Summertime And the Garage Saling is Easy

It’s summertime and we are going to a lot of garage sales on Fridays and Saturdays.  Truth to tell, we generally go to the most interesting ones first, and then others on our list, or ones that we drive by.  When it gets too hot, we head over to the air-conditioned Goodwill, abandoning the list—a girl’s got her priorities.  Lately, it’s getting too hot right around 10:15am.  We’re such wimps when it comes garage saling in 90ºF plus temperatures.

I wanted to start out with something that our neighbor tried to give me:

Blue Vintage Sink

Our neighborhood is made up of 1950s mid-century modern houses.  The neighbor recently remodeled his bathrooms and gave up this sink.  He thinks it was designed for families with small children, as it is long and shallow with the sprayer on the shallow end.  I didn’t take it because I don’t have blue bathrooms or children, and the sink is way too shallow for my laundry tub.  Not taking the sink made me a little sad–hopefully he can find it a good home.  It would make a good dog-bathing sink, but even I DO NOT have a bathroom just for my dogs.

We’ve also been going to a lot of estate/moving sales lately:

I think she liked fish estate sale

We think that this person must have really liked fish, as she had a lot of ocean-themed decorations:

Worried Turtle

That’s unusual for our neck of the woods where people seem to go more generic or cabin-in-the-woods decor.  I always wonder if people who have lots of beach stuff or lighthouses came from an ocean-front part of the world.

This metal bun warmer made us smile:

Keeping your buns warm

It’s obviously well-loved, but still fun.  It was made by West Bend, but isn’t electric; it must keep your buns warm the old-fashioned way with layers.  I ended up buying it for the Etsy shop; I haven’t gotten it listed yet mostly because I can’t get a good picture of it, even in a light tent!

This was an odd picture:

Strange old picture

We looked at it pretty closely and decided that the picture and text were married by someone, since they don’t seem too closely related.  We do like her demand of a “domestic” before marriage, but wonder exactly why said domestic must have new wood work.  Does anyone know what this refers to?  **We have been informed by two readers that a domestic is a sewing machine!  Thanks Terri and Steph for the knowledge.**  The article below the picture talks about German cologne, “the most Fragrant and Lasting of all perfumes.”  Silly me, I always thought the French made the best perfume.

I really like those ’50s TV tables with “atomic” decorations:

TV tables

These 1970s TV tables just don’t do it for me.  It’s not a great still life, but it’s hardly egregious either.  I’m not a hater of the colors brown, orange, yellow or copper so it’s not that.  Maybe when I’m an old, old lady, I’ll remember the ’70s nostalgically, but I doubt it.

Do we even have to say anything about these 3-D vacation plaques?

Vacation 3D plaques   vacation plaque

My one thought is that if you took a picture, on your digital camera, we might have another gallon of gasoline instead of these plaques that you didn’t even keep or unwrap!  Now that’s pitiful!

I think we took this angel picture just because it’s not white:

Yellow crochet angel

I wonder if she had a small ball of yellow yarn in her stash and decided to use it up this way.  Or maybe this was part of a rainbow angel display which must have been awesome!

You know, the arts are in enough financial trouble without this picture mucking up the works:

Don't hate the arts

It would be easier to say what’s right with this–I don’t hate the background pattern, and the frame is unexceptional.  That’s it for the faint praise.  It makes me shudder to look at the smiling/frowning masks.  What is the deal with the color schemes? They’re hardly P.C., but I suspect this metal foil picture would be hideous even without the paint!

We can’t stop finding bad kitties–first Little Kitty, and now this:

Forgotten Jellicle Cat--Leprosy CatI call her The Forgotten Jellicle Cat: Horrible Skin Condition Cat!  Not to make fun of any specific condition, but why would anyone make a cat candle that makes me think of something like leprosy or psoriasis?  I think that the chandler intended to make a candle with pretty flower petals just under the wax.  The kitty itself is cute, but the extra details make this a definite fail.

This hat made us laugh, and laugh:

Fred Flintstones Water Buffalo Lodge hatAre any of you old enough to remember Fred Flintstone’s Water Buffalo lodge?  That’s what I thought of when seeing this hat.  I must admit to a little confusion about whether it was Fred Flintstone or Ralph Kramden who belonged to the Water Buffaloes.  Thankfully the interweb put me straight!

