the danger of sample sales … to your wallet

Do I need a bracelet? No.
Do I need a dress? No.
Do I need a ring? No.
Did I get them anyway? Yes.

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One thing I love about New York is all the sample sales. You think a normal sale is a good deal? A sample sale is an amazing deal. But since these are often high-end brands, an amazing deal can still be somewhat expensive.

Last month a friend dragged me to a House of Harlow 1960 sample sale, and I ended up purchasing a pair of earrings, a ring, and a bracelet. Last week, I was almost late for brunch because I happened to pass by a Pinkyotto sample sale in SoHo and bought a dress for $55 (a great price in my opinion). Then a few days ago, I went to a Joomi Lim sample sale and walked out ten minutes later with a ring and my wallet $50 lighter. Sigh. I really shouldn’t have spent 50 dollars on a ring. It’s really quite ridiculous. It was less than half of retail, but I keep beating myself up for it because I’m supposed to be saving money – heck, I’ve even been bringing my lunch to work! But oy, I love jewelry! And I love unique pieces. And every time I look at the ring, I think it was worth it.

Sigh.

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hello again

I realize that it has been a long, long time since I last posted. Please forgive me. Tomorrow (er … later today) is the first day of class and will thus be the beginning of my resolve to post regularly once again. I also haven’t been reading the blogs in a while, so I have a lot of catching up to do.

I briefly perused On the Refrigerator Door, one of my favorite blogs, and the most recent article was about displaying jewelry. So for a quick post, I thought I’d show my system.

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Even though I’m in a rather small apartment, I have a rather large bathroom (and closet! – but that’s another story). My bathroom has two sinks and a large mirror, which is kind of ridiculous since I’m the only one who uses it. I bought a pack of little suction cup hooks at the dollar store, and I use them to hang jewelry on my mirror. I think it’s rather pretty and it makes it easy for me to grab that necklace, ring, or bracelet for the day without having to rummage through my stash. When I’m bored, I’ll move the suction cups into various patterns … it’s great fun.

I leave a few pieces out and the rest is in a container on my counter, which is actually a repurposed embroidery floss organizer. On a normal day, I don’t wear much jewelry, but I do love buying it. Generally I’ll only wear a simple ring that I bought with my sister a few years ago and that’s enough. Having things displayed on my mirror, where it’s functional as well as aesthetic, well that just makes me happy though.

Welcome to 2010, everyone. Enjoy the ride.

[NOTE: This post originally appeared on a now-deleted blog and is reposted here for my own sake.]