Friday, August 18, 2017

Another Vintage Glass Flower creation

This is another in our series of Vintage Glass Flower creations.

This was a custom request.  Using our same basic configuration. 

Rebar for the stem, Our welded nut affair for attaching.  A vintage glass piece the customer supplied.  A large crystal glass lamp ferrule to represent the Pistil of the flower.

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Here is one of our better "re-purposing" Projects.

Marilyn found a rusty old utility cart at a garage sale.  It had great bones and heavy duty wheels.  We immediately saw the potential.

After a trip to a local steel supplier some square tubing was welded on for risers and cross supports. A few vertical retaining tabs were added, and to complete the design we needed the glass bar top.

For the upper floating glass bar we had a piece of custom tempered glass cut and finished. 

The larger surface of the original cart top was fitted with a plywood top.  That plywood top was painted the same red as the rest of the card.  Then the lettering was stenciled in white.  A sheet of 1/4 inch glass was fitted and silicone sealed over the plywood top to protect everything.

A heavy gauged Coca Cola street sign fit perfectly without alteration to become the exterior side of the back splash.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Pasadena City College Flea Market

Often we travel far to pound the pavement in search of odd and unique items for resale.  This past weekend you would have found us making a whirlwind road trip. 

A drive from Las Vegas, Nevada to Pasadena, California.  About 4 hours walking a Flea Market, then jumping in the car and driving back to Las Vegas.  No small feat when you realize the one way drive is just about 300 miles.

We left Las Vegas just before midnight and was able to start early bird shopping at 6:00 AM.  The night driving at least kept us out of the summer daytime heat of around 110°F on the trip to the sale.  Also the traffic was sparse compared to the congestion we would experience on our return trip.

A new venue for us, we visited the Pasadena City College Flea Market.  As the name implies this was on the College Campus ground.  More specifically, in the open parking lots, as well as in several levels of their parking deck structures.  This sale happens the first Sunday of every month.  Though you would need to check their schedule to be sure this is every month of the year.

They advertise that there are 400-500 dealers.  After walking the campus for 4 hours we tend to believe those figures.  It was definitely a walk.

Being in the business as both buyers and sellers, we were somewhat disappointed with the fact a large majority of prices were at what we consider "retail" pricing.  Great for those looking for a collectable or one of a kind item and willing to pay the price.  More difficult for dealers looking for a deal to buy stock.  We estimate 75% of the sellers were charging such high prices there was little margin for further profit.

Some items were found though, and the trip was not a loss. It was just a much harder "pick" than what we are accustomed to.  I am not sure we will return for another "pick".

There was a whole section of Vinyl Records.  Nearly a half a floor worth in the one parking structure.  Probably the largest collection of record dealers in any given market we have ever been to.

The booths are laid out in the open parking lots, and also the parking decks.  The parking decks offer the shade for sure.  You had best hit the outdoor area's early in the morning.  The booth area's are chopped up by the campus layout.  They actually offer free shuttle service from area to area via 6-8 passenger golf carts.  A little difficult if you are buying and carrying items.  We took collapsible 4 wheeled wagons and we are glad we did.  When full we wheeled them back to our vehicle.  We recommend wagons or 2 wheeled carts of some sort.  Also hats and sunscreen.

Parking is in one of the Colleges deck structures.  At 6AM we were one of the first to arrive.  At 10AM people were circling waiting for someone to leave.  So our suggestion is to go early.  Parking this past weekend was $2.  You have to pay at a machine centrally located on each level of the deck and get a parking receipt.

There are numerous food and drink tents, if you forget to take water.  Expect to walk lots.  Vendors are friendly and willing to negotiate.  Plan on having fun looking and buying.

Saturday, July 15, 2017


I put some of my Antiques to use on a daily basis.  Vintage Cast Iron Cookware might as well not be considered Antique.  At least as far as I am concerned.  I use mine often.

Las Vegas in the middle of summer is easily hitting 110°F daytime temperatures. For some that is not conducive for enjoying a hot bowl of Chili.

Many reserve that cuisine for chilling winter days.

Not me. I enjoy Chili year round. Then Chili isn’t at it’s best, unless you have cornbread as a side to accompany it.

