I went to the flea market this Saturday and it was a very good day for finding some of my favorite things.
I wanted such a celluloid bangle for a long time now, I kept seeing them online but never at the flea market. This one is a bit too large for me but the other vintage plastic bangle keeps it on my wrist. I really like how the paint faded in soft pinks and greens.
This beautiful antique souvenir silver brooch has a damage to the first “e” from Venice, but it was to interesting to leave behind. And I have very nice memories connected to Venice, so it makes sense for me to wear it. The dangling letters are more sparkly in reality than in these photos.
This silver wolf pin looks a lot like our dog Souris.
This antique brooch is not silver, although it really looks like silver and it is very detailed. I like the snakes and the tiny jade figure (Buddha?).
I don’t know if this woven wallet from Peru is vintage or not, but it’s really nice.
My favorite find is this big amber ring in an Art deco setting. It has some interesting hallmarks, that I didn’t have the time to research yet. I keep staring at the luminous stone these stressful days.
These are some new additions to my mismatched jewelry collection. I especially like the creepy bakelite and silver hands, very cheap finds. I’m sure the bakelite brooch is vintage, I’m not certain how old the silver pendant is, although it was looks like it was used for a long time by someone. When I bought it, I thought it might be antique, but I’m not sure.I like how the bead looks like an apple. I’ve also found these two beautiful old silver bands, an Art nouveau pewter ring and a celluloid owl ring.
This very small and detailed charm is for a bracelet I want to make at some point only with animals and birds. Linking up with Vintage Bliss Tuesdays and Vintage Charm parties.
These are the findings of today’s flea market visit. There were also other stuff there that I liked (a very nice metal toy sewing machine, in working condition, some antique photos, etc), but I am much more selective with what I bring home lately and I try to resist buying things that I already have or I don’t use often. So, I only bought a few very cheap things.
A silver cicada charm (I don’t think it’s old, but it’s nice and detailed).
Two funny carved rings (they are quite a big size, especially the snake, so they were not intended for kids). I think they are made from sea shells.
A small tin from the fifties (my mother had the whole set as a kid and she still has one or two of the tins, but in a much worst condition). They were kitchen toys for storing different ingredients, such as flour or sugar. This one says “semolina”.
And a bead necklace from the fifties or sixties. The string was really old, so it broke in my hand at the flea market. Fortunately, I managed to find most of the beads and I have re-stringed it at home. It has the perfect size for me to wear it as a bracelet. The beads have a texture and shine very similar to teeth. Kind of strange, but I like them.
I have this celluloid pendant since a long time, now but I have recently rediscovered it in one of my boxes. I like to wear it on a silver chain. It is even nicer in reality, with inner layers that imitate amber catching the light. Like a little piece of sunset around my neck.
Lately, I went very rarely to the flea market, for different reasons: being sick, being busy, too tired, raining or snowing or being too cold, etc. But yesterday, my mother told me she bought a grab bag for approximately 1 Euro and maybe I would like to check it out. But I didn’t expect a home flea market :). Apparently, it was a huge grab bag and she spread everything out on her sofa. A really absurd and unexpected image :). She had even sprayed everything with disinfectant, so I could safely brows through the small objects. I didn’t have the patience to look through everything (there are mostly uninteresting things from the eighties and nineties, that my mother would sort before throwing out the mismatched plastic earrings and spoons and forks and even one old tv remote control). But I did find 3 interesting, older brooches, one very eighties plastic marbled backed mirror, a metal pencil sharpener and a small pocket knife. The pocket knife was a commercial to chocolate and seemed older to me. Searching it online, it seems it is from the twenties or thirties. Not in perfect shape, with the rust and all, but quite interesting.
My blog had its 1 year anniversary yesterday. Writing here is still one of my favorite pastimes.
Last weekend, in a great flea market visit, I have found some celluloid things. A new elephant for my charm collection, two heart charms, a rose clip, a string of rose beads and a beautiful old silver and celluloid nameplate bracelet. I like to wear Nina’s bracelet, whoever she was.