Jewelry · purposeful · Style · Thrifts

Bunco Necklace

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I’ve mentioned before how much I love going to yard sales and garage sales.

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Many fond childhood memories of my dad are conversations we had while driving around town, scouting out sales. My favorite thing to find was costume jewelry. I would stock up on pieces, and when I got home, I would take them apart and rework them into something new. I still love to do this. I’ve redesigned several pieces on the blog in the last few months, just for me to wear. But I now have an opportunity to make something and raise money.

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See, my son goes to a great preschool here in town, and every year, we have a Bunco night fundraiser for the school. Lots of women get together to play Bunco and attempt to win fantastic raffle prizes – weekend getaways, passes to Disneyland, spa trips, and lots more. So this year, when the planning started, and people started mentioning things they could donate, I thought of my jewelry.

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I’m not going to lie – it’s a stretch for me to make something in hopes of raising money. Even though I make stuff and put myself out there on my blog (sometimes daily), it’s definitely out of my comfort zone to donate something I made to a fundraiser. But I committed early so I would HAVE to do it.

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I found these lovely turquoise-colored pieces on a necklace with lots of leather accents – not exactly my style. (See how I used other pieces from this necklace here.) But I knew that once I took the necklace apart, the pieces would make a fun statement necklace.

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I used gold-filled chain and wire to attach and twist and play around until I came up with a finished piece that I really like.

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It makes me want to find more turquoise pieces to recreate this one for me. (Because it might look a little funny for me to put all my raffle tickets in the box to win it back for myself.)

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This post is part of a 31 Day series about improving my days by being more PURPOSEFUL.

You can read more about it here. You can find all the posts in this series here.

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