Sunday, February 24, 2013

Treasures found in tangled thread

 A couple of summers ago, I picked up a little sewing bench at a moving sale.  I hadn't planned on buying it, but I had to buy it in order to get an aqua Mason jar full of buttons.  For $10, I got the jar full of buttons, the bench full of lots of thread and some other random things.  Not bad at all!  Just today, I was looking through it to find a wooden spool to use in an Easter Swap I am participating in and found so much more!
 There were 4 necklaces (1 was so tiny and delicate I couldn't get a good picture of it) and 2 rosaries that were all knotted together with all of the thread and a measuring tape.  It was a mess!  All that untangling was worth the work, just look at these lovely treasures!
 This first pearl necklace is vintage Avon.  It has a gold lion's head with diamond eyes.  I found a few on Ebay and Etsy.  They ranged in price from $50 to $125.  Wow!  I always love to see what these treasures could potentially be worth.  The second pearl necklace has heart beads in pretty shades of pink.  They are plastic so I am sure they aren't vintage.
 I love this silver tear dropped shaped necklace.  It has 3 diamond shape rhinestones hanging off of the bottom.  This piece reminds me of a chandelier. 
 This is a big, chunky rosary.  The decade beads are a dark red color and the 3 Hail Mary beads are a bright red.  The crucifix and the medallion both say "Made in Italy".  This is a beautiful rosary that I am so glad to be adding to my rosary collection.
But this sterling silver rosary is my very favorite find of the day!  All beads, the crucifix and the medallion are sterling silver.  It is so delicate.  You can tell that it has been lovingly used for years as all the features are soft and worn.  This one will make such a perfect addition to my rosary collection.  


NanaDiana said...

What a fun, fun find, Trisha! I'd say you did very good for your $10. If you want to give the pearls some luster you can rub then with baby powder and it kind of polishes then and gives them a glow. xo Diana

Donna said...

Wow, I bet you sure were surprised, Trisha! How fun, I love all of the beautiful pieces. They were meant for you, I think!!

Susan said...

What fun to find hidden surprises. The necklaces and rosaries are so pretty.

Lisa said...

What fantastically fun finds! Boy, what a pain to have to untangle them, but well worth it! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.

Unknown said...

This is absolutely lovely!!! I this these are just brilliant with all these soft colours! :)


Anonymous said...

What a happy surprise indeed! How fun to find so many beautiful necklaces!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a fun surprise it must have been to discover all these treasures. Love the rosaries.

Doni said...

Oh wow! I wouldn't have been able to pass that up either, but what a HUGE find in the sewing box! Love those pearls!!! So happy for you!
And so excited that you joined me for Pearls and Lace!!

Mom E. said...

Trisha, SUCH FUN!
I am sure you were surprised! For some reason I ahve laways loved the challenge of untangleing necklaces...when I was little I would get the knots out of any chain I could ifnd that needed to be un knotted!
They are so pretty, now you can enjoy them!

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

Such wonderful and surprising finds! Lucky you!

June said...

OMG Trisha!!!! How wonderful to find these amazing pieces in that tangled mess. You really did score my dear!
sending hugs...

ornate splendor said...

Ooooooh, great deal for $10! My estate sale find today was vintage music pages - a large book for $2! Lovely to find your blog!

The Charm of Home said...

Beautiful! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!