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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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.

 

 

TRUE CONFESSIONS OF GRETELS TREASURES AND HOW TO DEAL WITH JEALOUSY October 26, 2015

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Bangle bracelets

Bangle bracelets

Every week is different at the auction. You never know what you’ll find and equally important, you never know who will be there bidding against you…Earlier this year I was in a total funk, because there was a woman who would outbid me on everything.  It made me so mad.  What really hurt was seeing my treasures going home with her, and then being listed on Ebay, WAY underpriced.   She bought massive amounts of jewelry, took awful pictures and would sell for 6.99 or best offer. (which meant she was really selling it for around 5.00)….Obsessiveness and jealousy are not pretty on me.

Assorted jewelry purchased this week

Assorted jewelry purchased this week

My obsession was not healthy for me. I whined about it to my auction friends.  My auction buddy Todd said I should just bid her up. And I tried doing that, but I didn’t want to pay that much for stuff. And it’s very hard at an auction to know who is bidding, unless they are jumping up and down. There are no paddles with numbers.  You may wonder what impact this has on pricing?  I won a case a few weeks ago for 40.00….if she had been there, she would have paid 90.00. That is a huge difference, granted you’re getting a lot of jewelry for that price, but I turn over a significant portion back to the auction. I pick what I want to keep, and throw it back.

Really cool stuff!

Really cool stuff!

How bad was it? I even tried imitating her, selling lesser jewelry for 13.99 or best offer (10.00) I found it could be done, but you have to sell a lot of mediocre jewelry at that price, and it takes just as much effort on my part to list a 10.00 item as a 20.00 or 50.00 item.  Every year the quality of my online shops has improved and streamlined. I used to sell everything! Stuffed animals, clothing, shoes, I ran from thrift shop to yard sale spending a lot of time shopping.  Now I’ve streamlined to where I go shopping, once a week, can be picky, and then theoretically list the rest of the time.  Sure I stumble into a thrift shop now and then, maybe a flea market once in a while, but I don’t spend all Saturday morning driving 100 miles trying to find something to sell. (I live in a rural area, that’s what it takes to go yard sailing around here)

More jewelry

More jewelry

Now I have to restrain myself at the auction. I don’t buy figurines, or glass, or dishes.   Occasionally small items, like antique Christmas garden toys  or lead toy animals.  And I’m happier, and my car is less trashed.  This week’s blog sounds like true confessions.

Trifari jewelry

Trifari jewelry

Now I have a nice group of auction friends. They save spots for me. We bid for each other. We talk about what case we HAVE to have, how high we’ll go for it. Do you want something out of the case I won? I give someone necklaces, she gives me some earrings.  It’s really warm and fuzzy.  And that sure beats obsession and jealousy .

This is a case I sold...for 10.00

This is a case I sold…for 10.00

This weeks auction was just nice. I arrived early to set up 2 cases of jewelry to shovel back to the auction. I thought they were nice.  Unfortunately, I only got 10.00 each for them! But the flip side is, when I sell low, I buy low….this is all non sellable costume jewelry I’m getting rid of (good for selling at flea markets, no name contemporary stuff),  but I’m buying some cool stuff….After setting up my cases, I walked around taking pictures to share on Instagram, and then I become Princess Gretel and go behind the show cases to fondle , um inspect, the trays of jewelry.   M & K were trolling through a huge box of jewelry, putting trays together, and they told me to put some together for myself! Okay joolies, picture a 20 gallon tub full of jewelry,  granted it’s filthy, but who knows what might be in there.  So major entertainment ensued.  Poor M & K, kept holding up stuff they thought I’d like, and I’d just shake my head.   I found tons of vintage beaded necklaces from the 50s, not terribly valuable, but I love beads and love sharing them with my buyers. I also put together another tray of odds and ends, including some art glass beads.  So much fun.

Huge box of jewelry I dug through to find treasures

Huge box of jewelry I dug through to find treasures

What I picked out of that huge box

What I picked out of that huge box

I conferred with a few people, about who wanted what and the bidding was on. They are still selling the estate of an antique jewelry store. Not the great stuff, but good costume is still funneling through. I’m being a good little squirrel, buying and storing acorns now, because I know the good stuff will run out someday.

Got 10.00 for selling this jewelry also!

Got 10.00 for selling this jewelry also!

