I thought I’d share the story of this necklace today. Not because it’s important but because it might be something you haven’t thought to do. My husband thought I was out of my mind, but that’s nothing new.
I spied it in a jewelry store window in Port Townsend, this past summer. It was a quick overnight stop on our way to Canada. The weather was drizzly and not overly warm so after settling the trailer, we wandered into town for some clam chowder and a glass of wine. Neither of us feels like cooking after driving for 7-8 hours.
I’ve been wanting to add some vintage necklaces and pins to my collection so when I spotted this in a store window I couldn’t resist going in. The store was closing up so I was only able to try it on for a moment.
The construction is unrefined, the stones are unmatched citrines and the metal is rustic sterling. Nothing even close to what I wear or own. It looked old so I was surprised to learn it was new. When I asked the price, I thought she said several hundred dollars which I couldn’t justify as a fast purchase in a color I never wear. I don’t own anything in yellow. Not. One. Thing.
We boarded the ferry to Victoria the following morning. I’d wanted to get another peek at this necklace, but it’s not easy to park 47 feet of SUV hauling a trailer on a narrow main street. After about 20 minutes on the ferry, I knew I had to have that necklace.
SHOP STATEMENT NECKLACES
I used my phone to look up the telephone number of the store up and gave them a call. I described the necklace and the gal on the phone remembered me and the necklace. I asked her to please charge it to my credit card and mail it to my home.
No problem, easy peasy. When she added it up, including shipping, the price was less than $90. I’d heard her wrong the night before. The funny thing is I still wouldn’t have bought it earlier because it hadn’t become an obsession, yet.
It was another 5 weeks before we got home, but I hadn’t forgotten about my necklace. I put it right on and have worn it many times since. It fills a neckline beautifully and is chunky enough to make a statement. The citrines are varying shades and none are too yellow.
I’ll continue to keep my eye out for vintage pieces but I won’t rule things out strictly based on color anymore. Maybe I’ll even try a yellow sweater…then again, probably not.
Have you ever purchased things on vacation and had them shipped home?
BTW- shipping things home also works wonderfully for things that are too large to fit in your suitcase while on holiday.