*SOLD* Pair of alabaster horse-head bookends: $20

*SOLD* Elegant pair of vintage alabaster bookends, carved into horse head shapes.   They stand a shade under 9" in height, and 4" at the base.
Price: $20


*SOLD* Carnival glass bowl: $15

*SOLD* Lovely rich orange Carnival glass bowl, 6" in diameter, with a deep multi-pointed starburst pattern and a whimsical pie-crust edge.
Price: $20 $15


*SOLD* Vintage 70s faux turquoise pendant necklace: $10

*SOLD* Bold vintage 1970s faux turquoise pendant necklace, signed Cinerama Cranston RI.
The chain measures 24" in length, and the pendant adds another 2 1/4".
Price: $20   $10


***SOLD*** Two vintage charm bracelets: $15

***SOLD*** Two charm bracelets, clinking with amethyst-hued glass and stones.   The one on the left is vintage signed Iris Lane, the one on the right is unsigned.
Price: $15

*SOLD* Purple enameled earring duo: $15

*SOLD*  Darling enameled pierced earring duo in primarily purple hues!  The top pair is new, sparkles with Swarovski stones, and who doesn't love seahorses?  They're so...odd, in a half pony kinda way.   The bottom pair is vintage Trifari - bold ribbons for your ears!
Price:  $15 for both pairs, and yes, this is included in the 3 for $20 jewelry promotion running til the end of this weekend!

***SOLD*** Pair of vintage turquoise glass insulators, Hemingway: $20

***SOLD*** Nifty pair of 1940s glass insulators, made in the USA, by Hemingway.   Place them in a sunlit window and enjoy the vibrant turquoise glow!
Price: $20 for the pair

3 for $20 on jewelry ($20 or less) until the end of the month!

Summer sale!
Jewelry promotion in the Trove!
3 for $20 on all jewelry items priced $20 or less!

Sale ends end of day on Sunday, July 31st.
* Paypal accepted for this promotion.

***SOLD*** Two pairs of dangly Swarovski crystal earrings: $15

***SOLD*** Two pairs of high-intensity sparkle earrings, pierced.   The pair on the left showcases two different green crystal tones, while the pair on the right is Art Deco-inspired and clear crystals.  They are each 1 1/2" in length.
Price: $15 for both pairs

***SOLD*** Pair of vintage tins, made in England: $15

 ***SOLD*** Two very pretty vintage tins, both embossed "container made in England" on the underside.   The indigo & gold one is 3" tall and 7" in diameter.   The floral one is 6" tall and 5 1/2" in diameter.   Both have a few dings and small scratches but are in good condition otherwise.
Price: $15
I love the rich colour and brass tone knob.

View from the top.

Embossed undersides.

Floral tin - other side.

Back in a few days...

Hello dear Trovers,

I hope you're all well, and finding ways to weather the weather.   

Trove updates have been slow recently due to a spike in activity both at the internship and my regular office.   I'll be playing Montreal tour guide to a couple of distant cousins this weekend, so I won't be posting anything new until at least Sunday night.

Have a lovely Friday and a perfect hot-times-in-the-city weekend!



***SOLD*** Vintage Tender Tootsies sandals, size 7W: $15

***SOLD*** Tan, emerald, navy and raspberry all combine over a very walkable heel in these vintage 70s sandals by Tender Tootsies.
Size: 7W
Price:  $15


***SOLD*** Vintage gold-tone bracelets: $20

***SOLD***  It has been a blissfully sunny & hot July thus far, and many of us are sporting a nice golden glow.   Why not add a little vintage shimmer to complement your summer sheen?  Each of these two gold-tone bracelets measure approx. 7" in length.   The faux-pearl bracelet has an antiqued finish and only one of the faux pearls shows any sign of wear.    The second bracelet has a raised central piece which culminates in a red rhinestone - very elegant.
Price: $20 for the pair


***SOLD*** Vintage Midwinter cup & saucer trio, Stonehenge Moon: $15

**SOLD** Saucer and cup trio, Midwinter Stonehenge Moon, made in England.  This particular colour combination of blue & black was only produced for one year, 1973.
Price: $15


*SOLD* Vintage taupe structured handbag: $15

Are taupe and greige the same thing?   I'm on the fence about that one.
I'm going to say that this sleekly structured vintage handbag is taupe, with gold-tone accents :)  It's perfect for job interviews, as the extra copy of your CV will emerge from one of its three compartments in impressively pristine condition.  It comes with a thin long strap, which tucks neatly inside.
Price: $15


Impressions of this weekend's "Take Off Your Clothes" clothing swap

I had heard about the success of last year's clothing swap, organized by The S.W.A.P. team, and was thrilled to hear that the event would be taking place here in Montreal again.   I was particularly amped about the event location:  Place des Arts!  So accessible!  I carefully read the instructions on how to submit clothing & accessories for swap and bought my ticket on-line.  

