One of the suggestions put forward by a member was the current saturation on the market of vintage costume jewelry vendors all trying to unload their items at the same time. That started when there was a sudden surge of interest a year or two back in glitzy jewelry. Celebrities were wearing it. In came the vendors. This was their chance to make a killing. But as surely as the wave rose, it dumped and suddenly eBay, Ruby Lane, Etsy and all the popular venues were top heavy with beautiful signed costume jewelry just sitting there. That, sadly, is still the case.
Another idea put forward was the current proliferation of "new" vintage style costume jewelry available in real world outlets. Much of it is modelled on the gorgeous designer vintage pieces of the 40's to 60's. It looks great though cheaply made and being offered at low prices. For a lot of women in this tough economy who like the look of glitz, it's "good enough" and affordable.
And so, that brings me to my own situation with designer signed costume jewelry. I don't have much left. I think I sensed what was happening early enough to not get caught with too much stock. What Sherman I had was sold long ago. My only valuable designer signed pieces left are a couple of Schiaparellis, both of which I've now sent to auction at eBay. I know I'm going to lose money on them big time if indeed they sell at all, but I want to retire from this online jewelry business and get on with other interests in my life.
The good news for those who still want to collect designer signed pieces is that this is a buyer's market. If you are going to collect, now is a great time to buy (or rather) invest. Here's one of the Schiaparellis I'm offering on eBAy this week:
|Designer Signed SCHIAPARELLI set at auction on EBay until April 15, 2012|
|Designer Signed Teal Blue SCHIAPARELLI set at auction on Ebay until April 15, 2012|
And while I have you, I want to tell you about 2 utterly exquisite SHERMAN bracelets being offered on eBay by a colleague. Like me, she hasn't sold on eBAy for over a year, but like me, she's taking a chance. The signed SHERMAN BRACELET below is truly to die for! I remember looking at bracelets like this in her book, and seeing similar on eBAy and wishing I could afford them. As she told me today, the bracelet below couldn't be bought for under $1000 when things were on the upswing. She has a reserve on this one, understandably, as it's such a rare and highly desirable bracelet, but the auction starts at a low $100. But here's the thing: there's only 2 days left to run in her auction so be sure to put a watch on it now and if you really want it, get ready to bid. This is a Sherman collector's dream bracelet:
|Signed SHERMAN bracelet at auction on eBAy ends around 4pm PDT on April 11, 2012|
Snooze and you'll surely lose out on this one. This vendor has another fantastic wide Sherman bracelet up for grabs on Ebay too:
|Sparkling aurora borealis signed Sherman bracelet on auction or buy it now on eBay ends April 11, 2012|
All four of these designer signed pieces are a great buy for collectors who appreciate yesterday's craftsmanship that just can't be matched today. Go for it!