Shopping Thrift Stores and Pawn Shops For Collectable Jewelry Considered

Finding pristine pieces of collectable jewelry takes a lot of patience and a bit of knowledge. That means it takes some experience and observational talents that must be developed over time. Some folks like to peruse the online ads on eBay, Craigslist and such to find collectable jewelry, but you better make sure you know what you are buying and that the picture displayed is crisp and the actual digital shot of the item that is for sale.

It’s starting to sound a little dangerous buying stuff online or at online auctions isn’t it? Sure it is, so beware. Still, a talented shopper can find some super deals online, again, with patience, knowledge and knowing exactly which questions to ask, before they send the electronic payments to the seller. May I be so bold as to offer some advice on shopping for collectable jewelry another way, using the “what you see, is really what you get method?”

 
Why not go into a nicer area and check out the Pawn Shops? Right now with the economy in the tank, many folks have hocked their collectable jewelry to get quick cash to stay in their homes, pay their mortgages, or get money to stay out of bankruptcy. With job losses increasing at the bottom of the recession, there is quite the supply available.
 
If you have collectable jewelry and you take it to a Pawn Shop do not expect to get much for it, it’s too risky and many Pawn Shops will not give you much for it, as there is no definite market and its value is so hard to judge. There is a market for some specific top end brands like Rolex Watches, but for the most part collectable jewelry is not so easy to Pawn.

 
Perhaps this is why you can get such a good deal for it. And while you are at the Pawn Shop, why not check out the Thrift Stores too. The selection might not be so great during a down economy, since more folks are shopping for low prices for jewelry, but Thrift Stores often have great collectable jewelry, again if you are patient and know what to look for. Think on this.

7 Top Skinny Jeans

Have you heard that saying? Everything old is new again. Whether you are reminded of the saccharine sweetness of Sandra Dee in the 50’s or the rock ‘n’ roll grunge of Johnny Rotten in the 80’s, skinny jeans will take you back in time and bring you forward to today.

Do not freak out! Yes, it’s a skinny jean revolution, but skinny describes the look, not the person. While some skinny jeans are just what you’d expect, only fitting that elite, slim-thighed 11%, there are a lot of options out there. From seriously skinny to almost straight, we’ve pulled 7 top styles that will give you the latest look. Even if you’re body’s not-so-slim and not-so-straight, check out our Skinny Scale, this is a trend you may not have to skip.

Here’s our skinny scale. We’ve ranked these jeans from the skinniest skinny to the straight skinny. You decide which you dare to try.

Miss Sixty Eden Skinny Stretch Jeans, $219: Skinniest Skinny

This is the skinniest of the skinny, sexy tight from top to bottom; don’t go near this jean unless you’re as straight and slim as an arrow. This is a great skinny jean if you have a smaller seat and super slim thighs. Textural pocket details and eye-catching back embroidery bring dimension and interest to the tight sexy fit through the butt. You can rejoice in your thin thighs at last with a jean that was made just for them.

Chip & Pepper Skinny Jeans, $187: Extremely Skinny

Also for the super straight, this Chip & Pepper jean has a slim fit that is not quite as tight as Miss Sixty. A darker wash color and longer leg length make for an extra slim silhouette. Scrunching those extra long legs at the ankle actually has a similar effect to a boot cut, balancing out your shape by adding volume at the bottom.

Siwy Michelle: $182: Seriously Skinny

There’s a little more room for your booty in these skinny jeans. They’ve got super stretch that allows for a close fit and comfortable movement. An upward tilt at the back waist contributes to better seat coverage. Again, a darker wash and a slightly straighter leg works best for curvier women, minimizing hips and thighs for a slim straight look. The extra length that bunches slightly at the shoe is a cool trick that will make anyone’s legs look longer.

Levi’s 503 Skinny, $25: Still Skinny

This is a great skinny alternative that gives a bit more room through the hip and thigh while still maintaining that skinny vibe. If you have more of a seat and an average thigh, these will fit well and look great on you. Due to their skinny leg, they will enhance your hip curve so you have to keep that in mind. The other nice thing about these is the price. You can afford to dabble in the latest trend even if it’s only for a season or two.

