Friday, August 22, 2014

Nashville Zoo Homeschool Days


Once a month, The Nashville Zoo hosts homeschoolers at the zoo. They have a one hour class for different age categories. Abigail is too young, but I signed up the boys for a 5 and 6 year old class that they went and took yesterday. Because we are zoo members, it is only $6 for a one hour class on a different animal topic. Yesterday they got to meet and discuss a skunk and a sand boa and an ostrich

The zoo gives us pre-activity worksheets and things to discuss and then follows that up with materials we can use after their class.

As usual, my boys, especially Sidge, was nervous about a new activity. But because they have each other, they can usually get over the initial discomfort. Even more impressive was that both boys loved the class and asked if they can do the one next month too.

Grama, JB, me and the girls all went to the zoo and spent the morning. We dropped the boys off for their class and did some of Abigail's favorites while they were in the class: the flamingoes and kangaroos. 

I have to tell you that one of my absolute FAVORITE parts about homeschooling is the fact that we can do all these fun things while other kids are in school. Nothing is crowded. And because JB works different days, we can go as a family in the middle of the week, to nearly anywhere for an educational opportunity. Just love that!

I also LOVE how popular homeschooling is becoming. Supposedly, the city we live in, has a very high proportion of homeschoolers. Honestly, the activities are so numerous, I have to just stop listening to suggestions. There are so many things offered that you could honestly do two things a day every day of the week and still not participate in everything.

One woman actually hosts an art day at the park. You meet there, make a donation, and she provides all the materials to make that day's craft. Another woman, a certified P.E. teacher, meets at a gym once a week and offers a P.E. class. In the beginning of September, we are going to try a music class taught by a church worship director just for homeschool kids.

Even better is that all of these things are designed for the family. They are used to little siblings being in tow and those siblings are welcome at any event. The music class teacher told me that Abigail and Hannah can totally be present -- as long as they are not a distraction.

Really enjoying spending days with my kids doing these fun things!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Because of Isaac Auction SNEAK PEAK

THIS IS JUST A SNEAK PEAK!!! THERE ARE MORE ITEMS COMING BUT I WANTED EVERYONE TO SEE SOME OF THE AWESOME ITEMS THAT WILL BE UP FOR BID!

AUCTION WILL OPEN AT: 
8am EST on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th 
and will close at 
8pm on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th. 

AMOUNT RAISED: $
Auction Directions: 
  1. Scroll the items below to determine which pieces you would like to bid on. 
  2. You can bid on as many items as you would like. 
  3. If there is a starting bid, the first bid must be at least that much. 
  4. Please email your bid amount to Wendi at flakymn@hotmail.com. Do not bid in comments.
  5. When you bid, you can include a maximum bid as well. This means that each time you our outbid, your bid will automatically increase in increments of $5 until your maximum has been reached.
  6. You will receive a confirmation email that your bid has been received. 
  7. You will also receive reply emails whenever your item has received a higher bid so that you have option to rebid. 
  8. The current highest bidder will also be listed on the blog site with your first name so that you can check back regularly and determine if you are the highest bidder.
Please note: Shipping costs are being paid for by the person donating the item. Please keep this in mind when you are bidding. Shipping costs are only covered within the USA or APO addresses. If your item will require international shipping, we will ask you to cover the cost if you win the item or make alternate USA arrangements for shipping.

100% of money received goes directly toward adoption costs for Joel and Criss. For more information on our organization visit BECAUSE OF ISAAC.

ITEM 1
Shine on Necklace donated by Constance***
8 grams, marked 925 and 18" chain. The pendant is actually two pieces, one of which is possibly gold vermeil. The two photos show both sides. Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20



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ITEM 2
Pearl Earrings donated by Constance***

Pearl earrings with small clear stone below -- new in box, marked 925. Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 3
Bracelet donated by Constance***

Bracelet of various semi-precious stones encased in sterling, 34 grams, marked Mexico 925. Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $40


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ITEM 4
Hoop earrings donated by Constance***

Delicate hoop earrings with snap post closure, 2 grams, marked 925. Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 5
Hollowing ring donated by Constance***

Hollow ring with enclosed back, 2 grams, marked 925, size 5 1/2 (all rings sizes approximate.) Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 6
Band ring donated by Constance***

Band ring with geometric design imprinted, 8 grams, marked 925 Mexico, size 12 (all rings sizes approximate). Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 7
Band ring donated by Constance***

Band ring with raised edges, 8 grams, marked 925, size 8 (all ring sizes approximate). Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 8
Cleft note broach donated by Constance***

