At least three weekends out of the month (and sometimes four), you will find me treasure hunting at one of my local flea markets. There are plenty of great flea markets in Orange County, and among them, there are about 5 different markets that have become my favorite hot spots for finding vintage components for my jewelry designs. Today I went to the Old Town Tustin flea market.
Above are some cameo pieces I found. I can't resist a beautiful cameo! Brooches I usually repurpose. They become focal pieces in my necklace designs. With earrings I will sometimes remove the clips or screws on the backs, and then with jump rings or wire, turn them in to a connector piece in my necklace "chain".
Above are the plastic/celluloid pieces I found today. The top piece is a belt buckle, the yellow flower was at one time an earring, the pink leaf was probably originally from a necklace, the turquoise blue flower circle is a brooch, and so is the piece on the bottom right.
being repurposed in different ways.
Above are a couple of pieces that I bought purely for the vintage chain. The top piece I will disassemble and have lots of great chain for many different designs. The bottom piece is wonderful old brass chain that seems to get harder and harder to find nowadays.
Above are some remaining random pieces from today's treasure hunting. The hair comb I will repair and sell. The other pieces will all get repurposed.
Now to get to the "drawing board" and do some designing! In future posts, I will show you how I take some of these vintage pieces and give them new life. Sometimes I feel a bit like Dr. Frankenstein. ;-)