Welcome to the fourth and final volume in my charm bracelet collection! This volume will be all about my pre-made Disney themed charm bracelets. In my very first post I showcased a Disney themed charm bracelet I was working on, one of made of individual sterling silver charms, however the majority of pre-made charm bracelets are made from cheaper metal or in one case, brass. Most are vintage, while a few are new. Some feature characters from Disney films, while others tie in with Disneyland.
It’s time for Volume 3 of my Charm Bracelet Collection! In Volume 2 I talked about pre-made charm bracelets, and today I continue with pre-made charm bracelets, but ones that are souvenirs. These charm bracelets are from specific locations and the charms showcase that.
I like that souvenir charm bracelets can summarize a location with just a few images, or literally spell out the place, as you’ll also see.
Welcome to the second installment of my Charm Bracelet Collection! In Volume One I shared my personal charm bracelets, which are bracelets that I have built up over the years with charms I have found. Today I am sharing pre-made charm bracelets. The wonderful thing about pre-made charm bracelets is that they often already have a theme, which is what I wanted when I started to get into charm bracelets.
Pre-made charm bracelets are typically made of a cheap metal commonly called as “pot metal” as opposed to sterling silver. I have one exception within my collection.
This is an extremely picture heavy post! While I wanted to showcase a detail or two from every charm bracelet, I decided not to for a few, because there are just so many!
Many of you know I have a rather large charm bracelet collection, and when I asked what y’all would like to see on the blog, I had many requests for my charm bracelet collection. Since then, I’ve been debating on how to go about doing this, because I have so many, and ultimately decided to split my collection into three posts.
For the most part there are two kinds of charm bracelets out there; ones that are personal, they are built up over the years by the owner purchasing individual charms and attaching them to a bracelet, then there are pre-made charm bracelets, often they feature several charms (I have a handful that only have one charm), and often with a theme, already attached. Typically personal charm bracelets are built using sterling silver charms, while pre-made charm bracelets are made using cheap “pot metal” and then often chromed, and/or painted with enamel. Like individual charms, pre-made charm bracelets made excellent souvenirs, and there are many that were made for a specific location, like Las Vegas and Hawaii. Because of the various types, and theming, I have decided to share my collection in the following way:
The subject of Disney and Disneyland is a love it or hate it category for many, and as I have quite a few, I thought it best to give it its own volume.
Most of my charm bracelet collection is made up of vintage pre-made charm bracelets, but I do have a few personal charm bracelets, which I will focus on today, as well as a couple new charm bracelets.
After putting up with several pairs of shoes for awhile, shoes that just weren’t cutting it, I broke down and decided to go on a shopping spree at Re-Mix and at Olvera Street. I won’t lie, I am thrilled to be able to visit Re-Mix’s storefront in LA, because I have never been a fan of shopping on-line, especially for shoes, so we headed into LA for the day. Ultimately I came home with five pairs of shoes, three pairs from Re-Mix, and two from Olvera Street. We paused for some pictures at Olvera Street before heading over to Clifton’s for dinner.
While I see friends bundled in sweaters and boots across the internet, I sit here in sheer blouses and shorts half the time, as it really hasn’t begun to feel like fall in the slightest. Sometimes I wonder, can one suffer from seasonal depression from a lack of seasons? I thought Portland had little fall color, but California has none! And I won’t lie, I kind of bums me out. Oh well. I do love the palm trees though, even though they aren’t fall-y.
Blouse & Purse: I honestly don’t remember…
Skirt: Guerrero’s Treasures & Collectibles Antique Mall, Riverside, California
Nude Fishnets: Oroblu, Nordstorm
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Western themed Charm Bracelet: Collected charms from years of visiting various shops and shows
Oranges are by far my favorite fruit ever. So one of the things I love most about living in California is not just the accessibility to fresh oranges, but also the celebration of the fruit itself. After all, we even live in a town and county named after it! So needless to say, I was excited when I heard about Citrus Fest, a festival celebrating not only oranges, but limes, lemons and grapefruits. The event was small, but fun, and took place just outside one of my favorite places in Orange County, The Packing House. The event gave me opportunity to wear one of my favorite jewelry sets, my matching brooch and earring set of lucite and rhinestone oranges from the Austrian “Forbidden Fruit” collection. I also paired it with a California themed charm bracelet I’ve been building, which includes a crate of oranges, and if you look really close you can see that it reads “California” on the side.
I picked up a lovely citrus sugar scrub from The Sunshine Grove that I absolutely can’t wait to use, as it smells just like an orange creamsicle, and tasted scrumptious citrus treats from Orange Clementine, who specializes in these delicious baked goods, and shipping them across the world as unique gift baskets.
I hope you are all having a lovely spring so far!
Blouse: Jet Rag, Los Angeles, California
Skirt: I can’t remember! Buffalo Exchange, maybe?
Nude Fishnets: Oroblu, Nordstorm
Shoes: Eva by Re-Mix
Purse: La Poule Noire
Large Orange Brooch & Earring Set: Monticello Antique Marketplace, Portland, Oregon
Small Orange Brooch: Gift
California Themed Charm Bracelet: Made up of charms I have collected from various shops and shows
California Hankie: Thrifted
Orange Hair Clip: Made by me, with pieces that were a gift
This last weekend was one of the more anticipated events of the year, the thrice annual antique expo. With the upcoming Palm Springs trip looming in the back of my mind, I spent a reserved amount of dough and only a few things came home with me…
While there were a few dealers with clothing, there really wasn’t anything that I felt I absolutely needed, so the only clothing item I bought was this matador themed scarf…
Now while I didn’t really expand my wardrobe, I did expand upon my charm bracelets… I bought a little moccasin for my western themed charm bracelet.
To coincide with our upcoming trip to Palm Springs, I found this delightful Palm Springs aerial tram charm to add to my California themed charm bracelet, which is in desperate need of more charms!
At the last show I purchased a Mickey charm that I said I hopped would be the start of a Disney themed charm bracelet, and I am so pleased that I found two more charms to add! Sleeping Beauty’s castle, complete with Disneyland hang tag and Tinkerbell! Now that I have three charms, it’s time to get a bracelet to attach them too!
I do have a bit of a thing for charm bracelets. I think I may steal Butterflies and Daisys’ idea of a “Show and Tell” series and highlight my charm bracelet collection.
Speaking of Disneyland I picked up this Annette at the Golden Horseshoe 45, along with a Raiders of the Lost Ark book and story on 45!
Also, let’s talk about how spectacular Annette’s costume is here! I want it so badly.
I love unique Christmas decor, so I couldn’t resist this point-of-purchase standee featuring a darling gal with her arms full of presents…
The standee was at one of my friend’s booths, and we got to chatting and I told her about the summer show where I found the wallet that featured my grandfather’s name, Ray, and race cars, and she immediately took a bracelet off of her wrist and put it on mine, as I looked down I saw that it read “Ray”. She was kind enough to give it to me as a present.
Alright, back to the grind! I do a mad cleaning before leaving for any trip so we have a nice clean apartment to come back to. I hope you all had a lovely weekend!