estate sales and garage sales. Typically, at these
sales, the people holding the sale really don’t know
the value of what they have. You can literally
purchase hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of
antique jewelry for just a few dollars on a typical
It is important that you not look too closely at the
jewelry when you are buying it. If the piece is
valuable, you don’t want the seller to know how
valuable it is! It isn’t your fault that they didn’t get it
appraised – as you will as soon as you leave! Keep
a straight face, keep your happiness and joy to
yourself, and pay the fifty cents or two bucks that
they want for the piece, get in your car and head to
a trusted jeweler for an appraisal!
It is possible that the piece isn’t worth anything –
but occasionally, you will stumble across some real
finds! Even if the piece isn’t worth anything, if you
make jewelry, you may be able to disassemble it
for the parts.
Finding antique jewelry wholesale is very exciting.
In fact, spending those Saturday mornings at the
yard sales and estate sales may even become
addicting! Yard sales and estate sales – especially
estate sales where grandchildren are not interested
in their grandma’s old ugly jewelry are the best
sources for antique jewelry at wholesale prices – or
below wholesale prices.
This doesn’t mean that there aren’t some real find
on eBay as well, so don’t discount it. Keep an eye
on the jewelry categories, as well as the antique or
vintage categories. When you do find something
you want to bid on, make sure that the seller has a
good reputation. If the piece is very expensive, use
the escrow service that is recommended by eBay.
Also talk to the seller quite a bit to be sure that you
understand exactly what is being advertised!