A Show and a Tell (winner announced)

by Cindy on March 7, 2012


I seem to be in a cycle of blogging about jewelry, family, and antiquing….have you noticed? ūüôā ¬†These are my favorite topics, and I hope you enjoy them too. ¬†Let’s go straight to the family/antiquing corner. ¬† ¬†A few weeks ago while the older boys were in ski school, I took a trek to Hagerstown, MD to check out a couple of antique malls. ¬†If you’re ever in the vicinity, Antiques Crossroads and Beaver Creek Antiques Market are side by side and I’d definitely put them in the “very good” category! ¬†I spent a few hours there with my 3-year-old son and we had a great time.

This past weekend, the DC Big Flea was in town again. ¬†I went last year and shared about friendship and great finds in this post. ¬†This year I brought my 9-year-old son and we strolled the aisles for 4 1/2 hours! Luckily he’s a treasure-hunter just like me! ¬†He was looking for fountain pens and watches, and I was looking for….well, all sorts of good things.

We met a wonderful vendor who was eager to share with us the evolution of  the wristwatch.   She explained that at the time of WWI,  pocket watches were clumsy for soldiers to carry, and how straps were created so that they could easily see their watch on their writst.  My son received some good advice too; she told him to start a collection now and just hold on to it!  Another vendor told us that one of her sons paid for his first year of college with the money he made from selling a collection of toys that he started when he was young.  Another couple wanted to show my son their great big (thickest one I ever saw!) dictionary and helped him look up a few words.  They were concerned about kids these days just looking on the Internet for information. Coincidentally, he just had an assignment this past week that required him to use an actual dictionary (had to borrow one from PopPop!). In the big dictionary, the last President listed in the back was Harry S. Truman!

Now on to some of the treasures we found –

 Oversized chandelier crystals.  These might make nice Christmas ornaments.

All kinds of trinkets.  The box is from a prominent jewelry store in Baltimore that was in business from 1873 to 1991.  I was thrilled to find the little football charm, it says Navy!

Lots of sparkly baubles. ¬†One of my favorite finds are the velvet boxes underneath the jewelry. Well-worn velvet is swoon-worthy to me! ¬†One of the boxes still had a label – the boxes once held what must have been incredibly high-end stockings. ¬†The company name was “The Jewel by Sapphire”.

 Detail of the exquisite crown applique.  One of my favorite books became real when I found these boxes!

A grouping of earbobs.  The sweet enameled pink Weiss earrings are another favorite find.  This picture was taken on the inside of the box lid Рnotice the crown logo label.

I found many special cabinet cards. ¬†I love to look for siblings (especially brothers), boys in sailor suits, unique props and beautiful clothing. ¬†Who were these two girls? ¬†And don’t you love the ornate hat and parasol carried by the girl on the right?

 Buttons, buttons and more buttons!

I know many of you are crazy for buttons too, so please stay tuned – I’m planning to host a button swap/hop!

Last but not least I’d like to announce the winner of the set of lampwork beads by Ikuyo¬†Yamanaka!

Lynda Carson of Fresh Baked Designs!

Lynda happens to be having a give away over on her blog as well, so please stop by and pay her a visit!

Thanks for joining me today – I always appreciate each and every visit!

– Cindy


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Kayla @ TheEclecticElement March 7, 2012 at 1:34 am

Oh Cindy!!!!

My heart just melted and my mouth just drooled a little bit at all your pretty vintage finds ūüėÄ Oh man, just SEEING everything gets my creative juices flowing.

And of course now I want to go antiquing. LOL

Congratulations to the very lucky bead winner!

Lynda March 7, 2012 at 1:58 am

Oh, my goodness! Thank you so very much, Cindy, for this wonderful gift.
I can’t wait to see them in person!

Grateful me,

Judith Johnston March 7, 2012 at 6:11 am

Oh my gosh Cindy, you really did find treasure didn’t you? I loved reading this post and seeing all your treasures so beautifully presented, the pink enameled earring are my favourites ūüôā

Congratulations to Lynda, Iyukos beads are wonderful.

