Mark and I have spent many many hours at flea markets and antique malls(he's definately not an early bird, so we don't usually do yardsales) over the past 24 years. I don't know how much vintage jewelry I picked during that time, only to sell it in a yard sale or send it back to a thrift shop. Sigh.
Not too long ago I was blog hopping when I came across this photo:
|Photo Source: http://vixenvintage.blogspot.com/2012/01/bangles-and-bras.html|
And on a sidenote, if you've never visited Vixen Vintage before...Do It! I discovered the blog through the bangle photo and became instantly enamored. She posts some of the most beautiful photos and amazing vintage goodies that you are likely to see. It's one of my new favorite blogs!
I immediately went to my jewelry box and started digging. I knew still had at least four bangles because I constantly wear the polka dot, black, gray, and red(not pictured) ones. I managed to dig up several more and WooHoo! I do have a small collection!
Yesterday, Mark and I took off for another round of flea marketing and I picked up a few more pieces to add to my collection.
None of these was over $2.00! Score! I was so happy to pay .50 each for four of these that I didn't notice the red one was broken until I took the photo this morning. Luckily, I have another red one! This one will be used for a craft project...I'm thinking decoupage.
These were a bit more costly...$3.00 each!! Oh how I love getting stuff for cheap!
I realize there is not a single piece of vintage Bakelite in the bunch. And a girl can't really have a bangle collection without some Bakelite, can she? For now this girl will...because she is a public school system employee. Furthermore, she already has a serious spending problem with fabric and sewing/quilting items. So, sadly, no Bakelite for me until I win the lottery.
Here's my current collection, a few are vintage 60's but most are 70's and 80's bangles. I'm cool with both of those decades! I am looking forward to hunting for a wider variety of eras and lots more colors! I might have hopped on to etsy.com and ordered a few more just this morning.
|using a sock/underwear drawer organizer for storage. A pretty vintage one is on my "to get" list.|
Despite the Bakelite disparity of my collection, the bangles make me happy!