Archive for April, 2013

Selling vintage sheets, linen, and pillowcases on eBay: applique, needlepoint, Disney characters, and more!

Monday, April 15th, 2013
incredible hulk character sheet

incredible hulk character sheet

I have had a lot of success selling vintage character sheets on eBay. They are fun and usually not too hard to find! I found the incredible hulk at the thrift store and he is for sale for 9.99 at everythingvintagesteph.com.

Disney sheet CARS

Disney sheet CARS

Any type of Disney sheet, not necessarily vintage, is a good item to spot. I often find them in the clearance bins at Goodwill for less than 1.00 or at yard sales. This one is selling for 9.99 at everythingvintagesteph.com. In the past I have sold older ones such as Super Mario brothers for 48.00 and Masters of the Universe for 46.00.

power rangers pillowcase

power rangers pillowcase

Even a single pillowcase is a good find! I usually sell them for about 6-8$ a piece. When I listed this power ranger one in my eBay store, it sold in a few hours and a Care Bears one sold in less than an hour!

vintage sheet

vintage sheet

I also have vintage ones that sell for a bit more but they are harder to find, especially in very good condition. Applique and cross stitch or any kind of needlepoint or handiwork is especially nice.

DISNEY Beauty and the Beast sheet

DISNEY Beauty and the Beast sheet

 Check out my selection at everythingvintagesteph.com. It changes almost daily!

 

Mining for turquoise and what is howlite turquoise??

Friday, April 5th, 2013
nevada turquoise

nevada turquoise

I recently went mining in Nevada for turquoise (see some of my earlier posts) and found some great pieces. (I am part owner of a jewelry store and we own some turquoise mines). That made me very curious about turquoise, which is one of my favorite colors.

howlite turquoise

howlite turquoise

 Today I listed a bracelet on ebay that is made of howlite turquoise. Since the bracelet was so beautiful, I was wondering what howlite turquoise was.

I found this great article to explain it… at wisegeek.org.

Here is the beginning of the article…

Howlite, scientifically called a calcium borosilicate hydroxide, is a silicate mineral often used to replicate turquoise. In nature, the stone is white or grey with dark stripes. Although the mineral is often legitimately sold, it is occasionally pawned by dealers as real turquoise, which raises the price considerably.

 

The mineral was discovered by and named for Henry How, a 19th century Canadian geologist. Initial deposits were found in How’s native Nova Scotia, but have since been uncovered in Southern California as well. The mineral is now generally mined for its use as an imitation stone, although some New Age practices use undyed stones for meditation.

 

The mineral has a porous structure that allows it to accept dyes uncommonly well. Because of the characteristic streaks found in turquoise, howlite makes an excellent substitute. The Mohs scale hardness of the mineral is only 3.5, considerably lower than the average turquoise hardness of 5 to 6. This rating means that the imitation is more likely to be scratched or fractured than the authentic stone.

 

Other than this difference, the two stones are nearly identical, and some claim that even jewelers have difficulty telling them apart in absence of ultra-violet (UV) testing. In UV tests, howlite often appears to give off colored fluorescent glows. It also dissolves quickly in hydrochloric acid without causing bubbling, something turquoise will not do.

howlite turquoise

howlite turquoise

Hope you enjoyed the article and thanks for visiting me at everythingvintagesteph.com as well!

 

 

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