I had a dream...it was back in 1990. I was in my second year of university. I was relatively wealthy. I was working several part-time jobs, and slowly building up a respectable collection of jewelery. Money was fairly disposable, as I was renting an apartment, and I didn't own a car. I remember coveting the fabulous Byzantine jewelery line by Vendome. Lavish broaches, bold necklaces and precious earrings...on the trademark Vendome blue-velvet cards.
I remember the Vendome jewelery rack at our larger Shoppers Drug Mart. I would go there every week to salivate over the opulent baubles. Whenever I got a raise, that was my go-to shop to buy a new piece. The jewelery started at $25, which was a good chunk of my day's wages, and represented half of my weekly food budget. I remember plunking down my money and happily living off of cereal for a days, it was worth it to own a piece of this jewelery. Fast forward to 1995..and large gaudy jewelery was being replaced by sleek and minimal jewelery. I remember walking through our mall, and being immediately distracted by Vendome jewelery on clearance....there were bins of it...hundreds of earrings, on the distinctive velvet cards. Reduced to $8.
I bought 2 pairs of earrings. And now, when I look on eBay, I see these earrings going for upwards of $40 a pair. I wish I could go back in time to scoop up all the jewelery as some sort of long term, investment scheme. Haha!
Today I was in sore need of a work break. As luck would have it, the local Salvation Army thrift was open, and so I nipped in and browsed happily. I walked over to the jewelery cases, as last year I was lucky enough to scoop a Byzantine Vendome earring and broach set for $3 (insert shrieking noise here).
Well, I didn't find a earring and broach set...I found this.
SIX EARRING AND BROACH SETS!!!
(insert the sound of music playing as I started running in slow motion)
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Someone must have cleaned out their jewelery box. And as luck would have it, the entire lot was for sale for a very reasonable price (therefore I am not eatting cereal).
I don't need this jewelery, but I didn't hesitate to fork over my money. This type of haul keeps my endorphins high for weeks. I spent the last hour oohing and aahing at myself in the mirror. These earrings instantly add glamour and mystery to any outfit. If Sex and the City has taught us anything, it's that a beautiful piece of jewelery elevates even the most mundane clothing.
I was very happy to discover some vintage jewelery brands that I had never heard of before (thank you Etsy for being so informative).
Let me show you what I found.