Finding Vintage Jewelry at Estate Sales
This past weekend, Friday actually, I went with my friend Darren to an estate sale.
It was a little further away than I'm usually willing to go, but based on the photos and description, it seemed worth it. And we were in the mood! It looked like they had a ton of vintage jewelry. In the pictures, it appeared to be a couple of tables worth! Lately, I've grounded myself from buying anything from estate sales with the exception of vintage jewelry. I'm in the beginning stages of moving, and I'm trying to purge, rather than accumulate. (And honestly, whether there was a move was coming or not, I want to lighten my proverbial load anyway.) And for my friend Darren's sake, they looked to have an eclectic mix of all sorts of things including tools, which was one thing he had his eye out for. In other words, "Something for everyone!", as those estate sale descriptions so often say.
However, this sale wasn't all that great at all once we got there. They did have quiet a bit of jewelry, but it wasn't very special, and it was over priced. It was as if it was all priced for once Sunday rolls around and they mark everything down by 50%. Sometimes, real estate sales are like this. Meh.
So although Darren found nothing, and I didn't find the big mother load of vintage jewelry I was hoping for, I did find these pretty little 1950s clip on earrings. For some reason, they were off to the side with otherwise "junk" jewelry, but they weren't (and aren't) junk! But they were a bargain! It's a lesson in digging around a little... IF you're willing to get your hands a little dirty, you might get lucky and run across something that can make the whole thing worthwhile.
As a bonus, there were 3 gorgeous fields of wildflowers in full bloom that we got to pass on our way to and from the estate sale. So this trip definitely wasn't a complete bust at all!