Vintage Sparkle

I’m a big fan of vintage, especially when it comes to jewellery. Its my opinion that vintage and retro jewellery, whether costume or that made from precious metals, was made to a much higher standard then that of today.

I’ve been putting my love of all things vintage to good use. I’ve set up stalls at Battersea, pimlico, and other various locations within london and Kent and I’ve been selling everything from funky retro clothing to 1920’s rhinestone bracelets.

Whether its at craft festivals, vintage fairs or good old bootsales, I’ve discovered that I’m actually rather good at selling this stuff, which has to be down to my fine eye for vintage flare. When it comes to jewellery, I’m a natural! I’ve always been a bit of a magpie and this is of great benefit when your choosing pieces specifically to sell. I won’t lie, its required me to engage in a good bit of research… Yes, I now have a load of names of both jewellery designers and manufacturers who’s pieces are worth buying, stuck in the fore front of my mind but its great fun all the same.

Here’s some images of some of the pieces I’ve brought over the past few months.

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The above is just some of what I’ve had on the stall. Brooches are probably my favourite thing to buy and sell! There really are some fantastic designs out there in need of discovering. It seems crazy how two brooches of the same age can vary so much in value purely due to its design, I’ve even had costume pieces valued to be worth more than silver pieces. But brooches and jewellery in general aren’t just something for the stall! I’ve also got a fabulous personal collection of my own. I love silver, especially old vintage silver! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of gold and own a nice collection of gold jewellery, but my silver collection is much greater. Below is a new early 1950s silver and marcasite necklace that I got this week along with another necklace and earrings I brought from eBay.

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The following images were taken today. These are some of my newest pieces of vintage costume jewellery that I’ve acquired for the stall . This was all delivered today having been sent from France and I’m totally in love with the rainbow crystal necklace with Art Deco clasp that was purchased in Italy some 47 years ago. I’m also smitten with the single pearl necklace with Rhinestone clasp and stunning M&S Rhinestone necklace with matching bracelet… Stunning.

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I’m currently in the process of creating a page specifically designed to showcase some of the latest items I’ve uncovered and plan on selling. Of course, everybody is free to check it out.

Thanks for reading… Clairelouise.x

This weeks bootfair finds

Check out this weeks bootfair finds.

I grabbed some fantastic bargains with most of it being costume jewellery with a few pieces of Stirling Silver. Some of the costume pieces are made from really good brands with some even being vintage pieces. Here’s a few snap shots of just some of the pieces I brought…

Stirling Silver and Bead bracelet

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Heavy Stirling Silver Ring With Embedded Stones

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Selection of Vintage and Modern costume Jewellery

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Beautiful Daniel Swarovski bracelet on leather clip strap

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Random Jar of Costume Jewellery

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Can you believe that I got all the above plus loads more (half a carrier bag full) for just £15. Now that’s a true bargain, wouldn’t you agree?

Jumble Sale Finds – The Ultimate Treasure

This week I again visited a Jumble Sale that was also running an auction.

Here’s whats I found…

Jumble Sale…

Darjeeling From Twinings Stacked Tea Tin

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This very pretty stacked tea tin in blue and white with gold top opens into 4 different sections. Its extremely pretty and decorative and I think it would be the ideal tin to store crafty things like pins and buttons. Of course it was a total jumble sale bargain at just 20p

Decorative Lead Crystal Twinklet pots and jars

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two of these twinklets are most definitely lead crystal and the other is just pretty decorative glass I think (but still rather heavy in weight). I gave these a clean so they would really shine and now they are ready to dress up my new dressing table which I’ll be getting in the new year. Maybe these could house bobby pins or cotton buds. Im currently using one to store my rings in. Again these were a total jumble sale bargain. I paid 50p for one and the other two I got for £1.30 for the pair.

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Tall Traditional Sweet Jar

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This reminds me of the vintage jars housed in a traditional sweet shop… You know… The ones who used to sell sweets from a jar, weighed on a proper scale. I’m not referring to them many online stores that sell “retro” sweets. I’m talking monkey nuts, bonbons and cough candies sold by the quarter! Well, if I’m not mistaken, I think this jar is probably just that… A vintage sweetie jar. Its perfect as a source of storage or maybe the framework for a homemade gift for a friend or family member. This is nice and tall so you could layer sherbets and other sweets or maybe create a pamper jar filled with handmade bath bombs, face packs and shop brought makeup miniatures… The possibilities are endless.

So… How much was my sweetie jar? At 40p I found it more than reasonable.

Auction Buys

Art Deco Vintage Glass Lamp

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At the auction I picked up this stunning glass and crystal lamp. It looks very vintage and Art Deco and i just love it. This was actually buried in a box of lamps and lamp shades, so therefore auctioned as part of a large lot! Unless you had a good dig round before the action began, you wouldn’t have even known it was in there… Well I didn’t till I found myself bidding for a box of random lamps that I was hoping to use for a craft project! Maybe that’s why it came home with me for just a quid!!! Yep one of my best ever finds… My stunning £1 lamp!

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As for the other lamps in the box, it was the shades I was biding for. I wanted to upcycle them with the use of fabric off cuts and buttons. Nonetheless… This remains on my “To Do List” but I’ll most defiantly share the results when I do.