Saturday mornings at the flea market or a neighborhood yard sale, you will usually see a group of women crowded around a table searching through pieces of costume jewelry. Some of it has a clasp or a stone missing, but some of it is whole and good. When I'm one of those women, I buy what I like. I don't necessarily have a purpose for any particular piece. Sometimes I check for gold or silver markings, but finding a valuable piece is not the reason I'm looking.
The jewelry I take home may sit in a drawer for a few weeks, even months, but usually I can find a use for it. This article is about my own flea market finds and what I did with some of them. Once you start thinking of new and unusual ways to use the jewelry, collecting is creative and fun. I also have two books that I turn to for ideas.
- Morgan, Binky. Flea Market Jewelry, New Style from Old Treasures. New York: Sterling Publishing Co., 2001.
- Bell, C. Jeanenne. Answers to Questions about Old Jewelry, 1840-1950, 5th ed. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1999.
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