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I'm a communications specialist with a passion for vintage and I run an online vintage business called Vintage Baubles & Bits.

I consider myself a saver of beautiful items from the past and a repurposer of treasures!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Keeping Up with Trends Part 6

Mad Men - need I say more? No other TV show has so epitomized an era as Mad Men has done for the 1950s.


What I love about this trend is all the purses, hats and shoes. Unfortunately a case isn't the best way to showcase these, that's usually what I save to sell at flea markets. However I do have several great purses in my case, ranging from a never been used white beaded clutch, to a shiny, glittery gold purse with matching shoes.

This is also where I have a few men's items, like the killer bicycle built for two cuff links and at flea markets I'll have cocktail sets and a great, never used men's travel set.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Keeping up With Trends Part 5

Very hot this summer is the reemergence of florals. I have a love/hate relationship with floral prints, some can be great, but I am forever scarred by the floral leggings my mom made me wear in 5th grade.


However I love floral accents and tasteful floral accessories, like the killer retro and vintage flower earrings in my collection. I also adore this paste flower pin I found at an estate sale, it's so delicate and in fabulous condition. Finding one with all the petals intact is a rarity!


I also find myself drawn to the West Germany porcelain pieces with beautiful roses and compacts with floral motifs like those in the photo. I think a well placed flower pin can really amp up an outfit or serve as a beautiful, attention getting piece.

My signature, non-jewelry piece is the beautiful Reuge Swiss music box. It's a pleasure to look at and sounds just wonderful.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Keeping Up with Trends Part 4





Art Deco - Often thought of as a furniture or architecture style, but there are several jewelry forms as well. Much of my collection features metal accents and abstract shapes. The white, cream and clear Trifari necklace and earrings set is a great example of this style. Many of the bracelets I carry are also art deco in style. My favorite piece is the silver and blue Lisner clip earrings on the far left of the page.

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Keeping Up with Trends Part 3


Shimmer - not sure how a single adjective like this starts a trend, but in my collection, this is one of my favorite categories. It's all things sparkly and beautiful, which is one of my favorite things about vintage.


In this collection you'll find things like a stunning 3in Weiss clear rhinestone pin, a beautiful rhinestone butterfly, gorgeous Weiss earrings, bracelets with shiny bling and some rocking rings.

There's something about rhinestones from the past that just make you feel special.


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Friday, August 19, 2011

Keeping Up with Trends Part 2

The second theme of my case at Wallach House is a lot of fun - 70s Glam!



Everything about this trend is vibrant and bright. My collection includes some great retro plastic necklaces in colors like purple, blue, red and green. It also includes some great vintage earrings in shades of orange and bright yellow.

This trend flows nicely into another hot area this summer - Brights. Bright colors in make up and accessories are big.


Here neon yellow, blurs and purples offset cool purses, necklaces and earrings. For example, check out the awesome embroidered Valerie Stevens purse!

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On Ebay This Week - Schumann Bavaria Reticulated Bowl

So last summer I was at a huge estate sale - talk about hoarding! This estate sale lasted two weekends Friday, Saturday, Sunday each weekend! Six full days and on the last Sunday of the sale you couldn't tell that things had even sold there was so much stuff! I actually hit this sale both weekends and found something new each time I went. The final piece I bought from this sale I knew nothing about, other than it was pretty. It was this neat old china bowl with a gorgeous print. It's taken me a year and multiple online searches to finally discover the name of the pattern and what I have up for sale on ebay this week is a Schumann Bavaria Reticulated Bread Bowl that depicts a scene known as "Dice Players Urchin."



Schumann is a very popular brand of china that was produced between 1881-1996 in the Bavarian region of Germany. It's a well marked brand - often depicting a crowned lion as it's symbol, so at least that gave me a strong start to my research. But due to the length of time they produced China there are literally hundreds of Schumann patterns. Though not as many that actual depict scenes or people. So that at least helped me narrow down my search - but searching three different times in the past I was never able to find the pattern until just two weeks ago.

Dice Players is a commonly reproduced scene of beggar children throwing dice. This scene is in transfer and was reproduced by many other manufacturers, including R. S. Prussia, after the original painting by Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo, 1618-1682. (Source: R. S. Prussia Popular Lines, Mary Frank Gaston, page 22). Murillo produced several paintings portraying some of the street children of his time and place. They have commonly been referred to as street urchins and beggars. Schumann did a series with Murillo paintings, but this pattern isn't even on Replacements' site, which is usually referred to as the Bible of all china patterns.

This is a stunning reticulated or "pierced" bowl often called a bread bowl because of it's shape and style.  It is 13 in long by 7 in wide and about 2 in deep. Excellent condition. c.mid-20th century. Very unique!

 Ebay Seller Name: foobar252

Monday, August 15, 2011

Where to Find Me Next

My next flea market appearance will be August 20th and 21st in the barn at the Belleville Flea Market. If you live within 50-60 miles of the area you should definitely come out! If you've never been it truly is the largest and nicest flea market in the area. The barn has really taken off and begun to have a lot of vendors that are selling just as good of items the folks with tables inside. The organizers have sold out the inside and most outside spots, so it should be a good event. Most likely around 150 vendors!

Belle Clair Fairgrounds - 200 South Belt East, Belleville, IL 62220.

Come see me!


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Location:Belleville, IL

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Keeping Up with Trends Part 1

When I decided to go ahead and theme my case around current fashion trends I wanted to point out to people that old wasn't dowdy or boring. That vintage can be fresh and often times cheaper than buying new.

The first trend in my collection is Ballet, with a bit of a tip to the movie "Black Swan." Items in this collection include a set of beautiful old ballerina framed images, a German wooden music jewelry box, stunning black vintage earrings, pins and necklaces.



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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wallach House Part 2


When researching the Wallach House I asked for some advice from the owner, Mary. She told me to look at current magazines and trends And try to match my items to those themes. So this advice led me to buying all of the Spring fashion magazines and hours of cutting out trends and images that were "hot" and that matched the items I already had.

From there I spent an entire weekend sorting through my costume jewelry and other items to assign them to a category or trends. I repriced everything and retagged it, which in case you didn't know takes a very long time...

Then in May I set up my new case and launched yet again into the world of vintage selling!




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Location:Eureka, MO

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

On EBay This Week

I'm going to start posting things I have for sale on EBay once a week to show case some new items.

This week I'm featuring two items signed by the German artist M. Foyer, a hand painted porcelain pin/brooch and a pair of hand painted screwback earrings.

From my research I've learned that M. Goyer was an artist in the 1950s that was commissioned to paint porcelain jewelry and decorative plates. Most of her work is florals like the roses and pansies on the pieces I have. They're currently posted at $20 for an auction start price and $35 to buy it now.

You'll find me on eBay as seller foobar252. Happy bidding!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wallach House Adventures Part 1

A few months back I shut down my case at the South County Antique Mall after a seven month test in which I only broke even one month. Very disappointing to say the least. At $65 a month for a case plus a 10% commission rate it's just hard to make money, especially when I price my pieces really reasonably. So I took a few months off from the case and just sold at flea markets and on eBay (foobar252). I was searching for a new home for my case in the meantime.

I happened to head down to Eureka again in March or April for an estate sale and stopped by the shops there. Eureka has an antique mall, the Wallach House and the Great Midwest Antique Mall, so lots of options and definitely an antiquer destination. Wallach House just seemed to fit. It's a cross between antiques, gourmet foods, gifts and more. This place is definitely a woman's shop! So I felt like my pretty girlie things would do well here and I began to research the opportunity to become a part of the shop.

Read more in Part 2


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