I wanted to do this post for some time now because I get asked about where to buy accessories and gold jewelry in particular… and so today I am sharing where I buy my gold jewelry pieces.
It makes me happy that there’s interest in this and I hope you’re not disappointed with my answers LOL because they really are super simple: first and foremost, I visit antique and vintage stores. And I know that this requires time commitment (which I frankly don’t have a lot of either) as finding a good antique store may be a challenge in and of itself… On top of it, making the trip to the store and sifting through lots and lots of things is another thing… but I LOVE it. We are so lucky to have a couple really good ones by where we live but my favorite (for a few years now!) is this one store in Aurora, IL that we had discovered a long time ago.
That store in particular has amazing jewelry selection (organized by necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc.) and every time I find something I really love there and have to get. Plus, buying vintage has this sort of mysterious aspect to it that I really enjoy because I love imagining the previous owners of a particular item and the history behind it. I sound like a total romantic right now haha but it’s true. I always think of where a particular item came from, what family it belonged to and who wore it before me.
Guys, everything you see in the images above came from that antique store except for a few gold rings I’m wearing, the ‘Hello’ necklace and the middle necklace with the little jeweled circle. And every single item did not cost more than $10. I mean… Not only the price point is usually great at vintage shops but also the fact that the probability that someone else will have the same item as mine is literally zero! And you know I love unique items so that to me is something you can’t really put a price on! 🙂
The next option would be to visit flea markets, which frankly I don’t personally do very often but once every blue moon I do find myself at a flea market and one good example of a great flea market find would be the pineapple brooch you see there that cost me… drumroll please… $3! Yes!
Second of all, Etsy has proven to be such a great place to find awesome jewelry pieces. Whether they’re vintage or not, Etsy is that one stop shop! When I do go on Etsy to find gold jewelry in particular, I prefer to find vintage items so I will search for a ‘vintage brooch’ for example and just focus on that because let’s face it – Etsy is a rabbit hole 🙂 with so much stuff there, but boy do I love that site!
Lastly, if not vintage, I usually come across great gold jewelry at either TJ Maxx or Nordstrom Rack. That’s it; those are my go-to places and when I do shop there I still try to get things that are on sale (vintage shopping really spoiled me LOL). For example, the middle necklace I mentioned above…? That one I got at Nordstrom Rack a few weeks ago for $8 (discounted from about $20).
And there you have it! And you know what? I think recently there’s been a slight shift into wanting to re-use and re-purpose things and that means antique shops have been on the rise again and I think people value things with history and those handcrafted items more and more now. This makes me so happy knowing that there may be more local flea markets and antique shops to scour through in the near future 🙂
Thank YOU for visiting & I hope you enjoyed this post of mine! Would love to learn about what your go-to places are for jewelry finds so please leave me a comment below!