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Treasure Hunting Report: Vintage Jewellery

I think I was a bit of a gloomy-Gus yesterday.  Prepping for my research trip keeps reminding me how behind I am.  Especially as I keep unearthing (and returning) unread library book after unread library book.  But I’m in high spirits today because I am almost 100% done preparing for the trip – and that includes packing!  So far, I’m (just barely) meeting my goal of one suitcase + carry-on.  I plan to share all the details about what I packed and how it works out.  But for now, I’m trying to pick a few, small, accessories to add.  Given that I have jewellery on the brain today, I thought it would be a good time to share some recent pirate-worthy treasures from my treasure hunting exploits – jewellery! 

This adorable acorn-themed sterling silver brooch was claimed by you-know-who (*cough*Mom*cough) before I could even try it on.  She pinned it on a chic t-shirt, so the curve of the brooch followed the curve of the crew neck and it looked amazing.  She deserves it for her ingenuity.

I have a modest collection of vintage rhinestone jewellery, even some Sherman stunners, but they are sooo dressy I find it hard to wear them regularly.  When I spotted this cheery yellow brooch with the tiniest sprinkle of green/grey rhinestones, I knew it would be much more wearable.  Picture it on a grey cardigan for fall . . . 

I bought this one for the same reason: a little sparkle, but not too much.

I’ve been on a brooch kick, I guess, because I also found two pairs of these Lucite bird pins, signed Buch and Deichmann, for $5.00 per pin.  It was perfect because Mom loves the warm brown pair and I heart the cranberry hued ones.  I already have a large, red parrot brooch (like this one) by the same Danish company, so I sense a collection forming.   

If I’m being honest, I actually didn’t realize they were birds until Mom pointed it out.  I thought they were abstract-y swirly things and had planned on wearing them like this:

What a maroon.  But I’m now wearing them the right way:

Last but not least, a couple of shop-bound items for when we re-open.  We only sold one piece of jewellery (!) in our few weeks – none of the amber ended up selling.  But I think the timing needs to be different – maybe around the holidays might be a good time for jewellery sales.  I know once we’re open permanently, we’ll be able to sell more jewellery so I haven’t been deterred from buying jewellery for the shop.  These two gorgeous, rhinestone necklaces would be perfect for weddings.  The second one is something old and something blue. 

Does anyone else find looking at sparkly/shiny things very relaxing? I think the calming effect explains my lifelong fascination with rocks and jewellery.  Looking at things that sparkle is my yoga.



  1. Jeanette @ This Dusty House
    August 29, 2012 / 3:38 pm

    Pretty.I totally think you can get away with wearing the birds in the abstract way you were planning on. They don't look like birds as much, but that's totally ok!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 29, 2012 / 4:57 pm

      Happy to hear that, because I kind of like the swirly abstract way!

  2. Christine
    August 29, 2012 / 3:53 pm

    Beautiful finds! I love those bird pins and that acorn brooch is beautiful! You have a gorgeous complexion by the way!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 29, 2012 / 4:59 pm

      Oh gosh, thanks, but my skin is actually not that swell. I still break out and it gets kind of red and splotchy in places. It looks okay in this pic, but it is a combo of good lighting, a bit of a tan and also clinique makeup! I used a tinted moisturizer that has been discontinued and the replacement is heavier. Not sure what I'll do when the last tube runs out . . .

  3. Dana@Mid2Mod
    August 29, 2012 / 9:43 pm

    I fell in love with the acorn brooch the moment I saw it. I might have had to arm wrestle your mom for it. 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 30, 2012 / 4:28 am

      Ha ha! I'll keep my eyes peeled for others. Although sterling silver, I think it's not uncommon. The company made jewellery for gift shops and this piece, although mid-century, wasn't very "fancy" at the time. I was a little disappointed, actually, when I did my research. Although it might be more rare for you, because if I remember correctly, this company is Canadian and also did the traditional maple leaf style jewellery.

  4. Sudha
    August 30, 2012 / 8:11 am

    awesome finds Tanya..cant seem to get over the blue sparkles 🙂

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 30, 2012 / 2:04 pm

      The blue set is really pretty – it has a great patina to it and the shades of blue are really eye catching. It will be up for grabs when the shop re-opens!

  5. Amy
    August 30, 2012 / 3:51 pm

    Great finds!! Good luck with the packing 🙂

  6. How2home
    August 30, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    Nice finds Tanya! You always manage to surprise us with your amazing finds 🙂

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