Cleft note broach, with well working pin, 14 grams, marked Mexico-D 925. Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 9
Joy bracelet donated by Constance***

Joy bracelet with four additional inline charms, 7 grams, marked 925, 7". Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 10
Picture frame necklace donated by Constance***

Picture frame necklace with two different views, 9 grams, marked 925, 18" chain. Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20



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ITEM 11
Red jasper necklace donated by Constance***

Red jasper necklace, 6 grams, marked sterling on pendant, 'jc 925' on 18" chain. Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 12
Diamond cut heart necklace donated by Constance***

Diamond cut heart necklace, 5 grams, marked Italy 925, 18" box chain. Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 13
Flower ring donated by Constance***

Flower ring, low profile, 7 grams, marked 925, size 8. (All rings sizes approximate). Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20



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ITEM 14
Cross pendant necklace donated by Constance***

Cross pendant necklace, 14 grams, cross marked 925, 18" Omega chain, marked 925 Italy. Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 15
Kokopelli broach donated by Constance***

Kokopelli broach, 20 grams, marked sterling. Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $40


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ITEM 16
Smoke yellow necklace donated by Constance***

Smoke yellow (Ametrine?) necklace, beautiful bail, 5 grams, marked 925, 17 1/2" chain. Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20



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ITEM 17
Open hoop earrings donated by Constance***

Open hoop earrings, 4 grams, marked 925. Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 18
Citrine ring donated by Constance***

Citrine ring, 9 grams, marked 925, size 8. (All rings sizes approximate.) Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 19
X crab closing bracelet donated by Constance***

X crab closing bracelet, 13 grams, marked 925, 7" Gold on X and 2 vertical bars most likely gold vermeil. Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 20
Peak ring donated by Constance***

Peak ring, 6 grams, marked 925, size 8. (All ring sizes approximate.) Insurance delivery included.

STARTING BID -- $20



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ITEM 21
The American Heritage 10-DVD Set Giveaway donated by Fishflix.com

Please click here to read a review of this video series which presents the forgotten and amazing story of America's Foundation. 

STARTING BID -- $20



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ITEM 22
Two vintage toy airplanes

A perfect addition to a little boy's airplane room or a favorite collection.

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 23
Two 4 x 6 Sarafi picture frames

These frames are both 4 x 6 and are made out of heavy duty materials! Is a used item but basically looks brand new. Sturdy but breakable if dropped.

STARTING BID -- $10


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ITEM 24
African Safari children's room decor

Set of 3 hanging pictures (used) -- perfect for a little girl's nursery or room. (Middle picture is 8 x 11 to give size estimation.)

STARTING BID -- $10


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ITEM 25
The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency 8 book set

Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom and good humor -- not to mention help from her loyal assistant, Grace Makutsi, and the occasional cup of tea. This set includes all eight of the books and is a used item.

STARTING BID -- $20



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ITEM 26
Pair of Dunk tennis shoes previously owned by WNBA Superstar Rebecca Lobo donated by Shea

These size 10 men's shoes which were previously worn and owned by WNBA Superstar Rebecca Lobo. She passed them on to her teammate Shea Lunsford Mahoney who is donating them, basically unworn and brand new.

STARTING BID -- $20



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ITEM 27
Bumbo seat with tray donated by Shea

Gently used Bumbo seat; tray included.

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 28
New York Liberty black leather bag donated by Shea

This bag was owned by former WNBA player Shea Lunsford Mahoney. Her team, the New York Liberty gave her the bag and she is donating it to the auction. NY Liberty is stamped onto the leather. Very rich looking and basically brand new.

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 29
16 x 24 canvas of any fine art or landscape photo from Be Freckled Photography

First of 2 photography posts: This 16 x 24 canvas is made and shipped from Mpix Lab, a professional printing company. Shipped from the U.S. the prints are of locations around Europe. Winner will be put in contact with Be Freckled owner who will show you gallery of prints. Winner can choose the print they'd like and have it shipped directly to them. For an idea of the types of prints you will be able to choose from, please click here. 

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 30
16 x 24 canvas of any fine art or landscape photo from Be Freckled Photography

Second of 2 photography offers: This 16 x 24 canvas is made and shipped from Mpix Lab, a professional printing company. Shipped from the U.S. the prints are of locations around Europe. Winner will be put in contact with Be Freckled owner who will show you gallery of prints. Winner can choose the print they'd like and have it shipped directly to them. For an idea of the types of prints you will be able to choose from, please click here. 

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 31
2 Safari themed nursery/child room frames

Two safari themed frames perfect for a child's room. Children are not included.