It was a good day at the auction,

Thanks for reading,

Gretel

 

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.

https://instagram.com/gretelstreasures/

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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Gretel Says: Catching Up is Hard to Do! June 17, 2013

A box of jewelry!

A box of jewelry!

Still trying to catch up with a huge lot of jewelry I bought a few weeks ago. It weighed about 10 pounds, a combination of new old stock jewelry from Rhode Island and the traditional vintage stuff I usually get. So the above red K’Nex toy box was full of jewelry. I’m just going to show you some of the fun stuff inside of it:

Huge Statement Necklace

Huge Statement Necklace

I really like this piece, from the 70s or 80s, it’s from the warehouse that closed in Rhode Island. New Old Stock. Sitting for over 30 years! I just find it a compelling piece.

Les Bernard modernist brooch

Les Bernard modernist brooch

This is a huge modernist looking piece by Les Bernard. the cabochons are glass (faux stone), right now it’s on reserve for someone, come July 1 if they haven’t paid it goes back on line, I really like this too!

And more Pins!

And more Pins!

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Pins

Pins

Pins

I got an incredible amount of pins. See above! One of the more unusual ones is a Boucher pin, mid 1960s, of a gazelle in front of a slice of agate geod:

Boucher Gazelle Pin

Boucher Gazelle Pin

This is a lovely, hard to find pin. I was trying to list it today, didn’t find anything exactly like it, but I found enough to be thoroughly confused. Mr. T and I argue every week (usually over lunch, egg salad for me, roast beast and cheddar for him) he says I need to do auctions, I say nononono, most of what I sell has a quantitative value, so I know about how much a piece of jewelry can sell for. If I sell at auction, and my special customer around the globe isn’t looking that week, I could under sell an item. So this cool Boucher pin, a similar one has sold for 79.00 recently on ebay. However, there are currently 2 for sale online at 279.00. How the heck do you price this pin? At 79.00 I’m doing okay, but this is an extra special mid-century pin, there are none for sale on ebay right now. Google images only shows a small handful of similar pins. Personally, I’m really uncomfortable putting a high price on it. I do want it to sell, I don’t want it to join a lot of other friends in a velvet lined drawer at my house.

Selling high priced items is tough. I currently have a denim jacket from Barneys for sale, it was part of an AMFAR fundraiser, a limited edition designed by LA artist Joel Otterson. It’s cool, it’s been priced really high with no interest. It’s been priced low with no interest. Only 100 were made. It needs a special home, maybe I should send it to AMFAR and see if they would like to auction it off again. I can’t imagine how much it sold for originally, and I found it in a cardboard box in the field at the auction! Here’s the link for it, see if it works!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230986159295&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

But you’re here for the jewelry. What else did I find that week?

Coro Locket, 4 pictures

Coro Locket, 4 pictures

A sweet little Coro 4 way locket, this is the 2nd time I’ve come across one of these. Very delicate and feminine.

I’ll be honest with you. I’ve been more than a little preoccupied over the last couple weeks. I’m going through a lifestyle change, it’s a good thing, but still it has me a bit topsy turvy. My darling Husband (dh) recently got a full time job after 4 years of searching. This is a great thing, but I’m going to have to take up the slack at home. I’ve tended to obsess about Ebay and Etsy (and Pinterest, and the Ecochic Team at Etsy, and buying stuff, and selling stuff, and and and…) So I going to try and back down a bit. I’ve been selling everything on Ebay, which can make a person a bit schizophrenic. I sell clothes, shoes, glass, animal figurines, mens ties, assorted vintage items, toys, plush animals, and jewelry. Now I know jewelry is my best seller, and I have probably enough to list just that for the rest of the year. So I’m going to try and back off of selling everything under the sun and sell just what I love, jewelry, animals, glass, that kind of thing. And I also am going to have to start getting up earlier to get my son off to school or day camp. DH starts work at 6:30, I’m used to getting up after 8:00, so you can see one of us is going to have to get the male child to the school bus and it looks like I’m the logical one. So I’m still going to the auction every week, but concentrating on jewelry that I love, early 20th century glass beads, rhinestones, glitzy yummy stuff.

It’s getting dark out here, I’ve still got to write to you about last weeks auction. I bought a lot of silver again. You were supposed to stop me from doing that!!! I’ll give you a hint…sterling silver bunnies!

