Gretel's Treasures

Follow her hunt for vintage jewelry and other treasures

IF IT’S TUESDAY I MUST BE AT A DIFFERENT AUCTION February 19, 2016

Periodically I get mad at my small town auction.   There is one buyer, who insists on either buying everything, or ringing prices up.   Then she sells stuff cheap. Last week she sold a Czech Glass Art Deco Bracelet for 24.99, describing it as Victorian Carnelian. (need to insert emoji of eye roll here)  When this happens, I need to convince myself that I can find treasures elsewhere.  So today I took a road trip up I-95 to a different auction house.  This one sells jewelry lots, in little bags, but posts pictures online, so that you can see what will be offered.  So when I think of it, I check out there website, enlarge my viewing screen to 150%, and try and see what they’re offering.

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This is a comfy cozy auction. Seating is provided, the auctioneers wear suits, and pictures of the items are projected on a large screen tv. Fancy stuff.   No Amish pretzels here.  Since this is a fancy city auction, you also get charged with a “buyers premium”. It ranges from 15-21% depending how you pay. This is like going to Walmart, and at checkout they charge you an extra 15% for the honor of shopping. This makes no sense to me. And it messes you up while you’re bidding. I forget to add the extra 15% to my bid in my mind.

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The jewelry section starts first thing in the morning, this being the city, first thing is 10:00. Huddled in one corner of the showroom, we bid on little baggies of jewelry. Last night I went through the website and wrote down which lots were most promising (there were about 100 lots of baggies)  When I arrived this morning I opened up the interesting baggies, snooped around to see what was in the.   What I’m looking for is interesting glass, you might be looking for sterling silver,  modernist pieces, we all have different interests.   I was really happy with what I won, 5 lots, one bag of 37 bracelets was 100.00.  Personally, spending 100 dollars for a baggie of jewelry slightly freaks me out, but I’d done my research and knew I would be getting some goodies in the bag.

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In the bracelet bag was one of the best art glass bracelets I have ever seen, missing a hard to replace stone. I may repurpose it, but I need to do some research with a Costume Jewelry  group to see how viable replacing the stone will be.  In the bracelet bag I also found Whiting Davis, Kramer, a tiny scarab bracelet,  a Sandor Bangle, and some mid century pieces.

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I ended up spending 299.00! Ach. This is a lot for me to drop at one time.  And 45.00 of that is the buyers premium I pay. I don’t even get a Cracker Jack ring for that.   But, I ended up with 99 pieces of jewelry I think are sellable. That averages out to 3.00 a piece.   That’s a number my brain can work with.

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So I walked out of there happy with what I got, I’ve run out of interesting jewelry to list, I still have hundreds of pieces, but they’re just not the greatest pieces.   It was  raining cats and dogs (and cows) when I came out, I could barely see the car in front of me.  I drove with the baggies in the shot gun seat, and I must confess fondling the beaded treasures during stop lights.  I’m just so happy with what I found today.

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Tomorrow is Wed, I’ve packed up jewelry to sell, hope to meet up with my auction buddy Todd for lunch in the Amish restaurant, and maybe I’ll finds some more treasures. But I don’t have to buy anything, because I’m happy with what I got today.  This is my favorite piece, a porcelain dragon by Toshikane, Japan

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SON OF A BEADS I WENT TO THE AUCTION AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED February 6, 2016

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Okay, the title will make more sense. It’s Wed., so we all know what I do on Wed. I got to the auction, last week it got cancelled due to snow, but this week was a go.  I have teamies on Etsy, but did you know I have teamies at the auction? Like on Etsy, we help each other out.  I have one friend who has a store, who has tons of jewelry she hasn’t been able to sell. The wonderful thing is, we all sell different things, genres, eras, whatevers.  She’s always saying she has to bring them in to resell. Well last time she came in with a 20 pound bag of costume jewelry. Sure there was a lot of junk, but there was also stuff I love, like a Czech glass flower necklace, and an Alice Caviness set.   I went through and picked out what I wanted to keep, then told her I’d take the stuff to the auction to sell. Even though she comes every week, she can’t get there early enough to put everything on display, but I can get there early. So today I sold some of her jewelry, still have more to sell from the original bag, and she told me she has 10 more bags!!!! Extra funny side note, she buys jewelry from me through the auction, now I’m seeing the stuff she got from me.

