Erie Basin

True fact- I have a secret and repressed jewelery fetish. I don't wear any jewelery at all because of a highly developed tomboy streak and my humorously Amish fear of self ornamentation. Okay, I wear a watch and own a single ring. That I do not wear anymore.



Behind this closeted jewelery obsession is a store. A store that spins out a sticky spiderweb of irresistible impossibilities so dizzying even a seasoned antiquer needs to hold on to her hat. Erie Basin, how I love you.



Grace Bonney got me this little 1930s celluloid compass button for christmas and my heart jumped about ten feet in the air. Me? Own something from theee Erie Basin? I'm inching toward, nay, resolving to take the jewelery plunge this year. Just like I'm resolving to go eat some ice cream now.

27 comments:

  1. I don't wear jewelry either. At all. But, over the weekend I found a locket that I was given for high school graduation. I'd totally forgotten about it and now I plan to wear it often.

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  3. Oops. What I was saying is...that button is divine! Lucky you, m'dear.

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  4. The best of best stores. I loved this button when I saw it online and it makes me happy to see it in good hands!

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  5. I wear seven pieces of jewelry daily, and usually pile on another necklace and a pair of earrings. I do love jewelry and hope you get into it as well. :)

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  6. I'm a non-jewelry person as well except for my plain gold band wedding ring. I do think jewelry is totally lovely - just not on me for some reason. But that button! Oh my, how lovely. What a wonderful gift!

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  7. I love jewelry, and now I love Erie Basin! Can we ladies band together to paste Erie Basin everywhere on the internet so guys get the hint that this just might be the source of the most divine engagement/wedding rings anywhere?!

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  8. I'm a devoted "too much of a good thing" jewelry gal. Either I wear only my wedding ring, or a ring on every finger. I adore large gothic stuff, rings made of silverware handles, and I wear a huge old English skeleton key on a chain around my neck.

    I detest yellow gold, and any item of jewelry that someone else can go to a store and buy a copy of.

    All my "bling" looks more like armor when I wear it, and that's what it is, I guess. I feel like a warrior goddess when I'm all covered in silver and semiprecious stones.

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  9. Oh - I forgot to say - your compass button is a steampunk daydream. Loverly!!!

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  10. Truly one of the most charming stores I've ever been to. I am so rarely in a place where I want literally every object on display, but Erie Basin consistantly drives me wild with its wares.

    You should plan a trip solely by compass. Do you find it accurate? I've had poor luck with tiny compasses. I went around and around and around in the medina with one.

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  11. I don't wear jewelry ... at all(not even my wedding band, which gets in the way of gardening)... for the same reason, but have collected a few bobbles over the years none-the-less... I figure every girl's gotta have a few things, even tomboys.

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  12. I'm lovin' compasses these days, I saw a great compass necklace a few days ago...and I recently gave a compass to my boyfriend, who gets lost while driving around L.A.
    Much cheaper than a Navi!

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  13. Hi,
    That is an awesome button.
    I can't wait to see how your going to wear it.
    I resently purchased an entire tin of buttons and am making jewelry from them. Stop by and take a look...
    tidbitstidingsanddailydoodles.blogspot.com

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  14. tomboy wear with jewelry piled on, interesting no?
    im a tomboy without a secret repressed jewelry fetish, my watch is a casio for christ sakes, and i like it cause it lights up.
    but i think you should go all the way

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  15. Ooh, adorable! And tiny! I like small things, as my blog can attest...

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  16. That's the coolest button ever!

    I love your blog. I hope you don't mind, I've linked to you on mine. Please let me know if you don't want me to link to you.

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  17. A compass button! How delightful...

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  19. OOOOOOooooooooo!!!! Pray tell, what ARE you going to DO with it? I can't wait to see!!!! I'm tingly-in-my-toes excited for you!

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  20. What a sweet little button! And huzzah to Grace, for such a lovely gift.

    I own an embarrassing amount of jewelry, which I never wear. I think it's just the magpie in me: SHINY!

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  21. I had to get used to wearing jewelry for the first time with my wedding ring. A strange experience.

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  22. Just found your blog.

    Just fell in love with your blog.

    :)

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  23. Justify not wearing jewelry because you grew up as a Tomboy probably will not fit the young women today, when even men and male youths wear jewelry for fun:)

    Regardless of your approach to life, I think that jewelries do should be have only be worn with symbolism means, like a souvenir from grandmother, wedding ring or others.
    Not just for beauty only.

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