We love jewelry. It’s no great secret. Both our hubbies know that it is the easiest present in the world for any occasion. On top of that, it doesn’t have to be fabulous to float our boat. We are just as tickled with a plastic dog or cat pin, as we are with gold and diamonds! Well, within reason! Because we purchase so much of it at yard sales and scads of it is costume, we really have a lot. I just recently purchased my SECOND jewelry armoire. I keep telling Deb how great it is to have more room! She may succumb yet. That being said, we have a postful of jewelry that would NEVER make the cut to land in our collection.
The great handkerchief giveaway results are at the bottom of the post. You may already be a weiner!
We couldn’t decide if this was a DIY gone terribly wrong, or the product of a factory full of mad workers with no taste:
It might have worked with only the center medallion, but why scatter all that other flotsam around it? Maybe it was advertised as a “stash buster” project. No thanks, I’ll keep my bead stash. They are prettier in a pile.
I really can’t see that high fashion is improved by dead things trailing around your wrist:
At least that’s what this looks like to me. Either that or some leftovers from a miniature herd of cattle. Just an FYI, this was a ladies’ size, so no doubt it was made to go with your pink frilly prom dress.
Here is a whole collection of bracelet madness:
Maybe one of these at a time could be pulled off, especially the silver one on the end, but is it really worth the effort? The beads were piled on and glued to the gold-colored one, the brown one looked like laminated paper bags, and I have no idea what those carvings on the wood one are supposed to represent, but they look vaguely naughty, and not in a good way.
At least this made us laugh:
It had a loop on it to use it as a key chain, and metal going through the beads allowed you to form it into goofy shapes. It probably fails as a key chain—who would want something that big dangling from their keys—but as a toy to keep you amused while sitting at the DMV, it could work. Deb kinda wanted it, but was too cheap to pay full price for it, and we are notorious for forgetting to come back on half-price day.
All you can say about this necklace is that they tried, not very hard, but they tried:
What is up with the geese with an attitude? They won’t even talk to each other! I have seen really pretty jewelry made with wooden beads. This isn’t it. At best it is ho hum.
We tried to like this pin. Heck, it’s a bunny—I love those:
It had such an odd shape that it just didn’t work, and then on closer inspection we noticed it has two pairs of ears! Look just below the large open ear, and you will another tiny one. While looking at it, I have come to the decision that it might be a cat with a set of reins coming out of his head. Yeah, that must be it. I don’t know, but whoever made it needs to take a class on animal anatomy.
This necklace is big:
Nothing else, just big. Come on, this couldn’t have looked good even on the rack at the local department store. I have no problem with statement jewelry, but the only comment this one makes, is “I have no taste, and the salesgirl was told to push the ugly stuff out the door as fast as possible”.
Speaking of ugly:
Pineapples are supposed to be symbols of welcome, but this one clearly says “go away! ” I am sure the woman who owned this had the harvest gold pantsuit to go with it. She wore it often hoping folks would inquire about it and she could whip out her slide show of Hawaii, but every time someone saw it they winced, and forbore to mention it thinking she HAD to wear it, as it was a gift from her nearsighted husband.
We think these would be more fun to MAKE than to wear:
I kinda hate to admit it, but I did my share of string art kits back in the day. It was rather therapeutic carefully wrapping all that thread around the proper spot to make the design. I could see these fulfilling the same purpose, and overall they really are not that offensive. With a bright summer dress they would be breezy and fun.
Thought I would share one last piece of jewelry with you:
I apologize for the really crappy photo, but my computer is in the shop, and my ancient laptop will not speak to my camera, so I snapped this with my phone. Even the colors are a bit off, as it is more that forties green and burgundy, but at least you can see what it is. I spotted this ring at one of the thrift stores a couple of weeks ago, and realized the plastic was definitely vintage. I sort of balked at the $3 price tag, then I noticed it was the half price color so brought it home. Spent some time looking it up and these are called Prison Rings. They were homemade, some possibly in prisons, although I wonder that they would let them have something sharp enough to cut the plastic. Anyway, they were constructed out of old pens, tooth brushes, and any other celluloid item that came their way. Many have a clear spot on the top with a photo underneath. It was cool, and they are actually pretty rare. Going price seems to be around $200, so I guess I could have paid full price!
We did the drawing for the handkerchiefs, and we need some emails/addresses to get them sent out, so if you are:
Wayne R. Johnson
Char being Char ( I’ve got this one, Congrats, will get it right out! )
Please email us your official name and address and we will rush your winnings right out to you.