I hope you’ve been having a marvelous March, at least in some ways, my fellow thrifters!  It’s finally the first month of Spring, as well as Women’s and Irish American Month!  The month of Women’s Day, Pi(e) Day (I thrifted some mini pies from our supermarket’s clearance shelves), the Ides Of March, Fat/Shrove/Pancake Tuesday (Mardi Gras) and Ash Wednesday and Lent, Purim (I thrifted my costume), Saint Patrick’s Day (I thrifted some green bagels), the Spring Equinox, Maryland Day, and Transgender Day Of Visibility (TDOV)!

As you probably know by now, my family and I love the seashore, and it’s one of our favorite thrifting themes. Three years ago this month, in March of 2018, my spouse and I got engaged at the shore (on Chincoteague; we were married that Fall).  

There have been so many great shore-themed things at Goodwill of Greater Washington’s Shop Goodwill site [https://shopgoodwill.com/washington] lately!  I hardly know where to start.  But the biggest grouping in my notes is gold and golden seashore-themed jewelry listings.  There are 12 of those!  So, let’s look at them today.  We’ll go in evolutionary order. 

First, a seashell tack pin.  Which aren’t just for ties, lapels etcetera anymore.  You can put them almost anywhere on your clothing and accessories.  Including your bags!  But you might want to get a more secure clutch for that purpose – the silicone ones are great.  You can also convert pins into other jewelry items, or use them for crafts.  Which is actually true of all jewelry.  Think outside the jewelry box!       

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/126576433 – 18K Yellow Gold Vntg Seashell Tie Tac Lapel Pin

Speaking of seashells, here’s a sparkly one.  Yes, only one earring – but that can be perfect if you, like me, have three (or more) ear piercings.  Too, it can be turned into a tack pin, among other things.    

https://shopgoodwill.com/item/140813587 – 12k Gold Filled Pave Moissanite 15mm Scalloped Shell Single Earring

Sand dollars!!  So cool.  And they’re one of my spouse’s favorite symbols of the shore.  One of the reasons for this cross one is that there’s a Christian story about the symbolism of the parts of the sand dollar.    

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/127401825 – 14K Yellow Gold James Avery Sand Dollar Pendant

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/128208078 – 14K Yellow Gold Sand Dollar Cross Pendant

Feeling like you deserve a gold star?  How about a four-star rating?  Here you go!

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/128189301 – 14K Yellow Gold Textured Starfish Earrings

https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/126500232 – 14K Yellow Gold Starfish Seashell Dangle Earrings

Dolphin earrings – a single one, and a pair.  Yes, they’d look good all together.  I went most of my life without seeing dolphins in person, and without expecting to.  But when my spouse and I visited Virginia Beach, we saw them from our hotel, the beach, and the tour boats!

https://shopgoodwill.com/item/140769754 – 14k Yellow Gold 7mm Dolphin Porpoise Single Stud Earring 0.1g

https://shopgoodwill.com/item/140820040 – 14k Yellow Gold Dolphin Tiny Textured Hoop Earrings 0.4g

“I saw three ships come sailing in…”.  Two charms and a tack pin, in this case.  I know, apparently ‘tis tack pin season!

https://shopgoodwill.com/item/140758875 – 13k Yellow Gold Vintage 14mm Sailboat Charm Pendant 0.6g

https://shopgoodwill.com/item/140424152 – 14k Yellow Gold Vintage 10mm Sailboat Charm Pendant 0.6g

https://shopgoodwill.com/item/140950294 – 12k Gold Filled Vintage Sailboat Tie Tac Lapel Pin 3.4g

And if you want to gaze upon even more golden ships, here is a set of four framed sparkling scenes of life in a fishing town.  These are actually reproductions of Lionel Barrymore’s [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Barrymore] artwork – a very famous actor from a very famous theatrical family, whose career spanned the 1890s through the 1950s (!).  Which included a Golden Age, and some golden oldies.    

https://shopgoodwill.com/item/140970217  – 4 Signed Barrymore Gold Foil Etchings Boats And People Print 9×11.5

I hope I’ve been something of a gold mine of information.  And if you, too, are a shore superfan, I hope we both get to spend some time there this Spring and Summer!  Too, I wish you well in whatever you do.  I’ll see you back here next month, when we’ll probably be talking about Judaica thrifting, in observance of Pesach / Passover.    

About our fabulous guest blogger:

Mycroft Masada (they/them) is a nonbinary trans and queer Jewish and interfaith leader with 30 years of experience, particularly called to pursue LGBTQ+ and fat liberation.  A Fat Torah Advisory Team member, Food Psych transcriptionist, and TransEpiscopal Steering Committee member, Mycroft is an advocate, organizer, consultant, educator, trainer, writer and artist.  They’re also a lifelong and at least second-generation thrifter and thrifted everything is seen (and unseen) in this photo.  They are easy to find, Friend and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram