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Buying and selling vintage aprons and linens

Sunday, May 28th, 2017
vintage apron

handmade vintage apron

When you think of vintage aprons, they are mainly from the 1950s and 1960s but aprons have been around since ancient times for both practical and decorative purposes. Above is a typical apron from the 1950s. Made of gingham fabric and embellished with with cross stitch, it is both practical and decorative.

vintage apron

holiday vintage apron

Many aprons were made for holiday and purely decorative purposes. I find most of my aprons at local estate auctions where people are clearing out a generation of practical and decorative soft goods and linens.

vintage apron

PA Dutch vintage apron

Since I live in PA, I find regional aprons such as this PA Dutch one with great graphics and text. Other regions may find those pertinent to their areas.  This one is all cotton with a printed design. Probably 1950s or 60s.

vintage apron

vintage bib apron

Another type of apron is the bib apron that would cover more of the body in order to better preserve the dress underneath. This one is made of cotton with rick rack trim. It fits over the head and ties in the back.

vintage apron

vintage bib apron

The original owner even embroidered their name in the neckline!

vintage apron

vintage crocheted child’s apron

This one probably took a lot of time to make! It is a smaller apron, probably more for a child, and completely hand crocheted.

vintage apron

vintage embroidered and crocheted apron

No matter what the style, vintage aprons are a fascinating part of clothing history! Check out my listings such as these at everythingvintagesteph.com. Thanks!

It’s ugly Christmas sweater time again!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
ugly Xmas sweater

ugly Xmas sweater

It’s that time again… time to get out the ugly Christmas sweater! Or buy a new one — used, of course! Here’s one I just picked up today at a thrift store. They are getting hard to find. I listed 4 of them over the weekend that I had been saving all year and 3 of them sold right away!

 

ugly Xmas sweater

ugly Xmas sweater

Here’s another one I found today at another thrift store. It’s not as ugly but it’s got great features like the red cardinals and well placed sequins. The clerk at the thrift store was wearing an “ugly” sweater. At this store they make a special rack of them. (I only found one good one). She asked me if this was going to be my “pretty” sweater or my “ugly” sweater. (I think she didn’t want to offend me in case I really liked it!) I told her it was “pretty ugly.” That made her laugh very loudly!

ugly Xmas sweater

ugly Xmas sweater

I think this one is the best of the bunch! The poinsettias are like double in size. There are the knitted ones underneath and then another one applied on top of it to give it more dimension. Then there is a golden bead in the middle of each one. Awesome!

ugly Xmas sweater

ugly Xmas sweater

This is the only other one I have right now and it’s kind of cute! It is made of all lamb’s wool and zips down the front. There is a very tiny hole on the side or it would be perfect. A lot of creative people take a sweater like these and embellish them even more with flashing lights and added ribbons or bows. (think gaudy!)

You can find these (if they are not gone!) in my store at everythingvintagesteph.com. Tomorrow I am going on a search to find more!

Halloween costumes … vintage and recycled! Some cool ideas……….

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
vintage halloween costume

vintage halloween costumes

Vintage Halloween costumes are always a hit — if you can find them! This one is probably from the 1960s or so. It is in very good condition with just a litle rip at a seam. It’s got a great outline of a horse on it. I have it listed for 18.00 or best offer.

Pocahontas costume

Pocahontas costume

This one is handmade. I don’t know how vintage it is but it would make a simple Pocahontas or native american costume. Dress it up with a few more feathers or a leather fringed belt. I have this one listed for only 9.99.

glamour girl costumeThen there’s the glamour girl look is a newer costume but it’s got a vintage look. The faux fur stole matches the faux fur trim on the dress. It’s for a 5/6 small girl so it would be really cute with play heels and purse!

dance costume

ballerina dance costume

I also came across a lot of costumes from a costume company that I have listed as Halloween and dance costumes since most of them have leotards. This one is listed at 19.00 with best offer.

silver stretch belt

silver stretch belt

 

I also have lots of accessories like this silver stretch belt. Good for Halloween or anytime! Listed at 9.99.

feather boa

feather boa

This feather boa could be really fun! At 5.00, it’s a steal!

costume head pieces

costume head pieces

Or you could do a lot with these girls head pieces!

Just click on any of the photos or go to everythingvintagesteph.com for some great Halloween costume ideas!

Mining for silver and gold in Nevada… The JCK gem ad jewelry show in Las Vegas is great too!

