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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Etsy: If you have never shopped on Etsy, you are in for a great surprise. This online shopping site is a mecca for vintage clothing and accessories, especially jewelry. You can shop by vintage brand, color, style, and even by location. The prices are affordable and shipping is, too. It is easy to find favorite shops and you can even chat with the owners. Shopping for costume jewelry on Etsy is like shopping at a neighborhood bazaar.
Garage/Tag Sales: Shopping at garage sales or tag sales is a fun way to find costume jewelry, especially if you love to hunt for treasure. You might have to shop at several different garage sales to find one that offers jewelry for sale; you can increase your odds if you shop at neighborhood sales. Garage sales usually have the best prices, because people are trying to clean out their homes.
Estate Sales: These are often the best places to find costume jewelry, often because the homeowners are trying to sell everything inside of the home. The prices tend to be higher than at garage sales, because estate sales are often run by professionals who usually get a percentage of the amount sold.
Antique Stores/Malls: Antique stores often have the most amazing selection of costume jewelry, but you can expect to pay for it. Many antique stores have several vendors and you can usually tell if the prices will be low or high based on how the jewelry is displayed. Pieces that are inside of cases tend to be more expensive than the pieces that are not in cases. However, do not let the barrier of the case discourage you because many vendors will keep pieces inside of cases to prevent them from being stolen. It does not hurt to ask the prices and you can usually negotiate them lower. If you buy more than one piece from an antique vendor, the vendor will often lower the prices, too.
eBay: If you know exactly what you are looking for, eBay is the best place to shop for costume jewelry. There are always thousands of pieces for sale on the website. If you do not know what you are looking for, browsing can be practically overwhelming. If you do know what you are looking for, odds are that you will find it. Prices on eBay vary significantly, so it is best to do a little research before you buy. Just like on Etsy, there are vendors who own shops and you can always ask talk to them about certain pieces. You can also usually save on shipping if you buy more than one piece from a vendor.
Shopping for costume jewelry is just as fun as shopping for shoes. Whether you shop for earrings, necklaces, bracelets, or rings, you are bound to find more than what you need and it all looks great!