Stars and Stripes

 When you are elbow to elbow with a chic, stylish costumer pawing through loads of vintage jewelry and she turns to you and says, “I’m looking for stars. Every woman should own a pair of star earrings, they are festive and fun and whimsical with a bit of punk,” you help her find stars. And then, she helps you find stars. Finally, after bonding over the shared hunt, you leave with three beautiful pairs of earrings and wonder, “How the heck did I ever not own a pair of stars?”

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It’s perfect that these beauties make their debut in their full star-spangled glory on July 4th. Spangled means “covered with spangles or other small sparkling objects.” Spot on. These earrings give me Independence Day life. $10 each, garage sale, Woodland Hills, CA. One pair signed “Kenneth Lane” is easily valued at $100 or more.

This “tie” is a beaded necklace, signed “Hong Kong,” which dates it to the 1950s or 60s. An instantly collectible conversation piece, which I got for “free 99,” which is to say for nothing, from the same garage sale in Woodland Hills, CA.

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