Sunday, April 18, 2010

Flea Market Finds

I ventured into a couple of Antique Stores this week and had a ferret about in their "odds and sods" boxes and came up with some things that I hope to use in some jewellery.

Okay, so it might not be immediately evident that this stuff could become jewellery, but I have faith that I can do something with it! The screwdriver definitely will not become jewellery but will make some great marks on metal with the aid of a hefty hammer!
Keys are easy - they always look good in vintage style necklaces and these ones are either brass so they can be patinaed or already have some nice rusty patina!
This white thing is apparently part of a Victorian era thingy that held back curtain cords. I will probably remove the cabachon and use the brass bit as a bezel. The vintage buckle is gonna look great in a long, brightly colured necklace and the buttons - well buttons are just cool!
I really don't know what will happen to this photo because it is so moth-eaten - but that is exactly why it appealed to me! Wouldn't it be great to know the story behind all these blokes eating together in a tent?
Well of course if you are going to make jewellery it is a splendid idea to have something groovy to display it in and so to my next find ...

I plant to revamp the inside - (although it seems a shame as it is in perfect nick ) and use this to display vintagy bits and pieces. It is a lovely cutlery tray - so solid!


Even the latch is just lovely and solid brass, as are the hinges.


I hope the owner is still using the cutlery because it must have been very good quality to be encased in such a well made box.
If you are a thrifter and treasure hunter head over to Sophies to join her meme Flea Market Finds or just have a look at the stuff people are digging up in thrift stores and op-shops all around the place! It's fun!

10 comments:

Kellie Christie said...

I agree buttons are cool! Love the red belt buckle too! What a score, I'm sure that you will make some very funky jewellery out of those great finds.

Jennie said...

There is alot of interesting things there that would make brilliant jewellery!

Kate said...

I think it is so wonderful that you can turn one person's trash quite literally into treasure.

moose and bird said...

Great finds. Look forward to seeing what you make with it all. xo

Steph said...

What a little treasure trove! Love to see what they'll be transformed into :)

Nick and Lou said...

I've seen some of your jewellery and I am sure you will make something wonderful from this. I like the keys...they are becoming as rare as hens teeth. xxNick

Vic said...

Oooh, can't wait to see what you do with the box, and I love all your quirky little bits & bobs!

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Oh I love it all! Can't wait to see what you do with all those delights!
Sophie x

♥♥♥ w o o l f ♥♥♥ said...

I am intrigued by all those knickknacks that you want to turn into something gleaming. i always have that feeling about bits'n'pieces, but i ususally end up throwing them out. shame on me.
coming back to hercule poirot you mentioned in your comment. i admit not having read ONE agathie christie but having seen the david suchet series all the more... i think he may have been born hercule, no? ha ha
cheers, n@

Enchanted Moments said...

OMG, I have the cutlery and no box, always on the search for one at the auctions I go to, but no luck yet...and such a nice inside too..well done.........
Hey, I hope it wasnt snowing in that photo, and that there was an empty seat next to one of those guys holding up a meaty looking bone for his lunch,????
Sorry, its getting late, my mind is wandering......... :)