8. Yard sales are not the bonanza they used to be since everyone sells their gold, but some surprises still surface. An acquaintance found a VC&A item at a yard sale. Go at least a half an hour early before the sale starts and take cash. Flea markets sometime cough up surprises, but go early. Don't sneer at pawn shops and musty old antique/junk shops. Local auctions are sometimes worth a look. Do not turn up your nose at family pieces either. Clean, fix, size, and, if necessary, remake items lurking in your grandma's, mother's, or great-aunt's jewelry box. Ask if you can borrow them; usually, family members will loan items if they aren't wearing them.
9. Birthdays- sometimes family and friends will help you finance a piece for your birthday or a holiday. Sometimes they are willing to buy it and give it to you as a present on the big day; my wonderful man is relieved to get me something he knows I will like.
10. Sales, including sale sites like Net-a-porter, Gilt, and other designer outlet sites, can help take some of the edge off of designer jewelry. Designer jewelry is expensive, and in most cases at least half of it is the name (in BogV's case, its ALL the name). Figure out what you like about a particular style and see if you can find something similar...but avoid direct knockoffs and counterfeits.
|Isharya agate, gold plated unknown metal, crystal, and enamel snake necklace from Net-a-Porter.com.|
|I was ordered to put my camera away before I got to the diamonds...|
There you have it- tested ways to acquire jewelry for less money than you thought, all of which I have used and worked for me. Why? Because you should never pay retail for jewelry.