On a hot day outside I often drag out the crock-pot to make a batch without heating up the kitchen. While I am a cast iron connoisseur, I am certainly not firing up some charcoal and Dutch Oven cooking when it is a scorching +110°F outside either. Thinking about getting the kitchen oven up to 425°F for a batch of cornbread doesn’t sound too appealing either. That heats the whole house up.

This is where vintage Cast Iron meets the modern Counter-top Convection Oven. The combination works well together and doesn’t kick my air conditioner on more than normal.

Now I am sitting back enjoying a bowl of Chili. Dipping my hot buttered corn sticks in some maple syrup. What a killer combination. Both in the cooking technique, as well as the food paring.

Sunday, July 9, 2017


In this business a special buy comes along every so often.  This is one such instance.  One of those buys that makes you have to run to the bank to get more cash.  With hopes it won't be sold out from under you, while you are gone.

This is a stunning, quite large stone carving.  It is raised on a custom wooden base made just for this carving.

This is a large Jade carved Horse.  The stone horse by itself (Not including the wood stand) weighs 89lbs.  This is all one piece but shows striations between some of the colors.

This was tested extensively at many locations on the horse.  Using an electronic Presidium Gem Tester, this statue was tested at all the different color ranges.  Testing Jade, in various ranges of Nephrite Jade, Spinach Jade, and Jadeite.

Dimensions from tail to nose is approximately: 23.5 inches
Dimensions at the largest width is: 6.5 inches
Dimensions from the stone base to the tip of the ears is: 15 inches

The history from the seller on this carved Jade was it was purchased 38 years ago.

The current retail value of this ranges between $4000 and $5000.  In the right retail setting, perhaps more?

Interested Buyers can contact Marilyn at 702-378-6052 But we aren't even sure we can part with it?  It might depend on any offer.
This is local inspection and pick-up only.  We will not ship.
This is currently located in Nevada USA

We have been in the Antique business for over 25 years. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017


The is a mineral specimen of Black Tourmaline. 

Tourmaline in general is a Crystalline Boron Silicate mineral, compounded with other elements such as aluminum, iron, lithium, magnesium, and potassium.  It is found in a variety of colors.

Black indicates it is rich in iron.  Opaque Black such as this specimen has the highest magnetic possibilities.

Classified as a semi-precious gemstone.  Also know as Schori or Dravite.

Dravite is a Brown colored form that is rich in magnesium and sodium.  Tourmaline is also found as deep green (Chromium and Vanadium Dravite)

There are reds, raspberry, pink, green, and nearly colorless.  Nearly every color imaginable.  Colored by minerals or natural radiation.

Tourmaline is one of the Metaphysical Healing stones. Shown here in its raw form.

One of the premier talisman of protection.  A Psychic shield to deflect and dispel negative energies.  A powerful grounding stone that provides a path between the Earth and Human Spirit.


This is a beautiful rare find.  This multi faceted cut Amethyst stone set in 925 Silver.  The Stone has been verified tested using an electronic Presidium gem tester.  The Silver setting is stamped 925

Approximately 25mm X 28mm (1 x 1 1/16 inches) across the face. Approximately 20mm  (3/4 inch) "Depth" (Top "table" of the "crown", to "cutlet" the bottom point.

The 925 Silver setting band is about 20mm (3/4 inch) high, or wide, including the decorative chain filigree that surrounds the base.

It is believed this is Rose de France amethyst or a piece similar.  For now this piece is being left as is with its old patina.  It is not being cleaned.  While the stone is not in mint condition under a X10 loop, to the naked eye, this is stunning.

Currently Priced to sell at $478.98
Depending on further evaluation/appraisal price may go up?
Buy it now to get this listed price.

Vendor #24  Charleston Antique Mall

Charleston Antique Mall
560 S. Decatur Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada   89107 702 228-4783 
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 Glass 6ft case just inside the main entrance
Early 2016 we expanded into a Booth area too - Ask front desk for both of our locations
Gemstone lapidary specimens finished and Raw
Amethyst Geodes cut and polished
Carved Stone Asian figures - Amethyst, Fluorite, Jade, etc
High end collectibles, Lalique, Baccarat, Crystal, Purses
Sterling & Costume Jewelry
Art & Unique Collectibles

Collects - Sells - Buys
High End used-opened Merchandise and Merchandising products