It’s that time of year again when the high street’s favourite fashion jewellery store goes on sale – yay!! Whilst getting 50% off is great, jewellery makers can take it a step further and grab a sale time cheat. The “cheats” may be damaged, broken, or incomplete pieces but they have the potential to come alive if you’re willing to put in a little work.
Here are my top tips for bagging a bargain:
1. Eye before you buy – it’s only a cheat if you can easily fix it with items from your stash so make sure you get a good look at the piece in order to assess the damage an consider your repair/recycle plan;
2. Think of the bigger picture – even if you don’t think the piece is fixable you might be able to use the beads, findings or components in another project. Do consider all of your options; and
3. If at first you don’t succeed – all stores have something different so go to a few, have a little rummage around and you’re bound to find something you like. Just remember that all sales are final so make your purchases wisely.
Here are some of my recent cheats….
Up first is an example of a perfect cheat. This gold geometric necklace just needed me to re-attach the jump ring (which was provided). Job done in less than 30 secs and a £10 necklace is mine for £0.50p!!
Next up, I found this delicate gold double-stranded necklace in a tangled mess. A little patience and some nimble fingers and it was free in no time and I was able to re-attach the bead link. This piece was £15 and I picked it up for £1!!
This last piece I’ve yet to fix and it will need a little more work than the others as I need to re-attach the clasp as securely as I can. But given I bought this £15 necklace for only £0.50p, I think it’s well worth the effort.
Let me know what bargains you’ve bagged in the sales.
Until next time!