I then spent an afternoon merrily digging around the Trove closet, hemmed and hawed, and then selected over 60 items to donate/swap.    Per the event instructions, I laundered everything, folded them, and placed them in clear plastic bags for pick up.  The volunteers who coordinated the clothing pick up, as well as the gal who came to pick up the clothing, were all cheerful & friendly. 

I'd purchased a ticket for the first available swapping slot, this past Saturday at 1pm, but wasn't able to make it.   I went the next day, for the last available swapping spot (at 3pm), and was hoping that the selection would still be decent, considering how strict the submission rules were.

Here are the pros and cons of my swap experience:

  1. Clear communication:  the website, Facebook page, blog, and email communication were all very good.   The necessary information was easy to access, and responses to my emails were rapid &  professional.
  2. Location:  right off Place des Arts metro, it doesn't get much easier than that!
  3. Price: $10 for a ticket is very reasonable, and its for a good cause as well
  4. Volunteers:  a veritable army of volunteers helps to make the event run smoothly, and pretty much everyone I encountered was upbeat & helpful.
  5. Clothing pick up:   I don't have a vehicle, and don't live close to any of the Renaissance drop off locations, so was very happy that they organized an NDG pick up.
  6. Signage:  the on-site signs indicating the clothing types (Dresses, Pants, Skirts, etc) were nice and big.
CONS/Lessons learned:
  1. GO EARLY: Go the first day, as early as possible.   By the time the last swap time slot opened up, it seemed that most of the items which had been donated via the pick ups and drop off points were already gone, and many of the pieces on the racks were being taken from the bags of clothing brought by folks who showed up that day.   I was somewhat disappointed with the selection, especially since I'd taken so much care with my own selection of items for swap.
  2. INSPECT:  Take the clothing into a brightly lit part of the swap area for inspection.   One of the rooms was quite dark, and I ended up bringing home several items that needed small repairs, or had stains.
I ended up donating 40 of my swap tickets back to the volunteers, but still managed to snag some fun pieces.   Congrats to the organizing team for another successful event, and if there's a 2012 edition, I'll be there for sure, on day one :)

*SOLD* Two vintage silver-plated small dishes: $20

*SOLD* Adorable shabby chic grace notes for your home!  Two vintage silver-plated *small* dishes, one pedestal style (comport), the other on three teeny feet (pin dish).  Neither of them measure more than 12cm in diameter, and would be beautiful additions to your vanity top (to hold display your jewelry) or to your next dessert presentation (pile em with truffles, nuts, or Turkish Delight!).
Price: $20 for the pair
Note - the dark section on the left is a reflection, not tarnish.


***SOLD*** Vintage rhinestone & faux pearl necklace, signed Roman: $15

***SOLD***  Stunning vintage silver-tone, faux pearl & rhinestone necklace, signed 'Roman.'    The chain measures 18", the rhinestone & faux pearl central piece is shade under 2" in length, and the necklace comes with a 2" extender so that you can wear it a little longer if you'd like.
Price: $15

***SOLD*** Large filigree gold-tone vintage locket: $20

***SOLD*** I have a weakness for large vintage lockets.  The empty spaces inside are just waiting to be filled with any combination of the following:  loved ones' photos, haikus, limericks, old stamps, bad puns, tiny personal art, lucky coins,  locks of hair, fortune cookie slips :)   The chain is 22" long, the locket is another 2,"  and the garden scene nestled into the gold-tone filigree is very sweet.
Price: $20
Charming garden scene.

Space for two images, or one photo and one haiku :)

***SOLD*** Vintage 60s Spica transistor radio, needs repair: $10

***SOLD*** Handheld transistor radio, Model ST-600 Six, made by Spica of Japan in the 1960s.  Has original brown leather case.  I love the red dial!  Would be a nifty gift for someone who likes to repair old radios, or someone who enjoys quirky mid-century design details.
Price: $10


***SOLD*** Set of four retro orange and gold tumblers: $10

*SOLD* Set of four 1960s bright orange & gold glass tumblers.  Perfect condition!
Price: $10 for the set

***SOLD*** Convertible vintage Avon brooch/pendant: $15

Vintage pearlescent, silver-tone & faux marcasite convertible brooch/pendant by Avon.
Price: $15