For obvious reasons, there is more value in antique jewelry than in modern. Building up a collection can cost a small fortune however, unless you know where to look.
EBay is great for picking up all sorts of stuff, where specialist items such as jewelry is concerned, however, the seller will have done their research and now how much their pieces are worth. You are looking to purchase wholesale.
The best bargains can be picked up on the weekend at garage and estate sales. There is such a high volume of stuff for sale that the sellers won’t have had time to do their research and hundreds of dollars worth of stuff can be picked up for next to nothing.
Of course, like everything else, not every single item of costume jewelry is valuable, but you will occasionally hit the jackpot. Even if a piece is worthless, you can pull it a apart and use the parts to make new jewelry.
If you find valuable antique jewelry in this way, it’s extremely satisfying and makes you want to keep searching. You many quickly find that you are addicted to these sales and are going to them every Saturday morning.
Yard and estate sales should be visited regularly to maximize your chances of finding those bargains. Make sure you get there early and plan you day carefully if you have a few to attend. The family who are selling at the estate sales are very disinterested in Granny’s old jewelry, and have no idea of their true value.
Keep checking EBay too though, you can sometimes find little gems tucked away in the general jewelry section that people don’t realize are antiques.
The great thing about eBay is the amount of security they have in place to protect the seller. Always check the feedback and never purchase an expensive item for new seller, unless it is a must have item, whereas you can use eBay’s escrow service to pay for it. Keep in contact with the seller too.