Before there was Etsy, I often drooled over the jewelry and accessories at Banana Republic. They always seemed so spot-on with trends (without seeming like they were jumping bandwagons left and right). But their prices are a little steep. I was marveling over their spring accessories (as soon as MLK day is over, I’m usually drooling over colorful scarves and bright jewels) when it hit me: Etsy sellers are so much more inventive than this. Oh, and their pieces aren’t marked up 60%. But mostly, they’re more inventive.
So I set about on a quest: let me try to find some perfect spring accessories, with BR’s aesthetic as my guide and Etsy’s treasure trove of undiscovered beauties as my reward. Let’s see how the one-man-shows at Etsy stack up against the megacorp of Gap, Inc. And let’s see how much cash I’d save.
Round One: The Crystal-Gold Bib Necklace
Round Two: The Turquoise-Gold Chain Necklace
Round Three: The Rosebud Ring
Round Four: The Lapis-Gold Earring
Round Five: The Gold Knot Ring
Round Six: The Turquoise and Gold Lariat Necklace
Round Seven: The Glam Bobby Pins
Round Eight: The Grey Striped Jersey Scarf
Round Nine: The Silver Mini-PurseRound Ten: The Nest Ring