Charm bracelets are one of my favorite all-time favorite accessories because they're so versatile and so personal.
What other piece of jewelry can be fun, funky, beautiful and sentimental all at the same time?
A charm bracelet can tell the story of your life, memorialize a loved one, commemorate a special event such as a wedding or serve as a permanent reminder of the best trip of your life.
To celebrate these enduring accessories (and as a blatant attempt to drive traffic to my blog), Goo Goo Buy Buy is giving away a great vintage charm bracelet from Etsy:
Isn't it gorgeous? To find out how to win, you'll have to read on...
Charm bracelets make great gifts because they're so personal. When you buy someone a charm (or a whole bracelet), you're really making a statement about your relationship. It's one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give someone because you have to really think about what the recipient likes and what defines her when you're choosing charms for a bracelet.
If you have a sister or a daughter or a mother or a best friend, think about giving her a charm bracelet for the next holiday or special occasion. Give just one charm initially with the promise that you'll add to the bracelet every birthday, anniversary, Christmas or whenever the gift-giving mood strikes. I promise that your loved one will cherish that charm bracelet forever. And she'll love opening your gifts!
Tracey Zabar, a jewelry designer who designs charm bracelets for Kate Spade, has written a great book on her favorite accessory and mine. Charmed Bracelets showcases some great charm bracelets, and Zabar also dishes about the history of charmed bracelets. Finally, she offers some great ideas for putting together your own charm bracelet by focusing on a particular theme.
If you're really crafty, check out Charmed by Gabriella Sellors. She shows you how to make 50 different pieces of "charming" jewelry.
If you look in my jewelry box, you'll find an array of charm bracelets that tell the story of my life and my likes.
I have a silver charm bracelet that I bought when my son, Jackson, was born. There's a tiny diaper charm, a heart engraved with "Mom," a baby bottle, a silver cup, a shoe and a framed photo of newborn Jackson. When you look at this bracelet, you can tell that I love being a mother, even though it can be messy. best of all, they make noise.
Another silver bracelet has charms that I've picked up on memorable vacations to Hawaii for my brother's wedding (a hulu girl and a lei), to the North Carolina coast with friends (a lighthouse), and to Florida with my husband (a gull and a sand bucket.) We're planning a road trip to the Amish country and Hershey, Pennsylvania, this summer, and I think I'll add some charms to commemorate it. Maybe a Hershey's Kiss and a horse-drawn carriage?
I'm slowly building a new gold charm bracelet to replace the one I started in high school. (The charms are sill in great condition, but the bracelet has gotten crimped in the nearly 20 years -- gulp -- since I graduated from high school.) So far, I've added a lobster in a trap (commemorating our babymoon in Maine), a key-to-my heart charm (in honor of Jackson and Bruce) and an enamel cupcake (because I love delicious desserts.)
I love creating my own charm bracelets, but I'm also a sucker for ready-made ones, as well. I've got a beautiful charm bracelet that I bought during my honeymoon that features different types of fruit, each made from a different type of gemstone or bead.
I even have a charm bracelet watch from Anne Klein (bought on sale, of course, after Christmas one year.)
I have a fun enamel charm bracelet that I picked up from a thrift store. It has a frog and flowers hanging from it. Another time, I picked up a vintage doggie charm bracelet for $10 from the same thrift store, Design Archives.
My mom passed along a charm bracelet she had in high school, and it's a hoot. (There's a refrigerator charm that says "Friend or Foe.") That bracelet has also opened my eyes to the person my mom was in high school, and it's fun to ask her why she chose each charm.
That's part of the allure of wearing charm bracelets that once belonged to someone else. You get to know them in a special way. As Tracey Zabar writes in Charmed Bracelets:
If you get to wear your grandma's charm bracelet, you get to know your grandma during an earlier time in her life. That's nice.
One of my favorite charm bracelets is made from vintage clip earrings and other vintage costume jewelry. I was so enamored of the idea that made three more bracelets from vintage earrings I bought at thrift stores, flea markets and yard sales.
For a great selection of vintage charm bracelets and charms, check out eBay, where the offerings are always changing. Another great place to look is Etsy, where I found the charm bracelet that I'm giving away. You'll find both handmade and vintage jewelry there and lots of other neat, handcrafted stuff.
Enough about my love of charm bracelets. Here's what you really want to know. How can you win a vintage charm bracelet?
Easy. To enter the contest, just leave a comment and tell me something charming about yourself. Be sure to include your email address, so I can contact you if you're the winner.
I'll be accepting entries through Tuesday, May 27. I'll be annoucing the winner shortly thereafter.
And please visit Goo Goo Buy Buy often because I'm going to have regular giveaways of great freebies.
Coming up soon:
- Free baby food, baby cereal and other great items from Gerber
- An at-home spa getaway kit for mom
- A great bag from Swoozies that will help you keep your cool
- Something "hot" for Dad for father's day
- A travel bag with toiletries from CVS, Walgreens, Target and other cool stores
Keep reading Goo Goo Buy Buy. You never know when you'll find another Goo Goo Giveaway.