Antique jewelry is often very valuable and costs a considerable amount of money to purchase. On the other hand, you can buy antique jewelry, also in bulk, knowing where to look.
Most people think that online auctions, like eBay, are the way to go. While this is true, you will often find that the vendor knows the value of what they are selling, and it is sometimes expensive. There are other methods of obtaining antique jewelry at wholesale prices, or less.
Be on the lookout for advertised property and garage sales. Usually in these sales, the people making the sale do not know the true value of what they are selling. It is practically possible to buy antique jewelry worth hundreds or thousands of dollars for just a few dollars on a typical Sunday morning.
It is essential that you do not look too closely at the jewelry when buying. If it’s valuable, you don’t want the owner to know how valuable it really is! It’s not your fault it wasn’t appraised, as you often will when you leave! Keep your face straight and keep the satisfaction to yourself, and pay whatever fifty cents or two you want for the item, get in your vehicle, and go to a trusted jeweler for an appraisal.
There is a chance that the piece is worth nothing, but sometimes, you will come across some real discoveries! Even if the piece is worthless, you will be able to disassemble it for the pieces if you make jewelry.
Searching for wholesale antique jewelry is a nice thing to do. Sometimes spending mornings at garden and property sales can get very addictive. Garden and property sales, especially property sales where grandchildren are not interested in their grandmother’s ugly outdated jewelry, are the best places to buy antique jewelry at wholesale or lower prices.
This in no way means that there is no actual find on eBay, so don’t rule it out. Search jewelry categories as well as antique or vintage categories. Once you find something you want to bid on, make sure the seller has a good reputation. If an item is very expensive, use the escrow option eBay recommends. Also, start a conversation with the seller to understand exactly what is being sold.