(Closed) Rant about Brooch Bouquet!

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’ve had similar problems with eBay. There’s definitely not going to be anything I can afford there. I’ve found a couple things at GoodWill, but no luck with local thrift stores. But I’ve found a bunch at a link someone posted in another thread.

fabulousbrooch.com

They’re not enamel ones like they have on eBay. But there’s definitely a lot of pretty ones there in the $2-4 range. Which would at least be good for filler.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I love to buy vintage items, and I’m guessing that you are bidding against antique buyers who know the value of a vintage pin.  I have been amazed at the price some people are willing to pay for a set of pins and $300 is nothing.  Some individual pins are worth more than that and are just a costume pin… not real gems, jewels, or precious metals… The era and designer of a pin can affect this price. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

White Aisle has pretty brooches for a reasonable price.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m doing one, and one of the ideas that my MOH had was to do a brooch wishing well at my shower.  I think that my be a little last minute, but I’ve received quite a few already as gifts (especially at Christmas) just by spreading the word out to my family and friends.  Other than that, ebay has been my best bet,  Good luck!

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

danadelphia is making one and she has a ridiculous amount of brooches collected. You might ask her where she found hers.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I think Dana got a lot of her brooches on Etsy.  You should definitely check out what she’s got.  Check the Tax Day chat thread for a picture!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

What about flea markets?? I know I’ve seen literally thousands of broaches every time I go to the ones here in NYC…I’m willing to bet you’d have good luck there, much better than thrift stores or Goodwill!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

I bought a lot of vintage mismatched earrings on eBay for about $50 (about half of them were flowers. As far as the rest, I’m going to save them for another project), and a bunch from fabulousbrooch.com. I also found a few from Etsy.

The mismatched earrings are definitely cheaper than the brooches themselves. Here’s what I got so far:

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

I’m at the office right now but when I get home, I’ll post better pics of what I got and let you know where each of them are from. 🙂

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

Also, search on Etsy under supplies for “enamel flower.”  Most of them don’t have the pins attached but you can buy the backs for cheap at a craft store and attach them with a hot glue gun.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

So far I’ve gotten my brooches at flea markets and by word of mouth. My grandma had a ton she is letting me use! I’ve found a couple at local Goodwill’s but it hasn’t been as helpful as I thought it would be. My brooches don’t have to be true “vintage”. As long as they have the vintage look I’m going for that’s good enough for me. Best of luck to everyone attempting this! 

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