Confessions of a CheapskateThursday, April 29, 2010
Hi readers! Sorry I haven’t checked in in a few days. Savannah was great (I’d blog on the trip if husband would bring the camera home from work with my pictures on it…Ahem, TGrass), but I returned home late Monday night to a doozie of a week… And I would be happy that’s it Friday if I didn’t have a doozy of a weekend ahead of me. I just haven’t had a chance to sit down all week. (And I don’t even have kids—what am I going to do when THAT happens??)
ANYWAY. I thought I’d fill you in on a little obsession of mine. Or two obsessions, really: jewelry and crazy deals. I don’t like to call myself cheap… I like to say that I get super duper excited about finding inexpensive items that look like expensive items.
I first started going to New York in college with my mom, who introduced me to these fabulous wholesale jewelry stores. Now that I live in DC, I make it up to NYC a few times a year and never pass up the opportunity to visit my favorite stores.
My latest trip was last month, so I thought I’d share some of the fun stuff I scored (as well as a few pieces I found elsewhere) and compare it to similar items currently on the market which cost muy muy more.
Bangles from Nordstrom: $58 My find: $3
Kate Spade: $42 each My find: $3 for 2
Ralph Lauren: $98 My find: $5.75
J.Crew: $60 My find: $6
(This necklace looks great on—better than it looks here)
Can’t-remember-where-I-found-these-but-I bet-they-were-a-lot-more-expensive-than-what-my-mom-paid-when-she-bought-me-this-necklace-for-Christmas. What’d you pay, Mom? $5?
Tiffany’s key: $1500 My find: $18
(I’ve had someone ask me if it’s a Tiffany’s key every time I’ve worn it.)
Nordstrom: $48 My find: $3
Nordstrom: $38 My find: $3.50
(I get compliments on this cuff every single time I wear it. I love it.)
Couldn’t find comparables for these, but the cuffs were $3 each and the necklace was $4.25
Keep in mind, I’m not cheap about everything. There are items worth investing in, but in my mind, trendy costume jewelry that will only be around a season or two? Not so much.
Plus, is there anything more fun than saving money? I think not, friends…
Soooo… What are your favorite finds and crazy deals? Where do you shop for good accessories?