flea markets

…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 Isla San Esteban
5FISH Handmade Lampwork Boro Spacer Beads Isla San Esteban
$17.99
Time Remaining: 27d 17h 59m
Buy It Now for only: $17.99
Spectacular Lampworked Boro Glass Teardrop Beads 25 M3
Spectacular Lampworked Boro Glass Teardrop Beads 25 M3
$17.99
Time Remaining: 5d 10h 21m
Buy It Now for only: $17.99
5FISH Handmade Lampwork Boro Borosilcate Spacer Beads Icy Winds
5FISH Handmade Lampwork Boro Borosilcate Spacer Beads Icy Winds
$17.99
Time Remaining: 24d 20h 57m
Buy It Now for only: $17.99
LGL Handmade Boro Lampwork Beads SRA STARLIT STARFISH NB1941 Jewelry Craft
LGL Handmade Boro Lampwork Beads SRA STARLIT STARFISH NB1941 Jewelry Craft
$19.99
Time Remaining: 2h 31m
5FISH Handmade Lampwork Boro Spacer Beads Cloud Ten
5FISH Handmade Lampwork Boro Spacer Beads Cloud Ten
$17.99
Time Remaining: 27d 18h 4m
Buy It Now for only: $17.99

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Flea Markets, Beads and Jewelry

For the first time in awhile I went on a flea market search for beads, beaded jewelry and vintage signed costume jewelry.  What fun I had, looking through the piles!  But my eyes hurt from squinting to see the signatures on the jewelry (even with a loupe it was difficult at times).

My mission today was simple; I was on a hunt to find vintage costume jewelry with one of the three "R's" -- re-sellable, re-usable or restorable.  And yes, I found nice examples of all three.

I took my husband David with me, and he was a big help, in pawing through the jewelry looking for signatures.  In fact, he found two pieces that I immediately snatched up!  And he suggested that we go to a much bigger flea market tomorrow to see what we can find.  So we'll go early and probably stay all day (it's a very, very large flea market).

Were They All Treasures?

Well, I did make a few mistakes, about $2 worth.  Don't ask me why I picked up 3 Christmas pins that I didn't mean to buy...but I bought anyway, by accident.  They are pretty, for sure, but I realized that one tree had a branch broken off.  Another was a necklace that I thought had a particular designer's signature, but I didn't check with my loupe.  Oops, once I got home, the signature wasn't what I thought.  But at 50 cents each, my mistakes didn't cost too much.

Like Vintage "Redux"?

Jennie sent me an email this morning about a book by Kalmbach publishing (you know, the Bead & Button people) about taking vintage pieces and remaking them into new pieces.  Naturally, I checked on Amazon and they have it (for a much better price).  If you think this is a cool idea, check out Vintage Redux: Remake Classic and Collectible Jewelry for some ideas and inspiration.  So, if this sounds interesting to you, why not pick up a copy (I have one in my Amazon shopping cart right now).

Well, I'm going to go for now and go play with today's finds.  So I'll leave you with some [nmslink:vintage bead lot, ideas for redux supplies] (if you don't have any good flea markets nearby).

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