Another thing my auction buddies do is bid for each other. There are 2 auctions going on at the same time, and it never fails that I’ll want something from both ends of the building, so far I’ve have 3 different people bid for me! Today, Todd had to leave early, but there were some old dusty tools he wanted.  Of course it coincided with the jewelry auction, and I was only able to get one item, but I did it. A few weeks ago there was a weapon of minimal destruction he wanted, and I was able to get it for him while he was in another part of the auction.  I’ve talked about the assistants helping me out before, it’s just a warm and fuzzy auction moment.

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These are the earrings I got today

 

Today there was a Czech bracelet I wanted. I had missed it 2 weeks ago, dumb me, and it was back again. But I wasn’t quite sure if it was Czech. Got out my Iphone, went to a facebook group, posted a picture of the bracelet and within minutes had confirmations from numerous teamies that it was Czech. Still didn’t get it, darn bidding went too high.  I had done the same thing last time on a Boucher necklace, I asked if it was worth buying for 10$….general concensus was, yes, buy it.

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These are the earrings I got today

 

There were sporadic jewelry treasures today, I got a beautiful broken Czech pin, that I’m going to turn into a necklace, may be a keeper. I got a Venetian wedding cake necklace, and earrings, and a Whiting Davis gold tone mesh necklace with the original box. I love that kind of stuff.

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These are the earrings I got today

 

The silly thing I bought was 5 trays of art glass beads. In the past I have made lampwork beads with a torch. This has provided me with a practical understanding of how glass jewelry is made, and why I love glass jewelry.  Some of these beads are vintage, but many are handmade lampwork beads, a few are fused glass.  I appreciate how valuable these are, and like my ugly Coro fur clip pin, I felt these need rescueing. So I now have a lot of  gorgeous beads, one had the original price on of 100$. (yes, beads sell for that and more)

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These are just a few of the beads I got. These are all artisan lampwork beads.  I also got about 10 pounds of vintage to contemporary glass beads. There were a lot. I paid 30.00 for all of them. I paid 10 for the above lampwork ones, then 20 for a box with odds and ends.

The 3 pendants at the top are part of these, I’ll sell them as jewelry. I also found a bag of vintage art glass cabochons, they’re gorgeous too.

This year I am being super selective about what I buy. My shop is evolving slowly to a lovely curated place of vintage treasures, not just jewelry, some accessories, but everything is getting better. I only sell very good to excellent quality costume jewelry, with no issues.  I’m listing less cheap costume items, and trying to sell identifiable objects, that someone, somewhere is looking for them.  I can only list so many items a week, there’s no need for me to buy hundreds of junk pins that I can never list.  Step by step,  my shop is becoming a true depository of treasures.

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Thanks for reading,

Gretel

 

 

 

THE STORY OF A VERY UGLY PIN January 11, 2016

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As the official costume jewelry princess at the auction I go to, and because I’m a nice princess, I get special privileges.   A few weeks ago a seller dropped off a 20 gallon box full of costume jewelry.   Don’t get excited, it wasn’t full of Juliana and Fancy stuff jewelry. Rather lots of broken watches, dirty jewelry, and possibly the occasional bug.

