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.
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.)
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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