For years, I’ve walked by baskets filled with
tacky, old lady vintage jewelry at yard sales. Since I vaguely remember hugging my grandmother, and always having to dodge the metal objects that were pinned to her chest, somehow memories of these wonders didn’t conjure up warm and cozy thoughts of beautiful art, until I met Angela.
It’s amazing how things we once passed by without a second glance, now catch our eye, and we are thrilled. Like this entire lot of costume and antique jewelry at a yard sale. I asked her how much she would take for all of it and after much deliberation and thought, she mentioned, “$3.” I squealed (but only in my head, I assure you.) Typically, one or two pieces might sell for that much on -line.
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” states the famous quote and in this case it’s so true
What I once considered trash is now a treasure. I’ve found new life for these vintage pieces. I see depths of beauty and color that I never observed before. Now my mind goes to all the wonderful DIY projects that can be created, embellished and spruced up with just a few pieces of vintage jewelry.
I love how Country Living turned vintage jewelry into refrigerator magnets.
By using a pair of needle-nose pliers to remove the hardware from the back of each brooch, and then affixing a superstrong magnet with a small bead of glue (love Gorilla Super Glue), fridges will be the most hip spot in the house.
My Frugal Fashionista side went crazy with this fun re-purposed belt.
Do you know how many ugly $1 belts there are at thrift stores? I bet this was one of them before it was turned into a treasure?
Do you remember my quick kitchen cabinet redo where I spray painted all my cabinet knobs?
It was a great, cost effective quick fix, but seeing this next idea makes me think outside the box for other redos I’ll be doing with painted knobs.
How fun are these?
Use the same directions as above and super glue the costume jewelry right onto the knobs for a unique, costume look.
Wouldn’t this be fun to pass down with so many stories tied to different pieces? (Or if there aren’t, start making those family stories now.:))
By taking two wood stakes she found on a walk one day, she created a beautiful cross to hang in her craft room.