Robbie White ~ Artist

Monday, August 20, 2012


Some vintage 1950s pink pearls, a pair of vintage beaded cluster clip on earrings, and an old chain sweater guard, now............THIS TOTALLY AWESOME new Retro Pink and so Rockabily glamping shawl clip, sweater guard, vest closure, or simply clip to your blouse collar for a fun necklace look.

I removed the clip on the backs of the earrings, took the chain off the old sweater guard, harvested the clips, tossed the chain, glued the beaded earring clusters to the clips, and added those wonderful I LOVE LUCY! PINK pearls and restrung them, graduated in size, resulting in this very pretty repurposed gem.

I have listed it in my Etsy Shop.

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Each Saturday morning, Gary and I have our coffee while searching for estate sales, tag sales, and yard sales,  via the internet, in our area. We love "junkin"....and "treasure huntin' ".....its our "thang" you might say.  Then off we head, winding here and there in the North Florida area, with our treasure map (list of addresses LOL) in hand.

My son Ben, he loves Geocaching....I have never gotten into that yet.  His satisfaction is the success in navigating geographically for the secret cache, ours is the treasure that someone else looked over and we can find, and resell for a profit.

Two weeks ago, we hauled our 15 year old grandson with us, and believe me when I tell you he was very very reluctant to go.  I don't blame him, what 15 year old boy wants to hang out with his grandparents while they are digging through old boxes and junk????

That weekend, I managed to find this....(see picture then keep reading LOL)

It is a vintage 4 piece set of Revere Ware Refrigerator storage dishes, stainless steel.  I paid $2.00 for the set.  It was the last day of an estate sale, and all the junkie but funkie kitchen items had been untouched.  I saw the set, figured "hey it says Revere Ware, it is stainless steel, obviously refrigerator storage pans w/lids", so I bought it for the $2.00 as mentioned.  If I couldn't sell it, I knew I could use it!

I had no way of knowing it was from the 1950s.  I just knew the name was maybe "good".  After doing some homework so to speak, on Ebay, seems this set could sell anywhere from $25.00 to $125.00 on Ebay.  So, the set got listed with a BUY IT NOW option, and EEEGADSS! sold for $75.00.  I figured, "why not list it somewhere in between, move it fast, and get back to my treasure hunting!".....Not all "finds" make it into my "haul of all hauls"...hee hee......but this is one that did.

With my $75 in hand, I then headed to a Goodwill store south of where I live.  There was a big jar of junk costume jewelry.....$49.99.........YIKES.!!!!!!!!!....did I dare risk buying a dog gone gallon size jar of junkie plastic and who knows what lay within?....I shrugged my shoulders, took a deep breath and bought it!

Sitting at my dining table, the jar was turned upside down, and out spilled some of the most obsurd whackie costume jewelry, some broken, some good, some bad, and then the items that you think "might" be something.  With jewelry loupe in hand, bright light and lots of patience, I spent about and hour and 1/2 sorting my "find"........then I headed to our local Pawn/Gold Buying shop.  About 20 minutes later, I'm walking out the door with $120.00 cash!

Yep, that bag contained numerous orphaned pieces of 10K, 12K, and 14K gold.  They didn't look like much, but with that "loupe" I have grown to love, I was able to find some pieces that were sellable.

So, my $2.00 investment for the Revere Ware, then the jewelry....well here is the breakdown.

-$2.00 - Revere Ware
+75.00 - Sale of Revere Ware
-$50.00 - Purchase of jar of jewelry
+120.00 - Sale of gold that lay within
$143.00 profit (minus my gas of course - all within 3 days)

Now do you see why it is addictive?????
My son Travis thinks I should get on that Bartering show LOL.....I just think I need to keep treasuring hunting myself.  We don't always have a profitable weekend, but it is cheap entertainment for Gary and I, that is for sure!

Oh, you want to know what happens to all the other "junkie jewelry" from that haul???  Well, good wearable pieces are carded and priced for my Mom, who LOVES to have yard sales herself.  Any vintage beads are saved into my BEAD collection for future jewelry projects, and then the remaining "junk", is destashed and sold by the pound.  So, I guess that is a write off for the gas spent to find my "treasures"......there are few pieces that actually are wasted or thrown into the trash, but very few.

I'll try and keep you updated on my next "finds"....
Weekend is about over....Monday is on the horizon!

Friday, August 10, 2012


Well, my Ebay sales have picked up with the frantic "BACK TO SCHOOL" rush.  Waterproof  labels are shooting out of the printer left and right, and the Bag Tags are being packaged for shipment today.

What is a BAG TAG???
Well, it is basically the same thing as a luggage tag, but more fun, personalized, and kids and adults both love these.  What a great way to make sure your child's backpack is labeled with their name, and on the back I put whatever the parent requests such as "If Found, please call....", etc.  I even process ones that give Medical Alerts.  I've been designing and selling these for about 5 years now, so I have literally hundreds of designs that I created.  They are also great for lunch bags, coolers, camping equipment, diaper bags, strollers, etc.  Just about anything you want to take "Personally" :)
They are heavy 10 mil plastic, laminated, and come with color coordinated loops.  Here is a sampling of 2 orders going out today.

Well, back to those orders.
Have a wonderful Friday!

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Wow, I cannot believe how time flies, and how bad I have been about keeping my blog updated.  MY BAD!  I won't drag you into a lengthy novel about how the past months have been, I'll just start fresh!

Our 15 year old grandson is starting school here in Green Cove Springs.  He'll be a 10th grader, and is already practicing football.  I haven't been to a high school football game in YEARS...should be interesting and fun for both Gary and I. 

Though I love the hot summer days, I'm already thinking football now, stadiums, cooler nights, and of course PUMPKINS.  If you know me well, you'll know I love Autumn.  I keep some wooden pumpkins out inside my primitive home, all year.  There is just something about a pumpkin.  One of my favorite children's books, was Pumpkin Moonshine by Tasha Tudor.  Tasha was a very wonderful artist and grand lady.  I suggest reading up on her and her life.  She was very special.  I still have that childrens book, and was the inspiration for my studio name, Pumpkin Moon Studio.

Well, creativity has been flowing this morning, along with filling some personalized orders.
Here are a couple of 2.5" round labels I put in my Etsy Shop this morning.