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Huge box of jewelry I dug through to find treasures

 

 

 

 

When sellers drop off huge amounts of jewelry like this the auction assistants have to match pieces together (like earrings) and display them on trays.   The thing is, costume jewelry gets no respect.  So the assistants don’t know treasures from trash.  So Melissa, the assistant,  told me to put some trays together, for myself to bid on. Woo hoo.  Digging through a box of costume jewelry, that’s right up my aisle.  As you may have figured out, I have a thing for beaded jewelry, especially glass jewelry.  So I dug around and found some art glass necklaces, a Venetian Sommerso bead necklace, some 1950s beaded necklaces, and assorted treasures.  I kept digging around the bottom,  because you never know what you might find.   I love dress clips and fur clips, so at the bottom I found a figural Coro fur clip, of what looked like an old woman. It was in bad shape, very chippy, but since I was going to bid on this extra special tray, I threw it onto my pile.  Long story short, a couple hours later I was high bidder on the two trays.

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Huge box of jewelry I dug through to find treasures

 

So I took my treasures home. The Venetian beads were wired onto an ugly chain, so I removed them and put them on an appropriate chain. I listed some of the necklaces, and kept putting the ugly Coro fur clip aside.  I finally got around to taking her pictures, and posted then on  Ebay.  While I heavily promote my Etsy shop, Ebay is still my  primary  store, so I post everything there first.  I knew painted Coro dress clips could be valuable, so I researched them only finding Charlie McCarthy ones.  Why they would make womens jewelry depicting Charlie McCarthy is beyond me.

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I had no idea how to price her, so when  in doubt, I put items up for auction and let the  buyers decide the value.  So I started the auction at 14.99.  Right away I got a bid on it, and a strange email asking if I would end the auction early, because she had lost these before.  I said,  once I start an auction I don’t end it.  I recently joined the 21st century with an Iphone, which is connected to Ebay and tells me every time I get a bid.  About 20 minutes later my phone started beeping, and told me the bidding for the pin was up to 300.00.   For a really ugly pin.

At that point I decided to ask my Etsy team mates on Facebook what was so special about this pin. I  posted pictures, and we went back and forth.  Someone found a Coro website with the other half of this fur clip, it was Punch, as in Punch and Judy.  He had a moveable arm with a stick, was in excellent condition and asking price was 1200.00!  So who I had was Judy, but her arm was missing the stick, and she was missing a lot of paint.  Everyone gets excited when a teamie has a great find.

So I had to wait 7 days for the auction to end. I knew there were at least 2 people in the world that wanted her. I kept checking the bids, but they didn’t change.   Final high bid was 320.00 Only 320.00! This shows you how greedy we can get.  The first bidder was the winning bidder.  I asked her what she was going to do with it, restore it or leave it?  She was up in Providence Rhode Island, former costume jewelry capital of the country, and her grandmother used to work in the Coro factory.  She didn’t know whether she would restore Judy or leave her.

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What absolutely amazes me, is that if I hadn’t found her, in the bottom of that grubby box, I’m sure she would have ended up in the trash.   In my mind, this ugly Coro fur clip has a place in costume jewelry history,  and I was possibly the only one there who could even envision anyone wanting her.   I’m so happy that she has returned home to Providence.

 

 

How to Make Money Without Really Trying and With a Little Help From My Friends… November 16, 2015

Setting Sail for the AuctionEvery week at the auction brings new surprises and new treasures.  Last week I was looking at the previews and saw this.  Nothing makes me get warm and fuzzy more than gobs of colored glass.  Looking at all of these colored glass cruets, some of which were hand blown made me want to have them.  I thought I’d sworn off of buying blown glass, but cruets aren’t that big, and would easily fit into a small size priority box.  Bad news was, they were going to be auctioned off early. Instead of waltzing in at 11AM I’d have to get myself up and out of the house and be at the auction by 8AM… Part of my responsibilities at home are getting my teen age son up and driving him to the bus stop, by 7:30….auction is 25 miles away….I could do this.  Got child up and shoveled into car, and as I got to the bus stop, I slowed down, pushed him out and said “see ya”!

