The Neiger Brothers' Jewelry

Neiger Egyptian Revival brooch courtesy of

Anyone who collects Art Deco jewelry will eventually run across the Neiger name.  And one may become hooked on the designs; complex, exotic, beautifully crafted jewelry that evokes the riches of King Tut's tomb or carries ancient Chinese motifs. As colorful and over-the-top as the Art Deco era itself. Trying to identify a piece as a true Neiger however, is no easy task.



DIY cleaning vintage copper

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Cleaning copper

I love old copper dishes, especially if they have green or blue patina. 

Unfortunately, copper often turns completely black after not being cleaned for a long time.

After searching the web and experimenting, including using metal cleaning commercial agents, I realized that using household vinegar with some salt..... gives a result that is as good as (and cheaper) from cleaning using commercial metal cleaners.


1. Wash the copper dish with dish soap and warm water.

JET – Real Deal or Something Else????



Step by Step Guide to the Restorative Cleaning of Vintage & Antique Porcelain


Periodically cleaning your pieces of porcelain is important. With careful restorative cleaning & handling, your vintage glass and antique porcelain items will look beautiful for years to come.

1. Pad your work area with soft cloths or towels. Polyethylene foam stretched over a table and affixed to the underside works well.

Max Melton's Remarkably Efficacious Tooth Powder

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Max Melton's Remarkably Efficacious Tooth Powder  from Neil gaiman's "the ocean on the end of the lane" made me courious about tooth powder

   History of tooth powder

Tooth powder was generally used by the Romans, who used many substances, such as the bones and horns of certain animals; crabs; egg-shells, and the shells of oysters . They were reduced to a powder after having been previously burnt.

Tooth powder was used to clean and whiten teeth and to and to strengthen the gums. 

Things I Have Learned Since Opening A Vintage Shop


 On courtesy of :Niki patterson


 Being stupid at a thrift store....

I love thrift stores! I found an old Pyrex gravy boat at one for .49 and just had an Ah-Ha moment. Can I find more treasures? Can I find them new homes? This should be easy right? The answers are yes, yes, NO! Here is a list of my top lessons learned and maybe they might help out a fellow vintage collector.



DIY making skeleton leaves

Selecting your leaves:

Skeleton leaves can be used in scrap booking, gift wrapping and other crafts. These leaves are beautiful and lacy. Skeleton leaves are also very simple to make.

The first step is to collect leaves you want to skeletonize. The easiest leaves have tougher skeletons - oak and maple leaves are best suited. Delicate leaves will also do, but may tear when using the washing soda method.

The Water Method: