Christmas Jewelry

…And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Did you go out shopping on "Black Friday"?  The roads and stores around here are so jam-packed that I just order most of my gifts online.  And fortunately, my family as a whole likes gift cards and certificates, so most "shopping" is fairly easy.

Christmas Tree Pins by Eisenberg, JJ and Art  (Click to Enlarge)

Christmas Tree Pins by Eisenberg, JJ and Art (Click to Enlarge)

However, David and I ventured out yesterday (Saturday) in search of more flea markets.  We've been traveling around South Florida, and have even ventured up into Central Florida searching for treasures.  And aside from some things that show up in virtually every flea market we've been to (Avon, lucky bamboo and parakeets), you never know what you'll find.

But you know what I am having a tough time locating?  Christmas tree pins.  For that matter, Christmas jewelry as a whole.  I see a ton of jewelry sellers, but they are mainly the gold-plated chains and sterling silver jewelry.  Oh, and the stretch bracelets.  But no one has Christmas pins!

(Of course they could always be like me and be hoarding them.)

Well, I have managed to snag a few from ebay, but in some cases, they were a hard-won battle.  At any rate, let me leave you with a photo of the pins I have won from ebay. 

Then later on today or perhaps tomorrow, I will share with you pictures of a gorgeous Christmas gift I got from Jennie, involving lots and lots of seed beads in bracelet form.  I don't even want to think of the time it took her to make them!

Today's eye candy consists of [nmslink:boro beads -sex, boro beads], which even though I don't work it anymore, I still love the look.

5FISH Handmade Artisan Lampwork Boro Pyrex Glass Set Beads Honeycrisp pair
5FISH Handmade Artisan Lampwork Boro Pyrex Glass Set Beads Honeycrisp pair
$8.99
Time Remaining: 11h 25m
5FISH Handmade Lampwork Boro Spacer Beads Cloud Ten
5FISH Handmade Lampwork Boro Spacer Beads Cloud Ten
$17.99
Time Remaining: 10h 22m
Buy It Now for only: $17.99
5FISH Handmade Artisan Lampwork Boro Pyrex Glass Set Beads Woodlands
5FISH Handmade Artisan Lampwork Boro Pyrex Glass Set Beads Woodlands
$37.00 (11 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 21m
Grace Lampwork Beads SRA Glass Heart 11817205 Blue green  Purple Boro Heart
Grace Lampwork Beads SRA Glass Heart 11817205 Blue green Purple Boro Heart
$12.00
Time Remaining: 24d 7h 34m
Buy It Now for only: $12.00
5FISH Handmade Lampwork Boro Spacer Beads Isla San Esteban
5FISH Handmade Lampwork Boro Spacer Beads Isla San Esteban
$17.99
Time Remaining: 10h 18m
Buy It Now for only: $17.99

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Christmas Tree Pins Again

Christmas tree pins, as I stated in my previous post, don't make up a lot of my costume jewelry collection; I just haven't collected them much (or, collected inexpensive ones and tossed them when I no longer wanted/needed them).

Eisenberg Ice Christmas Tree Pin  (Click to Enlarge)

Eisenberg Ice Christmas Tree Pin (Click to Enlarge)

So, I've been bidding on ebay for Christmas tree pins, to no avail -- until a few nights ago.  I won!  I won!  And I think it's a lovely pin, too.

It's designer/manufacturer is Eisenberg, and naturally it's signed costume jewelry.  Since Eisenberg still makes costume jewelry, and based on the condition of the pin, I'm going to guess the year made as somewhere in the 1980s, or possibly early 1990s.  So maybe it's not quite vintage.  But it sure is pretty, don't you think?

And miracle of miracles, I won another Christmas tree pin last night!  This one is definitely vintage, as my friend Jennie has the same pin, and she remembers getting it either in the late 1960s or possibly the very early 1970s.  Since I just won that one, it'll be a few days before I get it in hand.

I have a bid for one more, and it doesn't end until tomorrow.  Keep your fingers crossed for me, that I win!

I never really realized exactly how collectible Christmas tree pins were until I was bidding on them.  I've seen quite a few go $100 or more, and plenty in the $50 and up range.  As for me, my budget doesn't go that high; I keep it under $20 per pin.