TTFN as Tigger would say
Gretel

 

Gretel’s Got Your Back! June 7, 2013

Pretty Amethyst Stone

Lots of different stuff to talk about today. Where to start? I’ve been trying to “deaccession” (get rid of) my “junk jewelry”. Items that just aren’t worth my time to list, because they’re not special enough. I keep meaning to take a picture of one of my costume case lots so you can see how much I’m selling and how much or how little, I’m getting. I’ve done this the last 3 weeks, and I got 20.00, 40.00, and 25.00 for a case. Minus a 15% commission. It’s a quick way to dump a lot of jewelry. I try not to sell broken items, but these are all recent to vintage not so great pieces for online. Ebay is flooded with not so great stuff, I don’t know the statistics, but a large percentage of jewelry (and everything) must go unsold.

This was also the last week of the “New Old Stock” jewelry from Rhode Island. A factory had been shut for decades, and the jewelry just sat in there. I heard that the guy selling this at the auction paid 8000.00 for it. He did not make a killing, though I’m sure he recouped his investment. A couple of weeks ago I bought a lot of it. I ended up with over 10 pounds of assorted goodies. (gotta go back get pictures and write about it)

I’m trying to stay current, so tonight I’ll write about yesterday’s auction. First of all there was hardly any jewelry. That’s still okay, I’m months behind in listing, so I don’t need to buy any. They reversed how they do the jewelry and coin auction now also, so I still have a prime spot, and I’m not too worried about losing it as long as I show up every other week.

Since nothing was attracting me at the jewelry counter, I decided to go outside into the field. (I generally don’t go out there in the sun because I wilt, but I was curious what was out there)….Ahhhhh, a lot of nothing. At least nothing I needed to wilt for. I called Mr. T on my phone to find out about lunch, he was a happy little guy, lots and lots of tools. He had piles of them spread out amongst the rows, argh, so I had to wait for him to bid. So he had his little pile of tools and got it for 10.00. He put in in a big plastic bowl and I took care of it while he scurried off to his next pile. Mr. T has quite a reputation, more on that later. He won another pile of tools, which left me holding the yellow plastic bowl (with tools) and standing over his 2nd pile of tools, while he scurried off to find a box for his treasures. He’s got lots of frienemies, gives knowledgeable advice, and is very generous. (He’s always trying to give me knives and tools. He did a weapon check on me yesterday in the field, but I failed, my pen knife was in the car) Long story short, I ended up watching a few different peoples piles of tools while they brought their cars around. (While I wilted some more)

Finally lunch! “T” went inside and I went for my car, but not before I stopped before a big box of stuff. Surely something must be good in it, I threw some dolls into the box, drove my car up to it, to wait for the auctioneer. A couple were discussing who had thrown dolls in their box, (ummmmm, not me!) Auctioneer came, they bid their 10.00 and bam! I outbid them for 15.00 . There must be something in it. Paid a guy 1.00 to put it in my car. Here’s the box:

Box of Junk

Let’s take a break here from yesterday, and see what was in the box. Today I pulled up the trash can to the back of my car, and basically threw most of the stuff out. I don’t believe in saving broken icky stuff. There were some etched wine glasses and some chipped figurines I saved for the thrift shop. I was disappointed there, I was hoping the figurines would be good. I ended up with 2 Danbury Mint covered bridges, an Annette Funicello mohair bear, some fake Limoges boxes, a glass scottie dog, the 4 dolls I threw into the box, and whatever other odds and ends you see in the below picture:

What I Kept from the Box of Junk

Not really worth 15.00 but I’m going to try and take more risks in the future.

Inside, I was ready for lunch, but “T” had found some old fishing gear he wanted. So we had to wait for that. ARgh. Boys and their toys, mine are much more fun and shiny and glittery. At the next table over were some jewelry boxes, so I started digging through them and found a pretty broken florenza bracelet. But I could fix it. I picked out some more stuff and put it in a shoe box. “T” came over and put a knife in it, said he’d give me 25.00 for it. So I stood there guarding my shoe box of stuff, and 2 older gentlemen started pawing at the knife. I’m blonde, and have played dumb all my life. Guys are so stupid they can’t see it. They started saying there’s a guy here who’s gonna want that knife and bid you up. “Oh really?” (batting eyelashes, flipping blonde hair) Yeah, his name is Killerdog. “Maybe I can hide the knife under the jewelry, thanks for warning me” Yeah, he bids up everyone, he’s bad. (If you haven’t figured it out by now “T” is the Killer Dog that they are talking about. I thanked them, and shuffled off to tell “T” to stay away from me. I was working the box of jewelry and had these guys eating out of my hand.

