A Clever Way to Wear a Vintage Brooch
Hi there! How was your weekend? Summer has definitely arrived in Upstate New York–we enjoyed two days in a row (almost) without rain, and temps almost reached 80° F on Saturday. We popped into a couple of estate sales on Friday on the way to restocking my antique booth and then hit a flea market at Rivers Casino in Schenectady (NY) on Saturday.
We had to take my sweet husband’s car since the van was in the shop, and we used every square inch to stuff all of my finds inside. A couple of pieces of scrap wood almost didn’t make it, but believe me, we found a way. If you follow me on Instagram or are a member of Your Vintage Headquarters (my Facebook group), then you saw a couple of photos of the weekend’s adventures.
Today’s post is about small vintage finds that can fit in your purse or pocket. It can be a struggle to accessorize using large vintage brooches, but I’m going to show you a very clever way to wear a vintage brooch that you’ll want to try for yourself ASAP.
Find other jewelry resources on my blog here: jewelry price guide, enamel flower power pins, and jewelry for sale.
Pearl Blay from the blog A Beading Gem posted today’s idea on Pinterest more than seven years ago. It’s an idea though that hasn’t lost its impact.
She paired a vintage brooch, like those you see here…
…with some stretchy bracelets like these.
It works best when you choose brooches that have pins running through the center (rather than nearer the top).
Simply slip the bracelets onto the brooch (as shown) and “lock” into place by closing and securing the pin back. That’s it!
With this trick you can immediately take your bracelets from understated to glamorous in less than 30 seconds. (Pink floral brooch available HERE.) Look for vintage jewelry at garage sales and thrift stores.
I LOVE finding pieces for 25-50¢ each at garage sales and half off at thrift stores. In addition to the pieces I have for sale in my Vintage Blog Shop, I also have several for sale in my Etsy shop and on eBay.
The variety of colors, styles, and moods is virtually endless, depending upon the brooches you have on hand. (Blue floral brooch available HERE.)
Remember the “flower power” enamel pins from a couple of weeks ago? They look AMAZING when worn this way (and are available HERE.)
How can you resist such simple, fun jewelry styling?
Of course you can pin them on a lapel or scarf, but displaying it on your wrist them completely unexpected.
It’s kind of like a corsage then never dies. Wear it over and over again or change it up with different brooches.
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Love this idea!
So simple yet so effective. I don’t , as a rule, wear pins-the exception being one buttonless sweater-but I love this idea. Now to find a bracelet!
How is it I’ve never seen this idea before??? Awesome! Who doesn’t have stretch bracelets! I’m going to be looking for more pins !
Thanks for the link back! The actual designer I wrote about is Lisa from the Pursuit of Happiness blog http://team-t-adventures.blogspot.com/2011/11/diy-brooch-bracelet.html
I LOVE this idea! I never would have thought about doing this, although I have worn a brooch on a chain as a necklace before.
I love this idea!
So pretty Diana! Thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town.
Love this idea! As the arthritis in my hands worsens and my SO eyesight worsens, fastening bracelet clasps is the pits. I have been “splurging” for ielasticized mprobable pearls (3/$1 in the new jewelry section at GW–mine were pink, white, and lavendar). I’ve even made a few (“glue” the elastic knot with a touch of clear nail polish). Being retired, I try to add a bit of glitz when I go anywhere these days! This sure fits the bill!
What a great idea! I have several of those stretchy bracelets that I never wear and a jewelry box filled with old brooches that I also never wear. I am definitely doing this for my next dress up event! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing this great idea with us at the Talk Of The Town party, Diana. Pinned 🙂
I have quite a collection of costume jewelry of my Mom’s and Mother-in-law, so this will come in handy! I love being able to wear their jewelry, it makes me think of them. What a clever way to wear them more often!
Thank you what a great idea! Just recently “found” you and am looking forward to learning more from you!
I’m so glad you like the idea Vivian and plan to stick around 🙂