Trash and Treasure finds: Beauty case, red dress + brooches

Trash and Treasure finds

A couple of weeks ago I went to my local Trash and Treasure Market, and I have to say I found some amazing things.

I found this amazing blue 70s Samsonite beauty case. It came with its original key and removable tray, I had to have it as you don’t find many beauty cases with their original fittings and with this beautiful blue shade, it cost me $8.

Samsonite beauty case

Samsonite beauty case

Samsonite beauty case, with tray

Samsonite beauty case

I also found this vibrant red and floral polyester Myer Sutherland Melbourne 70s dress. I’m loving the chiffon like floral dresses at the moment, and I’m building a good collection of them. The dress has ruffles along the collar and at the end of the long sheer sleeves. I payed just $5 for it! And I wore it for the first time at my friends 21st.

Myer Sutherland 70s dress

I also bought two brooches from two different vendors. The amazingly glamourous rhinestone brooch was $3. I have never seen a design like this before, it reminds me of the brooches royalty would wear or something that Elizabeth Taylor would wear, although in diamonds instead of rhinestones. The flower brooch is made of polymer clay and I payed $1 for it. I love how fun and pretty this brooch is, it would look great pinned on floral dresses or it could stand out on its own on a plain top. It also reminds me of the hand made brooches created in the 1940s. I think it’s a fun piece, I love unique jewellery pieces and these two brooches fit the bill!

Fabulous brooches

I also bought two fabulous vintage coats at an unbelievable price. But the coats deserve their own post, so I’ll post about them in the future.


DIY shorten earrings

diy shorten earrings

These are the earrings I showed you in the last post. And I said I would do a post on how I shortened them. They were a bit to long for my face and I thought they would look perfect if they were shorter.

What you need

What you will need:

  • A pair of earrings
  • Wire cutters
  • E-6000 glue or a strong hold glue for metal

I just have to say I love the E-6000 glue! I tried so hard to find this stuff and when I did you can believe me I grabbed it as quick as I could.

cut the earrings

If you have rhinestone earrings like mine, cut in between the rhinestones where you want to make it shorter. If you have chain earrings you can easily cut the chain loop instead.

earring cutting

I had a rhinestone missing in the main part of the earring (see if you can spot it) so I just took a rectangle from the off cut, and glued it in to the empty space. I also cut off the purple rhinestone and glued it to the main earring part to complete the shortened look. And as always read the instructions on the glue and follow as instructed.

earrings close-up

And here is the final product! I really love them, and they were really easy to do.

If you try to shorten your earrings or any of your accessories, tell me about it, I would love to see the results!

Metallic clutch + white rhinestones

Yesterday I really wanted to go to a market, and decided to go to my local trash and treasure market. I haven’t been in a while so I was excited to go! Sadly I arrived late, so there weren’t many stall holders, and some were packing up.  I did manage to find a nice white rhinestone necklace and earring set, and a Sachi retro bag/clutch.

The bag had a thin shoulder strap but it was cut off, no matter because I think it looks nice as a clutch, and it totally matches the shoes I bought a couple of weeks ago, which is a bonus! The clutch has beautiful stitched details, and a cool gold metallic finish.

I love the white rhinestones of the necklace, and I had the intention of using it for some craft projects, but I quite like it as a necklace!

I love Trash and Treasure markets, you can find some awesome pieces with even more awesome prices!

Adriana xo