Monday, April 27, 2009

The Monday Morning Moan & Mirth........or why I rarely shop on eBay any more and sell my wares HERE now! (YES - click and see!)

This morning I decided I might list a couple of items on eBay. In order to see if it's even remotely worth it, I decided to do a little research on current and recently ended listings.

With the first search I did, I noticed something that, quite frankly, I am unable to not be snarky about. On what planet does a search for a piece of vintage jewelry relate to a search for a cursor or something I can not even fathom - "pixie kitchen". What the heck is a pixie kitchen?

Naturally I had to see if additional fairly general searches returned similarly just plain idiotic references in the "Related Searches" area.

Well, yeah. Of course it did. I got lost in doing more to see what eBay's so-called Best Match returned for me. Some of them returned nothing but some were so funny and outrageous that I took a few screen shots for your amusement.

Here's the pixie kitchen one - my original search was for 'celluloid rhinestone bracelet". I include the screen shot to prove to you - "you can not make this stuff up" or truth is always better than fiction:

So, for the record, if you are interested, this is what you get when you do that "related" pixie kitchen search on eBay.

Next, I did a similar search and this is what came up:

Yeppers, you got it ! I had never thought to look through the blackberry storm listings to find vintage jewelry - what was I THINKING? No WONDER other people sometimes find better jewelry for less than I do - I am just too stupid to know how to do searches on eBay. Only eBay's fine search software is smart enough to help me find what I want! How in the WORLD could I have missed that? I will find exactly what I am looking for if I search for a blackberry storm while really trying to find a celluloid flapper bracelet! OMG! I am just dumber than a puddle of redneck mud!

It's like a train wreck - you can't stop looking when you find these outrageous suggestions. With a train wreck, you know you might see twisted metal and severely injured humans. With eBay you never know what is going to happen.

Next search: "celluloid bangle". This one was not quite as outrageously stupid but it's still just not anything that anyone in their right mind would ever associate in any way with a 1920's flapper bracelet with rhinestones and a colorful resin wash - an ametrine ring!

So, one more - I moved away from Celluloid and on to Bakelite for this moaner.

This one really cracked me up! What does a cursor have to do with jewelry?

But this next one is my personal fave of the day and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do - yep, eBay this stuff is totally related to a carved Bakelite bracelet:

I have no more words. eBay just never ceases to amaze me.

Cheers - have a great week!

Come visit me - new items being listed as soon as I get off my patoot and go take some pictures!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Killer Queen of the Vintage Jewelry Box!

Well. There is very little that needs to be said about this. The colors are stupendous. The style is classic. The quality is unmistakable. It's Eisenberg. It's unsigned but not all of Eisenberg's work was produced with a permanent signature.

Enough said:

Come visit this fine find right here and now. And remember - we've got FREE LAYAWAY!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Back to the 70's Red and Black Decor-Where are the owl wallhangings and slate tables when we need 'em?

Seriously, do these items not just scream "college apartment"? Yikes! I can not tell you how many people I knew back in those days who had this exact bedspread and drapes to go with the bright red and black shag carpet in their 70's college apartment. It was pretty much required that you buy this set if you were fortunate enough to get one of the 2-bedrooms upstairs with the two balconies offering a view of the pool with the fabulous and very hard to get red with black shag carpet.

Remember those rowdy parties by the pool on Sunday afternoons? Free hot dogs and a keg of 3.2 beer? The beer would run out in a few minutes but the frat boys in that one apartment on the north side of the pool always had enough cases iced down to keep everyone going all afternoon. Ah, those were the days!

I'd be willing to bet that not too many people did not know someone who had this set and would just LOVE to see it all brand new and unused in their retro bedroom. It's just begging to have those "foam-backed" drapes removed from the original packaging and hung up with the matching bedspread smoothed nicely over that double bed in the retro room. It's perfection. Get some red and black towels for the bathroom and you will be rockin the 70s!

The color in the photo of the drapes looks light but they are the right match for the bedspread.

They are THAT deep dark red with black just like it shows in the top photo - which is of the bedspread, of course. The bedspread does not remain in it's original packaging like the drapes do. Imagine this pair was originally $12.50 and marked down to $9.37! Ya gotta love it when you find things like this, eh?

