Category Archives: Vehicles

Deal and no deal

01 851 1919 Ford Model T Center Door at Galpin Ford Presott AZ (1024x768)

1919 Ford Model T, I think

It was certainly no deal to get my truck out of hock/repairs but it did make it home.  Now I list it for sale, again.  I’d really like to think the last thing, for a while, has been fixed.  But I don’t trust it any more.  I’m pressing for lemonade.

02 863 Ring SS knot $4 NOAHs Thrift Store Prescott AZ (1024x872)

While in Prescott one of my favorite thrift stores had a 50% off sale on quite a bit including jewelry so I made a few scores.

03 859 SS roses hinged bracelet from Hong Kong $6 NOAHs Thrift Store Prescott AZ (768x1024)

I just love sterling silver and consider it an investment I can wear, or sell down the road sometime.  The bracelet is from Hong Kong.

04 861 Barrett alpaca from Mexico $3 NOAHs Thrift Store Prescott AZ (1024x559)

“Alpaca silver” from Mexico isn’t silver at all but a metal alloy which can include copper, nickel, zinc, tin, lead or cadmium and is also called nickel silver or German silver.  It looks like sterling but doesn’t tarnish and is used in a lot of traditional Mexican and South American jewelry.  I like the look especially with the inlay on this Hecho en Mexico barrette.

05 857 Clip-on earings from Spain $3 NOAHs Thrift store Prescott AZ (1024x767)

Don’t know what metal these clip-on earrings are made of but they caught my eye and are stamped on the back “SPAIN”.”

06 002 Ring pot metal & turquoise $1 NOAHs Thrift Store Prescott AZ (1024x802)

This ring isn’t sterling silver either.  However, I am attracted to some costume jewelry.  From the1930s and made of pot-metal could have real turquoise, or not.  But what the heck, for a buck.

07 860 Ivory & gold bangle $10 NOAHs Thrift Store Prescott AZ (1024x768)

Saved the best deal for last.  Now I am all for animal conservation but just couldn’t say no to this pre-1989 banned antique elephant ivory bangle bracelet with a 14-karat gold wire.  Because of the sale got it for $10 and later found one online selling for $150.  So how do I know it’s really ivory?  There’s a couple ways to test for plastic versus ivory or bone.  Appling the tip of a hot pin produces a smell, either plastic or bone.  Plus ivory has a unique growth pattern that reveals cross graining or criss-cross growth patterns distinctively found only in elephant ivory.  And I can see these patterns.


So even though getting my truck repaired was certainly no financial deal at least I got some other great deals for the day.

What super savings have you made lately?

Off to Prescott for truck repairs

I finally took my defunky truck in for repairs today.  I’ve written plenty about my lemon on the other blog.  I’m told some kind of vacuum leak is causing it to not start when the engine is warm.  Plus there’s a fuel leak.  Should be able to pick it back up Thursday.  So guess there will be a chance to go thrift storing, again.

01 Thrift store jewelry (1024x768)

Artists pallet $1 and split-twig figure earrings SS $5

Did pick up a couple of nice pieces of jewelry today at very good prices.

03 Iron Springs Rd N (1024x768)

Iron Springs Road heading north to Prescott

And the drive to Prescott was gray and gorgeous with brushy vegetation contrasting with snow on the Bradford Mountains.

02 Mural along Granite Creek Prescott AZ (1024x471)

Mural along Granite Creek Prescott

Plus Berta and I went to lunch at the Dinner Bell next to Granite Creek where I had a delicious gyros which I have difficulty finding.  I’ll definitely be back there again.