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 Lampwork Boro Spacer Beads Cloud Ten
5FISH Handmade Lampwork Boro Spacer Beads Cloud Ten
$17.99
Time Remaining: 9d 4h 8m
Buy It Now for only: $17.99
Lampwork Boro Beads Glass Conch Cone Sea Shell Focal Bead Pendant RC Art Glass
Lampwork Boro Beads Glass Conch Cone Sea Shell Focal Bead Pendant RC Art Glass
$14.49 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 7h 43m
Lampwork Boro Beads Glass Conch Cone Sea Shell Focal Bead Pendant RC Art Glass
Lampwork Boro Beads Glass Conch Cone Sea Shell Focal Bead Pendant RC Art Glass
$13.49 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 7h 30m
Lampwork Boro Beads Glass Conch Cone Sea Shell Focal Bead Pendant RC Art Glass
Lampwork Boro Beads Glass Conch Cone Sea Shell Focal Bead Pendant RC Art Glass
$12.99 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 3d 8h 37m
Spectacular Lampworked Boro Glass Teardrop Beads 25 B
Spectacular Lampworked Boro Glass Teardrop Beads 25 B
$17.99
Time Remaining: 9d 3h 47m
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.

Avon 2006 Christmas tree Brooch 3rd annual Signed Color Rhinestone Large Pin
Avon 2006 Christmas tree Brooch 3rd annual Signed Color Rhinestone Large Pin
$34.99
Time Remaining: 27d 53m
Buy It Now for only: $34.99
Vintage SIGNED ULTRA CRAFT Christmas Tree Pin Brooch Goldtone Rhinestones EUC
Vintage SIGNED ULTRA CRAFT Christmas Tree Pin Brooch Goldtone Rhinestones EUC
$22.99
Time Remaining: 27d 19h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $22.99
CHRISTMAS TREE LOT 2 SIGNED MYLU  TANCER 6 ASSORTED XMAS PINS Lot 27
CHRISTMAS TREE LOT 2 SIGNED MYLU TANCER 6 ASSORTED XMAS PINS Lot 27
$19.99
Time Remaining: 18d 7m
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
Vtg Signed Gerrys Gold Tone Christmas Tree Brooch Pin
Vtg Signed Gerrys Gold Tone Christmas Tree Brooch Pin
$9.99
Time Remaining: 18d 19h 47m
Buy It Now for only: $9.99
CHRISTMAS TREE LOT 2 SIGNED 5 PINS 2 TREES 1 CANDLE 1 BELL 1 BOOT GOLDTONE
CHRISTMAS TREE LOT 2 SIGNED 5 PINS 2 TREES 1 CANDLE 1 BELL 1 BOOT GOLDTONE
$17.50
Time Remaining: 11d 6h 53m
Buy It Now for only: $17.50

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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!

Vintage Signed ART Green Enamel  Red Rhinestone Christmas Wreath Pin Brooch
Vintage Signed ART Green Enamel Red Rhinestone Christmas Wreath Pin Brooch
$7.90
Time Remaining: 29d 10h 7m
Buy It Now for only: $7.90
Avon 2006 Christmas tree Brooch 3rd annual Signed Color Rhinestone Large Pin
Avon 2006 Christmas tree Brooch 3rd annual Signed Color Rhinestone Large Pin
$34.99
Time Remaining: 27d 53m
Buy It Now for only: $34.99
Vintage SIGNED ULTRA CRAFT Christmas Tree Pin Brooch Goldtone Rhinestones EUC
Vintage SIGNED ULTRA CRAFT Christmas Tree Pin Brooch Goldtone Rhinestones EUC
$22.99
Time Remaining: 27d 19h 37m
Buy It Now for only: $22.99
Signed ART Gold Tone Christmas Santa Boot Pin Brooch Faux Pearls Enamel Gifts
Signed ART Gold Tone Christmas Santa Boot Pin Brooch Faux Pearls Enamel Gifts
$4.99
Time Remaining: 13h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $4.99
Sparkling Vintage Signed Weiss Christmas Holly Tree Pin
Sparkling Vintage Signed Weiss Christmas Holly Tree Pin
$7.50 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 4d 1h 41m

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