Garage Sale Pearls!

by Sonya
(Medford, Oregon)

garage sale pearls

garage sale pearls

I love hunting for treasures at garage sales and thrift stores, and was delighted to recently find a real pearl necklace for $5 at a garage sale near my home! I'm pretty sure they are real because they are all a bit different and fit the descriptions on this website and other sites. I'm not sure yet what type they are yet, though (freshwater, cultured, etc.) I had been wanting a short pearl necklace, and this one was just the right length! They look like a rather old strand and had been poorly re-strung with fishing line, so I decided it would be a fun project to try my hand at re-stringing the necklace.

I have a 3-month old baby, so I had to work my attempts at knotting the necklace in around naptimes and after she went to bed. After my first failed attempt (the string was too thin, needle too big, etc.) I thankfully found this website, and the next day at naptime I tried again. My knots were still not as close to the pearls as I wanted, but my technique was much improved. My third try (the photo) came out pretty good. Thankfully all the pearls are about the same size so I didn't have to worry about getting the order mixed up when I had to stop working between my baby's naps! I just used two little boxes to hold my work in progress.

I'm happy with the strand now, but I forgot about putting the clasp on first! I have enough of a tail on both ends that I think I can still add it on. Next time I'll have to remember that!

After I got my fingers to used to how to hold the beads and string it was actually quite fun! And I really enjoyed watching the necklace "grow" as I knotted. I'll enjoy getting to wear what I made, and look forward to trying it again!


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Dec 22, 2008
I'm So Excited!!
by: Anonymous

I found an old broken string of pearls at a flea market today and I'm so glad I found your website. So many great stories and pearl lovers here that I feel at home. sigh. Now I'm so excited and anxious to get home and try stringing my pearls! The only thing now is figuring out whether to space it out with extra accents or crystals to make it longer or just leave it straight. Any ideas?

Aug 26, 2008
Lucky you!
by: Kari

Hi Sonya,

I've been to a few garage sales myself:)....but have never found pearls....lucky you!

Your knots look beautiful and snug in the photo. You are a fast learner.

I think you are the 10th person to add their knotting story and photo, so I'd like to send you a free strand of oval freshwater pearls.

Thanks for letting us see your garage sale pearls.

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