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Vintage “Treasure Hunting” Tip!

Glass or Crystal!?

Vintage treasure hunting is one of my favorite things to do. I didn’t put much thought into what materials many of my vintage finds were …until I went to list them and was asked.  I had NO CLUE how to tell the difference between glass and crystal- so I called my dad!  My dad has restored antiques for years, attended antique auctions for years, and has a pretty large (and very particular) collection of vintage crystal- so I figured he would know.  He told me to FLICK it!  He said you flick it and crystal makes a unique- more high pitched ringing, glass doesn’t- it just kind of thuds.  At first I thought he was joking, was I really supposed to go around flicking things- and not only that but I thought it was going to be ridiculously difficult to really hear a difference.  So I got off the phone kind of laughing and went to flicking!  To my amazement I was totally able to hear the “ring” he was talking about and the “non-ring” sound of glass!!  I’m sure there are vintage treasure hunters out there that have been doing this for a lot longer than me, and have other tips – and I would love to hear and share any, but this is just one little resource for other vintage treasure collectors out there that may not have known…. Happy Hunting! 

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About Rockabelle Bombshell

I am a single mom of a 13 yr old boy and 6 yr old girl. I love DIY projects of all types, and everything Rockabilly! I love the Icons of the 50's, as well as classic cars, pinups, retro appliances and decor, and victorian gothic furniture. I think of myself as a tattooed 1950's transplant... definitely born in the wrong era! I love thrifting and "junking"- I rarely see junk, I see things for their possibilities! I started this blog to document my DIY adventures as I attempt to upcycle and recreate my furniture and home decor, add a Rockabilly touch to as much clothing as I can, make life fun for my kids, and share my love of Rockabilly!

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  1. Yay! So great that your dad was able to share this handy tip with you. I picked up myself many years ago when I worked in a housewares shop and loved passing it along to customers when they’d pick up a (glass or crystal) vase.

    ♥ Jessica

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