Well, if you're interested here's a [nmslink:signed Christmas tree,list of signed Christmas tree pins] on ebay.  And naturally, here are a tantalizing few below.

Vintage Rhinestone Christmas Tree Pin signed MYLU UNIQUE DESIGN FLOWERS
Vintage Rhinestone Christmas Tree Pin signed MYLU UNIQUE DESIGN FLOWERS
$12.99
Time Remaining: 21h 58m
Vintage BJ Signed Fruit Salad Rhinestone Christmas Holiday Tree Brooch Pin
Vintage BJ Signed Fruit Salad Rhinestone Christmas Holiday Tree Brooch Pin
$14.99
Time Remaining: 27d 5h 23m
Buy It Now for only: $14.99
Large 2007 Signed Avon Annual Christmas Tree Color Rhinestone Pin Brooch
Large 2007 Signed Avon Annual Christmas Tree Color Rhinestone Pin Brooch
$53.00
Time Remaining: 26d 1h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $53.00
Designer ART Signed Multi Color Rhinestone Holiday Christmas Tree Pin Brooch
Designer ART Signed Multi Color Rhinestone Holiday Christmas Tree Pin Brooch
$14.99
Time Remaining: 7d 1h 32m
Buy It Now for only: $14.99
Vintage Signed BJ Christmas Tree Pin Brooch
Vintage Signed BJ Christmas Tree Pin Brooch
$9.99
Time Remaining: 3d 1h 35m

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It’s About Time for Christmas Pins!

For some of us, it's a yearly ritual; once November arrives, we're on the lookout for the newest Christmas tree pins to add to our collection.  Or Christmas pins, at any rate -- some definitely aren't trees!

For a few years, I eagerly awaited Thanksgiving (because that's when the good pins would show up in the stores).  Then for some years, I quit buying pins.  Not sure why, but I think it was just a different work environment (i.e. more casual clothes).

But, I'm ready this year -- it's November, so bring on the Christmas jewelry!

O Christmas Tree

Christmas Pin Jewelry  (Click to Enlarge)

Christmas Pin Jewelry (Click to Enlarge)

As you can see from this small sampling, two things are apparent.  One, I don't have a large proportion of tree pins.  Second, I like cats!

I'm not sure why I don't have many trees, but it's probably because there for awhile I was buying the trees that lit up.  Well, every year they would break and I would throw them out.

Could be that's why I don't have many Christmas tree pins?

I was about to do a tutorial on making seed bead Christmas jewelry, but my project got out of hand (got too complicated).  So, I'm re-thinking what I can set up for you.

Meanwhile, I've been haunting the [nmslink:weiss christmas tree,Christmas tree ebay auctions].  There is one pin that I really, really want and I keep missing out on.  One day I will win it!

Ah well, while I keep a weather eye out for my elusive pin, I thought I'd give you a look at some Christmas jewelry!

Kirks Folly Designer Signed 2Pc Lot Santa  Rudolph Rhinestone Christmas Pins
Kirks Folly Designer Signed 2Pc Lot Santa Rudolph Rhinestone Christmas Pins
$19.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 45m
Vintage Signed EISENBERG ICE MULTI COLOR STONES CHRISTMAS Candle Pin Brooch
Vintage Signed EISENBERG ICE MULTI COLOR STONES CHRISTMAS Candle Pin Brooch
$9.99
Time Remaining: 5h 41m
Vintage JJ Signed Christmas Sleigh Horse and Victorian Couple Large Pin Brooch
Vintage JJ Signed Christmas Sleigh Horse and Victorian Couple Large Pin Brooch
$11.09 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 5h 45m
Vintage Rhinestone Christmas Tree Pin signed MYLU UNIQUE DESIGN FLOWERS
Vintage Rhinestone Christmas Tree Pin signed MYLU UNIQUE DESIGN FLOWERS
$12.99
Time Remaining: 21h 58m
Vintage BJ Signed Fruit Salad Rhinestone Christmas Holiday Tree Brooch Pin
Vintage BJ Signed Fruit Salad Rhinestone Christmas Holiday Tree Brooch Pin
$14.99
Time Remaining: 27d 5h 23m
Buy It Now for only: $14.99

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