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013
camping at a silver mine

camping at a silver mine

So I went on this trip with Douglas Diamonds jewelry store. We (family owned business) own mines in various places in Nevada and Arizona and visit them periodically to assess their viability. It’s pretty awesome being out in the desert, pretty much close to NOWHERE and NOTHING (we passed a town with that name). You look at the vast sky at night and you just have to say God is everything. Everywhere and EVERYTHING.

mine shaft

mine shaft — that’s Bev

There was this mine shaft — probably from the 1940s — and Bev and Deb and Alayne got lowered down into the shaft on an electric winch. Not me. I’m not going down 60+ feet into total darkness. I’d rather crawl in on the solid earth. Even if it means sliding on rocks, using a rickety ladder to cross an abyss, using a rope to scale a 20 foot rock face, sliding backwards on makeshift stone steps, crawling down another rickety ladder… we had to come out that way anyway!

out of the mine

out of the mine

So what, I got a little dirty.

nice turquoise vein

nice turquoise vein

 We saw a nice turquoise vein outside of the mine too.

Lake Mead and Hoover Dam

Lake Mead and Hoover Dam

After 3 days of primitive camping — you know the kind with a shovel and a hole– we got to spend a beautiful day on Lake Mead with Scott driving our rented speed boat.

jck gem and jewelry show

jck gem and jewelry show

Then it was off to Vegas for the gem and jewelry show. So nice to have a shower and a bed!

scotty dog earrings

scotty dog earrings

Visit me at everythingvintagesteph and check out some of my findings!

 

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!

 

 

2013 TUCSON AZ GEM AND MINERAL SHOW, lots of jewelry too!

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
tucson gem show

need a granite table?

Love the gem, jewelry, and mineral show at Tucson, AZ! This is the second year I got a chance to go and it is so worth the time! It is an 8 day show and you still couldn’t see it all in 8 days! Locations are in and around the city. We were there for 3 days.

tucson gem show

picture jasper

The first day we visited the AGTA show at the conference center in Tucson. I don’t have any photos of that because it is not allowed to take photos inside the show. The one above was from another location. The AGTA show is full of licensed dealers who have everything from fire opals, boulder opals, ethiopian opals, emeralds, meteorite, etc. Fascinating just to look.

tucson gem show

thousands of beads!

The second day we visited what I call “tent city.” It is a group of hotels and over 50 tents full of jewelry and gems. You can’t even walk the entire place in one day! There were lots of bargains to be had. It was all wholesale so you need to register and show your sales and tax numbers to get in. We were mainly buying for our jewelry store, Douglas Diamonds, but I also buy to resell on eBay.

tucson gem show

Deb choosing quartz for necklaces.

She was looking for much smaller pieces but these geodes were so awesome!

tucson gem show

just a small section of “tent city”

tucson gem show

crystals and quartz

The third day was spent “on the streets.” You can be shuttled all around the city to various hotels where thousands of vendors are set up. It is still mainly for wholesale but there is no registration, so anyone can go. I couldn’t find my favorite spot from last year because I had no idea where the shuttle took me that time. It’s just overwhelming!

tucson gem show

just rocks??

They look like just rocks but you buy them by the pound and break them open or slice them for use.

tucson gem show

and these are just the amber beads

tucson gem show

turquoise in iron ore

It makes some beautiful furniture!

amethyst sterling silver poison box

amethyst sterling silver poison box

One of my treasures I am selling on eBay. everythingvintagesteph.com

Merry Christmas to All!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012
A Christmas Story... Ralphie's tongue

A Christmas Story… Ralphie’s tongue

Merry Christmas to all my readers and customers on eBay. Here’s some great Christmas finds that haven’t been snatched up yet. Do you love “A Christmas Story?”

Snowman Christmas hanky

Snowman Christmas hanky

Just found this really cute vintage hanky!

vintage Santa apron

vintage Santa apron

Just found this Santa apron too! No wears, tears or stains — love it when I find it that way! Probably 1960s or so.

ugly New Year's sweater

ugly New Year’s sweater

I sold out of almost all of my ugly Christmas sweaters but I have more of these beaded tops that work well for an after Christmas party.

Christmas pendant sterling silver

Christmas pendant sterling silver

Still have this beautiful sterling silver vintage pendant!

Lois Long vintage tea towel

Lois Long vintage tea towel

It’s not Christmas but what awesome Christmas colors! Vintage linen tea towel with strawberries.

Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year!

