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Thursday, March 1, 2012

New Old

True to form, I could not let February pass me by without spending the last $26 in my budget. I went to a consignment shop and picked up this pretty sterling sliver ring for $20 and this gold chain necklace for $10. What? $10 + $20 = more than $26?
No it doesn't. Don't be silly.

When shopping secondhand, sometimes I get into the mentality that I don't want to pay more than $10 for anything, but it's important to keep in mind what you are getting for the price - you can go to any inexpensive store these days like Kohls or Target and get a costume jewelry ring for $20. This ring will probably turn pink or green a short time after you wear it. My ring from Poshlocket, which cost over $20 turned pink all around the band (I guess the rhodium rubbed off?) which is irritating.

I know that sterling silver will pretty much last forever, and even if it tarnishes, I can polish it right back up again.

The ring may not be new, but it was definitely worth my $20.

The necklace is by Joan Rivers. I guess she has a line for the home shopping network. Who knew?

Oh, and this backdrop is the consignment shop where I bought my new jewels. Obviously I wore them out, or rather, had the girl ring them up while I was wearing them.

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The Rundown
Top Gap - Velvet Blazer Urban Outfitters - Jeans TJ Maxx - Leopard Fedora Albertus Swanepoel for Target "Kwele" - Bag Zara - Watch and Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box - Necklace and Ring Home d'Jour Consignment - Nail Color Essie Turquoise and Caicos

35 comments:

Bre said...

1st off, I love your math skills there, too funny!
2nd that ring is with $20 or more. It's so cute. The entire outfit is cute. and look so good in that hat.

christine said...

OoooH Great finds!! Love the ring and necklace. Christine fun fact : Used to have a roommate who's mom worked for the Joan Rivers jewelry line. Anyway, this post is making me want to go look for some second hand treasures!

Christine

Dela Chic

Natasha xoxo said...

Do you do your own eyebrows? I've always noticed how perfect they look in photos! ;)

xo, tasha
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Camelia said...

that ring is gorgeous. Teehee, I love your math ;) And those jeans are lovely and so flattering. I'd love a pair for myself!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Ooh very cute jewelry and both definitely in budget!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Annie said...

That ring is so pretty - and I love the wide leg jeans and leopard hat - so cute :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

TheBlueStitch said...

You do look fantastic in a hat! And the last photo of you is super stunnnin! I never shy away from a good find at a consignment store...yeah for you!

Closet Fashionista said...

Yayy for new stuffs!!!
I love your blazer *dies*
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Robyn said...

Really pretty finds!

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Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

Your new goodies are so pretty! I love how you kept today's outfit simple and let the hat and other accessories shine. You always look so beautiful and stylish.

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Jersey Blogess said...

LOve your hat!

Courtney Erin said...

Seriously, all I can focus on in this is the velvet blazer. Love!!!!

Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

Frannie Pantz said...

A perfect rationalization, says I. I love the backdrop--what a cute looking shop! And the necklace and ring are gorgeous. Totally worth the extra $4 over budget. By the way, I linked you in my post the other day.

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

Oh, I see you have the same shopping math as I do. ;o)

Love all the golden baubles!

Morgan said...

love the fedora!!

Loren said...

This is a great point, I have a bad habit in thrift stores of seriously doubting any purchase over $5-10, when I would jump at that price for a new item in a Target. The thrifted items are usually SO much better quality. I love the stuff you picked out the gold necklace is especially nice.

Amber said...

your new baubles are very pretty and were totally worth the 26 bucks you paid for them ;)

Stop by & enter my Vedette giveaway!

Ashley J said...

Joan Rivers has a jewelry line...never knew that but I like the necklace though!

silvergirl said...

jealous of your necklace find!
brett

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

That's a fabulous necklace!
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TaraMixandMatch said...

That awesome hat again...love it!

Kavery said...

I'm glad I'm not your math teacher Lydia or I'd be in serious trouble!! Kidding! I love the necklace, it looks like a good buy

stringsandbuttons said...

I literally just put that bag on my wish list! Love (pretty much) everything Zara. BTW that hat is killer!

Alex Elizabeth said...

I never knew Joan Rivers had a HSN line either. Looks very vintage! It reminds me of a necklace my neighbor has. Sometimes it can be hard for me to buy jewelry because so much of it is $40+ and so badly made. I just got invited to a lia sophia party and fortunately I cannot go because most of their pieces are $100+. Pretty, but ugh.

chillairandperfume said...

I neeed a leopard fedora. Cute look. Great accessories :)

xo,
Hannah
www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

Monica Kwok said...

Very pretty! Cute hat.

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Monica

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Shea said...

I totally agree--if the quality is there then it's $20 well spent! Both pieces will be great additions to your (already awesome) jewelry collection!

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

Great finds! And I was never good at math so if you say 20+10= 26 I'll take your word for it!

Love the lip color you have on, mind sharing what it is?

20 York Street said...

I wish I had the same as skills as you shopping Sweetie! And the math skills!

=)

Love the watch, looks like Cartier!
oxo,

ML
Twenty York Street
www.twentyyork.com

lucia m said...

love the jewelry!!

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The Fashionable ESQ said...

The pieces you're wearing look super ultra luxe (what a magazine phrase...sorry, it was applicable). The jeans have a great cut - love the jewelry...can we talk about that amazing watch? Looks like Cartier.

PS: Turquoise & Caicos is my favorite Essie color.

Love your blog :)

http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

Terri said...

Love the portrait photo of you in the fedora...

Mochachocolata Rita said...

love the fedora! <3 <3 <3

Gray Skies said...

Love this outfit - it's so simple and classy. I've worn my leopard print fedora with all kinds of weird combos, but now you've made me want to try it with something simple and normal, like a black top :)

Nic said...

love your nail color! and who knew---joan rivers?? lol. love the jewls!

~nic