among some old boxes he had under the table.  I felt like a kid in a candy store and bought all three.  They're the old Hazel Atlas quart jars with the flip top glass lids.  I love these things!  I have a perfect vignette in mind for them along with my blue Ball jars when I get time.

Then there was this well-used basket.  I don't know anything about it but it looks a little vintage, don't you think?

I haven't decided what I'll do with it yet.  I may keep it beside my chair for my knitting yarns (which I don't use very often) or I may put it in my Etsy Shop.  If any of my readers know what this is, I would appreciate a comment filling me in.

I so enjoyed my shopping day.  Like I always say - it's the thrill of the hunt!  Was this trash or treasure?  I don't know, but I sure had fun finding it.  Have you been junkin' or thriftin' lately?  I would love to hear about your finds.

Linking to the following linky parties:

 The Thrifty Groove's TFF, Vintage Thingy Thursday, Knick of TimeThursday Favorite Things, Sunday's Flea Market Finds, Treasure Hunt ThursdayVintage Inspiration Friday. Nifty Thrifty Sunday. Knick of Time Tuesday, Thrift Share Monday

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cameos - a diamond in the rough

If you follow my blog, you know how I get "high" on the thrifty finds that I manage to score on my Saturday morning jaunts to flea markets, yard sales, estate sales and thrift stores.  Some of these finds I keep for myself, but most I sell on Etsy or Ebay.  I always say it's my way of financing my habit - the thrill of the treasure hunt.  Today I wanted to share with you one of my recent success stories.   Believe me, they don't all end up like this one, but occasionally I'll zone in on that one really nice find that everyone else has missed and I usually dance a little jig right on the spot when I do.

I found this vintage brooch at an estate sale.  A young lady was selling her grandmother's costume jewelry and I was looking for the blingy stuff - you know - the costume jewelry from the '50's with lots of glamour and glitz to sell in my Etsy Shop, The Glitter Connection.  I arrived early,  but still watched with envy as others were walking away with the rhinestones. 

I dug through some of the leftovers and still found some nice pieces with gold and silver that were priced high, but still reasonable enough that I could maybe make a  little profit.  I passed though because I'm a bargain hunter.  I want REAL bargains and don't want to waste my time listing something that may not sell for as much as I paid for it.  Then I spotted IT.  I capitalize "it" because "IT" called out to me saying "I'm the real thing - I may not look like much, but you would do well to buy me - don't let a little dirt deceive you".  I picked it up.  "Isn't it ugly?" the seller said.

It was a cameo - looking to be from the early 20th century - and looking suspiciously like coral.  It was full of detailed design and the cameo was finely detailed also.   I know nothing about cameos and even less about coral, but when she told me the price, I knew that I couldn't lose.  Besides, I liked it and if I couldn't sell it for the low asking price, I would wear it on a chain as a necklace from time to time.  When I got it home, I put it in my Etsy / Ebay jewelry box and forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago and pulled it out to polish it up a bit.  The detail work prevented me from getting into the little grooves and I didn't want to alter the nice rich gold patina of an antique piece in any way.  I would rather let the new owner clean it.  I listed it telling where I found it and showing very detailed photos and stating "I know nothing about this piece of jewelry but I'm starting the listing at the same amount I paid for it and you be the judge from the photos".   I was hoping to get about $90 for it.

It's really quite pretty, don't you think?

Well, Mrs. Flea Market Junky was totally stunned this week when the auction ended.  Final selling price:  drum roll please......  $262.88.

Hmmm.... keep on treasure hunting.  You never know what you'll find out there that's a diamond  cameo in the rough.

Linking today to:   The Thrifty Groove,  Junkin' Joe at the Cottage Market, Thrifty Love @ Cap Creations,  and Vintage Thingy ThursdayThursday Favorite Things, Sunday's Flea Market Finds, Treasure Hunt Thursday, Vintage Inspiration Friday. Nifty Thrifty Sunday.