More Colorful Cruets!So I was on my way by 7:30, but I hadn’t had coffee yet. Ach!   I thought I might have time to stop for a Mickey Dees Latte, and still make the 8AM start.  Gotta have coffee.  So I stumbled into the auction before it started, and ran to look at the glass.  The auction at 8 is very different from the auction at 11.  I used to come earlier and work the outside field, but since I’ve started concentrating on jewelry, which doesn’t start until 1PM, I’ve slacked off from getting here so early.  I loved the cruets and lovingly fondled a few.  Of course the stoppers didn’t seem to match, but they were soooo pretty.

Colorful Cruets

I looked at the first table  and saw 2 huge boxes of junk jewelry. Hmmmm, not a lot of buyers here yet, and it is jewelry, I don’t usually buy box lots, they are a lot of work, but it is an auction, so I started bidding and got the boxes for 40.00. Surely there would be something in them.   I carted the boxes back to the jewelry auction and stored them behind the counter. Back to the glass.   I waited patiently for  for them to get to the cruets, there were twenty,  I hoped they would go cheap.   A woman pulled aside 8 of them, I figured I’d let her have them and maybe I’d get the rest.   I think she got them for around 60.00.  Fine, they were the nicer ones anyway, they put up the rest of them, and they went for over 100.00 Aw shoot, I got up early and everything and never even got to bid on them.   Life goes on.

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So I now had about 20 pounds of junk costume jewelry,  I figured I’d try and flip it at the auction. Something I’ve never done before.  I got a large case, and carefully started pulling out ugly necklaces and arranged them in the case, trying to make junk look attractive.   I got another case and stuffed it fulled of carefully arranged jewelry. This left me with a huge box of more junk jewelry.  I had picked out a few interesting things,  so I was offered the last available case, took the box and just flipped all of the remaining jewelry into it, shoveled it around some, looking for treasures I would be willing to sell in my stores.  I’ve never just dumped jewelry in a case, but a lot of people do this, and I was tired of untangling necklaces.  My hope was to make back the 40.00 I’d spent on the junk, the same day.

Dumped the Junk Hope for the Best

This was a very confusing auction day for me.   I found a great box of jewelry in the back, with a Venetian Wedding Cake bead necklace I HAD to have.  At the same time there was also a Venetian Sommerso art glass bead necklace at the jewelry counter I had to have.  At this auction you can consign a table, and put what you’re selling on one table, then items are sold individually from it.  There is one seller who consistently has great vintage jewelry.  It can be a bit pricey, but the quality is great.

So I went to lunch with Mr. T, as I always do, and worried over the two necklaces.   I didn’t know whether I should pull the one necklace from the back, or bid on the whole box. At the same time there were treasures at the jewelry counter I wanted, including a case with a millefiori bead jewelry set.  I pondered my dilemma while munching on my egg salad wrap.  Side note, as a vegetarian, the egg salad wrap is the only food I can eat at the Amish restaurant in the auction hall, so every Wed  for 4 years I have had that.   Mr T mumbled on about knives he bought, and tools he was thinking of bidding on,  not realizing how important the jewelry dilemma was.  Men!

After agonizing over this monumental decision, I decided to ask Mr. T to bid on the necklace in the back, and I would work the jewelry dept. So I stepped up to the plate, whining to anyone who would listen about the injustice of not being able to be in 2 places at once. Another auction buddy volunteered to bid on the necklace in the back, but I told him I had it covered.   How cool is that, I have friends there who will bid for me,  and I have done the same for them…I love that.

Row of showcases, my 3 sold for 85.00 this week!

Row of showcases, my 3 sold for 85.00 this week!

So my cases did really well,  I was shocked, they sold for a total of 85.00,  I made about 75.00 from the sale, but it meant I didn’t have to take any of that junk jewelry home.  I also sold some rings for 40 and 2 trays of jewelry for 50.00…. Selling at the auction is always hit or miss, this week I sold high…but that also meant I bought high.  Mr T got out bid on that Wedding Cake necklace, he actually went higher than I told him to go, and he still lost it.  I did get the Venetian Sommerso necklace, but I paid way more than I should have. I bid with my heart, and we all know that is stupid and costly.   I also bought the case for 50.00 with the millefiori set, there’s a bunch of other jewelry in it to sell, but some will go right back to the auction next week.

