We all like to lighten up heading into summer so let’s take this opportunity to reduce our stash of unused and unloved jewellery and watches. Who knows, it might free us some space for one of those gifts in a nice little box from Santa!
So how do we decide what stays and what goes?
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do I love it?
- When did I last wear it?
- Does it go well with my wardrobe or taste?
- Is it functional/working?
- Has it got a home or do you have room for it?
If it isn’t quite that straight forward for you and you have a bit of a collection, revisit the criteria you created during Week 1 of our challenge to assist you in making decisions about these items.
I go through phases with costume jewellery so try to revisit what I have each year and do a bit of a cull.
What do I do with the keepers?
Enjoy them, wear them, have them out on display in one of the many beautiful display stands and boxes available these days. You can even use coat hooks, and a ceramic egg tray for rings. Don’t let your imagination be constrained by an items primary (or promoted) function.
If you are feeling crafty, use a beautiful old picture frame with backing board or cork board and hang your necklaces as a feature on the wall. I have my costume jewellery up on a cork board covered with fabric. It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. Just functional and neat and not so crowded that your necklaces get tangled.
Items of high value or particularly precious should be stored away in a jewellery box or in a safe. Just don’t forget they are there and bring them out to wear.
What do I do with the ones that no longer have a purpose for me?
If your items are in good condition, you could sell, swap or donate them. If they are of little to no value they probably just need to go in the children’s dress-up tub or the bin.
- Sell or Swap:
o Swap with your friends or family
o Facebook Marketplace
o Garage Sale
o Sell to a licensed second-hand dealer such as ACT Gold & Gems. I haven’t had any dealings with them but according to their website they will buy gold in any condition.
- Donate options:
o Communities@Work run a social program providing outfits for unemployed, people on low incomes or those who have experienced a life-changing event. Through this program they provide clothing for jobs interviews, work experience or other special events so they are always in need of suitable clothing and accessories. See more info here.
o Charity shops such as the Salvos or Vinnies
o Green Shed (Mitchell or Mugga Lane)
How did you go?
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