How to Save Money on Jewelry
Want to increase the size of your bling collection without going broke? Here are a few simple ways to save on jewelry
If you're looking to save money on jewelry, you've got a goldmine of options, especially since the advent of the Internet. Really, there's no excuse for the frugal to pay too much for accessories. So let's take a look at some great ways to get your bling on without overpaying, shall we?
Now, let me emphasize that we're talking real jewelry here: items made of previous metals and stones, not discount store costume jewelry. Though if that's your thing, more power to you!
Hit The Sales
The savvy consumer is already a habitué of retail sales, so that's where you should start your quest for cheap jewelry. Also, haunt the clearance racks at your favorite department and jewelry stores. If you're willing to accept the less-than-perfect, you may be able to pick up items at a huge discount.
You probably won't find much at garage and yard sales, although the abundance of silver rings available might surprise you. Estate sales are much more likely to net you something worthwhile, especially if you wait until the last day, when the sellers often cut their prices in half.
Of course, if you wait that long, all the good stuff may be gone.
While watching Pawn Stars may have turned you off to the whole possibility of finding good jewelry deals at pawn shops, the truth is, they are excellent sources for inexpensive jewelry. And because there are so many of them, it's relatively easy to do comparison shopping, and the brokers may be willing to haggle.
As with so many other things, the Internet has revolutionized jewelry sales. You can find all kinds of items from literally all over the world on a wide variety of auction sites. The problem, of course, is that you can't review items physically before you buy; at best, you're going to get a picture and a description.
Many of us aren't comfortable with buying anything sight unseen, and that's perfectly understandable. However, if you follow some stringent guidelines, you're unlikely to lose much and gain quite a bit.
Your best bet is to look for someone with a good reputation and a very positive rating. Ratings are especially easy to review on the better-established sites like eBay. Read their rating comments carefully, and never, ever take a chance on anyone who's been accused of being a thief, even once.
Second, don't buy from overseas; if something goes wrong, you have very little recourse. Finally, refuse to pay a lot for any jewelry on the 'Net. That way, if you get pot-metal instead of silver when you try to save money on jewelry, you're not out too much.