I got some nice jewelry this week,  it’s always a surprise to me what I got, even though I look through everything ahead of time.  It was really nice walking out of there with  a little bit of cash.  I have so much stock,  and I can’t list that much, so I’m finding as time goes on, I’m getting very selective about what goes into my stores.   I specialize in Art Deco, Rhinestone, Figural Animal, and Beaded jewelry.  Mostly mid century, but I’m not afraid to go out of those boundaries.

Jewelry makes me so happy. I’m so lucky to have this as an option for making a living.

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Until next time,

Gretel

 

LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS OH MY! VINTAGE FIGURAL ANIMAL JEWELRY September 25, 2015

Celluloid Scottie Dog Pin signed Japan

Celluloid Scottie Dog Pin signed Japan

At the auction last week was all about better quality costume jewelry. It was very stressful, time consuming, and could be disappointing if I didn’t get what I wanted. I talked to one buyer this week, who gave up on bidding for things because prices were going too high. Last week he asked me what I thought the Miriam Haskell jewelry would go for. I said 300-500 dollars (I don’t know much about the brand just that it’s priced really high online) He scoffed and said it shouldn’t be more than 100.00. Well this week I checked and one necklace did go for 325.00.

Group of Miriam Haskell jewelry from last week

Group of Miriam Haskell jewelry from last week

So this week was back to normal, no Miriam Haskell. No Juliana rhinestone jewelry.   Just the regular bunch of hit or miss assorted vintage stuff. which I like. I can buy a lot for my money, pick out what to keep (the most perfect and profitable items) and regurgitate the remaining jewelry back to the auction next week.

Stacks of jewelry, ready to be auctioned by the tray

Stacks of jewelry, ready to be auctioned by the tray

There was tons of jewelry to pick through. I probably ended up with 15 pounds (a lot of which is going back) What I’d like to talk about today is the opposite of high end costume jewelry. Figural animal kitsch jewelry. It’s a weakness of mine. (I guess all jewelry is a weakness for me) I often wonder what the other bidders think about me. I’ll go some weeks and buy just a few things. Then one week, bang, buy tons of what looks like junk. Which just about describes kitschy animal jewelry. It was thrown together in a cardboard box. I said to someone, don’t let me bid on this. No one stopped me. I got it for probably around 30.00.

Cardboard box with assorted figural jewelry

Cardboard box with assorted figural jewelry

These smallish pins were often sold in pairs to be worn together, thus the term scatter pins. I think of these mostly from the 1950s and 1960s, though you can find animal jewelry back to the Art Deco period. These are not fine quality pins. Often sold in 5 & 10 stores, Woolworths, etc, they can be painted, have rhinestones, faux pearls, even googly eyes.   They aren’t particularly sellable, but what I love is finding a pair of ostrich pins and waiting for an ostrich lover, somewhere in the world, to find them and buy them.

Poodle holding a beach ball with 2 dachshunds holding a stick

Poodle holding a beach ball with 2 dachshunds holding a stick

In this box were turtles, fish, elephant with eye glasses, cats and dogs, a dancing fox, a cat playing a saxophone, mice, donkeys, and who knows what else. Some were signed Trifari, some Gerrys. I find a significant amount of these were signed Gerrys, painted in bright crazy colors and sold in pairs. In this box there were a dachshund, ostrich, squirrel, and mouse pairs.

Unusual pair of ostrich scatter pins, signed Gerrys

Unusual pair of ostrich scatter pins, signed Gerrys

Often, to justify the madness in buying this silly pins, I will group them together, hoping to find a buyer who collects a particular animal. I’ve done well with turtle and bug collector pins.

Group of turtle pins, bottom left is signed Trifari

Group of turtle pins, bottom left is signed Trifari

Gretels Treasures shop can be found on Ebay and Etsy.  Some day I’ll tell you how and why I sell on both venues.

