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I am in the middle of decluttering and reorganizing. I finished up L's room Sunday afternoon and my current project is the bathrooms. I've taken everything out of the cabinets and drawers and off the countertops and it's in a big pile on the floor. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Now I'm going through it piece by piece to sort and purge the pile.<br><br>
I had kept my jewelry in the bathroom, in a little tiny set of drawers. There are a LOT of pieces in there that I don't even wear anymore and haven't even touched since we moved here 2 years ago. Most of it is fairly inexpensive. Some of it (both the sterling silver and some of the "cheaper" ones) needs cleaning/polishing badly and some of THOSE I'm not sure can ever be as bright as they once were.<br><br>
So what should I do with it all?<br><br>
- Save it until DD can play dress up? Nah, that'll be years yet.<br><br>
- Throw it out? I could do that w/ the pieces that can't possibly be cleaned up.<br><br>
- Garage sale? Not an option in apartment-living.<br><br>
- Craigslist or ebay? The listing fees will be more than the items will sell for on ebay, and I doubt people on craigslist are going to want my old cast-offs.<br><br>
There are a handful of pieces that I'll keep just b/c I like them, but the majority needs to go. I just don't wear jewelry anymore. I feel a little bad getting rid of some of it b/c it was from my mom, etc. But there's nothing in there that's heirloomy or anything. (I do have one piece of heirloom jewelry but it's in my parents' house so no worries there). The necklaces, especially... they just need to go. They hang too low or too high... I have a very specific spot where I want necklaces to rest, and unfortunately the ones I have just aren't there.<br><br>
What would you all do?
 

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free cycle?
 

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I think I put them in small baggies and donated them. Like you said, the listing fees would cost more than the actual jewelry to try to sell.
 

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Goodwill, baby!
 

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while i was nesting, I took TONS of kinda junky jewelry to Goodwill. I took earring, pins, necklaces... i amafraid to save this kind of stuff for my DD to play dress up with cause of the high lead content in so much jewelry.
 

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Thanks for all the replies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I have baggied up a bunch of it for Goodwill. I kept a few pieces that mean something to me (an old charm bracelet, my very first ring from when I was like 7, DH's and my high school rings, some of my favorite few pieces).<br><br>
It's really quite amazing now how much space I have in the bathrooms now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I didn't really have all that much jewelry, but overall the cleaning/purging went well. I used to have my jewelry and hair stuff in a big drawer-thing that sat on top of the counter... I don't need that anymore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Sterling silver is 100% lead free. It will be marked "sterling" or "925". Also keep anything labeled "plat" (platium) 14K, 18K, etc. The scrap values for gold, silver, and especially platinum are very high right now.<br><br>
With "pot metal" jewelry (ie fake) there is a lead risk for some items. If you want to keep something and are concerned about it, you can do the lead test.
 

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Gold and silver are at an alltime high right now, you may find if you have a lot you can get some nice $$$ for it.<br><br>
If most of it is contemporary cheaper costume stuff, then I completely agree with the goodwill! I do salvation army here, as they are closer to my house.
 

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Look in the phone book under "gold"<br>
If you send it to Rio Grande Albuquerque, they will pay 65% of gold value.<br><br>
for 14kt gold, that would be gold price * 14/24 * 0.65
 
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