Recently, I spoke with someone about her mother’s buying and hoarding of costume jewelry. She was concerned that she would not be able to get rid of almost new costume jewelry. As she discussed the issue, she became more and more frustrated with the possibility that she would have to trash all those jewelry pieces. “What a waste of money!” She told me. So it got me thinking, where can you donate costume jewelry?
Here are three places to donate jewelry. I included the links below.
The first place I donate jewelry is to Goodwill. Over the many years I organized and downsized clients and family members, Goodwill has been my “go to” place to donate jewelry.
I found a non-profit online that accepts costume jewelry called: I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation. You can mail the costume jewelry to them. Although I have never sent them anything, it sounds interesting.
The third place I found was Dress for Success. You can donate jewelry as well as clothing for women. This is a great place to donate because they help other women improve their lives.
Now, you found places to donate your jewelry, here are some additional tips on what to do with costume jewelry:
If you have expensive jewelry pieces, before donating your jewelry, get it appraised. It should be a specific appraisal as per the IRS guidelines: “Jewelry and gems are of such a specialized nature that it is almost always necessary to get an appraisal by a specialized jewelry appraiser. The appraisal should describe, among other things, the style of the jewelry, the cut and setting of the gem, and whether it is now in fashion. If not in fashion, the possibility of having the property redesigned, re-cut, or reset should be reported in the appraisal. The stone’s coloring, weight, cut, brilliance, and flaws should be reported and analyzed. Sentimental personal value has no effect on Fair Market Value. But if the jewelry was owned by a famous person, its value might increase.”
If you are sad to part with the item, keep a record of what you donated. I like to take pictures of the pieces to remind me what I donated.
Display the ones you love! If you don’t wear them any longer, buy a shadow box that hangs on the wall and frame the beautiful necklace pieces.
If the piece looks dated or broken, make it into something new. If it has gems that are real, bring it to a jeweler and have them place the pieces into another setting or restring the stones into another necklace or bracelet. I had this done a few times with my mother’s pieces and it gave them new life.
I hope this inspire you to donate some of the unwanted and unused jewelry in your home. What do you have a lot of in your home? Are you a jewelry collector? What do you think of donating costume jewelry? Please your comments below. I would love to hear from you.
Here is a link for The National Association for Jewelry Appraisers if you want to appraise your jewelry.
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