Saturday, February 2, 2013

My Crown Jewels and Other Bargains

 I know you've seen this bear before but look at those beautiful sparkly rhinestone (diamond?) earrings she is wearing now. Bought at the op shop for just $3, wish my social life included events where I could wear these precious gems. Looks like Jubilee Bear thinks they're not good enough, well I'll go op shopping on Monday and see if I can find something better.
 I can wear this solid silver, Silver Jubilee bangle and I often do. I couldn't seem to take a very good pic of the bangle, it is very pretty. Hallmarked 1977 it was an ebay purchase. I promised to let the seller know the minute it arrived. I placed the bangle on my wrist, made a cup of tea then tripped and broke my arm and wore the bangle to the emergency dept. Three days later I was able to email the seller who by then must have wondered if I even liked it'.
Went to a local Antique Fair last week, not much Royal stuff for sale but I did buy these bargain brooches.
 I was laughed at for buying this piece of bargain kitsch but I do love horses and coaches. I'm sure this is Marie Antoinette going to a Ball.
 Janet's Royalty Rooms have closed and her collection is for sale. The price is rumoured to be $350,000  The local council won't buy it and keep it this area so it might go north of Sydney. Janet hopes the collection will stay in Australia. No, I can't buy it and I don't have Janet's outgoing personality to help me run it.
 Another doll's house, this was at the op shop for only $5 so how could I resist? Just big enough for some 1/12 scale furniture I will put some windows in the back, where those small holes are and another floor below the attic.
 Yes Charlotte I know I haven't worked on that doll house yet but I broke my arm remember so don't be too hard on me. Look I bought some wallpaper at the op shop so I will start soon.
A market bargain to brag about, this plate was $2. I called him Prince Valiant and put the plate in a box and forgot it for a while. When I found it again I saw the tiny letters Cinq-Mars on the side. looked that up on google and there he was (I love google) He was Henri Ruze' d'Effiat Marquis de Cinq-Mars. Henri was a friend of Louis XIII but was beheaded at age 22,for conspiring against the King, at Lyon in 1642 though his mother begged Cardinal Richelieu for his life. The Castle of Cinq-Mars is now a Bed and Breakfast and Conference centre.


  1. Mrs. Bear looks as if she dislikes the diamonds ! although it should be the women's best friends ! Love the bangle, what a story ! The arm, the elbow, what's coming next, I hope nothing ! Nice things you bought. Kitsch or not I like this coach too ! Charlotte seems to check out the house maybe she wants to move in !

  2. Love the jewellery and the kitsch ornament. I am a great supporter of kitsch. You really show your high class by wearing silver to the emergency department. I suppose you keep gold just for visiting royalty.

  3. Oh what lovely jewelry! Love that little doll house! Looks like Charlotte can't wait to go in the doll house! Purrs!

  4. Looks like you have been really busy, broken arm and all. I like the look of Marie Antoinette's coach. Perhaps that would have been a suitable carriage to go to the hospital in, you were wearing the posh bangle.

  5. Love the story and all the comments! Oh Sylvia, if only we could win Tattslotto between us. $27 million would buy two nice big warehouses somewhere where you could house all Janet's collection as well as yours, and next door (well, maybe in Melbourne) I would house my linen collection. Dream on...

  6. Those jewelry are lovely and I love that kitsch horse coaches.

    Wow, you are lucky about that dollhouse. It is great for the less money.

  7. You always have so many interesting things to look at. That is a very pretty coach and horses fit for a Queen!
    xo Catherine