Sunday, July 18, 2010

Do You Collect - Vintage Charm Bracelets?

On reflecting over Vintage Christines amazing giveaway, I thought more about what kind of item I have been yearning for, but have yet to get.

Some indulgence just for me. Something I have yet to allow myself to have.

And today I remembered: How much I have been wanting a vintage charm bracelet. For years. Decades, in fact.

(No, this is not a sympathy ploy to get on Christine's good side lol, but it sparked the train of thought).

But the first few years on eBay, back around 2000, I saw the "good" one's never ever sold in a price range I could afford. Ever. They are also very popular. If they have moveable charms, even more so.

But I have been charmed by these since I was a girl. I have never owned a "real" charm bracelet.

In looking around eBay today, I see a few "themed" bracelets, shown here. Which is cool. Very cool. But no themes that scream: "Buy me!"

Still very expensive (for something I'd buy for myself, because I never buy for myself, you know me, I buy practical things for my house), but most bracelets are made up of random charms.

And upon close inspection, few of the bracelets that have a lot of charms, are all charms I'd want. And at the prices they sell for, I want to want them all.

I'd love to have each charm be "personal" to me, to have some kind of meaning or significance, but buying charms individually is even more costly, when you add it all up.

So here is my question for you gals who have a "good" charm bracelet:

Did you buy one with charms you mostly liked, removed some and added to it, or did you hold out until you found that "perfect" bracelet, and paid whatever the cost for it was?

And by the way, if you have a really nice vintage charm bracelet, I would love LOVE to see a lot of photos of it, detailed photos on your blog, and why each charm has meaning to you, if any. If you think this is a good idea, please let me know, so I am sure not to miss it!


  1. I love charm bracelets too! I only have a sort-of charm bracelet which is bakelite though, so nothing to show as such. I think its best to buy the bracelet empty of charms or almost empty, then buy the charms one by one because you particularly love each one and/or because each one has meaning to you. Then if someone knows you're building a charm bracelet you may receive individual charms as gifts, then each one may mean something to you for a different reason. I hope that makes sense!

  2. I love charm bracelets - I wish I had the one my Aunt Betty brought me from Mexico. I seriously need to start looking. Zootsuitmama

  3. I would have loved to have a charm bracelet as a teenager. Unfortunately I'm allergic to metal so it was not to be. I just love the concept of a charm reminder of meaningful moments in life.

  4. I have a charm bracelet that started as a teenager and yes all the charms meant something to me then and family would buy charms for me for christmas or birthdays, but it's not what I would particularly want to wear now as it meant something to me as a teenager, at 43 my tastes have changed somewhat!

  5. The same seller of these particular bracelets was selling the better, moveable charms individually.

    Some sold for huge bucks! $50-$150! For ONE charm!


    I think I remembered why I never started to collect these. =/

  6. I have always wanted one!!! Do they even sell new ones in stores anymore?
    Fun post!!!!!!

  7. I consider myself the queen of bracelets. There is only one good way to get a great charm bracelet and that is but it together yourself. Buy a great starter sterling bracelet from the 1950-60s with double links, a safety chain and possibly hearts (like mine). Then buy the charms you want on the buy it now sections of Ebay and Ruby Lane. Get sterling charms from Wells, and Beau sterling. Get charms that are genuinely old, not reproductions. Load up your bracelet with stuff you love. Ask the dealers to lower the prices for you. Have fun.

  8. I am slow, but finally did a blog post about my charm bracelets!

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  10. djlacroix@alumni.sfu.caOctober 27, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    I travel the greater Vancouver, Canada area buying up scrap bracelets that were headed for the "melt down". As a result I have about 100 lbs. of them. I do not know what I will do with them in the end but for now I look at them as investments (perhaps). In Victoria, Canada there is a strong English population that arrived after WWII so lots of vintage bracelets and charms to be had if you look!

  11. Finally, something to do with all those themes! Love the bracelet and well they have moveable charms..This is awesome, simple but cool and The idea is great and it looks amazing!