Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Vintage Earrings: Tips for finding your perfect pair

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!

LASTLY, through MIDNIGHT TONIGHT (Wednesday), SHOPBOP is having their Friends & Family sale!  Use code WEAREFAMILY at checkout and feel free to click on the photo to be taken directly to the site!


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73 comments:

  1. Ooooo...great tips, Allison. I don't really wear much jewelry right now, let alone vintage, because of the kids, but I'll remember your tips when I do:) I love the tip of using plastic bead containers to house them.

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  2. Ohh I like and want the vintage Chanel pair! hehe.. I would LOVE to buy some vintage Chanel jewelry but like you said, there are a lot of fakes out there and I only can tell on purses so far but need to learn more on jewelry. :)

    Congrats on your esty shop Allison! I saw it over at AlwaysMaylee's blog. Very cool!! I love Kawaii things and anything Hello Kitty. ^_^

    xo - Sheila
    www.sheislovelyblog.com

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    1. Thanks so much for the compliments on the etsy shop! I started it a little over a month ago and love making things! :)

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  3. hehe, I'm one of the fans of your vintage earrings and I loved that post! though Estonia is not the best place for shopping vintage jewellery.. if at all. I have seen some earrings in vintage stores but nothing as spectacular as in your blog :P and I know I don't like clip-ons.. but hey, I ALWAYS love seeing something new from your collection even when I can't actually have it :)

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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  4. Thanks for the tips Allison. The earrings are very adorable. I like the first one and the Chanel earrings the most.

    http://gianbydesign.blogspot.com/

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  5. great tips! and you definitely have an eye for beautiful earrings!

    xo
    osmiuminlove.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh what tips, especially the comforting settings. Who would think for a fork and knife? I love vintage jewellery (yours are pretty), even though I am a huge fan of kind of rings, but I am using vintage Chanel earrings as a brooch for my woolen cape. I think Etsy is a great resource too.

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    1. ohh I would love to see how the brooch turns out! ;)

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  7. great insight to the world of vintage accessories
    love your collection!

    xoxo
    style frontier

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  8. These are so pretty! I don't have pierced ears, so I want to watch the thing about clip-on earrings.

    http://eternal-simplicity.blogspot.com

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  9. This is an awesome post – I always love your jewelry, and am SO lost when it comes to finding great vintage pieces.


    Sea and Swank

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  10. You are seriously inspiring me to get back with my vintage jewelry collecting Allison. Back in college I amassed some beautiful Miram Haskel earrings--don't know what happened to them, but wish I still had them! I love yours and how you store them--I do that for work related vintage, but really need to get my personal collection better organized (mostly it's tossed into little dishes on my dressing table). Hope you're having a great week!
    xo Mary Jo

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    1. Thanks, Mary Jo! Hopefully one day you'll be able to re-find your gorgeous past earrings! :)

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  11. They are all so gorgeous. They have a very
    elegant and chique presence! Great post :)

    LOVE BO,
    PurePreciousPerfection.blogspot.com

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  12. Thanks so much for this post! I have a box of my mums vintage earrings, but haven't really owen any (yes the clips put me off), I am eager to try it out now. Would you believe I have the same storage boxes!

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    1. ohhh you have to go through your mom's box! I bet she has some great things in there! ;)

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  13. awe love all of these pieces, they are all so vintage and beautiful! xO!
    www.thehautecookie.com

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  14. Well they are so pretty! I love vintage clothing and jewelry. I'm always on the lookout for them on Etsy too! Love how you store them. That definitely gave me an idea. Thanks and have a delightful day.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  15. These are so pretty! Love them!

    Xo, Rachel
    http://www.glitzyblues.com

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  16. you do have an amazing collection of vintage earrings, thanks for the tips!!!
    brooke @ what2wear

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  17. Great post lovely ! The tips are very useful !



    XX Luba
    Well Living Blog

    ::Michael Kors:: bag GIVEAWAY
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  18. I just found your blog through Always Maylee and live it!! Following now and can't wait to see more:)

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and for following! I really appreciate it! ;)

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  19. This was such a nice post ! I have some vintage jewelry too, but not nearly as much as you do obviously. Wow, some pretty gorgeous pieces here. You could start your own shop. x

    Satu
    Indie by heart

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    1. haha, I could, but I wouldn't be able to part with anything!

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  20. Hi Allison, thanks for your tips! love them! Yes, I've recognized the ones you often wear!:) Kisses! xoxo

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  21. Wow, these are some great earrings, I love the pair with the darker colours :)
    xx
    www.clothesandcamera.blogspot.com

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  22. i didnt know clip ons wear still around, ive seen magnectiv ones :) great vid too, i love the first pair ^^

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  23. Great tips Allison! You always have the most amazing vintage finds. :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  24. Wow! These are some nice earrings and they looked costly. You definitely have the eye for picking earrings =)

    http://diva-in-me.blogspot.com

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  25. I thought I recognized those yellow earrings!!

    Great finds!

