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Bolivian 10 Centavos, Soviet era badges and Furoshiki

I was asked at the last moment to help my friend Grant at another vintage fashion fair on Saturday. Hard work but I'm glad I did. Here are some of the treasures I picked up when not slaving over a vintage fashion stall flogging off cat eye glasses, diamante brooches and skin tight rockabilly leopard print dresses.

This necklace is from South America. I'm guessing Bolivia because it s covered in dozens of 10 Centavos ranging in date from 1905 to 1939. I adore ethnic jewellery, I adore textiles and I adore large jewellery. Scored on all points. I'll use this for display but I'm sure I will be tempted to wear it out every so often.

I love Soviet era badges. CCCP and East German as far as I can tell. My husband has a big old black denim jacket that he has pinned with a few and now he has 10 more. Punk meets Communism.

This hand painted silk Furoshiki/scarf is a present for a friend who collects Japanese textiles although I'm seriously tempted to keep it.


How about a retro Danish Rya rug? Groovy oranges and only $40. I think this one will be moving around the house until I find the right home. Picked up a small white hide too but it is airing on the line at the moment.

The ladder was propped against the wall because my husband was about to climb up to adjust the digital antenna. Remember he is blind. I told him I wouldn't call an ambulance if he fell. I have shots of the fair too but I'll have to pop them up another time. I can smell dinner in the oven so I better run and check to make sure it's not burning.

Reader Comments (7)

You really don't want that rug do you ?...I think you need to gift it to me ha....LOVE!!!

So you're a Rya rug junkie? Now I know your weakness. Yes West German gets you going but Danish retro rugs curl your toes don't they?!! Well you never know, by the time you next come to visit I may be "over" it :P It is in wonderful condition and has come up a treat with a gentle wool wash. Love me some wool shag between the toes especially at such a low price.

10 Sep 2012 | Registered Commentermidcenturyjo

I can never keep track when you post here. Love the commie badges for Kelvin! And how cool to finally find another of Katherine's weaknesses....You'll be pleased to hear that the monkey wood bowls were picked over greedily by Susan, her friend Yvette who's married to a tiki carver and a chick called Jen who has a modernist house in Tarragindi ! So funny. And then they went like hotcakes at the retro flea. There will be prawns for Bookclub! xx

13 Sep 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrismod

Hooray for prawns for bookclub :) !! Thanks for the chuckle over my mind's eye image of women of a certain age going gaga over monkey wood bowls.

15 Sep 2012 | Registered Commentermidcenturyjo

I believe the silk scarf is a Chinese Style painting, not Japanese. You can tell from the subject and brush stroke style, also the red stamp in the lower right corner is a Chinese signature stamp.

4 Oct 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSophiair

Ooooh thanks Sophiair :) That's great to know. I'll let my friend Kerrie know too.

4 Oct 2012 | Registered Commentermidcenturyjo

What a great eye you have! Love the Bolivian coin necklace!

8 Oct 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVeronica Prida

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