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? I found lots of costume jewelry laying out at consignment shops and flea markets where there was very little demand for it. So, I recommend donating the jewelry or making unique pieces with them.
Here are four places to donate jewelry. I included the links below.
- The first place I donate jewelry is to Goodwill or other charity locations. 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. Contact them first before sending them to make sure they are still accepting them.
- 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 give because they help other women improve their lives. Again, be sure to contact them to make sure they are accepting jewelry.
- Support Our Troops® is now collecting jewelry items is the fourth place to donate jewelry. They state that they will maximize the fine jewelry for the benefit of American troops and their families. And that your jewelry will be handled with respect and dignity. They stated it would go only where it is appreciated and valued. Visit their website for more details. Visit this link.
Now that you found places to donate your jewelry, here are some additional tips on what to do with costume jewelry without getting rid of them.
- If you have expensive jewelry pieces, before giving your jewelry, get them 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. The sentimental personal value does not affect Fair Market Value. But if a famous person owned the jewelry, its value might increase." Keep in mind there is a cost for getting jewelry appraised. I found this post that will give you more information. How Much Should a Jewelry Appraisal for Insurance Cost?
- If you are sad to part with an item, keep a record of what you donated. I like taking pictures of the pieces to remind me of what I gave. I had a client who made a scrapbook of all the items she donated from her mother.
- Display the ones you love! If you don't wear them any longer, buy a shadow box that hangs on the wall and frames the beautiful necklace pieces.
- When pieces look dated or broken, make them into something new. If the gems are real, bring it to a jeweler and have them place the pieces into another setting or re-string the stones into another necklace or bracelet. I had this done a few times with my mother's and grandmother's pieces, and it gave them new life. It's great to be able to wear something that belonged to your grandmother, so spend the time to update it!
Well, there you have it. I hope this post inspires you to donate some of the unwanted and unused jewelry in your home or your parent's 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.
If you are looking for a place to get your jewelry appraised, visit The National Association for Jewelry Appraisers.
If you are looking for additional charities for other products you want to donate, please check out our charitable locations page.
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