March 1, 2009

Flea Market Day! Time for Costume Jewelry Hunting

I so look forward to Sunday. The first Sunday of every month there is a local flea market I like to visit. Waking at 5:30 or 6:00 AM and reminding myself why I am getting up so early. While I was trying to fall asleep I thought about all the beautiful vintage jewelry I might find. Perhaps an Art Nouveau plique-a-jour figural? Maybe some 1940's Marcel Boucher or Trifari?

So I did get up and met a friend at 7:00 AM and the hunt began. Going down each aisle you are bombarded with colors and sometimes music and the sound of negotiations for the best price. I wish I knew more about art as there are so many beautiful framed pieces but I am afraid I will over pay or buy a lithograph or print that is not an original. Instead I concentrate on what I know which is costume jewelry and enameled Scandinavian pieces.

Today I did find an Art Deco Trifari dress clip that is Pink and White and has the early KTF mark. I was so excited. I also found an enameled small swallow by David Andersen. A lovely braceleted marked Sorrelli and a wonderful Seahorse with marcasites and small Coral colored balls.

My friend collects lots of things and we looked at a lovely quilt but she thought the price was too high. We went back when we had finished with the other rows but it was gone by then. You snooze you loose. She also collects postcards but she has many requirements. They must be from a man to a woman and it must be a love note/letter that was post marked. She has some really amazing ones.

It is always amazing the myriad of objects to pour over. Pottery, ephemera, paintings, furniture, figurines, dishes, silverwear, handbags, hats, door knobs, sculpture and of course all kinds of jewelry. From glitzy rhinestones to real Victorian Gold and Platinum with rose cut diamonds, real Rubies, Emeralds and Sapphires. There were a few vendors that had some spectacular designer pieces but they are out of my price range. It is always informative and you can learn so much as many of the sellers know a lot about there wares. If there is time they will tell you exciting stories about how they found some of their pieces.

I know for some people the weather is still not that great so perhaps you enjoyed reading about today's adventure.

I will keep you posted of my next search.

Have a wonderful week.