Long story short, one of his frienemies came over, picked the knife out of my box and said he’d be bidding on it. Oh. Okay. No problem. “T” had been outbidding him all day and he was out to get this knife. He ended up spending 90.00 for it. (It wasn’t worth it) I played cool and got my shoe box of stuff for 30.00. Here it is:

Jewely Haul for Today

The best thing is the Florenza bracelet, with original tag, there’s also a very funky wide painted metal bracelet stamped Germany, my gut says it’s pre-warII, it’s extremely light weight and looks art deco, also another little thermoset bracelet:

Bracelets

A nice blue flower pin and earrings set, 1960s maybe:

Blue Flowers

And a West German Pendant, fancy chain necklace and earrings:

West German Set

Finally a few more pictures of the remaining jewelry, a gold feathery pin, a Monet circle pin, a jockey and horse, some neat intaglio reverse carved earrings, and some assorted goodies:

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The amethyst crystal at the top was also in my shoebox. I really enjoy pulling together these lots that I find. Thanks for sticking with me so long.

Egyptian Revival Necklace

Let me end with this great Egyptian Revival Czech. Glass neckace I got a few weeks ago. I planned on selling it, but given my attraction to scarabs and glass beads, I think I’m keeping it. (BTW, one just sold for 144.00 on ebay auction, they can sell for twice that on Etsy)

Here’s my pinterest page that I’m working on, the subject is Egyptian Revival Jewelry Gallery:

 

Gretel has a Love Hate Affair with Jewelry May 16, 2013

Flower Haul

Flower Haul

Dear Friends,

I haven’t forgotten about you. This blog stuff is such a commitment, and in case I haven’t said so, I am a commitment phobe. One of my favorite blogs is “Queen of 50 Cents”. I have a link to it on this blog. It’s a woman in Oregon who goes garage sailing, and usually posts once a week, about all the cool stuff she finds. She’s into mid century furnishing, has a mid century house, takes pictures of dogs and cats she meets along her travels, and I really look forward to it. She’s a retired librarian, and a mystery writer, and has a great garden. That’s a lot to aspire to.

Anyway, she doesn’t blog every week, and I’m so disappointed when she doesn’t write, but boy do I understand the not wanting to write every week thing. I wonder if writing about my auction experiences is that interesting or relevant or whatever. I think a lot of my lack of inspiration to write has to do with the fact that there just hasn’t been that much great jewelry to write about. And I have such a backlog of listing stuff there’s no need to go out and buy more. (yes, I know I’m still buying more, but not in huge quantities) I can only save so much stuff.

I think I’m a bit unusual in that I don’t like to hoard the stuff I get. I enjoy throwing things out (by that I mean donating them) So I see this avalanche of jewelry piling up, and am starting to panic. I have boxes of stuff, a closet of stuff, some shelves, and then there is the precious costume jewelry. I think I’m going to have to bite the bullet, and dump a bunch of it at the auction just to get rid of it.

I actually hadn’t bought much jewelry in the last few weeks, but last week I thought I saw some items that were worthwhile. There were more people than usual, and prices were going really high, then I heard mumblings about it being the week before the Brimfield Mass, shows. I don’t keep track of those, having never gone there, but evidently the Eastern Shore of Maryland is on the way to Brimfield for a lot of people. So there were lots more people at the auction, who were spending. (Last week would have been a great week to dump my jewelry)…There was one small lot, pictured at the top, that I thought was interesting, and I got it for 15.00. Loving the flower jewelry I was happy with it, till I looked at it. Some of the porcelain flowers were chipped, a lot of the pins were missing their backs (argh), and one was mysteriously really really really sticky. I can’t figure out what it is, just picture taking a pin, dunking it in molasses, then letting it dry. Yuck. Fortunately, I got to have lunch with my auction buddy Mr. T, he had wanted one thing from the jewelry table, but I missed it. While looking at my box at lunch, I pulled out this engineering device that had been in the flower lot, and lo and behold, it was the thingy that he wanted. He gave me 15.00 for it, so I’ve broken even on the flower debacle.