I would wear the bison hat any day over this gator belt:

Gator beltWe think that it really was alligator leather, too, which makes it worse in my opinion.  It’s an ugly belt; you would do better to leave the skin on the alligator than to waste it this way.  I think gator hides are around now because people are eating farmed alligator a little more often.  I see it on the menu quite often in Florida and I’m sure that’s not the only place.

How about we end on a knock-your-eyeballs-out lamp?

Knock your eyeballs lamp

I personally loved it, but would totally understand if someone thought it was hideous.  This lamp was so big and bold—you might not even have to turn the light on because it’s so bright!  If the people having the garage sale weren’t so insane on their prices, I might have even brought it home.  I imagine B.H. is heaving a sigh or relief that I’m a cheapskate when you get right down to it.

Thanks for reading and we hope you’re having some summer fun, however you like it!

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Weekend Warriors

It’s hard to explain to folks that we have a NEED to go to garage sales EVERY week.  It’s a heck of a hobby: it’s mostly harmless, and sometimes it can be very worthwhile.  This past weekend, between Friday with Deb and Saturday with my hubby, we hit a bumper crop, so I thought I would share just the sort of things you can pick up in a weekend with some leg work and perseverance.  Of course, this tends to elicit comments about how they went to A single garage sale and didn’t find anything.  You’ve got to keep at it folks!!  We’ll make a believer of you yet!

So, the most fun we had on Friday was an estate sale.  This is one of our regular companys’ sales, and for some reason they decided not to send out notices of their sales, so it hit us as a complete surprise.  We were glad we went, as the house turned out to be a time capsule of our childhoods.  We had to laugh at how much stuff there was from both our homes growing up.   There were some pretty funny things too, like this:

So many nutcrackers, so few nutsSeriously, did they have an entire grove of nut trees, or did each individual need their own and refused to share?  OK, now that is the only thing I will share this week that I didn’t buy, so hang on to your hats!

Here is a quick selection of some fun stuff:

Estate sale 1Who could pass up that big-eyed kitty puzzle($1.00), or that fabulous printed tablecloth($5.00)?  My dad sells and services fire extinguishers, so a used one for fifty cents was a no-brainer.  He refurbishes them and sells them at a discount.  Children’s hankies are hard to find, so a pristine one for $2.00 was a deal.  The little yellow thing is a type of stand for a vintage Liddle Kiddle doll.  I told the lady at the sale that I was probably the only person there that knew what it was and she gave it to me.

Let’s look more closely at a couple of items:

Estate sale2This vintage made-in-Hawaii child’s vest ($1.00) is just about as cute as it comes.  They had it in the doll clothes, but I think it was originally kiddie clothes.

Now what, do you ask, are those other thingies?

What the heckI thought about just throwing this out there and seeing what kind of answers I got, but I was too curious to let it go.  These are sterling silver food pushers, c. 1921.  So for all those out there who have resorted to honey to keep the peas on your knife, here is the solution.  For some reason they had a small collection of these, but I only picked up the sterling ones at $2.00 each.

I tried mightily to resist this coffee server, but it came home with me anyway:

Estate sale3It was too mid-century modern for words, and Deb already had one. ($5.00)

I also picked up a Rembrandt.  Well, it is a print, but it was pulled from the original plates, probably in the 1920s:

Estate sale4As close as I will ever get.  Paid $5.00, and they sell for about $125.  Not a bad profit there.

I was also able to find the elusive hoe.  We only had a tiny hoe, and hubby wanted a nice full sized one to use around the house.  We have been looking for over six weeks.  Who knew that would be so hard to find?  I actually plunked down $5.00 for it, as we had been looking for so long.  Bet we will see about a dozen of them this week for fifty cents apiece!

Now, on to Saturday:

Time to GardenFirst up for the garden-a book about arbors ($1.00).  I was thinking of building one, so that will help.  I also got some plant fertilizer for a quarter.  I use this all the time for my amaryllis, so it will get used up, and I don’t have to pay full price.  And to top it off, a little bag of glass stones.  I have been gathering up stuff for mosaic projects at school, so anything that goes for free heads right to that pile.

Baubles and readsThe baubles section included a super sparkly peacock pin for $2.00, the lovely shell heishi and malachite bear necklace for $2.00 (at the same sale they threw in the necklace with heishi and animal fetishes for free, as it was broken).  I fix beads for pin money, so that was not a problem.  The lovely 1930s tree pin for $3.00 and the cook book (light reading!) and magnet for 50¢ each.

