Grapenut Glass: The Best Finds Can Come from the Most Unexpected Places

Have you ever, while standing in line awaiting entrance to an estate sale, wondered to yourself, “Is this really worth it? Can there possibly be anything worth freezing my buns off for in this sad-looking place?” Or maybe it’s after you’ve stopped at the umpteenth yard sale, with nothing to show for a days’ hunting but a depleted gas tank, when you are tempted to just keep driving and go for an ice cream, calling it a day?

B.BOLD Jewelry for Boomer Girls: The Phenomenon of Susan Boyle and What She Means to Us

Susan Boyle isn’t a size two, and she hasn’t had a face-lift. Most likely, she doesn’t have a personal trainer or a massage therapist. She doesn’t shop at the Scottish equivalent of Bergdorf’s, and she isn’t spending hundreds of dollars at a fancy hair salon to have her hair dyed—until recently, that is.

Antiques by Charla: The Mystery of Hoosier Cabinet Glassware

My previous blog discussed the main characteristics of those fabulous space saving all-in-one early 20th century kitchens, generically referred to as Hoosier Cabinets. It is becoming extremely difficult to find these cabinets today, with their original components intact. Even the original tin sifters may have been removed long ago, for one reason or another.

Cinsababe's: A Life Well-Lived

My Grandfather Died Today . . .

Judy's Lovelies: Hard Times/ Changing Times

Most of us have experienced lagging sales in the last several months. To be honest, I have just sat back and accepted it as a sign of the times. Due to other issues, there hasn’t been the time or energy to put forth a real effort in countering the problems.

I determined some of the issues are beyond my control. The economy, postal rates, fear of the internet. Maybe some of these issues can be addressed.

Antiques by Charla: Hoosier Cabinets - Fabulous "Modern" Kitchens From Long Ago

If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing a Hoosier baking cupboard first hand, you are missing the miracle of that magical creation that was the joy of early 20th century women. The "Hoosiers" were the homemaker's dream, with everything required for baking housed in one cabinet. These fabulous all-in-one kitchens were sold under various maker names, but are now generically referred to as "Hoosiers".

Glitterbugs: Not Another Picture Book - The Best Costume Jewelry Guides

In my last blog I discussed the importance of pictures and how a few good costume jewelry books would help you spot those valuable clues to identification and dating. Now I would like to share with you some of my personal favorites.

ADIN: They Both Can't Be Art Deco

Many people mistakenly would designate the style of both rings as Art Deco. However while the ring on the left is Art Deco indeed the style of the ring on the right is called Retro (perhaps even early Fifties).

Vintage Jewelry Showcase: Faux Alexandrite or Color Change Crystals

Last month, my partner, Victoria, blogged about that rare, highly prized and often high priced genuine gemstone, Alexandrite. If you missed that blog and are interested in real alexandrite, you owe it to yourself to read it. You'll find it here:

Now, in light of the information in that blog, this month I'd like to focus on another form of "alexandrite", that which is often found in designer vintage costume jewelry, and which I've come to call "faux alexandrite". Why faux? For the obvious reason: these crystals are not real alexandrite. If they were, that Sherman or Kramer parure with the huge stones that change color would be pretty unaffordable.

Island Vintage Jewelry: More Adventures in Collecting: Edie's Jewelry

A lot of the vintage and pre-owned jewelry I have collected has been purchased at flea markets, yard sales and online but every now and then, I have the opportunity to acquire some very special pieces for my growing  collection.

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