Thursday, March 31, 2011
The first thing I do when I get a locket home is take it apart. Especially if it has photographs in it. It feels a bit like snooping, but oh well. After all, people hide all kinds of neat things in lockets. Bits of ribbon, strands of hair, tiny drawings, extra photos of other women . . . wait, what?! That's what I found in this Victorian pocket watch style locket when I opened it the other day - a hidden photograph of a striking lady and a lock of golden hair. It obviously hadn't been opened for a long, long time. So what's the story with these three?
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
|Egyptian revival brooches ca. 1925 || $1,744|
|Georgian foiled quartz necklace ca. 1820 || $10,256|
|Victorian tortoise-shell and citrine bangle ca. 1860 || $3,282|
|Edwardian diamond and emerald lavalier ca. 1905 || $4,923|
|Early 20th century diamond ring ca.1915 || $9,641|
Photos courtesy of Christie's Inc.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Oh! And the title of this post comes from the second track of this mighty good mix (download it!) from the one and only Miss Moss. I've been listening to it quite a bit lately!
dress || H&M
shoes || vintage gladiator sandals from Marie's Vintage
ring || vintage faux turquoise cabochon, thrifted
necklace || 1930s celluloid feather necklace, antique shop
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Recently, I looked at the shop and I realized there were no bracelets. Nary a one. So I set out to change that just as fast as I could! Here's what I found for you. Seven bracelets, one to list in the shop each day this week. Which makes me think of the "Days of the week underpants" scene from "When Harry Met Sally." So funny.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I've been watching a lot of basketball lately and I got to thinking, what if thrifting was a sport? For those of you who have done it, you know how intense it can be - it's not impossible to imagine a league of professional antiquers! Just imagine what it would be like to spectate and hear live "on the ground" coverage at antique malls, flea markets and thrift shops? Here are a few play-by-play commentaries that I imagined for two of my favorite Etsy vintage sellers - Dear Golden Vintage and Adelaide's Homesewn - and myself. Here's the set up: The commentators' names are Tom and John. They are broadcasting live wearing vintage menswear and fancy headsets. They have a combined 46 years of experience covering vintage sports.
|Lauren of Dear Golden Vintage|
“The doors of the antique mall just opened and . . . yes, we’ve just received confirmation from Betty at the front desk that it is in fact Dear Golden Vintage. This is very exciting, John. Her stats sheet is incredible. She’s known in this part of the state for her accuracy and breakneck pace. People also say he has a "sixth sense" for finding tatted lace and 1940s rayon. You'll remember last March we saw her cover 100,000 square feet of collectibles in just under an hour and a half. Reports say that she's been doing a lot of home juicing since then, so who knows what she's capable of now.
“Jean Jean Vintage has taken a sharp left down the second aisle of the antique mall and – whoah! – she is striding toward booth 204. She has a tray and is quickly filling it with baubles. Watch closely, Tom, because we might see her favoring her left hand. Reportedly, her thumb got trapped in a locket last week but it looks like she’s made a full recovery. I’m also happy to see that she’s brought her multi-compartment purse today – you’ll remember last time she forgot it and it really set her back. The necklace tangling that day was some of the worst I’ve seen."
|Maria of Adelaide's Homesewn|
“Now John, we all know that Adelaide’s Homesewn holds the Missouri record for most garments draped over one arm at one time, but did you also know that she also took the silver medal in the stair climbing competition at the Antique Olympics last fall? Don’t let her adorable haircut and bright lips distract you – she is fearless. When it comes to finding garments there’s no warehouse too musty, no attic too dark, and no antique mall too cluttered. We estimate that she’s rescued and redistributed just over 1000 vintage items in the last couple of years. Keep your eyes on her - she's got a long career ahead of her.”
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
|Soren and his sister's at the trail head, which was a ca. 1860s dairy farm.|
|The Ocean on our left.|
|The pretty Point Reyes shoreline.|
|Tamales Bay on our right, heading out to the point.|
|Your truly, demonstrating the kind of "predator" pose that might scare the elk. Creepy, I know.|
|Tule elk grazing all around. We must have seen at least 150 on our hike.|
|He spotted us!|
|Looking down from at the tip of the point.|
|Along the lighthouse wall, with the stairs in the background|
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
This past Sunday, The New York Times Magazine ran a story about castles for sale in Europe. I was, and remain, a bit entranced.
I decided that my favorite castle is this one, the Killahara Castle in Ireland. Not only does it appear to be the most solemn of all the castles in the article, but I love it's tower shape. It's like a castle silo that could be filled with anything! Candycorn! Cotton! Or, more likely, a series of rooms stacked on top of one another.
The castle was built in the mid 1500s and has had several owners over 500 years, including a number of prominent families, a farmer's co-op and even a cow. Today the castle operates as a guest house and it is also, of course, for sale if you want to buy it.
Photos credits: Eddie McGivern via the Killahara Castle website
Monday, March 21, 2011
|1920s Art Deco 10K white gold diamond ring || 1920s Art Deco sterling silver, rhinestone and enamel ring|
|1920s style mount with 1900s European cut diamond || 1920s brass, rhinestone and enamel ring|
|1930s Art Deco 18K aquamarine ring || 1930s Art Deco sterling silver blue glass ring|
|1900s Art Nouveau gold signet ring || 1930s gold plated signet ring|