2023: Finding your style when budgets are tight
2022 was a tough year, the war in Ukraine shocked the world and successive government policies have made things hard for individuals and businesses to make ends meet. Unfortunately 2023 looks like it could have more of the same, or if you want to be more optimistic, a short period of belt-tightening before we can all start to ease off the household austerity. 
With all this doom and gloom sometimes you just need something to help you feel good about yourself, update your look and add a bit of colour and positivity to your day, but it shouldn't cost the earth nor be a huge sacrifice. Here are a few options where you can find awesome accessories and jewellery without breaking the bank.


Finding great jewellery on a budget:

There are several places where you can buy stylish jewellery on a budget:

> Charity and Antique stores:

These stores are a great place to find unique and stylish jewellery at lower prices than highstreet brands. You can often find a variety of vintage and antique pieces that are one-of-a-kind, have a lot of character and a storied history to uncover.

> Online marketplaces:

There are many online marketplaces where you can find stylish jewellery at affordable prices, such as Etsy, 'Not on the Highstreet' and eBay. You can also check out local online classifieds, such as Craigslist, to see if there are any jewellery sellers in your area. Take care to pick the wheat from the chaff here as there are many dropshippers offering cheap items made in China but with multiple week delivery timelines. Some Chinese jewellery factories have come a long way in recent years with higher quality but thats hardly supporting small local business.

> Discount stores:

Many discount stores, such as T.J. Maxx carry a selection of stylish designer brand jewellery at discounted prices. These stores often have a wide variety of styles to choose from, including both contemporary and classic pieces however these are bulk manufactured items that can afford such a deep discount, not to mention you will sacrifice individuality, you can often see identical items worn by numerous people in the same highstreet if you stop to look.

> Street markets:

Street markets and flea markets are a great place to find affordable and stylish jewellery. Some market-traders are independent craftspeople, more on them next, but keep an eye out for forgeries or low quality items being 'flogged' to unsuspecting punters.

> Independent Makers:

There are loads of independent crafts-people out there making awesome accessories in a range of styles and materials. There is a false assumption that handmade means expensive, but by buying from these makers directly you are supporting small businesses or solopreneurs with no huge marketing costs or bloated overheads, just their own time and materials to cover. If you hunt around you can often find unique and handmade pieces that are not available at other stores at prices that certainly wont break the bank.

Faer & Haas are an independent business (we're only two people...and a dog) making stylish beaded jewellery at fair prices with locally sourced or handmade materials. We don't believe in unjustified margins or flogging poor quality goods as premium just because we stamped our logo on it. In fact we don't put brand logos on any of our pieces, you can recognise our Jewellery by our signature hammered beads or subtle elements that you wont find anywhere else.