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Friday, March 7, 2008

On the Prowl

Finally after a break in the weather, I was able to get out and do a little hunting. Don't get me wrong, I do love winter - the fog and dampness, snow and exciting thunder storms, the relief of less sunshine....but that all puts a damper on the street faires and antique shows. Last weekend I found some fantastic old gypsy collectibles...this gorgeous gypsy caravan drape is appliqued old silk and velvet with cord embroidery work. It measures about 6 feet wide x 5 feet high.
This antique dream book c. 1887 is a wealth of information.

I was thrilled to find this vintage deck of Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Cards, the older graphics in this deck are fabulous and all the cards are present.

This old dancer's costume is rich black velvet with vintage sequins and flesh netting. The half mannequin wearing the costume and the costume are for sale together as the costume is fragile from age. The cards and drape are also for sale but the book is going into my collection for now. Happy Hunting!


Velvet Moon Bathery said...

What an amazing drape Crystal!
If only it could talk and speak the tales of all the fortunes told behind it and of all the places it has been...just wonderful!
I'd say it was good day for hunting because you brought back some fabulous things!

Donna O. said...

I wouldn't part with that book either! Great finds!!

Designs by CK said...

WOW!!! Crystal ~ What FANTASTIC finds!!! Lucky girl!!! '-)


oldflowers4me said...

could i just say -wow- your world is divine- and your black crow is a little bit of heaven to me-

Designs by CK said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! :)

Spooky Chris

Designs by CK said...

Crystal ~ Hope you and your family have a much BLESSED Easter!

Chris :-D)

Lady Lavona said...

Hi Crystal!

Thanks for stopping by...I don't know if you put 2 and 2 together already, but we're friends on MySpace too! "BELOVE & CO." We talked back and forth for a while about me coming out to Placerville to do a photoshoot with Robyn Von Swank. She's actually coming out here to Chicago late this Spring...But I'm still dying to come out to see your Curiosity Shop! You must be all settled in to the new place by now...I have to get out there to visit!

Designs by CK said...

Hi Crystal,

Just stopped by to say hi and hope you are well. :)

Spooky Hugs,
CK :)

Designs by CK said...

Crystal ~ I have a surprise 4 you on my blog! '-)

Spooky Hugs,

Anonymous said...

Fun finds. The applique is wonderful. I am so glad you stopped by my blog recently and enjoyed your review. Congrats on starting the new's looking great!

Designs by CK said...

Happy May Day Crystal! :)


Carolee said...

Just discovered your blog - what a delight! LOVE the gypsy finds. Off to add your link to mine now....

~ Carolee

cconz said...

what cool cool stuff!!!! i wish i was SOOOO lucky!Not alot of great stuff like that in iowa. Or at least i'm not finding it. i love the card set and the book.Thanks for sharing your treasures. cathie

Sweet Repose said...

LOVE your stuff, what a fab shop to play in, I especially love the tortoise and the armadillo...I have a sick thang for funky taxidermy, since I toyed with it for 20 can never have enough funk...