Terrific Dresses for the Prom!

Prom season is quickly coming upon us, and you will need a great dress for the big night.  Here’s a couple of ideas for you:

Here’s a head turning example labeled ZUM ZUM by Niki Livas.

ZUM ZUM

You can see this terrific dress in my Etsy shop here.  You can see a high fashion example with this highly beaded piece.

SCALA

This wonderful dress was made by SCALA and can be seen in my Etsy shop here.  A retro example would also be a fun way to go to the Prom, and you can do that wearing this example by LAURENCE KAZAR.

LAURENCE KAZAR

You can see this great item made out of silk in my Etsy shop here.  If you are looking for a full length dress for the Prom, this one by MORGAN & CO.

Morgan & Co

This dress would also be good if you are looking for a sleeveless dress as well.  You can see it in my eBay shop here.  If a strapless example is what you would love to wear, then this one labeled ABS By Allen Schwartz is perfect.ABSThis lightly worn dress is also different because it has a lace up back.  You can see it in my eBay shop here.  There is also a dress in my Etsy shop that still has the tags on it, and it’s by MIA BELLA.MIA BELLAThe heavily beaded dress is in perfect unworn condition and can be seen in my Etsy shop here.There are also some beautifully larger, bargain priced, knee length, and dresses with different colors in my Etsy shop that can be seen here.  You can also see some terrific ideas for the prom in my eBay shop here.What kinds of terrific finds have you run across for the Prom?

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Sulfide marbles—what exactly are they?

Cats Eye, Steelies, and Latticino Core are all different types of marbles that you’ll run across.  One of my favorite type of marble is what’s called a Sulfide.

Sulfide marbles were made from the late 1800’s into the early 1900’s.  More often than not, they are the size of a shooter.  This type of marble is made of glass with a chalk inside–and that piece comes in a wide variety of shapes from an animals, buildings, people, flowers and even numbers.

Sulphide Shooter Marble With Lamb

The most common type of glass that you’ll see is clear, but different colors like green and blue have been found.

There are some things that you need to remember when you are either starting to collect these.  Since this was a shooter (and sulfides were actually played with), there is a very good chance that there will be some surface chips or cracks in the marble.

Another thing to remember is that the chalk piece was inserted into molten glass when these were made.  The chalk piece stands a good chance of breaking in half when the marble is made.

Beware though—there are modern varieties of sulfides out on the market.  It’s easy to tell the old from the new marbles when you are looking at them.  The quality of the glass and chalk figure are of a better quality on the new marbles.  Pay attention to the chalk piece itself—it’s almost always painted on the new ones too.

What kinds of Sulfide marbles have you run across?

Great Fenton items for any collector!

The Fenton Art Glass Company opened its doors in a rented space in Martins Ferry, Ohio in 1905.  Since then, the company produced quite a variety of items and colors–you could find a piece for just about any part of your house.

It could be a lamp with a cranberry Fenton Shade for the living room, a vase for your favorite type of flowers, or even something for the kitchen table.  One of the items that you an get for the table is this great pair of candle holders.

This pair of amber colored candle holders sports the hobnail pattern, and they date to the 1960’s.  The great thing about them is that they are low enough so you can look over them and see the person on the other side of the table.  You can see them in my Etsy shop here.

Another thing that Fenton did was that they made glass items for other companies, and that’s what they did with this perfume bottle.

The perfume bottle was made for Devilbiss, and it has the Blue Opalescent Coin Dot pattern on it.  The bottle dates to the 1950’s, and it has a replaced replaced atomizer (the bottle is just a decorator piece now).  You can see it in my Etsy shop here.

Fenton also made a wide variety of bells, like this example.

This pink opalescent variety dates to the 1950’s, which can be dated by the paper label on it.  You can see this wonderful example in my Etsy shop here.

As a matter of fact, you can see all of the Fenton pieces in my Etsy shop here.

You never know what shape, pattern or color you could run into while out shopping.  What have you seen?