Hello! And welcome to the first installment of what I hope will be a long line of service-y posts about bargain alternatives to highly-covetable, but pricey stuff. I’m all for spending the big bucks on something you really want, or an “investment” piece, or a major purchase that will be around for a long time — case in point, a couch; I think you really do get what you pay for, and hey, you see it/use it every day.
But unless you’ve got money to burn (btw: call me), it’s wise to seek out “good enough” options that won’t break the bank/fill you with buyer’s remorse later. Plus, you know, it’s deeply satisfying to find a cheap work around, whether it’s vintage, a knock-off, a Marshall’s/TJ Maxx score, etc.
First up, some lovely little oversized studs from Kate Spade. I love me some Kate Spade, and if I had a few more country club outings and Whiffenpoof concerts to go to, a lot more cash, and a smaller waist, I’d sleep in the stuff. Working on all that. Still, I browse the site, and I even wandered into an NYC boutique recently to check out the goods in person. (Super cute.)
While there, I spied the fetching gumdrop studs KS is currently hocking for $38. But a few days ago, I came across some jumbo studs at our friend Payless for $4.99. (If you just recoiled in horror, you’re probably at the wrong blog.) Are the Payless earrings as lovely as the KS? No, no, they’re not. But they’re pretty close, and if you were looking for, as they say, “the perfect pop of color” for a college roomate’s summer wedding or just kicking around in your favorite frock, I’d say they’d do the trick. (In all fairness, the Kate Spades do feature 14k gold-filled posts, and are “hand crafted,” whatever that means.)
What do you think?