Monday, June 6, 2011

Junk Jewelry...

As most of you know, I love to go to flea markets. Like, this blog could be called my FOURTH true love because I think I love going to the flea market even more than crafting and DIY (which is my current THIRD true love if you didn't already know, ha ha). Anyway, there are just so many fun and unique treasures there, interesting people, and I just love love love going there. A lot of the treasures being sold at the flea are either from estate sales, items from older relatives of the vendor, random thrifty finds, refinished antiques etc. Awesomeness basically! This past Sunday I went to the flea with my sister and my friend and we had a blast. I am already currently working on 5 big projects (as we will be getting our own booth at the flea next month), so I didn't have my eye out for any furniture or larger items. I was just there to browse and have fun. Getting to the point. A lot of people at the flea sell what is called "junk jewelry." Which is basically old costume jewelry in a big old jumble. Usually they are priced around a dollar each (and sometimes people think their junk is precious so it goes for three to five dollars). This time I scored a few awesome pieces of junk jewelry for myself. Well, I love it, the jury is still out on if you all with think I'm nutso.

First up are 2 necklaces that i got for $1 each.
The beaded one is a bit longer and will look cute layered with some of the other necklaces I already have. I also think the white/gold chain one would look cute for fancy (which means I will not be wearing it often...ha ha).

Next, a cool large-ish gold shell charm for $.50
Not too sure what I'll do with it, but it's a fun summery treasure :)

The other cool thing about junk jewelry is that it may be considered cheap "junk" now, but at one point, it may have been a precious keepsake for someone long ago (side note: I have tiny wrists so bracelets that once belonged to an old granny often fit me the best). I have a soft spot for anything personalized because I tend to feel that it was most likely once cherished by someone, given to them by a loved one, or commemorated a special time in their life. That leads me to my final 2 pieces of junk:

First, my "Elaine" bracelet.
Ok, I know what you're thinking. My name is NOT Elaine. I know. But, the real Elaine probably wore this chunky charm bracelet with a heart full of love. Maybe from a best friend, a lover, her child. Who knows. I will wear it for you Elaine! Don't worry, your precious bracelet is in good hands now (And, to sweeten the deal, my friend made a hilarious Seinfeld reference as I was looking at it, so I totally HAD to buy it. HAD to!).  "Elaine and Susie.....Susie and Elaine."     You are super cool if you know what the heck I'm talking about :)

Last but certainly not least: April 13th!

Another chunky granny charm bracelet but this time with a bejeweled April 13th! Something super special must have happened on that day. A wedding. A birthday. A baby being born. Something COOL, I just know it! So, look out April 13th 2012, you might be the BEST day ever!!!!!

(I totally understand if you wanna un-follow this blog after reading this post...ha ha).


  1. haha!!!! I love it all!!! Maybe my you-know-what could be named Elaine!!?? Not my fav. name!! LOL xo

  2. I love finding jewelery at garage sales. I've found awesome things before.

  3. those are sooo fun!!! love the shell! and tell lisa no way not elaine. susie is better.

  4. I love it all! I really like the white and gold necklace. And who would ever want to stop following your blog?!

  5. Oh and I forgot to tell you that I feel the same way about flea markets...could go to them every day!

  6. You are a woman after my own heart. That's the first place I hit at flea markets. I love the "junk jewelry" and have found some real treasures. I love what you found! I've been a flea market "junkie" since I was 7 years old. We were driving by a flea market when I was little and I told my parents to stop the car and have been hooked ever since.

  7. Love vintage jewelry!! I also love that pattern underneath!! Way to go bargain hunter!

  8. Ok, here's my verdict: orange necklace-Like, gold/silver necklace-Notsomuch, Gold shell charm-Like, Elaine bracelet-LOVE (I totally get the connection to something that was once treasured by someone else. Have you seen my Faux Family Wall? Plus I'm still cracking up about the Seinfeld reference.), April 13 Charm Bracelet-LOVE (same reason as above).


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