Christine Damm March 7, 2012 at 7:47 am

Your youngest is getting SO big! When we first met, he was just a baby. Man, how time flies! What a great load of loot! I would love to spend an afternoon with you going through your favorite flea market– what fun we could have! It’s amazing how many you still have in the South– up here, so many vendors are selling on eBay and Etsy and most of my favorite malls are just shadows of their former selves. Thanks for the great tour.

Michelle T March 7, 2012 at 8:15 am


I’m so jealous!! What fun days you must have had!! I wish my boys were into treasure hunting. They don’t quite see it that way and it’s not my husband’s favorite either although he gets into it a little bit once we’ve started…

Really great finds! You have a great eye. I probably would have passed up on some of those things but seeing them in your pictures – why would one pass those up? It was so nice that vendors were including your son. That crown emblem – what workmanship in just the packaging!! And buttons! Tops off the day.

Thanks for sharing!

Susan M (quiltingjewel) March 7, 2012 at 9:47 am

Cindy –
I never tire of hearing about your anitquing adventures or seeing your handsome family. What great finds you got! I love the earrings – as you say they were swoon worthy. I think it is wonderful that your son is interested in collecting and that some of these people took the time to recognize that and share information with him. Funny – my husband collects fountain pens and pocket watches (among other things). I will share the story about wrist watches with him tonight. I have got to start looking at things in DC – like that flea market – I am so close. We don’t have a regular one in Richmond. Thanks for sharing.

kim March 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

What a special time Mom and son had together. My husband and I love to walk the aisles and talk to the sellers….so much history can be learned and you get to shop too!!. Your purchases are amazing.

Cynthia March 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

I wish I made more time to go antiquing and flea marketing! Love your finds!

Stacie March 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

What a great outing with your son…and he received some great advice, too…my husband and I have traveled so much, but when we settle down for a couple of years, we buy antique furniture. When we uproot, we sell it and always make money on it! Antiques appreciate in value and over a period of 18 years or so, you can be left with a nice little nest egg. I love all of the things you found…and that pearl necklace with those double caps has inspired me to try something similar…awesome finds!

Sharon Misuraco March 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

You are the queen of treasure hunting, Cindy! And you have so many opportunities in your area. How nice that your son shares your interest, that’s cool!

Tracy March 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I love living vicariously through your antiquing Cindy. The baubles, the crystals and and the velvet boxes are amazing!

Sarah (Saturday Sequins) March 7, 2012 at 2:12 pm


I’m so excited about all the sparklies you found!!! But I’m especially jazzed about the buttons — I’ve recently become a button hoarder/fanatic, and I’ve spent hours pawing through the button bin at my local creative reuse store. ūüôā

Sounds like you had a great time!

christineChristine March 7, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Amazing finds!! I will definitely make a stop in Hagerstown the
next time I’m in the area!!

Patti Vanderbloemen March 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm

How fun!!! You certainly did find some treasures!!!! He looks like he had just as much fun as you did!!! Congrats to Lynda!!!

Susan Kennedy March 7, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Cool finds!

JeannieK March 8, 2012 at 5:21 am

Oh my Cindy I can’t stop looking at all your beautiful treasures. I’ll have to come back and look at them again. McLovin’ the necklaces and all the buttons. I hope I’ll be able to join the swap

Jean A. Wells March 8, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Congrats! to Lynda. I must say that as I slowly scrolled down the page which was building to the winner’s name, I dreamed that I saw my name! Then I blinked and it was Lynda…..You lucky, lucky, girl.

Cindy, those are some amazing finds. I too love told flea market items and stuff that everyone else has thrown out.

Great job on the photography. Photographs are so important to a web based enterprise. You certainly have a skill for that.

Last, but not least, the bead soup that speaks to me the most is the first one, I believe it was by Christine Damm. Yummy reds always catch my eye.

Barbara Lewis March 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

That’s so great that your son shares and interest in the hunt … and that the vendors were so encouraging. You, my dear, also made out with some great finds!

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