Where to Find Vintage Jewelry Bargains

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 | 6:25 AM

There are a large variety of locations where you may find fabulous vintage jewelry. But if you don't have experience buying vintage treasures then it would be best to take some time and do a tad bit of research before you head out to shop. Having said that, the following are outstanding places to check out when you head out to hunt for your vintage earrings or brooches.

Vintage clothing shops and consignment stores: These shops don't just sell fun clothing. You may also find fantastic vintage brooches, rings, earrings, and other gems at local vintage consignment stores and clothing shops. Often the shop manager will be able to tell you a few things about the vintage treasures they have for sale. They will very likely be able to tell you about the type of gemstones (or fake gemstones) that are in each. Prices will usually be a bit higher than at the resale shops but you will probably be able to find vintage pieces at a reasonable price.

Resale shops: Think Goodwill, Salvation Army and other thrift type stores. Many people make regular donations to these stores and they generally have a very large inventory that spans all of the vintage periods. These shops are a fabulous resource for finding vintage jewelry especially costume pieces. And, if you keep your eyes open you might just find a few fine vintage pieces.

Estate and garage sales: Yep. Wake up early on the weekend, jump in your car, and head out to some garage and estate sales to find great vintage jewellery. You may have to claw through a bunch of items to find just a few good vintage pieces but they are there just waiting to be found if you do a little work. Estate sales are somewhat different because the person running the sale usually has some knowledge about antiques and vintage items. However, you will likely be able to find reasonable prices at either type of sale. Just take a peek in your local classified ad section to find these sales.

Antique sales: Visit an antique mall or larger antique sales to find quality vintage jewellery. You should expect prices to be somewhat higher than when you buy them from the prior sources mentioned above. But the pay off is that you will be able to find authentic vintage jewelry and the sales staff will have a large amount of knowledge about the items for sale.

Online auction websites: One additional place to find vintage jewels is through online auctions. An unlimited assortment of vintage earrings, brooches, necklaces, and other vintage pieces are available for purchase online. Naturally eBay is the auction website that most often jumps to mind when we think of online auctions. But there are other such websites online and if you take time to find some smaller sites you might be able to find some great deals as there is likely to be less competition on those sites than on larger ones like eBay.

Check out Vintage Jewelry Pro for additional vintage jewelry articles and resources.

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