Surprise Box of Goodies

Surprise Box of Goodies

Okay, I with held information from you. I did get some jewelry. See the little box above. There are treasures (to me) in there. While waiting for the jewelry auction to start I wandered down the aisles to see what they were auctioning off in the dishes section. Please note, very few dishes are involved. This is really the “smalls” auction, antiques, glass, small furniture, pictures etc. They don’t want you selling jewelry there because jewelry slooooowwwssss down the auction. So what did I come upon among the tables but a large glass case of costume jewelry. This jewelry was better than anything in the jewelry auction to be held. With the lid open so you could paw through the goodies. Well, how fantastic. I started picking through, filling up a little box (see above, again). Things get down and dirty at this part of the auction. I was standing next to a lovely woman who was also pawing through, picking out a few things. Let me just tell you what I didn’t get up front, a Coro Duette pin of 2 birds (paint intact, large size) and 2 lisner necklaces. I freaked out when I saw the Coro duette, because I know how much they have been worth. So I had my little box, with the Coro and Lisner pieces in it, and a woman came up and ever so calmly said she had pulled those out and put them aside. She took them out of my box and said I could bid on the Coro pin by itself. Well, fine and dandy, take them, I’m not getting into a cat fight in the aisle over some jewelry I don’t need.

I just stood there biding my time, waiting for the auctioneer to reach this table. And let me tell you the auctioneer assistants were not happy about dealing with jewelry. They don’t want to sell it individually, and there was a bunch of it to deal with. The woman next to me got her little box for 20.00. I handed the asst. my box and he just put it down in the case, and I picked it up again. A bit later I gave it to the asst. again, but not before a guy behind me pulled out a Mexico silver piece and wanted to bid on it by itself. No problem, didn’t need that either. Items start at 20.00, but the asst. wanted to start the pin at 50.00! this is how annoyed they are at dealing with jewelry. I don’t know what it sold for, I just gently gave my little box (which I kept piling more and more into while I waited) to the asst. and held my breath. They held up my little box, then dumped everything on a table top, above eye level (????) Happy me, I got it for 30.00. The woman with the Coro pin fetish issue gave her box to the asst, but first he took a jewelry box of junk necklaces and started the auction at 20.00, no one bid on them, then he took her little box and dumped it on top of the pile. (Tee Hee from me) I don’t know how high the bidding went, but it blew through to 100.00 very quickly.

Informational side note, I checked my smart phone while waiting to see if the Coro Birds were worth bidding on. There are a few on ebay listed for 200-300 dollars, but none have sold recently. I didn’t want to spend 90.00 for a pin that wouldn’t for a nice mark up.

So, you are asking yourself, what did I get? I like to fly under the wire, yes I love buying something for 1.00 and selling it for 85.00, but that’s not going to happen with everything. So let’s take a look at what I did get.

First assortment

First assortment

Sweet little sterling silver pin, a sterling silver and turquoise pendant, a nice little Calla Lily pin, signed, but can’t quite make it out, and what I love is the pair of gold washed sterling crown pins attached with a chain. I love crown jewelry

WE Richards Victorian Revival Set

WE Richards Victorian Revival Set

This is a sweet little set signed WRE, for WE Richards, I’m not sure if it’s bone, faux ivory or ivory. Can’t sell ivory on Ebay even if it’s antique. I’ll have to say faux or ox bone. But it’s a nice set.

Rhinestone and painted necklace

Rhinestone and painted necklace

This is a really pretty vintage necklace with rhinestones and painted leaves, it has most if not all of its paint attached.

3 vintage pins

3 vintage pins

The black pin on the left is signed Regency, not an exciting piece, but it’s nice. The middle goldtone pin is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, and the round red rhinestone pin is unmarked, but red is a great color to sell

Owls and Turtles

Owls and Turtles

Two little owl scatter pins with marbled thermoset bellies, and a good size turtle pin with a tortoise shell color shell

Bracelets

Bracelets

Finally, 5 bracelets, one is a stone scarab bracelet, 3 glass scarab bracelets, and a pretty pink vintage bracelet

I’m happy with this collection of treasures, all good vintage collectible jewelry, nothing coated in molasses, and everything is good to go.

I would love to hear from you, if there’s something you’d like to see more of, do you want me to write about the yard sales I go to, what you enjoy in a blog. Please check out Queen of 50 Cents blog too. Thanks for reading,

Gretel

 

 
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