My loss leaders on eBay: Christian Dior tie, vintage pattern, Syracuse china, Hallmark Xmas ornaments

Monday, November 26th, 2012
Christian Dior tie

Christian Dior tie

Someone just gave me a great idea for marketing for the holidays. Loss Leaders. You know how your grocery store advertises bread for 99 cents and apples for .19 cents a pound, etc. just to get you in the store? Those are called loss leaders. So I took a few of my vintage and not so vintage items (that haven’t sold for a while) a put them on auction for a .99 starting bid. The tie is one of them.

vintage pattern

vintage pattern

This vintage pattern (with the fabric included!) is another one. I just started this one today.

syracuse china Haarlem pattern

syracuse china Haarlem pattern

They are all free postage too! This would cost me about 5.00 to mail so I am taking a chance but so is any store than runs a loss leader sale! You got to take chances in business.

tailgate cookbook

tailgate cookbook

The tailgate cookbook already has a bid and is going past the .99 opening bid. Maybe they all will! It’s worth a try.

hallmark santa ornaments

hallmark santa ornaments

Surely the Hallmark ornaments will sell! If not, I have over 1000 other items to make up for it.

sapphire and diamond ring

sapphire and diamond ring

 Like this beautiful diamond and sapphire ring…. at everythingvintagesteph.com.

aqua mermaid coach purse

aqua mermaid coach purse

 Or this awesome COACH purse — NEW! Thanks for visiting everythingvintagesteph.com.

Claiming mines in Arizona. Ugly Christmas sweaters

Monday, November 19th, 2012
arizona mines

arizona mines

Danger! I took another mining trip to Arizona last week. Fun! We were looking at sites for purchase.  This is typical of what you would see at an abandoned mine. We find the mines on maps and then we visit them to look at the surrounding area, check for any water close by, the accessibility of it, and the size of the tailings (rock) piles, etc.

arizona mining

Of course, we always camp near the mines we are exploring. This one is about 6000 feet above sea level. That is the tailings pile from the upper mine in the center of the photo above the camp. We explored the mining cave that went back over 1200 feet. Very interesting rock formations and veins that we followed.

gold mine silver mine

gold mine silver mine

Many of these mines were opened in the early 1900s for the purpose of gold or silver or turquoise.

silver in quartz

silver in quartz

 You don’t just find the gold and silver lying about. It MIGHT be inside this quartz but it has to go through a process first. It’s complicated. You can read about it here

Arizona mountains

Arizona mountains

It was a fun adventure but … back to listing on eBay.

ugly Christmas sweater

ugly Christmas sweater

Ugly Christmas sweaters are all the rage! Visit me at everythingvintagesteph.com.

How to bid at an auction. Local auction characters!

Monday, October 22nd, 2012
bidding at an auction

bidding at an auction

Kind of looks like everyone is at an funeral instead of an auction! I go to auctions a lot. I used to go every week but now I go about 1-2 times a month. This is an outside auction where everyone bids on box lots. A whole bunch of junk is thrown into a box and the boxes are lined up in rows. Then the auctioneer walks down the rows and takes bids on a box at a time. Sometimes he puts a bunch of boxes together. You’ve got to register and get a number first and then you never know what’s going to happen!

bidding at an auction

bidding at an auction

At this auction, you can throw anything you don’t want into the “dumpster.” This dumpster is motorized and follows the auction progress. If you want to take anything out of the dumpster, you’ve go to pay a 1.00! “Otherwise, hands off!”

ladies at an auction

ladies at an auction

 There’s a few women here, but mostly old men!

Santa Claus at the auction

Santa Claus at the auction

Oh, Santa Claus is here too.

old bottles

old bottles

I was thinking about bidding on these bottles. I got a few other boxes though of  fabric and books. Some old guy gave me a box of toys he didn’t want. I later gave him some tools I didn’t want. We don’t fight each other at this auction.

patriotic auction

patriotic auction

We’re patriotic too.

auctioneer

auctioneer

The auctioneer’s kinda cool with his cowboy hat and carnival cane. He taps every box so you know what you’re bidding on. The outside part of this auctions lasts about 3-4 hours sometimes! Another auctioneer is selling nicer junk inside.

auctioneer's motorized podium

auctioneer’s motorized podium

When the outside part of the auction is over, we go to a back room inside. There is another auctioneer that does that room. He uses this home made podium on wheels. It is motorized and he drives it around the room! Never saw another like it!

junk jewelry

junk jewelry

This is my favorite part of the auction though because they have everything laid out on the tables and you can sometimes bid on the entire table or half table or however the auctioneer decides to divide it up. You gotta be fast though or you’ll lose the bid!

auction junk

auction junk

Auctions are a lot of fun and you can come home with some great JUNK! Check it out at everythingvintagesteph.com.

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