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Identifying and Collecting Bakelite and Lucite Jewelry Blog | Indypicker

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Collecting Bakelite and Lucite Jewelry

What is Bakelite? Bakelite was created by Belgium Scientist Leo Baekeland in 1907 when trying to develop an alternative for shellac which was used to cover woodwork. The result was not what he had expect, but did give the world a new material to create everything from ladies jewelry to telephone cases and electrical insulators.

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Collecting Vintage Costume Jewelry | Indypicker

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Collecting costume jewelry from the early 20th century can be fun and can change up any outfit. My wife gets compliments all the time when sporting her collection of Art Deco pins, brooches and bangles. The majority of jewelry today is made in China and is usually copies of pieces from the past.

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Estate Sale Vintage Bakelite Bangle Showcase

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We just came across these gorgeous wide vintage Bakelite bangles. We have been into Bakelite for over 10 years. First you need to know the Bakelite lingo with colors like yellow is not yellow it's mustard. Colors like Mississippi mud, paprika and creamed spinach were created to describe these vintage pieces. All of these bangles are 1.25" wide.

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Finding Alternative Places to Shop for Vintage

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There is more and more turmoil brewing with eBay everyday. eCommercebytes blog has weekly headlines with nothing positive to say about what eBay has done to their marketplace.

Let's face it eBay doesn't really care about vintage like they once did, they want to compete with Amazon selling high volume low-cost items from China. A lot of the current Vintage sellers sell products with huge shipping charges attached. And in certain genres don't actually know what they are selling i.e. Bakelite jewelry.

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Collecting Vintage Diecast Vehicles

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Diecasts have been around since the 1940s way before Hot Wheels became popular from makers such as Meccano (Dinky), Dowst brothers (Tootsie). Popularity really took off in 1968 when Mattel launched the Hot Wheels line. I know as a kid I got my first Hot Wheel cars and action track Christmas 1968.

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