Monday, June 16, 2014

I’m All Ears

ebay_earrings_haul_web As an Avon lady for over 18 years, I have seen a lot of Avon jewelry come my way. And whenever that jewelry includes clip-on earrings, I almost always make a purchase because my Avon lady discount makes the price just right.

I do the same thing when I am out shopping en femme. Clip-on earrings are such a rarity that I often buy what I find.

As a result, I have bought a lot of earrings that I never wear. Instead, I wear the same favorite clip-ons over and over again. So it makes sense to stop buying earrings I don't wear and buy earrings like those I prefer to wear, that is, vintage-style clip-on earrings.

Try finding vintage-style clip-on earrings. Antique stores have them, but they are expensive. I bought two pairs at a Provincetown antique store last time I attended Fantasia Fair and the price was right because it was the dead end of the season. The price is not right most of the rest of the time.

Then it occurred to me to try shopping where I have found many bargains in the past: eBay.

A quick search on eBay turned up a truckload of clip-on earrings including the kind I like. I placed some bids and succeeded seven times for a total cost of $16.95. Two pairs of earrings were $6 each, while the remaining five pairs were 99 cents each. Shipping was free on the $6 pairs and only $2.01 for the remaining five pairs, which were one bundle from one seller.

The accompanying photo show the seven pairs I won on eBay. The $6 pairs are the dangly gold strands (lower right) and the gold squares (bottom), which actually have faux mother of pearl, not gold centers.

 

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Source: ShopBop

Wearing Robert Rodriguez.

 

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Actor Julian Eltinge femulating in the 1917 film Countess Charming.

9 comments:

  1. Stana you have wonderful taste in earrings! All of those in your foto look classic enough to pair with most any outfit you could put together.

    I've my own trick when it comes to wearing earrings,not having pierced ears and hating the hurt clip ons can present. I simply remove the post or cut the bail in half, and superglue them on. It works fine, they look like pierced don't give that hurt from wearing clip ons all day and come right off at the end of the day.

    I am how ever getting close to biting the bullet and getting my ears pierced. I don't like my look as a guy with studs, so Dee and I are planning an all girl vacation. This will give me enough lead time for the healing to occur! Looking forward to going into an earring store as Holly getting them done and spending a couple weeks femulating!

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    1. I can't wait to wear them out, Holly.

      To prevent pain or red spots, I use clip-on earring pads that slip over the business-end of the clip. They help a lot.

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  2. Dear Stana,

    I have bought a few clip-ons online at ...

    www.cliptomania.com

    Like any store, the quality and prices vary.

    Love,

    Sheila.

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    1. Thank you for the clip tip, Sheila!

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  3. I buy vintage Monet online, masses available. Class on a clip!

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    1. Definitely classy, Carolyn!

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  4. I've found that thrift stores often have a selection of clip-on earrings.

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    1. Thank you for the clip tip, Kathy!

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  5. Like you, I only do clip-on earrings (wish it could be otherwise but, it is what it is.) I have only two relatively new pairs.

    Since my skirts and femme blouses are now stored along with my mother's things, to avoid further discovery by my wife (see my post "A Close Shave" from 4/2/14), I might as well peruse her old jewelry to see what surprises may await there. Though most of it is costume jewelry, she didn't have pierced ears - I might find something I can use!

    Mandy

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