Found a sale that had the cardboard 1961 Barbie dream house for sale, and I talked to the lady, wondering if she still had the dolls, as I didn’t need another dream house.  Sure enough, she headed to the storage room and brought out these two.  They are in rough shape but for $5.00 each I can make them presentable again.  Also got a handful of nice hankies for $1.00.  Way cheaper than Kleenex!

Babes and blowsWe tripped over this sale, as it wasn’t on the list, and I dug these two out of some boxes:

Super bargainsMy mom collects carnival glass, and this was a lovely green Northwood piece.  Easy set aside for a Christmas present.  I couldn’t resist the paprika chicken.  Who puts paprika in a shaker?  On further inspection, I think he probably had friends and was part of a whole spice set.  Wish I had the rest of them.  These racked up a total of $1.00.  At the same sale we found a power washer:

Under PowerIt needs a couple of parts and some work, but it started right up, and the price was right (free!) Plus, we had been looking for one of these, and free beats a couple hundred.  You can buy a lot of parts for that price.

I am pretty sure I don’t even begin to have all this stuff in the right order, as after we picked up the power washer, we had to come home and empty the car!  This is pretty rare even for us, but here are a couple more things that came along somewhere in there!

A place for every thingI have no need for this little table, but it was so pretty, and looks to be a handmade piece.  I tried to resist, but for $3.00 how could I not give it a home—it was practically an orphan.

And here is the last group shot:

Getting crazyOops, the cookbook made it in again, I assure you, I only bought one of them.  The boat was just dolly size, and nicely made.  The lampshade is to go on a lamp I have that my grandfather made ages ago.  It had a fiberglass shade that bit the dust years ago.  It was turquoise and awesome, but the white one will probably fit my home better.  The hand-carved Tiki napkin holder was a direct outcome of seeing the crazy tiki stuff at Home Depot (see our Facebook page), and it was oh-so-much cuter.  Now all I need is a good tiki sign, and my bar will be open for business.  All this (minus the cookbook) for $5.00.

So for just a little over $50, we sure had a lot of fun.  We found fun and useful items, so next time we say, we NEED to go to garage sales, you know why.  Give it a try, and please report back.

 

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A New and Improved Friday Post

Okay, enough with the reruns—it’s time to get back to what we do, whatever that may be.  I’m recoverd from a fun 4th of July vacation to Joseph, Oregon and I do have a few pictures to share.  It was hotter than blue blazes, so of course we didn’t go shopping like I usually do: we went hiking, swimming, and even canoeing.

I did put this on Facebook, so I apologize for double posting, but it was so horrifying that I just couldn’t believe it.  We pulled into Twin Falls, Idaho about 7:30 pm due to our alpine start of 9:45am.  It was still 100°F, and we were pretty tired after all the heat and driving.  We tried one hotel, but their dog rooms were full; they recommended that we try the place across the street, since they allowed dogs.  That hotel did have vacancies, and no wonder why since they had fireworks booths around two sides of the building.  However, beggars can’t be choosers, so we checked in with the fatalistic attitude that we would go out with a bang.  Even more disturbing was what was going on next door:

Discount Fireworks

Discount fireworks, not even first rate fireworks, were being sold in a gas station parking lot about 20 feet from the pumps!  Doesn’t that seem like tempting fate?  Oh, those crazy Idahodians.

We did some wonderful hikes along the streams and ponds, which kept things a little cooler:

OR hiking    OR hiking 2

For the 4th of July we had the adventurous idea of hiking up a steep moraine near Lake Wallowa to watch the fireworks:

Lake Wallowa

The sunset was gorgeous and distracted me from worrying about how to get down that steep trail in the dark:

Sunset

Several of the houses nearby also contributed fireworks before the big show; it always amazes me how much money people spend on fireworks.  The official show was definitely worth the wait:

fireworks

All those little lights below are boats on the lake watching from another amazing vantage point.  As for hiking down the moraine, all I can say is thank goodness for hiking sticks and headlamps.  It’s an amusing story to tell because none of us got hurt, although there was a lot of falling going on all around!

I did get to do a little shopping.  I was amazed by all the stuff crammed in this shop, and by the prices.  He did business by the book–asking full price for even damaged stuff.  He couldn’t charge us for looking, and he did have some amazing things, like this TV:

Philco TV front

I apologize for the bad picture—I snuck it while the proprietor was otherwise occupied.  No time to check the settings.  I’ve never seen one of these oldsters in person.  And by the way, you can see how crowded the store is even better in this shot of the TV’s back:

Back of TV

He even used the bottom shelf of the TV stand for display!

