Estate Sale Finds

In my opinion, there is no better way to spend a Friday afternoon than going to estate sales, hunting for vintage jewelry.  For a long time, I was going every single Friday (and Thursdays too, if I'm being fully confessional here)... But after several years of this, things started to get a little out of hand. It's now become a little disorganized and over-flowing. I have little vintage trinkets crammed all over the place.  What was once a spare bedroom is now one huge jewelry storage center.  But because jewelry is a such a small item, not even my husband is aware of how much of exactly how much I have accumulated.  And he doesn't need to know.   It's my sparkly little secret.

Although I've cut back some on how often I go to estate sales, I still go when I see a listing for one that claims to have a lot of vintage costume jewelry.  I just can't resist.

This past weekend, I went to a couple of sales on both Thursday and Friday that were (sort of) near my house.  One of them had already begun their 30% markdowns by the time I went to it on Friday. Who was I to resist?

Estate sales are very hit or miss.  Sometimes, there's a lot of stuff I'm not interested in at all.  Or it smells gross inside and I can barely even walk in. Or the merchandise is decent but way over-priced.  But every now and then, you find a really good one, and that makes it all worthwhile.  I got very lucky last week, because I only stopped by two sales on both Thursday and Friday.  I found some great things at one sale on Thursday and then got lucky again the very next day with another one.  Maybe that was the week I should have played the lottery or something.  But I kind of felt like I did win the lottery! The vintage jewelry lottery!! I found cool pieces ranging from cuff links, to brooches, to rhinestone shoe buckles. 

Here's a little sneak peek at my estate sale finds from this past week. 

Here's a little sneak peek at my estate sale finds from this past week. 

I'm not sure yet what I'll do with any of these beautiful things.  They're definitely inspiring though, and I've got some ideas. I am so happy to have found them and I can't wait to spruce them all up and send them back out into the world a little more sparkly than I found them.