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« on: January 24, 2012 09:12:23 PM »

...I don't have any heirloom brooches or costume jewelry.  My mom's side of the family had a lot of this stuff, but there was a lot of emotional baggage in that family and nothing was really passed down to her.  My dad's side of the family were all depression era farmers, so there are no luxury heirlooms.  This is less of a sentimental thing for me, and more a theme thing - pirate wedding = chance to carry a totally blinged out bouquet, plus I want to be able to have my bouquet as a keepsake.  So, my question is, where's the best place to hand-pick costume jewelry pieces for cheap?  I have some thrift stores around, and a big community garage sale coming up in may, but I was wondering if anyone has any other suggestions, like where I could look online, or what alternatives to brooches I could use.

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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2012 04:35:32 AM »

Garage sales, estate sales, Freecycle....  Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2012 05:13:11 AM »

Put a note in your signature that you're looking to swap some!
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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2012 02:40:29 PM »

Ask everyone you know, most people have a few laying about that they are willing to give up.  Etsy is a good source too, plus don't discount earrings which can be wired much the same way for a bouquet and give you twice the bang for the buck Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2012 02:57:24 PM »

i would def. check Etsy.  i got some cute vintage necklaces for pretty cheap a couple of months ago, i'm sure you can find some good brooches there too.  i guess the only downside is having to deal with shipping costs.
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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2012 05:25:31 PM »

EBAY! Seriously, since you need so many pieces it doesn't hurt to keep them cheap.  I got about half of mine off ebay for about $2 each including shipping.  I got most of them from sellers in China, so shipping took a long time, but it was worth it.  My mom got me a bunch at after Christmas sales at Walmart and Kmart.

Also, I started a photo album on facebook where I put pictures of each brooch, and then a few of my facebook friends saw and wanted to help and they sent me stuff as well.

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http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=396052.msg4685970#msg4685970
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2012 11:16:07 AM »

You are all dolls, thank you!  I'm going to start at my local thrift store, and then try all of these one by one until the big community garage sale we have in May.  Hopefully this will do it!
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2012 12:39:21 PM »

Its definitely more of a long term collecting project if you want to make a bouquet at a reasonable cost...last year at an antique store in NC I saw brooch bouquets selling for almost $400!  they were also selling individual brooch stems for $10 each.  yikes!
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