What about all that costume jewelry in Grandma’s closet?

Decorated-Push-Pins-Main-Page-300x263Well, gee, as long as your 100% CERTAIN it’s costume . . . 

Vintage costume jewelry can bring in good money when it is sold online, especially if it is sparkly or signed by a desirable company like Trifari, Coro, Weiss, Sarah Coventry, Lisner, Money, Napier, and Ann Klein. And it has the advantage of being easy and inexpensive to mail. Take a good close-up photo and give it a go. Or hire a teenager to handle the sales for you, if you’re not fluent in eBay. Such jewelry is also welcome as a donation to nonprofits like Goodwill that resell to the public. 

Jewelry that is reminiscent of the past, such as Art Nouveau or Art Deco, will find a ready market, even if it doesn’t really date from that era. Some people are shopping for a “look,” and the actual date doesn’t matter. 

But please, please, please, before you try to sell or donate, take a box full of jewelry to your local, reputable jewelry shop and ask your friendly, honest jeweler if it is all, indeed, costume jewelry. They can eyeball it and give you a quick answer, and as long as they’re not busy, they won’t mind. (Call first and ask when you could drop by at a slow time.) 


About Mary Miley

I was born at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, where my father taught tactics to the cadets, so it's no surprise that my earliest memories are of the Corps drilling on the parade grounds to the rhythm of the Army band. I attended public schools in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and France, then worked my way through the College of William and Mary in Virginia as a costumed tour guide at Colonial Williamsburg, experiencing first hand the pleasures of wearing 18th-century attire during the sweltering summer. After putting my husband through law school selling cheese in Cleveland—aw, come on, it was a recession!—I returned to Williamsburg for a masters degree in history and a full-time job at Colonial Williamsburg, working with antiques and reproductions. It was there that I really learned how to write and how to make history come alive. When my children were young, I left Williamsburg for a thirteen-year stint teaching American history and museum studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and at the same time consulted with museums across the country on matters retail and financial. A free-lance writer since 1986, I have published a dozen nonfiction books and more than 200 magazine articles, most on history, travel, and business topics. During the past few years, I've branched into fiction, writing the first two of a mystery series and a romantic suspense, all set in the 1920s. The first, THE IMPERSONATOR, won the national contest for Best First Crime Novel and was published in 2013 by St. Martin's/Minotaur; its sequel, SILENT MURDERS, came out in 2014. I live in Richmond, Virginia, with my husband, an attorney. My greatest pleasures are traveling, playing the pipe organ with all the stops out, and reading mysteries.

Posted on October 27, 2013, in Jewelry and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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