Post # 1
I have looked everywhere for second hand brooches and cant find any reasonable ones! i have looked at a few garage sales, antique shops, our local pawn shop, several salvation armys and good wills. I thought that they would be something that i could find for cheap second hand but i am thinking that i may be better buying them online.
Where did you buy your brooches ladies?
Post # 4
Not sure about second hand brooches, but a few days ago a bride said he made her bouquet out of brooches from this site. They seem reasonable to me.
Post # 5
I got all mine at thrift stores. The thing to remember is it doesn’t have to be a brooch. Try looking for costume rings, necklaces(especially with a pendent on it), earring and shoe clips. As long as you can figure a way to attach a wire to it you can use it. I found one thrift store where they held onto earings that were missing a mate. I got a bag of about 20 of those for 5 dollars. The actual brooches are popular right now so they can be expensive. If you get a little creative with the jewelry you can definitely save some money. you can also try eBay, they have lots of brooches for sale, but they came out more expensive then my thrift store finds.
Post # 6
@AJester2: I bought 90% of mine from there…i was really happy with them.
Post # 7
I will check out that site:)
Post # 8
Oooh, nice. I’m not making a brooch bouquet but I liked one of those to go on my bouqet wrap. Thanks for putting the site up =)
Post # 9
I third http://www.fabulousbrooch.com, along with Etsy, eBay, local thrift and antique stores, and family members. Here are some photos of mine:
Post # 10
Ebay, charming charlie, hobby lobby, michaels, thrift stores, target, department stores, friends and family.
i had two bridal showers and everyone was told about my bouquet. Many of mny girlfriends and family members included one in my gift becuase they knew I was collecting them. It REALLY helped with the cost.
I chose to do all “diamond”, pearl and silver. It made it a little difficult. I think I could have gotten so many for cheap if I would have used colors as well. Ebay has great deals if you dont limit yourself like I did.
Also, don’t just look for “brooches” you can use rings, necklaces, earrings, etc. Mine will be finished in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait to post pictures!
Post # 11
Oh man, I love Charming Charlies lol.
Post # 12
I found a bunch of mine at the swap meet!!!
Post # 13
Unfortunately, most of the brooches I found were not cheap. But, I picked up a few here and there when I had a little extra dough. In LA we have trading posts on Sundays and I go there and have found some great ones. Definitely search online “bulk brooches,” “inexpensive brooches,” and different other combinations of words. Ebay is also pretty good, especially for “lots” of brooches. And the wedding brooches website that AJester2 posted is a great place!
Post # 14
It depends on what you want, but I bought most of mine at a local thrift store that has half price Mondays and at estate/garage sales, and a few at Goodwill. Future Mother-In-Law also gave me some new and vintage ones she found. Summer is a good time for garage sales–check your local classifieds and Craigslist and go for it! It might take a while to find as many as you need, but I think that’s the best way to save money on them. And like a PP said, they don’t have to just be brooches–look for big rings, clip-on earrings, pendants, etc. Ask family, too.
Post # 15
@mattsgirl813: I went to a dollar jewelry store and bought a bunch of rings, earring, brooches for $1.00. Also my future mother in law bought some agarbage sales, antique stores, etc.
Post # 16
I’ve been stopping in at a Value Village by my house every week or two, I’ve found a lot of 1 or 2 dollar costumey earrings, rings, brooches there – pretty good luck so far. I’m sticking with a pearl, silver, blingy theme for my bouquet. But I’ve also been checking out online and ebay if I don’t find enough by a couple months before the wedding, I’ll try to order a few off there too.
Also – I know this sounds crazy but check out dollar stores for hair accessories and cheapy jewellery. It’s not like you want to spend a fortune on the bouquet – but I grabbed a couple of hair barrettes with cool pearl and blingy detail (that didn’t look super cheap at all) from Dollarama.