Collecting antique jewelry is a fascinating hobby, but the pieces can be very expensive. If you know where to look however, you can still pick up some bargains.
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.
Watch out for adverts in the newspapers for garage sales and estate sales. The people who hold these sales typically don’t know the value of the stuff they are selling, you can pick up a lot of valuable pieces for just a few dollars.
A lot of people who go to these sales are looking for the worthless stuff to recycle and make new pieces from. There is the occasional treasure to come across, but recycling is also very profitable.
There is something very thrilling about going to these sales and searching for those hidden treasures. Going to estate and yard sales on a Saturday morning can become very addictive.
Estate sales generally bring the best rewards as the sellers aren’t interested in Grandma’s frumpy old jewelry and have no idea of their worth. Yard sales are also a good source, but there aren’t as many treasures to be found as at the estate sales.
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.
Always check out the seller’s reputation and feedback before you bid on an item. If the piece is very expensive, eBay offer an escrow service that protects you from being ripped off. Make contact with the seller if you are at all unsure of anything.