Charm Bracelet Collection Vol. 2

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!

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Charm Bracelet Collection Vol. 1

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:

Vol. 1: Personal Charm Bracelets
Vol 2: Pre-Made Charm Bracelets
Vol 3: Pre-Made Souvenir Charm Bracelets
Vol 4: Pre-Made Disney Themed Charm Bracelets

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.

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Conscience & Temptation

A few weeks ago I walked into Antique Alley and Sarah (not only does she sell vintage wares, but she also is a stellar photographer) was wearing quite possibly one of the most amazing brooch sets I’d ever seen… Sitting on her shoulders were a devil and an angel.  I pretty much flipped out and immediately whipped out my phone to find a pair for myself.  I adore novelty prints and brooches and thought these conscience and temptation brooches were the epitome of novelty.  Sadly, my ownership of them seemed thwarted.  Sets were upwards of $100 and I just couldn’t bring myself to part with that kind of money.  Oh well.  Until Expo.

Yeah…I left out a find from the last Expo… I looked into a case and found what I initially thought was the set! But upon closer inspection I noticed the angel was a knock-off.  The original set was done by well known jewelry company Tortolani, and the pieces are signed on the bottom and have a black wash to them. This angel was unsigned, had a different fastener and was very bright.  But I didn’t care. The set was $25.  When I got home I went on Etsy to see if I could find the devil’s true mate, and I did, thanks to My Vintage Jewels, a swank shop offering up a wide array of vintage jewelry at really reasonable prices!

Seriously…how fantastic are these guys? I love that the devil has little red rhinestone eyes and they angel has blue ones as well as rhinestones in the halo. I could wear these babies every day.

Need your own set? Here are three currently on Etsy: $120 from Carousel Vintage Jewel. $125 from JCR Historic. And unused, still with original tags, $250 from Mimi’s Closet.

Devil Brooch: Expo
Angel Brooch: Etsy, My Vintage Jewels
Sweater: Antique Alley
Jumper: Bettie Page Clothing
Stockings: What Katie Did
Shoes: TJ Maxx

Weekend Shopping with Dad

Not sure how you spent your weekend, but I spent mine shopping with my pop.  There were two antique shows back to back down south, combined with visits to various thrift stores.  Plus, putting the finished touches on the 1960s rickshaw we purchased awhile back and seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark on the really big IMAX screen!

While neither show had much with regards to clothes, I still scored quite a few items.  Saturday brought Antiques in the Streets in downtown Albany, and later that day my dad and I brought some fresh items (including the rickshaw! So if you’re interested, you must visit Retro Rejuvenation) into our space at my friend Lyndsie’s shop, Retro Rejuvenation, in the tiny town of Coburg in preparation for the Coburg Antique Fair on Sunday.

Retro Rejuvenation was hoppin’ all throughout Sunday, and Lyndsie had recently got a huge consignment of Bauer ware that drew many people into the shop.  Now I rarely talk about items I didn’t buy…but this is too cool not to talk about… I found a perfume spray vending machine…yes, you read right, a perfume spray vending machine.  You put in your dime under the cologne of your choice, then, holding your wrist or neck close to the spray nozzle push in upon the plunger to receive the spritz.  It was a little rough, but tempting at $65.  I ultimately passed, and instead dished out big bucks on a sweetheart bracelet.

In terms of purchases, I picked up this fabulous south of the border themed table runner, along with two Disney magazines featuring Zorro on the cover, and the Zorro plate and bowl that go with the Zorro cup I purchased awhile back at Antique Alley! So now I have the complete set!  I also bought this great salmon colored bangle from Lyndsie.

More scores included two Starburst bowls – one berry and one cereal, the previously mentioned sweetheart bracelet and an Egyptian revival brooch.

I also picked up two fabulous 1940s hats!  I’ve been craving one of these ladies fedoras for sometime, but never came across one that worked out, until I found this beauty.  Then I also got this glorious black velvet number.

And last, but certainly not least, I bought this amazing 1950s desk!  The Ikea creation we had when we first moved was planned to be temporary until we found something more suited to our mid-century needs.  But finding old desks is quite difficult if you are in the market for something that isn’t a roll-top.

