Buying the right junk jewelry can be a real challenge. Especially if you have never done it before. It can get quite confusing to find the most lucrative lots for you. The first thing that will help you determine where to purchase your junk jewelry from is to first determine what you actually want to do with it.
You might need jewelry for crafts, for resell, or even for some treasure hunting. Whatever your reason here is a list of the top three places to purchase junk jewelry.
Wholesale Runway is great for resellers. Many of their customers have flea market tables or sell out of their homes. They purchase their junk jewelry repairable lots, that consist of imperfect costume / fashion jewelry that did not meet their standards. The buyer that can repair those pieces and sell them as new and make a killing in profits.
They also have junk jewelry lots that have just findings and parts, those are a great find for people who want to save on rhinestones, jump rings, chains and what not. Those lots are great for people who make jewelry.
The infamous Ebay…. You will find every kind of junk jewelry lot on ebay. However most of the people who sell junk jewelry on ebay are resellers. So one should keep that in mind because you may not get as much bang for your buck when you think about that.
However, that being said one of the pluses of purchasing on ebay is that if you need a specific type of junk you can filter your searches and most likely find it. So for example if you are looking for 80′s pop vintage junk jewelry you will find it, or if you are looking for Art Deco period rhinestone junk jewelry you will find that too. That is the big plus about ebay is the niche of it all.
3. The thrift – as in Estate Sales, Thrift Stores, Craigslist and beyond.
Now for the treasure hunters. Some people love purchasing an old dirty pile of old lady jewelry in hopes of finding gold or even better diamonds in the pile. I must say that it has happened. However many people make the mistake of purchasing scrap lots from ebay in search for precious finds.
I would say your chances are actually slimmer in that case. Ebay sellers are usually the most savvy people around, it is more likely that they will scavenge the lot before selling it to you to make sure they don’t accidentally sell you a piece of gold.
The best places to find those treasure hunting piles are Estate Auctions websites like LiveAuctioneers.com. If you want dig through the items in person the Estate Sales are always great and even classified ads on Craigslist. However always proceed with caution if the ad seems too good to be true, your safety is more important than any find.
I will end with my final tip. Never show the seller that you are crazy about the lot or show in your body language that you feel their might be loot in that pile. It will cause them to think its possibly worth more and they will raise it’s price. Just act like you may be interested in it if the price is right and its not that important to you.
All righty guys and gals. This brings my tips to an end. Until later, happy treasure hunting and junking.