STARTING BID -- $5



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ITEM 32
Mickey Mouse bowling game

A fun game perfect for kids of all ages. Used but in next to new condition.

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 33
Set of 11 Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme books

Enjoy this used Mother Goose Collection of all the classics! These books have been previously read and loved but are in good condition!

STARTING BID -- $5



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ITEM 34
Under armor sweatshirt donated by Wendi

This blue semi-fitted all sports gear women's size medium  sweatshirt was tried on and didn't fit. Basically brand new!

STARTING BID -- $10


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ITEM 35
Alaska Bear Claw Pasta and Salad server

This item is unused and comes in it's plastic wrapping.

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 36
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse play mat

This used play mat is in excellent condition and will be a favorite of any Mouse loving little one!

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 37
Brown haired children's hat

Passing on this hat for someone else to love! Perfect for your little bald child! :)

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 38
Monkey back pack

This adorable Monkey backpack comes used but in good condition with a zipper to store your valuables.

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 39
Noah's ark toy set

A well loved and used item, this incredibly sturdy toy has many more years of love left to give!

STARTING BID -- $10


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ITEM 40
Large green scrapbook

This creative memory scrapbook comes still wrapped in plastic. Looks to be approximately 15-18 pages (30-36 front and back pages.)

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 41
Photo Album

K & Company photo album is out of its plastic but unused and ready to be filled with your memories.

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 42
Photo Album

K & Company photo album is still in its box and ready to be filled with your memories.

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 43
ABC's and 123's foam letters

This set of letters and numbers has only been lightly used. Other than missing the letter "Q" as shown in the picture below, it is in great shape!

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 44
Set of 5 handmade survival bracelets

These bracelets are brand new.

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 45
Brain Quest  Q & A game
Enjoy two packs of Brain Quest's Kindergarten level Q&A game. Perfect for your 5-6 year old. 

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 46
Skippyjon Jones book

A barely used copy of the New York Time's Bestseller Children's book by Judy Schachner

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 47
Star Wars Book

This Children's Pop-up Storybook is in great condition and perfect for lovers of the movies.

STARTING BID -- $5



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ITEM 48
Fish & Shellfish Encyclopedia

Used but in great condition book by Kate Whiteman

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 49
Sam the Cooking Guy: Just a bunch of Recipes Book

Used but in great condition book by Sam Zien

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 50
Twilight Book

Used but in great condition copy of the international phenomenon by Stephenie Meyer

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 51
The Greatest War Stories Never Told Book

Perfect for that history-obssessed person in your life, this book of 100 tales from military history to astonish, bewilder and stupefy is in fantastic condition.

STARTING BID -- $5



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ITEM 52
Busy Woman's Cookbook

Enjoy easy recipes right at your fingertips.

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 53
365 Ways to Wok Book

This is a well-loved book for those learning to Wok.

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 54
365 Ways to Cook Fish and Shellfish book

A well-loved book with tons of information!

STARTING BID -- $5



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ITEM 55
Once-a-Month Cooking book

Perfect for all you busy wives and moms out there.

STARTING BID -- $5




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ITEM 56
Cooking for Baby Book

Used but in excellent condition book written by Lisa Barnes

STARTING BID -- $5



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ITEM 57
The Purpose Driven Life book

Get a hold of Rick Warren's life changing book. Used.

STARTING BID -- $5



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ITEM 58
God's Big Ideas for Kids Book SIGNED by author

Author Crystal Bowman has signed a copy of this book!

STARTING BID -- $10



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ITEM 59
Lincoln Log Collection

Four bags of Lincoln Logs included int his set including two bags of logs and two bags perfect for building houses with roofs, doors, and windows.

STARTING BID -- $10



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ITEM 60
Boy's room cross

This cross says "Jesus Bless this little boy and keep him always in your car." Perfect for an expecting mom or a baby shower. Used but in nearly perfect condition.

STARTING BID -- $5



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ITEM 61
Thomas the Train storage container

Well-loved item perfect for storing trains or cars.

STARTING BID -- $5




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ITEM 62
Girls blankets

Used but all in good condition. Six baby girl blankets.

STARTING BID -- $5




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ITEM 63
Boys 3-6 month shoes donated by Katie

These adorable shoes were handmade by Katie and are designed to fit approximately size 3-6 month old feet.

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 64
Newborn girls sandals

These adorable shoes were handmade by Katie and are designed for newborn girls feet.