I also picked up the final pieces for my Halloween costume…which I am planning on getting done before the end of the month.  I still have so much embroidery to do! I hope you had a lovely weekend!

Buy ALL the Jewelry!

Yesterday brought the spring antique expo here in Portland, and I was delighted to attend.  For those of you who follow my Twitter and Facebook pages, you may have noticed that I posted that father-in-law passed away.  We have been very busy with all of the necessary arrangements, and needless to say, it has been difficult, so going for a full day of shopping with my father was a nice escape.

For the most part, it was a kind of flimsy show.  I have such a wide array of interests and I collect a broad range of things, so often I come home with loads of random treasures.  This year I saw many things I wanted to take home that my pocket book wouldn’t allow, and instead came home with just jewelry. And purely western/Mexican and WWII sweetheart jewelry at that…

My favorite piece has to be this eagle with photo slip dangle.  I immediately came home and printed off a picture of my grandfather (my dad’s dad) to slip inside it.

I also picked up not one, but two of these fabulous plastic little military buddies…I know the sailor boy is missing an arm, I just think of him as a receiver of the Purple Heart.  I also picked up this clear Lucite eagle and a small silver “V” pin.

With respects to the western/Mexican jewelry, I purchased two more charms for the western-themed charm bracelet that my dad created me for Christmas, a saddle and a pair of chaps.  I also picked up two plastic pins, a man riding a donkey and carrying a jug, and a palm tree, which while two separate pieces, I thought they would make a nice, almost scatter pin-like scene.

I also had the pleasure of bumping into Solanah of Vintage Vixen, and her friend Marjorie Mink who recently started blogged with Reviving Vintage.  We chit-chatted for awhile, sharing our treasures, and discussing the upcoming Titanic Tea that Solanah is hosting next month.

I hope the weekend is treating you all lovely!

Flea Market Morning

It’s been awhile since I updated, but it’s been a busy week. I’ve been frantically buying last minute gifts, not to mention all the wrapping (this year I’m boycotting gift bags! Boxes, paper and bows all the way!), we shot our Christmas photo ourselves, which was a trying experience that lasted two evenings, I have a pile of Christmas cards to create, and not to mention the mother-in-law came over for dinner! But in the meantime…

This morning we popped over to the Antique Alley flea market to see what goodies we could find…

While there were many, many items I wanted to snatch up and call my own, I had to resist…My new favorite holiday outfit, as seen above as I was explaining the poinsettia, was getting loads of comments, as was my new snood (purchased here) and poinsettia, which I purchased along with some other vintage Christmas corsages at Bohemian Vintage.  You’ll be seeing loads more pictures of this favorite new dress and bolero set as more holiday posts roll in…

As for my purchases…well, I did buy a few gifts, and then a few for myself, including…

This fantastic Rudolph brooch and this celluloid greens and lantern pin – I can’t seem to get enough of the figural Christmas jewelry. And then I snatched up this pair of turquoise and gold metal flake earrings.

Well, I guess it’s back to the Christmas card grind…Ho ho ho!

Weekend Shopping

Last Friday my dad came up to visit and we spent the day driving down the coast hitting various antique shops, on the hunt for Christmas gifts, and maybe a treasure or two for ourselves…

I picked up a few gifts, as did dad, drooled over an aluminum tree that was quite different than any others we own – normally aluminum trees are made up of branches that are the same length, and the shape is created by the angle that the holes in the trunk are drilled, however this one had branches of different lengths, making it look more like a real tree. It was almost discerning…but ultimately we passed on it.  The rest of the weekend was spent at the Albany Swap Meet, various other shops and flea market.  I returned home with several gifts, some merch for my antique booth, as well as some items for myself…

First up, this wonderfully kitch reindeer pin for $5, then this plastic pin of an amigo strumming his guitar against a cactus for $10.  I picked up the lamp, now living in the corner of our bedroom for $15, and used a shade from my back-stock of vintage fiberglass shades.  And then I snatched up this great studded belt from the 1940s for only $7!  All in all, it was a great weekend for antiquing, and I can’t wait to give away some of the gifts I picked up! Speaking of gifts, now I have to go make all the cards for those people!