Friday, December 26, 2008
I went to a real live auction a few days ago at a antique store. They were auctioning off over 400 things and it went on until midnight. They had food and wine. I didn't bid on anything but I bought some jewelry from a space that was clearing out 75% off.
I got a black cameo(might be Vulcanite) bow locket pin probably dating from 1880-1920 because there was a lot of cameos, bows and lockets in the Victorian era. The sash pin probably dates from between the art nouveau and art deco times. > art nouveau because of its rose decoration and art deco because of its symmetry and geometric shapes, and a vintage bow rhinestone belt buckle. Vintage and antique jewelry can be very confusing and hard to date. The back of the pin can tell a lot about its age, older pins have a > C-clasp or tube clasp.
I was talking to a lady that told me she got a beautiful black velvet coat from the 20s or 30s at starting bid in the past but then she tells me she cut it up to make doll clothes. I could not believe my ears. I could understand if it was damaged but a perfect mint item? Now I am going to have to go to every auction from now on to outbid this lady, to save the beautiful clothes.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Some of todays finds at the flea market and the flapper dress from a couple weeks ago.
A sheer 20s art deco design dress, a 30s hand painted french porcelain pendant by Limoges France and a carved art Nouveau barrette, not sure if its bakelite, lucite or celluloid.
Monday, December 8, 2008
I just have to brag about todays find. I went to Sonora CA with my mom, sister and niece for a day trip. They went to the yarn shop and I went across the street to the antique store. When I first walked in I spotted some Victorian tops and 1920s nighties, kind of out of my price range. I was browsing around looking really closely at everything, its really easy to miss something because there's so much awesome clutter. Finally I spotted these dead stock black garter stockings, I couldn't believe it and the price was really reasonable. I think these stalkings are very rare. I want to start a rare lingerie collection.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This is yesterdays find at a antique shop. The ladies at the store couldn't believe I could get it on, it was difficult, a very tight corset. During this photo shoot I couldn't breath and felt like I was going to faint. They actually had fainting rooms back in the Victorian Era. When ever a woman felt faint she would go relax on the Fainting Chaise
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Today I went and browsed a antique store and found these vintage 40s pin-up cards by .Mutoscope that came out of a vending machine in the 40s. I got a pretty good deal on them, I think they are worth more than what I paid. Sometimes antique stores will have fair prices on some things and other things are over priced, I think it depends on the collector and what sells locally. I have been looking for pin-up ephemera for a while an it is not easy to find. I also want to start collecting more older vintage lingerie from the 20s.
I also found a Victorian jacket for a steal!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
This is the cape I got when I went back to the antique fair a couple days ago. They told me it was from the 20s/30s but I think its more like from the 60s/70s looking at the lining and buttons. This is a very heavy black wool cape and it has a huge tassel hood that my whole head gets lost in. It reminds me of Giles's gothic fall 2008 collection. I still have a lot more amazing stuff to post having to do with the antique fair. So much stuff, so little time!