Monday, October 23, 2017

Costume Jewelry Collection | Indypicker

Costume Jewelry Collection
We have just re-opened our Etsy Shop and posted for sale some nice costume jewelry from early 1900's to late 1960's. These include Bakelite, Lucite and Paste Stone pieces signed by jewelry designer Albert Weiss.

Costume jewelry has been around for centuries. In the United States there are specific periods that can be collected.

Art Deco 1920-30's - geometric and symmetrical lines


art deco jewelry


Retro Period 1930-50's - glamour, sophistication, Bakelite & Lucite ~ Hollywood influenced


bakelite jewelry

Art Modern Period 1940-60's - Bold and lavish, large chunky pieces
kenneth lane jelly belly jewelry


Collecting these can add everything from glamour to funky to your jewelry arsenal. These can be found at estate sales, garage sales and online shops such as ours Vintageitemexchange

Until next time, Indy

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Collecting Vintage Radios from the 1940's to 1960s


Before television there was radio. Radios have been around with us since the early 1900's. Today radio collectors seek out the relics of the past whether tube or transistor. Powell Crosley brought radios into the affordable market. Before he decide to design and mass-produce radios were only affordable for the well to do families of the time. He also started WLW radio station, owned the Cincinnati Reds having Crosley field named after him and produced the first night baseball game.

The early radios based on vacuum tube technology started in wood cases and then moved to Bakelite. Radios come in 3 types console, table top and pocket. The pocket radios I used as a kid to listen to World Series games during school days. Yes, the where played during the daytime once upon a time. And yes, teachers let us get away with it as long as we didn't bother other students.

Here are some examples of the some radios that we found in the hills of Tennessee. Check them out at Vintage Item Exhange

Until next time, Indy


Motorola Portable Tube Type from the late 1940s.

Emerson Vanguard 888 Space Age Design Large Pocket Radio

Alco AC-DC Transistor Space Age Design Made in Japan
  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Adding Slot Cars and Vintage Kitchenware | Vintage Item Exchange

Vintage Kitchenware and Slot Cars 

Indypicker has been selling vintage items online since 2008. We just added new some new genre products to Vintage Item Exchange. While selling awesome vintage jewelry, watches, coins, toys, books and more we are going to be adding some new items such as vintage kitchen appliances and slot cars.

These toasters and waffle irons have become quit collectible. Our restoration shop will them spruce up and make sure they are in safe order.






As a kid of the 60's it was the prime of slot car racing. I can remember getting a slot car track for Christmas. It was a 1/32 scale set with a yellow and white indycar style cars. One of my classmates brother had a 4 lane 1/24 scale track in their basement which was incredible.

We are currently procuring vintage bodies and will be using 3D printing technology to duplicate these bodies and develop chassis that are no longer with the body. Vintage track accessories are something we are looking at with 3D technology.

We will keep you posted on the progress, check our twitter and Facebook pages for more on this.

Until next time, Indy

Friday, March 3, 2017

Collecting Period Costume Jewelry | Millennial Series Part 1




Millennial Series Part 1. This is part 1 of a multi-part educational series geared toward the millennial generation on collecting vintage and antique items. There will be series for both men and women. Part 2 will be collecting vintage toys. Comments, questions, feed-back is welcome.

To see some vintage jewelry check our new site at VintageMARK

Collecting Period Costume Jewelry 


Collecting period costume jewelry can be exciting and fun. So what is costume jewelry? Costume jewelry is usually but not always made from non-precious metals and non-gemstones. Many pieces are pot metal and paste gems, but not always.

What is meant by period? You have the term antique jewelry which covers any piece that is over 100 years old. But we have periods that are defined and those pieces can usually be defined by the look of the period.

Victorian Period [named after Queen Victoria] - 1837 to 1901 












Edwardian Period [named after King Edward] - roughly 1901 to end of World War I













Art Nouveau Period -1890 to 1910 was defined as a style that defined architecture, art to furniture and jewelry. Art Nouveau period costume jewelry usually involved earth object shapes such as insects, goddess images and flowery flowing images. Many curved designs.










Art Deco Period - 1920 to 1940 replaced the trend of Art Nouveau with designs being symmetrical changing from the nature designs of Nouvea.














Celluloid, Bakelite & Lucite the plastics come of age from early 1900's through the 1960's. Celluloid is easily recognized as you will see in the example. Bakelite must be tested to assure its Bakelite. Lucite replaced Bakelite around the 1950s. Quality Bakelite is getting harder to find and be aware of Chinese Fakelite selling on eBay.