Saturday, June 25, 2011

Other people's old stuff is COOL

I have always loved old things. I don’t know if it’s part of my Southern heritage, but I do know that it’s nurtured in the South in a way that I’ve not seen in other parts of the country. Now, my darling husband is from California (where NOTHING is old), but he shares my fondness for antiques and falling-apart junk that could be really cool in the right hands.

So, our favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning is to go to an estate sale. It’s basically a fancy garage sale, but it’s inside someone’s house. Sometimes it’s an old person’s house, and you can’t tell whether they’ve died or been sent off somewhere. Other times the people just moved and didn’t want to deal with all their stuff.

Either way, you get to look through the whole house!! If you don’t understand the excitement in this, I can’t help you. You either get it or you don’t. Just experiencing the house is half the fun. Shopping for old stuff is the other half.

Anyway, this is how I got hooked on vintage costume jewelry.

This necklace is one of my favorite finds ever. It’s so fabulous because it manages to be modern and vintage at the same time. The white flowers are perfect with sundresses, and the light-colored rhinestones give it just the right amount of sparkle. 

It's just so much more interesting than the latest "statement necklace" at the chain retailer of your choice. And did I mention that I paid $8 for it? 

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