We also went to the general store in town, which seemed more like a museum than a store. There were a number of wonderful vintage displays like this one:

Rit Dye Display

I had to laugh that they crossed out the original price on the display–I’m sure Rit is much more expensive these days.

Here are a couple of more displays and my favorite thing in the store:

Shopping cart

In the background you can see a salt water taffy display and an Eddy’s bread display.  The thing I coveted the most was the grocery cart in the foreground.  Out front they had put potted plants in one and it was adorable.  Of course, I didn’t take a picture of that!

While canoeing we got to see a bald eagle nest with the young ones still in it.  No pictures of that because I didn’t trust my canoe skills enough to take a camera in one.  I wish I had smell-o-vision on my camera because the wild mock oranges were in bloom and the scent was heavenly.

I still have a little room in this post, so I might as well squeeze in a few finds from around home.  Here are some words that you probably thought you would ever hear from us—a cute clown:

Cute clown

He’s a vintage planter and we just can’t get too worked up about his uncreepy, smiling face.  If you must have clowns in your home, do us all a favor and buy this variety!

We ran into someone’s extensive decanter collection which seemed to feature some American Legion conventions:

Decanters

I have just one of these kinds of decanters in my house, so I’m not exactly an expert.  If I had to choose, I would take the hula girl in the middle–she would be great on a tiki bar!

These two decanters were even less amusing:

Elephant    Donkey

If you’re excited about the next election cycle, you’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!  It’s bad enough to be forced to listen to all the hot air on TV; we don’t need to be reminded of it during our shopping/retail therapy sessions!  I suppose that strong drink could help drown out all those orange-skinned bloviators.

This was an interesting pairing on the thrift store shelves:

Does it, DOES IT??

She looks a little quizzical about that advice.  I agree that laughter is the best medicine, but I’m not sure that giggling is the fountain of youth!

I wanted to report on the little wooden kitty I adopted a month ago, especially for Theadora.  Little Kitty seems very happy on top of my refrigerator and I’ve given her a few doll hats so her ears don’t stick out like a sore thumb:

Little Kitty

I guess we’ve bonded since I’m trying to think of a name for her.  Any suggestions from the peanut gallery?

Well, it seems like we’re back in the groove again.  Thanks for looking at the recycled posts—it gave us a much-needed break.  It was the first time in five years that we hadn’t written a new post.  In the meantime, our favorite sale at the Unitarian Church is coming up in a month—I get excited just thinking about it!  Stay tuned because we have more fun on tap.

 

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Early Craft Pattern Redux

Searching back a bit, I stumbled upon this story.  We get a lot of hits on the Tin Can Art posts, but we bet a lot of you have not read this one yet.  There is also a plus at the bottom that was added as an afterthought.  Deb is home from her trip soon, and we will get back in the saddle again, in the next week or two.  Hope you are enjoying the trip down memory lane.

Vintage Crazy and Not-So-Crazy Craft Patterns

May 30, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, Kathy let you all in on a little secret about our fascination with vintage craft patterns (Pattern Frenzy).   We like mainstream crafts just fine:  stamping, paper crafts, sewing, jewelry making, clay modeling, hand stitching, crochet, knitting, and probably many more that I can’t think of right now.  But for every “sane” craft, there is a crazy one such as Magic with Tin Cans, a Craft-Case Book.  Yes this is a real craft book; take a look!

I thought it would be fun if we wrote posts about our craft books, both kinds.  This will be spread out over a number of posts because we are pretty dedicated collectors.  I myself have at least 23 books, and God alone knows how many Kathy has.  ;- )

So, I’m planning to group my pamphlets and books according to categories.  An example of  a category could be Metal Crafts which would include the following books:  Alcoa’s Book of Decorations; Magic with Tin Cans; Fantasies of Foil and Metal.  Another post category, Recycling Crafts, includes the following titles:  Don’t Throw it Away; Making Things from Discards; Decorate your Discards.  These posts would be examples of the crazy vintage crafts.  I also have a sweet collection of eleven Leisure Craft and Leisure Craft clone books, which include subjects such as:  String & Raffia Figures; Soft Toys; Pipe-Cleaner Figures; Rag Dolls; Wooly Toys, plus many more.