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Assortment of cat pins, all from the same cardboard box

Assortment of cat pins, all from the same cardboard box

If you’d like to see the oddities I find at the auction, follow me on Instagram, I try to post something every day that I’ve seen including bad clown art, Mid Century Modern furniture, Buddha statues, cowboy boots just to name a few things I’ve seen in the last week. Thanks for visiting Gretels Treasures blog

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Teensy cat, 1 inch, playing a saxophone, with a pearl belly

Teensy cat, 1 inch, playing a saxophone, with a pearl belly

 

WOW! SO MUCH JEWELRY. I’M LIKE A KID IN A CANDY STORE September 17, 2015

Let me start by saying I’m now on Instagram…if you like looking at cool old stuff please follow me. Every week I’m going to take a series of cool old stuff at the auction and post a picture or two every day. It’s a no stress way to get a daily intake of cool or weird old stuff.

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Okay, back to vintage jewelry treasure hunting with Gretel…this week at the auction I suffered extreme costume jewelry overload.   This particular auction, in the hills of somewhere on the East Coast, usually has an assortment of jewelry ranging from the 1920s to the 2000s…. There can be a lot of junk, and an occasional treasure. Why does anybody think that Dollar Store Mardigras Beads need to be resold? Ah but this week was very different.

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Some Juliana Treasures

They had received boxes from an estate, I’m not sure if it was a collector, or a store, because there were massive amounts of very good quality jewelry. 14 large showcases to be exact. I wish I had taken a picture of all the shows cases (24 x 30 inch size) filled to the bring with great jewelry. Usually they sell a whole case, but this time they were selling individual items and small hand picked lots. Cases included antique bone and ivory, early plastic, Juliana rhinestone, Miriam Haskell (a lot), Art Deco, Mexican Silver, lots of signed pieces, Silver, amazing stuff.

Miriam Haskell treasures

Early Plastic Jewelry

One of the auctioneer’s mothers had the keys and was showing everyone individual pieces. Normally you can’t touch or see the backs of anything in the cases. My gosh, I just wanted to roll around in them.

More, more, more rhinestones

More, More, More Rhinestones

Here’s the thing, although I go every week to an auction, I have zero patience or tolerance for them! I’m lucky that jewelry starts at a certain time, otherwise I’d have to arrive at 8 in the morning, and wait around all day, just to have a chance at being outbid.

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So we were surrounded by thousands of dollars worth of costume. (Remember this NEVER has happened before in the past 4 years I’ve been coming here) It was like sharks circling their prey, going around and around these cases. I had resolved myself that I wouldn’t be getting anything, because there were some heavy hitters with deep pockets. I’ve seen one woman bid 150.00 on a necklace that I would have sold for 75.00….either her market is better than mine, or I’m underselling things so please visit my Etsy and Ebay stores now.

More, more, more rhinestones

More, more, more rhinestones

When the time came to bid, we looked like 2 rows of people lined up in a church for communion. I of course, princess and treasure hunter that I am, lined up right in front of the cases I was most interested in bidding on. Once they got started things happened very fast. I had spent the previous 4 hours circling, picking out what I wanted to bid on, and strategizing. I was ready for the battle to begin.

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Prices in general did not go crazy high. Higher than I’d like. For instance, 2 Juliana bracelets, one with matching earrings went for 130.00. I feel that was too high, they were not Easter Egg or Art glass bracelet, just nice chunky rhinestones. I ended up with about 30 pieces of jewelry and paid 390.00 for it. This is really a lot of money for me, but I got some great pieces. A gorgeous Art Deco signed Czech glass necklace, what I think may be an unsigned Miriam Haskell necklace, an Art Deco pair of rhinestone dress clips, 2 early rhinestone peacocks, a Coro duette bird set, a sterling rhinestone bird I think is Coro or Trifari, a Murano glass bead necklace, and other assorted jewelry. One pair of Juliana earrings, not great, but still. Here’s what I ended up with:

Final Results for the Day

Final Results for the Day

It was a long tiring day. And I had started it out with a cold to boot. I picked up Chinese food on the way home, and crashed the moment I got in the door. I am an introvert, and being around all those people and visual stimulation just wipes me out. Hope you enjoy my pictures.

