Pops of super saturated colour are exploding out of all the shop windows downtown these days - like wardrobe candy! If, like me, you prefer to try trends using accessories before committing to a larger purchase, this bright vintage necklace may be just the thing!
*SOLD* Warm chocolatey and mocha tones combine in this set of 4 cups & saucers, made in England in the mid 1970s. They stack quite well, serving both to conserve space and create an eye-catching display on your shelves. The cups are marked "Made in England" and the saucers "Royal Alma, Staffordshire, Ironstone, Made in England."
*SOLD* Stunning little 1950s change purse, heavily beaded with the tiniest seed beads in white, silver and pale pearl. It measures 6" in diameter and would make a sweet gift for any member of a bridal party! It also makes a striking display within a frame on a wall. There are a few beads missing near the snap closure, and two small stains (likely glue from past repairs) on the inside. Label inside reads "Hand made in Belgium."
My oh MY dear Trovers, you HAVE been busy! Here's what five of you have been up to, and I'm thrilled to help spread the word!
Quite Beautiful!: I tend to skim through beauty blogs with eyes ready to roll in scorn, but Maya's new corner of the blogiverse is a shining light in the "advertorial" murk. Her posts are very well-researched, and are infused with characteristic sass, intelligence, and a refreshing dollop of good sense. Her focus is on products which are mostly budget-friendly, and paraben and pthalate-free, and she even makes small batches of her own products. I am addicted to her chocolate-peppermint tinted lip gloss, and her lemon-basil hand ointment has saved my poor little fingers from the Office Dryness. Fellow cubicle-dwellers, YOU know what I mean :)
CheshireGems: Trudy is a collector with a great eye for fun finds AND she'll soon be moving in with a rather wonderful fellow. She's letting go of some of her treasures as they feather their new nest together, and I have to restrain myself from picking up one of her chairs...though I may buckle over a very pretty toffee tin!
Sole 2 Soul Therapy: There are two people allowed to touch my feet. Sohrab (ah, the privileges of marriage, eh?) and the very talented Mickey Craig. After a reflexology session with her, your tired tootsies will feel pampered and deliciously relaxed!
Avon's latest and nicest rep: Lauren is new to the Avon world, recently engaged (squee!) and is looking to a build a client base. I remember flipping through the Avon catalogues with my mom, and making lists of talcs and lip glosses to order - it was a comforting ritual. You can see the latest campaign and contact Lauren here.
Yoga for Round Bodies: Tara is an excellent teacher! "Yoga for Round Bodies classes are a fun and safe way for round people to explore their curves. The focus will be on gentle movement, restorative yoga, breathing, and relaxation.. Come and join us in these supportive classes where you will be able to practice freely in a comfortable, non-competitive, non-weight loss oriented environment. Your size, or ability are NOT important—come and begin from where you are, yoga can be part of your life RIGHTNOW."
There's a shade of green that I think of as "comic book money" green, and this vintage Utilco security/cash box is, appropriately enough, that exact colour.
It has a rather nice inner tray (also steel), divided into sections appropriate for small change. If you use the box as creative cosmetics storage, the tray could be used to organize various lip glosses, eye shadows and more!
*SOLD* I love when vintage jewelry blurs the line between personal ornament and sculpture. This off-white openwork enameled vintage 60s necklace is just such a piece. It all but glows against a simple dark background. The pendant is 2" in length, and the chain measures 24". There is a little wear to the enamel in 3 or 4 spots, but these are barely noticeable.
*SOLD* Both of these pieces (one 10" casserole, one 12" divided dish) show signs of a long and useful life thus far, but the green daisies are perky as ever, and a good scrubbing should get rid of the small baked on bits. Glasbake is oven safe - perfect for trying out a new recipe!
*SOLD* Now, I make a concerted effort to keep the Trove pretty and rather romantic, in a non-frilly way, but every now and again my treasure-hunting excursions find me face to face with items of such delicious weirdness, it fair takes my breath. This particular lot provided me with any number of breathless moments. I mean really. Take a LOOK at some of those tools! They look downright medieval! There are too many items to list and photograph separately, but some of the notables: 4 enameled medical trays, one milk glass tool tray, over twenty stainless steel dental tools (including a rather terrifying steel hypodermic needle holder), sets of what look like teeth, but are colour match tools for the manufacturing of false teeth, and quite a few small bottles and boxes. These items weren't stored particularly carefully, so there is definite rust and wear. Then again, that just makes them even creepier!
All in all there are over 80 items in this set, which would be great for a set-dresser, production design student, or collector of vintage medical and dental items. I find that the enamel trays make fine frames for displaying groups of these items.
Price: $100 for the entire set - this is a steal! The tools alone sell for $10-$40 apiece on Ebay and other on-line retailers.
*SOLD* These decorative vintage Peek Frean biscuit tins would be a sweet addition to your kitchen (tea!), bathroom (cotton swabs! Lady supplies!), or desk (paperclips, pens, pennies!). They show metal wear and scratches, but are still quite charming. 5 1/2" tall, 4" wide.
*SOLD* It is my pleasure to offer this beauitful Art Nouveau cast silver brooch, highly detailed. The graceful female profile is presented by a twisted oval frame. The brooch is 1 1/2" tall and 1 1/4" wide, and I believe the pin was replaced a long time ago, from a C-clasp to a more secure pin. This would have been worn at the collar, bodice, or sash. There is some tarnish, and I imagine this piece would polish very well, but did not want to disturb the antique patina.
*SOLD* Add some serious vintage punch to your jewelry arsenal with these bold & beautiful rings, both size 8. The one on the left is electroplated silver, the one on the right is adjustable between sizes 7.5 and 8.5.
*SOLD* This pretty little distressed brass magazine stand would work well in a small space - the open lines don't take up much visual room, while the top shelf (16" x 12") provides plenty of room for reading material. The bottom shelf (12" x 6") can also be used for books and magazines, and there's even place to hang your magazine open to a specific page. It stands 20" tall and has rubber feet to prevent scratches to your floors.