Sunday, October 23, 2016
Collecting Bakelite in Today's Market Place
We have been buying and selling Bakelite jewelry and other Bakelite items since 2008 and have witnessed the landscape change in the last 8 years. It is becoming harder to find good quality items at a fair price. We have also seen the introduction of Fakelite coming from China and being sold on eBay.
eBay is packed with items that claim to be Bakelite but most first looks can tell you they are plastic or other materials. Sellers list items as Bakelite Celluloid Lucite trying to cover all the keywords that a piece of jewelry might be. Didn't take me long to find this example as it was on the first page of my search. Sometimes the seller just doesn't know what it is and while it is so easy to test Bakelite using semichrome, plastic polish or even water and a Q-tip.
Estate sales are yielding more and more plastic costume jewelry as the age of the owners start to creep into the 1950's and 60's from the 1930's to 40's. Unless they got grandmothers items you are to likely find more Lucite and just plain plastic pieces.
Here are some of our current Bakelite jewelry we have for sale on our online shop. These have all been verified and are identified by their industry known Bakelite colors such as Rootbeer, Ice Tea, Creamed Spinach, Paprika and such not brown and green..
We would be interested to hear what you are seeing in your market places. Don't forget to check out our current selection of Bakelite items by clicking on the picture above or go to VintageMARK.
Until next time, Indy