“Everything old is new again.”
Wasn’t my fabulous and crafty Grandma right about that? I just love it when great trends, fashion, art, and design take a page from the past and add a dash of creativity to revive, restyle, and reimagine.
Such is certainly true with the delightful return of that nostalgic accessory — the brooch. Whether made of glittery rhinestone or enamel, I’m glad to see such a glam-evoking, must-have piece of jewelry, reinvented in so many gorgeous ways here on Etsy!
So let’s take a peek at some brooches with this edition of The Collectors series: Vintage Frog Brooches.
Who (are you)? My name is Maria and I run The Vintageholic Frog, a vintage shop on Etsy.
What (are you collecting)? I collect frog brooches and pins.
When (did you start)? I bought my first frog brooch when I was 16, so about 11 years ago.
How (many do you have)? I have 25 frog brooches.
Where (do you find them)? Flea markets, thrift stores, Etsy, eBay and the good old mall. And, of course, some of them have been gifted to me.
Where (do you keep them)? My froggies take up a drawer in a jewelry armoire that I got on clearance at Target.
What (‘s a crazy/interesting story behind one)? A few years ago when I was still living at home, my mom came in from the backyard with a small box in her hands. Inside was a gorgeous frog brooch. It had gold tone arms and legs, an enamel green body and rhinestones running down the back. The box had been left in the sofa in our back porch. Obviously it was for me, but we had no idea who left it there. To this day, I don’t know who to thank for one of my favorite brooches.
What (piece would you like to add)? I would LOVE to get my hands on a vintage Trifari Jelly Belly Frog Brooch. But they are super hard to come by and are very expensive. Every time I go to an estate sale or thrift store, I cross my fingers and hope to find one!
Why (do you love them)? I love frog brooches because they are beautiful. To me, they are almost like miniature pieces of art. Plus, as far as collections go, brooches are very easy to store and don’t take up a lot of space.Which (one is your favorite)? I love them all, but I will say that the little green one with the moveable legs and arms has a special place in my heart. I found him in a case packed with giant costume jewelry pieces at an antique mall. I saw one of his little legs and knew that it was a frog brooch. When they opened the case for me, I was able to pick him up and discover that his arms and legs moved. I was completely smitten!
What (else do you collect)? I also collect vintage greeting cards. I have an album where I store my favorites and am currently working on scanning my massive collection.
Thanks so much, Maria!
How about you? What do you collect? I’d love to hear, please post in the comments below.
I’m Kristal Davis (a.k.a. rikrak ) and I just love seeing what folks are collecting. I guess I feel it tells us a little bit about what inspires them. The Collectors series, first published on my own little blog, the rikrak studio, is 11 and a half quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they’re collecting (apart from their art supplies!).