Cleaning Second Hand and Vintage Earrings

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A selection of beautiful earrings, available from The Bird Cage Accessory and Vintage Clothing Boutique.

Vintage Cluster Earrings


Vintage Clip-on Amber Earrings

Vintage Fleur Earrings

Vintage Edgy Earrings

Vintage Sunburst Earrings

When buying jewellery from a vintage clothing and accessory seller, you'll know the pieces you buy are cleaned and ready to wear.  But readers, how do you clean second hand earrings from flea markets, opportunity shops, or thrift stores?

I must admit that my own second hand earring purchases have been somewhat minimal, only that I'm more of an earring admirer than wearer, however, a few months ago I did buy a pair of black and white earrings to match an outfit, $1 for the pair, from an opportunity shop in Hampton.  So do I do to clean my earrings and make them suitable for wear?

There is a great article on readers digest '12 Home Products for Cleaning Jewelry' which lists cleaning suggestions such as Alka-Seltzer, denture tablets and even beer!

My personal choice is age old white vinegar, which is often used for household cleaning, laundry aid, and much more. White vinegar provides an excellent eco-friendly alternative to chemical substances, with its long history of use as an antibacterial agent.

I placed my op shopped dollar earrings in a glass of white vinegar, just enough to cover them, left them for half a day, rinsed with water, and dried with a clean tea towel.

Readers, do you buy second hand earrings, or does the thought make you feel a little queasy? A similar discussion perhaps to buying second hand swimwear?



Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

Vinegar is brilliant for so many cleaning purposes, isn't it! I hadn't used it for earrings before, but I will : >

Jenn said...

Ok so you'll have to check my latest post - a thrifted swimsuit look for the answer:) oh my gosh I don't give any of it a second thought- clean it and go! I have to a of thrifted earrings too. Thanks for the great tips!!

thorne garnet said...

great idea! We use alcohol to clean earrings after we use them in shows. I like the vinegar idea better. Thanks!

Dear Wallet, said...

I usually use vinegar and hydrogen peroxide- I have tons of thrifted earrings, in fact probably most of my collection! Love your finds!

Eve said...

I usually clean them with alcohol, I never knew you could clean them with vinegar. Thanks for sharing.

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Surely it's not that easy? Goodness me, I wish I'd known this years ago! Thanks for the tip Erica:)). xo

Becky said...

I've thrifted earrings plenty of times before, and just cleaned the hook/post part off with rubbing alcohol. I figured that if it can be used for cleaning cuts, surely it can handle earrings!

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