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  26. Lovely post & earrings!

    xxx
    E from Helsinki
    http://dragonflyelisabeth.blogspot.fi/

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  27. wow, great , no words, love it, do u like follow each other?
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  28. What a wonderful post, all these earrings are so beautiful, I adore vintage earrings...definitely one of my favourite things to search for when in thrift stores!
    dimplesdiaries
    x

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  29. these are such wonderful tips, thank you A! i love your earring collection - they are beautiful, special and unique, just like you! xox P

    phiphi's blog

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    1. aww thanks, P! That's really sweet!

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  30. Awesome tips Allison !
    I already bookmark this and need to read it all over again and never forget!
    Thanks for sharing dear!!!

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  31. Allison thanks for the tips, your blog is always a treasure.

    Also I am hosting my first giveaway ever, I would love you to enroll in.

    Thanks and kisses.

    Dia.

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  32. hi dear...nice blog...
    what do you think to follow each other? kiss

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  33. Awesome tips!! I love vintage earrings so this is great. :) Also, thanks for letting us know about the Shopbop code!

    -Haylie

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  34. Great tips - especially the tightening clip on earrings tutorial!

    SDMxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  35. Adore those fan-topped ones that are in the first pic...it's those really elegant, sparkly, detailed pieces that get me. I love costume jewelry!

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  36. Your earrings are GORGEOUS! You have exquisite taste!

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  37. love the earrings great post!

    xo
    naty
    aloveaffairwithfashion.blogspot.com

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  38. I'm definitely going to heed this advice the nex time I try hunting for vintage earrings - thank you! :)

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  39. I always love vintage stuff and your vintage jewellery collection is making me drool!!! Love them so much and they are super unique indeed!!


    ang-closet365.blogspot.ca

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  40. hi dear I follow you back too ^^
    keep in touch
    kiss and have a nice day ^^
    vendy

    http://simplelifeve.blogspot.it

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  41. Love it! Awesome post. The trouble I find with vintage pieces is that sometimes they really aren't vintage at all, just costume jewelry made to look vintage. How do you tell the difference between authentic vintage and fakes? I love your collection or circular earrings. It's exactly the type of earrings I like to wear.

    xx Jenee C.
    {camo meets couture}

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    1. I know what you mean! The major different between vintage and the faux vintage is weight! Vintage earrings are heavy and even a small pair will weigh your hand down. The newer ones that are made to look older are still made with cheaper materials and don't have the quality weight to them that the older ones have! I hope that helps somewhat! :)

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  42. Hi! Im Fran, a spanish male fashion blogger. I hope you like my style and want to follow me if you like...

    http://showroomdegarde.blogspot.com.es/2012/10/simplicity.html

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  43. thank you for the adjusting tip!!! THIS IS EXACTLY what i needed :)
    have a great weekend!
    Epiphany in Swansea

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  44. lovely pieces! I esp. love the shelled earrings! how cute and original!

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

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  45. It's a very useful post and your collection is beautiful... I love vintage jewellery too, but am more of a bracelet / cuff kind of girl. :) x

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  46. Hi Allison,
    Found your blog through "Always Maylee" and want to tell you that your blog is awesome! Your creativity is very inspiring!
    Kisses
    Elena
    http://dcinstyle.com/blog/

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    1. Hi Elena! Thanks so much for coming by from Always Maylee's blog! I really appreciate that you commented- it really means a lot! ;)

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  47. Allison,
    Thanks for this post...it's a fashionable read about something that I love...vintage!!
    Love that you found those earrings in Indiana ;)
    Way to go!!
    You obviously have an amazing collection...thanks for sharing some here and for the tips.
    XOXO

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    1. Martha- We missed out on some good vintage steals in Indiana! :)

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  48. The first pair of earrings are amazing!

    XX,
    Miranda

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  49. Beautiful earrings. I can't even choose which one I like the most! :)

    - Victoria
    www.VICKITAS.com

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  50. I wish I could get my ears pierced I have such ear envy of you ladies who wear vintage pieces. :)

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  51. Hello from Spain: I really like the earrings. I always go out to the streets with earrings. My favorites are white and gold pearls. Keep in touch

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  52. Love this post! Thanks for the tips! And what beautiful earrings! Gorgeous!

    callmemaddie.blogspot.com

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  53. These tips are so, so helpful! I've just become addicted to buying vintage jewelry (earrings, especially) and so I'll keep these tips in mind now! Looks like you have as many earrings as you have shoes! :) I had been storing my earrings in those cool little fabric-covered boxes from TJ Maxx but when I went to an antique store recently, I saw this (http://www.ebay.com/itm/230855685870?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649) holder and I absolutely loved it...sadly, it wasn't for sale at the store but I came right home to ebay (etsy has some too) and found it. I've yet to buy one because it's a little pricey but hopefully soon! :)

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  54. Your vintage earring collection is just GORGEOUS! You've got some really amazing finds there. I don't think I could ever wear clip-ons again, though - I used to wear my grandmother's old earrings but the pain just wasn't worth it! lol

    NLxx
    www.my-changing-room.com

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