On another note, in another listing this week I have a really sensational bargain on a really nice quality folding knife by Kershaw - their popular 1050 model. Their suggested retail on this knife is $249.00. It's served up brand new in a nice leather sheath and a nice box. This one is a garage sale find and I snagged it for a hot bargain so I'm passing that on to you at only $65.00. There is no sheath and it's previous owner did not respect it as much as most people would have. It has obviously been used as an all-purpose tool to hammer in a nail or tent stake or two. It certainly did not a bit of damage to the function of this knife. It's a beauty! If your hubby loves a quality knife but does not want to spend over a hundred for one, here's a good opportunity to snag a real bargain! This baby has a 3.75" blade and a phenolic handle with brass bolsters.

UPC: 87171105000

MSRP: $249.00

Model Number: 1050

Buy it here for only $65.00!

Here's an all-time favorite for the Juliana Jewelry lovers of this world - a DeLizza & Elster signature five-link bracelet with the frosted-top gray kite-shaped rhinestones in silvertone metal, original safety chain and priced according to the fact that the stones have some dark spots on them. They don't look hideous but some people refuse to have anything in their possession that is not perfect!

UNDERSTANDABLE! That's how it must be for those of us who collect - we've got to draw our lines in the collecting sands - make personal rules, set parameters, buy what works for us in our collections, not what some other collector thinks is a "must have"! But this one might just happen to be a must have for one of you reading this - and if so, please check it out right here!

I just love, love, love these cellulose acetate pins! This one is large and a nice shade of cranberry with lots of variation of shading in the petals. There is a cold-enameled metal stem and leaves - so it's just about perfect! The only "issue" this pin has does not show at all - it's a little loss of the enameling on the back of the stem - it's ALL GOOD from the front!


Stop by and say "hello" to this beauty by clicking on this link!

No blog of mine would be complete without the mention of Bakelite, eh? These beads have been seen on crib toys and on baby strollers strung on a wire for baby to slide back and forth - to keep him or her-self entertained.

View 'em (and buy 'em) here.....

There are 27 of them - and they vary in shades as you see in the photo. Tested and guaranteed to be vintage Bakelite!

Caio! I'll try to get back SOON - to tell you about some of the other new things that are coming soon - like the many sterling thimbles I purchased recently at a garage sale, the crochet-edged vintage pillowcases, and selections from the rather significant piles of glass beads I have stashed over in the corner.......

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


Sorry to have been so quiet, have been so busy of late. Spent the last couple of weeks working hard to find a new transmission to put into LeBug. It's very possible I've finally found just the right one - hard to find one for that pesky 68 Beetle!

As usual, I digress. The purpose of today's post is to talk about a big TODAY ONLY sale, not about that pesky little bug I love so much! After all, I DO need to pay for that tranny and the installation....and whatever ELSE they find when they get started.

So, today only, I'm offering
"Single jewelry items (Lots Excluded) - take 25% off any item over the price of $30.00" Please do note that the lots I have up are NOT included in this sale. Sorry - they are so cheap already. More on that in a bit.

Now, gang, that's a WHOPPER of a sale for me - you can make some BIG savings on this one! I don't do this too often so take unfair advantage of me today - please. I like it. It hurts so good, quit it some more.

Here are a couple of recent additions:

Eisenberg Ice Christmas Tree pin
- it's ALWAYS the right season to add to your Christmas tree collection! This one is an earlier one - it is SIGNED and on it's original card. Many of the later ones you see are only carded, not marked.

Ciner enamel hinged bangle bracelet - blue and green harlequin pattern - just perfect! Also have a white enamel one available.


Edwardian/Deco era Filigree Necklace!

Please check it out and place a BID (or at least put it on your watch list - maybe I can make The Pulse with it for REALLLLLLLLY great exposure!

This is a super necklace and it's in WAY better condition than most of these that we find!

Ain't it purdy?


Today will be the last opportunity for Bonanzlers to purchase those jewelry lots. They are cheap as DIRT - the dress and fur clip lot is only THREE BUCKS per item. The other one is 19 pieces for $25.00. Please. What MORE do you want? There are some GREAT pieces in that one! Pictures below:

Dress & Fur Clip Lot:

19-piece lot - mostly designer jewelry - Trifari, Coro, Musi, more - only $25.00

Last but not least, let me mention this lovely My Twinn doll that I'm selling for a friend! Sorry, don't know what her name is but I believe she's an "all Denver" doll and she's in good, clean condition. I don't see any damage to her face, her hair is a tiny bit mussed but she's in otherwise REAL nice shape - and she comes with the sweet little My Twinn nightie she's wearing - more photos available if you desire - just drop me a note! Oh yes, she has some minor discoloration in the ear holes - in a very small area.

Have a WONDERFUL spring day - hope your weather is warming up as beautifully as mine (finally) is - supposedly last night was the LAST of our really cold nights!