Retro Jewelry Haul – Cute or Ugly? Part 1 – Bangles and Beads

Lynn Kelley, Retro Jewelry Haul Part 1

Do you like this piece?

Do you like retro jewelry? If you do, then you’re in for a treat. I’m going to show you pieces of retro jewelry I found at an estate sale.

I was looking for pieces of jewelry to use for my altered art projects, but after going through them and trying them on, some aren’t as bad as I thought.

Some are actually cute in an ugly sort of way!

My Mom watched some of the videos, and she told me, “You sure got a lot of ugly jewelry, Lynn!”

I laughed. “Yep, I sure did.”

Lynn Kelley, retro jewelry part 1

Do you think this is ugly?

I’m taking a vote to see which piece is the ugliest. Actually, I already tagged one particularly gaudy piece as the booby prize. That one is in Part 5 of the videos, I believe. It’s so strangely ugly, it deserves to have a video made about it all by itself.

Perhaps I’ll do that, make a short video about that one necklace, made out of some hard plastic or resin. I don’t know. It might make a good writing prompt, too, for anyone who wants to work on a creative writing piece.

Lynn Kelley, Retro Jewelry Haul Part 1

Wow, that’s a lot of beads

Lynn Kelley, Retro Jewelry Haul Part 1

Holy cow! It’s falling apart before your very eyes!

Lynn Kelley, Retro Jewelry Haul Part 1

This one will go into the pile of craft supplies.

Lynn Kelley, Retro Jewelry Haul Part 1

Yep, this will make a nice border for a decorative box.

Lynn Kelley, Retro Jewelry Haul Part 1

Beads, beads, beads galore!

Lynn Kelley, Retro Jewelry Haul Part 1

White tiny-beaded, multi-strand necklace

Lynn Kelley, Retro Jewelry Haul Part 1

Bangle bracelets

Lynn Kelley, Retro Jewelry Haul Part 1

Bangles bangles bo bangles

Banana-fana fo fangles

Me my mo mangles


Lynn Kelley, Retro Jewelry Haul Part 1

Lynn Kelley, Retro Jewelry Haul Part 1

Lynn Kelley, Retro Jewelry Haul Part 1

Lynn Kelley, Retro Jewelry Haul Part 1

Yea or nay?

Lynn Kelley, Retro Jewelry Haul Part 1

Wooden beads

So, dear peeps, what’s the verdict? Good taste? Bad taste? Do you think one of these pieces qualifies for an “Ugly” vote?

Would you wear any of these? I’m not talking about for Halloween. I mean for reals. I’d say the bangles are decent and practical and light weight, so they’d be comfortable to wear, except for three of them, which are too heavy for me.

I kind of like the yellow necklace pictured at the top of the post. Just need to find the right top or dress to wear it with. Not sure I could find earrings to match, though.

That concludes my Retro Jewelry Haul Part 1. I hope you found it entertaining.

What are your thoughts? Do you like retro jewelry? Men, would you want to give your wife, mother, daughter, or annoying coworker any of these pieces? Do you prefer expensive jewelry?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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12 Responses to Retro Jewelry Haul – Cute or Ugly? Part 1 – Bangles and Beads

  1. Pambelina says:

    Since I am not in to jewelry, especially big pieces, I vote ugly. Sorry. I do like the pink bangle, though 🙂

    • Lynn Kelley says:

      Thank you for your vote, Pambelina. One UGLY vote noted. The bangles are decent. I wonder if they ever go out of style. I agree about the big pieces. Kind of overwhelming. Thanks for stopping by and casting your vote! LOL!

  2. My mom has boxes and boxes of stuff like this that used to be my grandma’s. I’m pretty sure she has a necklace just like the tiny-bead, white multi-strand! I hardly ever wear any jewelry besides my wedding ring, so I would not wear any of this, even though some is cute in a campy sort of way.

    • Lynn Kelley says:

      Isn’t that something that your mom has your grandma’s jewelry? Then it becomes sentimental. That’s something that she has a necklace like that white one. It’s such a bulky piece. I seldom wear jewelry except for my wedding band, which is my mom’s. If I wear jewelry, it’s only for a few hours. I take it off as soon as I get home. Thanks for stopping in and casting your vote!

  3. Patricia says:

    I kind of liked some of the bangles. The rest of the stuff – not my cup of tea.

    Have fun with those craft projects though.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Lynn Kelley says:

      I agree about the bangles. Not sure I’d ever wear the other pieces, except the yellow necklace would look cool with the right top or dress, especially for a hippie look! I haven’t had time to get to the crafts, but I’ll have a blast add jewelry pieces to them. Thanks for stopping by Patricia. Take care!

  4. Yvette Carol says:

    Interesting question, Lynn. These pieces do have a “dated” look, although I think the necklace which looks like lots of small crystals or agate or whatever is a keeper. The rest, yes, go ahead and hack them up for altered art works!! 😀

    • Lynn Kelley says:

      Thanks for your opinion, Yvette. I’m not sure what that necklace is made of. Since I seldom wear jewelry, I don’t know much about it. That piece would probably go with a lot of outfits. Thanks for stopping by, friend!

  5. This post was absolutely hilarious, Lynn! I loved the photos. All of those pieces of jewelry have their own ugliness. LOL!

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