Today’s post is Metal Crafts.  When I Googled “Tin Can Crafts” I got the following–586,000 results!  Why tin cans?  Well, they are amazingly common and have been for a long time; this year marks the 200th birthday of the tin can.  People have always used common household items to express their creativity.  For goodness-sakes, there are crafts made from dried beans and macaroni, people carve soap, the Victorians made incredible art from hair!  Tin cans seem pretty mundane after all that.

I have three metal craft books, and here are their covers, which are half of the fun in my opinion!

Fantasies of Foil and Metal--Metal Foil Paper Foil Tin Craft Magic with Tin Cans Alcoa's Book of Decorations

I have a confession to make and you all can keep a secret, can’t you?  I find the Christmas tree in the middle book kind of cool in a really warped way–please don’t think less of me!

These metal crafts are a mix of mainstream and odd.  Here are examples of each, I leave you to decide which is which.

Ice Cream Parlor Tin Can Craft Tin Can Wall Plaque

Now, I could see an argument that they are both odd, but I like the chair as a doll chair.  It would make a cool Gay 90’s ice cream parlor scene, if you could bear to make at least four chairs.  On the other hand, the wall plaque is kind of scary.  If you do make it, I would recommend hanging it near the ceiling so no one puts an eye out.

The Alcoa Book of Decoration is unremittingly funny.  There are only a few crafts in here that wouldn’t cause all conversation to cease and eyes to bug out, if used as suggested in the book.    I have three examples to use as evidence:

Aluminum Foil Hobby Horse

This hobby horse’s suggested use is as a “a decorative prize for party games”.  Oh boy, I sure wouldn’t have even tried to win this!

Example two is more evidence that some people should never have children.  To this day, Timmy never leaves the house without his tinfoil hat to block mind control or mind reading attempts:

Aluminum Foil Pigtail Wig

And last. dear reader, is the “Soulful Mermaid” which is in the “Fun for a Large Party” section of the book–I’ll let you decide her mood and whether she is “Fun”.

Aluminum Foil Mermaid

Lest you think Alcoa’s Book of Decoration is totally without merit, the next picture is of the most normal craft in the whole book.  They are charming, when taken in context.  The really funny thing is, that we both have a copy of this book.  It not only got us, but it got to us twice!

Aluminum Animals

Well, thanks for reading this installment of Weird Collections that also veers off into a book review too.  Bet you can’t wait for more!?

Ok Confession time.  Man, if confession is good for the soul, ours should be lily white by now!  I don’t think Deb even knows this object is in my collection:

Yes, I succumbed to a tin can chair.   Honest it was for my dolls, yeah right, like that makes it better.  To top it off, not being satisfied with its golden and red velvet glory, I was compelled to paint it black and add pink leopard upholstery.  I know, but really, it is kinda cute, isn’t it?

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Kathy says, “There Might Have Been Dragons!”

Hope you’re all having a groovy week!  This is the second of our summer reruns—a very old post from March 6, 2010 called “There Might be Dragons!”.  Kathy talks about her dragonware collection which she started many a moon ago.  I’m sure it’s grown a bit in the last five years.  Hope you enjoy it!

There Might be Dragons

Into every serious collection, some clunkers may fall. No really, it happens! I have been known to purchase such clunkers and bring them home—usually under cover of darkness, so Hubby can’t see! This collection began when I was about 10 years old, and my grandmother gave me two pieces. In our family we have a saying, “one of anything is the start of a collection”, so when you get two, you are practically obligated to start collecting it. Well, that, and the fact that I am fascinated with these dragons. They are all hand-applied, so each has a personality. Some of the pieces are quite fine. The two large vases on the bottom shelf are marked Nippon, and are really super nice examples of the porcelain art. A couple of years ago a book came out on dragonware, and the prices shot up. Boy, was I snarky about that, but the prices have come back down, and I am still able to add a piece here and there.

I have a couple of rules about this collection. Why, do my collections have rules? Haven’t a clue, but many of them do. The first is, I don’t buy multiples of the same shape and color, so I don’t end up with the same set of salt and peppers umpteen times, and the second is, no “souvenir of” pieces. That being said, a couple of the items always struck me as a bit bizarre. Take these two pieces:

Who would think to put a dragon on a Canadian maple leaf and a Dutch shoe? I have seen dozens of both of these, so they made a lot. I think they bought blanks of every description, and grabbed whatever was handy.

