Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Another of my Fancies

It's time for Vintage Thingie Thursday again.  Someone recently asked "What DON'T you collect?", after I listed a long list of things I do collect.  So far I've shown you some Swanky Swigs and some vintage aprons.  Today I thought I'd share some of my costume jewelry.  Although I do buy occasional  items at antique stores, I much more enjoy those pieces that I find at estate sales for a great price. 

Don't remember what I paid for this set, but very little.  It is missing a couple of rhinestones, and the necklace has a broken clasp, but both of these flaws I have chosen to overlook.  The clasp has been replaced by a safety pin, which fortunately is hidden by my hair.  I'm guessing it is from the 1950's.  Maybe '40's. 

I bought this sterling circle at an antique shop in Florida, it was missing whatever once hung in the middle, so again was a bargain.  I repurposed it a bit with the little bird fetishes and get many compliments on it.

Cufflinks are another item that can usually be had for next to nothing.  I went online and bought a couple of French cuff blouses to wear these with.  The cat pin was a gift and I think she is from either the late '50's or early '60's. 

Out of all the items I'm showing today, these are the most expensive.  I bought them at a shop last fall for 20ish dollars. It is 3 pins, and besides the fact that they are silver, and dogwoods, I love them because they can be worn many different ways. 

We often hit the estate sales early on Saturday mornings, but then go back on Sunday afternoon for the half price sale.  That is when I got these 3 items.  The bar pin is painted china, and is probably one of the oldest pieces I own.  I'm guessing from the 1920's.  The porcelain flowers were still in their original box.  The heart shape pin puzzled me, I could not figure out what it was made from.  After I brought it home, I did some research and discovered the background is made from a butterfly wing and the scene is reverse painted on the glass.  I spent $5 and saw some on ebay that were selling for over $50!  So was pleased with that purchase.

I hope you have enjoyed a little glimpse into my jewelry box.  Thanks for visiting my blog.



  1. You are right about the butterfly wing pin. I have a necklace with the same heart on a silver chain. It's from the early 60s.

  2. Pretty!

    HaPpY vInTaGe ThInGiE tHuRsDaY!

  3. Very pretty. I like the floral pin.

  4. I loved visiting your blog and seeing all your vintage jewelry pieces. Some of the older things are better than today's. I know my eye sight is not the best, but I had a hard time reading your post.

  5. Hi Cindi, I did enjoy viewing your wonderful jewelry finds. The butterfly pin is awesome. I have seen it before and it is valuable. a lucky find.
    Hugs, Jeanne