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WHAT $80.00 BUYS YOU AT AN AUCTION! June 12, 2015

Wow! Look at all the Treasures!

Wow! Look at all the Treasures!

Pickings have been pretty slim at my auction.  State law recently changed and we aren’t allowed to sell precious metals anymore, unless we have a precious metal license.  Ever since they started enforcing that rule at my auction,  there has been a lot less jewelry.  Auctions are a great place to dump unwanted stuff, and for me that would be odds and ends of sterling that I couldn’t sell on Ebay or Etsy. Now I have it saved up in a plastic baggy.

3 MOONGLOW BEAD NECKLACES WITH STERLING SILVER CLASPS

3 MOONGLOW BEAD NECKLACES WITH STERLING SILVER CLASPS

Still there are lots of opportunities to buy treasures every week.  Earlier this year I’ve had problems with people outbidding me.  Poor Gretel expects treasures to be handed to here, on a silver plate, for very little money.  So I’ve had to bite the bullet, put on my big girl pants, and start bidding with abandon.  What that meant was that 2 weeks ago I paid 325.00 for a case of jewelry….that’s a lot of money. I was outbid on 3 other cases for similar prices…..and you know what, I’m not going to make a great profit on that case. (Insert Buyer’s Remorse sign here)

BLACK AND WHITE ART GLASS BEADED NECKLACE

BLACK AND WHITE ART GLASS BEADED NECKLACE

Then, last week, I bought a box of jewelry for 20.00, and found loads of good stuff in it, surprisingly.  And a Minolta camera, which I gave to my auction buddy Todd, because I just don’t want to deal with things  other than jewelry and vintage accessories. It’s taken me 3 years to realize my niche market. I know what I’m selling with costume jewelry, I can describe it really well, and find the perfect buyer for it.

AURORA BOREALIS FACETED GLASS BEAD JEWELRY SET

AURORA BOREALIS FACETED GLASS BEAD JEWELRY SET

So what did 80.00 get me? Every week, since I’m a special person, I get to go behind the counter and paw, examine all the jewelry they’re selling. I get to turn pins over and see whether it is signed, and whether it has the pin back attached. (Frequently it doesn’t) This gives me a distinct advantage over other buyers, because I know whether something is a Crown Trifari or an Avon pin. One is very desirable, the other, maybe not so much.

4 LOVELY BRACELETS

4 LOVELY BRACELETS

This week there were loads of vintage necklaces.  This Spring I’m selling tons of necklaces,  and was happy to see them. Plus, the other buyers aren’t aware of their value.  Not worth a lot, but for the right price, I get a lot of jewelry to play with.

5GLASS BEAD NECKLACES

5GLASS BEAD NECKLACES

These were multi strand aurora borealis beads, art glass beads, moonglow beads. Some were signed West Germany, some Sterling, some Art Deco, and one sweet little Amco gold filled necklace.  So much bidding strategy was to bid on everything (sold in 2-4 tray lots at a time) and just see what I could get, cheap.  I got about 12 trays of jewelry for 15-30 dollars a lot.  There was some junk in there that will be funneled back into the auction in the near future.  What I was left with to sell was about 40 necklaces and bracelets! Gotta get listing!

AMCO ANTIQUE REVIVAL GOLD FILLED NECKLACE

AMCO ANTIQUE REVIVAL GOLD FILLED NECKLACE

BROKEN ART DECO GLASS BEAD NECKLACES

BROKEN ART DECO GLASS BEAD NECKLACES

WEST GERMANY ART GLASS BEADED NECKLACES

WEST GERMANY ART GLASS BEADED NECKLACES

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The Vintage Fiore

Eat.Sleep.Vintage

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