Now this last piece thoroughly broke rule number two, but I couldn’t help it:

A souvenir of Tijuana? Now we all know they keep the dragons with the bulls for fighting right? I laugh every time I see this one. I can just imagine the conversation:

“Hey José, I ordered a case of souvenirs for the shop; look what they sent us!”

“Oh well, put it out; some schmuck will buy it”

And they did … at least twice!

 

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Procrastination Strikes Again

Hey everyone!  We’re going to do a couple of summer reruns from really, really old posts.  This one was originally done May 2010.  We figure NO ONE read our blog back then (and we have the stats to prove it!) so it’s time to dust them off and put them out there.  This is a companion piece for the Spaghetti Poodle post which came a little earlier.

Hi there, this a procrastination blog post since we didn’t find anything horrible last Friday. It was my job to look through all of our reserved pictures to do a Friday Finds post  (formerly called W.W.T.T.?) [We wanted to call the blog “What Were They Thinking? which was already taken; hence The Second Hand Roses were born!]  Unfortunately I’m a coward and procrastinator, which can be a deadly combination. So, instead of doing the Friday post first, I’m rerunning a book review, with a bonus thrown in for good measure.

I promised in the Spaghetti Poodle post to review the only known book on the subject (at least according to Amazon): Spaghetti Art Ware Poodles and other Collectible Ceramics by Wanda Gessner.

Amazon has new and used copies; I ordered it and paid about $20, including shipping. First off, I would be suspicious of the pricing guide since the book was published in 1998. We all know that with the uncertain economy, prices ain’t what they used to be. The author reproduces the marks and paper tags and lists manufacturers and importers in the introduction. She also includes a brief description of common materials used–porcelain, red clay, or ceramic material, along with a brief description of production techniques. For those of you who have been wondering, the spaghetti is made by pushing ceramic, clay, or porcelain through a tea strainer or similar device and pressing it onto the body, or swirling it to make curly fur. The figure is fired after the painted decoration is added. Often, these figures are only fired once, which would explain why the paint is often chipped or flaky.

After the brief introduction, the book features 101 pages of pictures and descriptions, lots and lots of pictures (400+) which is just what collectors like. The first section details spaghetti poodles and dogs, then other animals, holiday figurines, and finally miscellaneous. Through the whole book, I looked for my poodles, and found one or two, but for the most part my collection wasn’t in her collection. Which makes me wonder how many more spaghetti artifacts are out there.

If spaghetti art ware is your thing, then I would recommend this book; especially since spaghetti ware books are few and far between. It isn’t a complete description of what is out there, but it’s better than nothing.

The next review is of an excellent guide to jewelry called appropriately enough fun jewelry by Nancy Schiffer.

This book was published in 1991, so again the price guide is no longer accurate. But as the editorial review states, “Fun Jewelry contains over 400 beautiful color photographs showing over 1000 pieces and an explanatory text which identifies all marked pieces”. Amazon has it for sale for about $9 (used) + shipping. This is a must-have book for people who enjoy jewelry, whether it’s vintage costume or the real deal. This book details “fun” jewelry made by most important designers including: Tiffany, Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels. It also describes “costume” jewelry made by Eisenberg, Miriam Haskell, Trifari, or Sarah Coventry. It has something for everyone.

There are about 150 pages of pictures, lots of pictures along with descriptions. The jewelry is classified by subject, so there is a “Swimmers” section with fish, amphibians, etc., a “People” section with human associated subjects, “Beasts” with animals, “High Flyers” with bird jewelry and so on. This book is amazing in its collections and pictures. I’m sure it isn’t complete; there have been so many jewelry makers over the years, but it isn’t from a lack of trying. I would highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in jewelry.

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You Could Be a Winner!

We did the drawings and congratulations to: Queli, Ruth, Jean, and Sheila!  I’ve sent you all email asking for your addresses.  We’re so glad that someone wanted all the prizes!

I have a couple other pieces of business.  A couple of readers felt sorry for the poor, earless wooden kitten.  For all of you old softies out there, I want to say that we searched high and low, found the kitten, paid less than a dollar for her, and she is now living on top of my refrigerator:

Poor Little Thing   Kitty in beret

I think she looks ever so much cuter in a beret!

Finally, I’m not even sure how this happened, but we forgot to wish all the dads out there a very, very, very happy Father’s Day!

fathersday5-1961

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