I shop at Estate auctions and sales. I find vintage and pre-owned items quite interesting. Most of the time I don't know what their origin is. But I do know that there is a story behind each piece.
As I wander, preview and browse around these sales, I can’t help but think about my own treasured belongings. Will they be awarded to the highest bidder some day?
My main interest is vintage costume Jewelry. I like buying it, but I also like selling it. I have been selling jewelry on eBay since 2002.
I have learned a great deal about vintage costume jewelry. It may surprise you that the right piece of costume jewelry can bring a higher piece than gold or silver.
Check out your grandmother’s, mother’s or your own old jewelry boxes. You may find a treasure.
One tip, a piece is most valuable when you can identify the period it came from. That’s where research is a must.
Another thing to look for is a signature or mark on the jewelry. Usually it is found on the back of the piece.
For instance the eBay seller “stonegate-gallery”(not me) sold this earring and necklace set by designer Elsa Schiaparelli recently for $3500.00.
"This is a one of a Kind set in original box and perfect condition no missing stones or damage or rust. 1940's VERY EARLY Set Necklace and earings. This is from my private collection you will never see another set like this for sale. I have seen the necklace alone sell for $2,000.00 with no box or earings. Dont miss your chance to buy this one of kind item. This is a must own item for any Vintage Jewlery Collector.”
There are many more Costume Jewelry designers from various eras. If you are interested the Illusion Jewels website is a good resource.
If you are interested in what I have been selling lately, check out my Pinterest Page.