J Brand Cigarette Leg, $158: Still Skinny

Clean dark finishes and an absence of embellishment have made J Brand one of the leaders of the skinny jeans trend. This jean has a bit more room through the leg so it doesn’t cling to your every curve. A slightly straighter leg like this is a good choice for those of us with larger thighs or more shape through our hips. The straight look is there without the plastered fit. You still have a perfect base for the longer, fuller tops that are such a big part of this trend.

Citizen’s of Humanity Ava, $146: Sort of Straight

This great fitting jean has a narrow straight leg that will give you a very slim long look without the tight fit. There is room for a butt and some hip curve in these skinny jeans; you can even have a larger thigh. The leg slims down at the knee and then stays straight for that skinny look you love. Leave it to Citizen’s to give you the latest look in a very wearable jean.

Gap Straight Boy Cut Jeans, $58: Straight Skinny

This is not the skin tight skinny jean but this straight style will give you that same slim look. The cut of the Boy Cut jean is very straight, giving your body a long clean line even if you have curves. There is room for a butt and a good amount of coverage at the waist. Gap prices are also very reasonable, making this a fashion trend that you can’t afford to pass up.

Tie-Dye and More

Go for an interesting silhouette: You want to evoke the runway, not sleep away camp arts and crafts. Make sure you stay away from the stereotypical tie dye done on cheap cotton, boxy t-shirts. Instead, go for a flowy DRESS, structured moto jacket, or form-fitting long sleeve tee.

Pick muted hues and patterns: Another surefire way to look garish is to wear cheesy swirly print and rainbow colors. Lean toward shobori prints and dip dyed edges in pastels or cool darker hues.

Style with sleek pieces: Try pairing the new tie dye pieces with polished items like black skinny jeans or streamlined heels for a more polished look.

Start small: Just a touch of tie dye can go a long way. If you just want to dip a toe in the trend pool, you can start with a fun hair tie or intriguing socks peeking out.

Care for Off the Shoulder?

We love the new off the shoulder trend; it’s a subtle way to show off a summer tan or alluring decolletage while still leaving a lot to the imagination. Read on for our tips on how to wear bare shoulders in the latest styles.

BARDOT STYLE: Channel the iconic Brigitte Bardot in a formfitting off the shoulder TOP. Stripes add a French feel and monochromatic hues lend a sophisticated air. Add a silk SCARF around your neck for an added touch. Style with high waisted shorts or PANTS, ballet flats, a volumized updo, and mysterious cateyes.

RUFFLED: This is the most fashion forward, straight off the runway iteration of the trend. Design houses from Italy to New York have been showing a slim column silhouette topped off with a structured ruffle and bare shoulders. The bold can go for a fun print, while lovers of classics can go for solids or colorblocked. Accessorize with statement earrings and pumps.

BOHEMIAN: Charming and romantic, the bohemian OFF-THE-SHOULDER style gives off the attitude of a free spirit. Look for gauzy fabrics, crochet lace trims, and a relaxed fit. Looks great with beach waves, flares, boyfriend jeans, and leather sandals. Finish your look with a floppy hat or turquoise jewelry.

Maybe a jumpsuit is more your style…

Who doesn’t love to sleep in or lounge until the very last minute before heading out? Jumpsuits are an easy way to streamline the getting ready process. With one piece, you have an instant outfit to wear alone or add to for extra style. Read on for 3 styles of jumpsuits and how to wear them.

COMFY: Slip into a soft jersey JUMPSUIT for an effortless casual look that looks great whether you’re relaxing at home or hitting the town. For an athletic inspired look, wear with wedge sneakers and a leather jacket. For a night out, all you need is a statement necklace, heels, and bright lipstick.

FLORAL: This ROMANTIC NUMBER is perfect for brunch with friends or a sweet date look. Go boho with a floppy hat and woven flats, or girly with heeled mary jane pumps and a heart locket.

SLEEK: Go from work to cocktails in this CLASSIC BLACK JUMPSUIT. Just top off with a blazer for the office, then remove or prop over your shoulders for a street style worthy look.