STARTING BID -- $5




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ITEM 65
Mom and Baby Monkey

Gently loved Mama and Baby monkeys

STARTING BID -- $5




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ITEM 66
Selection of little girl hair bows made and donated by Angelica Yerrington

10 clips are double prone alligator clips made out of felt fabric.
(Display stand not included)

STARTING BID -- $5



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ITEM 67
Two crystal frames

Two used frames --very heavy crystal

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 68
New baby survival pack of toys donated by Lauren Day

A group of gently loved toys perfect for the new baby in your life!

STARTING BID -- $5


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ITEM 69
Reversible Block Set donated by Shawna Lowther at Life Expressions

The winner of this block set will be able to choose two holidays to have on their block set. You can put any combination of Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Halloween on the set that you would like. These are handmade by Shawna. You can visit her Facebook page by clicking here. 

STARTING BID -- $25



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ITEM 70
Handmade beaded bracelet donated by Jennifer Atherton

Jennifer Atherton makes these amazing beaded bracelets. You can visit her website by clicking here. 

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 71
Sterling Silver Cuff donated by Constance***

Oversized cuff -- 2" wide. It weighs 71 grams and just in the value of the silver it is made from would cost $70.

STARTING BID -- $75



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ITEM 72
Key to my heart earrings donated by Constance***

1 gram, marked 925, new condition

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 73
Onyx earrings donated by Constance***

3 grams, marked 925

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 74
Free form earrings donated by Constance***

3 grams, marked RLM studio 925

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 75
Wire cuff with stamped design donated by Constance***

5 grams and slightly out of shape

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 76
Hoop earrings donated by Constance***

7 grams, marked 925

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 77
Asymmetrical cuff donated by Constance***

17 grams, marked 925 and artist stamped

STARTING BID -- $25


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ITEM 78
Red jasper cross donated by Constance***

12 grams, marked 925 and artist stamped

STARTING BID -- $25


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ITEM 79
Cubic zirconia ring donated by Constance***

5 grams, size 7, and stamped 925 (ring size approximate)

STARTING BID -- $20



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ITEM 80
Cuff with three bands donated by Constance***

22 grams, stamped 925

STARTING BID -- $30


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ITEM 81
Cubic zirconia necklace donated by Constance***

19 grams, 15 inches marked 925

STARTING BID -- $25



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ITEM 82
Pearl pendant donated by Constance***

10 grams, marked Mexico and 925

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 83
Bamboo styled marked ring donated by Constance***

4 grams, size 6, stamped sterling and artist mark (size approximate)

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 84
X pendant donated by Constance***

3 grams, marked 925

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 85
Herringbone chain necklace donated by Constance***

38 grams, 24 inches, and marked 925 Italy

STARTING BID -- $50


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ITEM 86
Herringbone chain necklace with V donated by Constance***

15 inches and marked 925 Italy 

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 87
Multi-stone ring donated by Constance***

2 grams, size 8 (approximate), marked 925

STARTING BID -- $20 



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ITEM 88
Clear Quartz bracelet donated by Constance***

8 grams, 7.5 inches, marked 925

STARTING BID -- $20 


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ITEM 89
Footsteps ring donated by Constance***

4 grams, size 8.5 (approximate), marked 925

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 90
Hollow cuff with all over design donated by Constance***

25 grams, marked 925

STARTING BID -- $50 

  

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ITEM 91
Stamped cuff donated by Constance***

8 grams, marked sterling 

STARTING BID -- $20



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ITEM 92
Dream catcher earrings donated by Constance***

3 grams, marked 925

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 93
Tennis earrings donated by Constance***

2 grams, marked 925

STARTING BID -- $20


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ITEM 94
Pandora bead earrings donated by Constance***

7 grams, marked Pandora and 925

STARTING BID -- $45


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ITEM 95
Pandora bead earrings donated by Constance***

7 grams, marked Pandora and 925

STARTING BID -- $45



***STERLING SERVER JEWELRY EXPLANATION: Many of the pieces listed above were donated by Constance. They are from her personal sterling silver jewelry collection. These pieces were not worn. They were simply collected for the artistic value of the piece. However, because they are all second-hand pieces, the price is considerably less than what you would pay for the same pice in a store. The melt price of silver is at about $1 per gram, and each piece has been carefully weighed. This means that all of the silver pieces posted in this auction are going for just above melt price, or the price to melt them down and make new items. None of the pieces are "pig" metal (non-precious metal.) These have been throughly researched and start value on each item is at around half what you would find for a comparable piece on Etsy or Ebay or a similar website as well as retail shops or estate sales. Every piece has been cleaned and carefully checked for damage or need of repair. All are in perfect working order.