So many of you have commented/complimented on all of the vintage jewelry (especially the earrings) that I wear, and I really appreciate that, as I do LOVE wearing unique and fun vintage jewelry. I've gotten a lot of questions as to where I find my earrings, questions regarding the pain of the clips (99% of vintage earrings have one form or another ), and what pricing is like. So, I thought it would be fun to write a post about how to find the perfect pair! :)
TIP: Go for something unique. When shopping for vintage earrings, I'm always on the look-out for something unique that I may not find everyday. The top earrings remind me of the art deco period, while the middle ones have tiny flowers crocheted behind glass! And the last ones are actually mosaics made up of tiny pieces of stone. All of these earrings are really unique finds and aren't something that I would be likely to stumble upon again, so they were well worth the cost, which brings me to:
TIP: Shop in smaller places versus the more well-known shops. The last two pairs above were actually purchased in Indiana and I didn't pay more than $5-7/each for them. You guys have read about how much I love going to Indiana for just the vintage shopping. When you are in a place like LA, as much fun as it is to go to places like the Rosebowl Flea Market & Melrose Trading Post, you're going to pay 3-5x the amount for something there. So, shop smaller shops (and smaller towns if you can) and save. It's always a great idea to look in thrift shops too if you can.
TIP: Go for something glitzy. Sure, you may not be able to wear these pieces every day, but when you do wear them, you will feel like you've pulled out your mother's forbidden diamonds. I feel like I've won the lottery when I stumble across gems like these :)
TIP: For couture pieces, research the market and know how much you should be willing/able to spend. Believe me, I want every pair of vintage Chanel earrings that I see, but I also know that it's not practical. Because I'm addicted and I've spent numerous hours looking at earrings, I know which shops tend to overprice the items they get in, and which shops tend to be fair. I also know how to get a really good deal on ebay (but you have to be careful, because there are A LOT of fakes out there). But knowing what's out there and looking around never hurts, especially if you plan to make a couture purchase.
TIP: Buy earrings that you know you'll get lots of use out of. You guys probably recognize these 3 pairs of earrings because I wear them regularly on my blog. I love smaller circular earrings and these earrings were a no-brainer for me when shopping.
But how do you deal with the clip-ons? It's actually easier to adjust the comfort level than you think- and you can adjust them just with a fork and knife! :)
TIP: Watch the above videos to learn how to adjust your clip-ons.
TIP: For storage just use plastic bead containers. I purchased these containers at Michaels for $3 each- they are perfect because they have dividers so I can separate my earrings. I also store my new earrings in these containers as well.
Thank you so much for reading!
Please let me know if you found this helpful- especially if you are into vintage jewelry!
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