I’ve looked and looked for a nice jewelry box to put my jewelry and tools in, to no avail. I wanted a large compartment below to put tools, tapers, etc. in, and all of the “jewelry” boxes I find are too small, too fancy and weird for body jewelry (I’m not putting my barbells in a cherry veneer armoire). So I found this box at my local Hobby Lobby on sale for 50% off! Making it a true bargain box for $2.50.! You can find bargains on body jewelry, too, if you look.
First, a word of warning:
DO NOT compromise on the quality of your initial piercing jewelry, or jewelry to be worn in unhealed or troubled piercings. This includes when you are in the process of stretching. You are trying to convince your body to heal around a wound, and therefore you need highly polished, well machined simple jewelry from an appropriate material for your new piercing. This means high quality stainless steel, titanium, stainless steel, glass (or gold or platinum, but this post is about saving money.) For your initial jewelry purchase, ask your piercer what brands and grades of piercing jewelry they carry, and buy the best starter jewelry you can afford! This is very important for healing your piercing, and not a place to be cheap!
Well-healed piercings can usually wear a wider variety of body jewelry. In fact, you can spend quite a bit of money collecting wonderful jewelry for all your holes. I never recommend cheaply made, inferior quality body jewelry, but in stable piercings you can compromise a bit, if you know what to look for.
In honor of Black Friday, here are some ways to save on body jewelry: (Note: Some of the specific deals and offers described are time limited, so if you come across this blog post much past Black Friday 2009, they will be gone.)
Ask Your Piercer
Your first piece of jewelry should normally be purchased from your piercer. You should never compromise on quality, nor should you choose a piercer or studio on price. However, it never hurts to ask if your piercer is offering any special deals or discounts. For instance, some piercing studios will offer a second piercing or jewelry at a discount. They may have some jewelry they are willing to let go on sale, too. Studios generally buy they jewelry wholesale and mark them up in accordance with standard business practice. This gives them a little wiggle room for negotiating. If you develop a good relationship with your piercer and are a good customer, they may be willing to discount your jewelry a bit–it never hurts to ask. Don’t be obnoxious about it–remember that jewelry sales can be an important part of a piercing studio’s income (and we want to keep those good studios in business!).
Always check different retailers for the item of jewelry you are shopping for, including shipping! Look for deals on shipping. This can be tedious and time-consuming, though: maybe I’ll feature some discounts in future posts to help you out. Steel Navel and BodyArtForms offer free shipping (via USPS mail) on orders over $25. Many retailers also offer freebies and perks with orders–free o-rings, stickers, gauge cards, and even free jewelry!. Those gauge cards come in handy, believe me!
Sales, Clearances & Seconds
Most online retailers will have a sale link or bin. Jewelry seconds are also offered sometimes, particularly by manufacturers. These seconds may be mis-sized slightly, or have irregularities or imperfections, but they might be all right for your purpose.
Steet Navel has both a Sale page and a Clearance Page. BAF also has a Sale page and a Clearance page. Clearance deals are limited and go fast, but you just might find the perfect jewelry for your hole.
Body Circle Designs frequently has sales. Right now they are having a “Huge Holiday Sale” offering 20% everything. They are also offering deals on overstocked items. Body Circle Designs manufactures and sells awesome, super polished, extremely high quality jewelry. Highly recommended!
BodyArtForms is offering 30% off Anatometal Super Gemmed Eyelets through November 30. Great deal on these coveted and rather expensive pieces!
One Tribe runs Current Specials–always worth a look!
Newsletters, Special Offers, and Contests
Sign up for all the retailer newsletters you can. To varying degrees, these newsletters will have special offers for loyal customers. Some online retailers reward loyal customers with “points” earned, early discounts, or contests.
The winner in this category has to be Steel Navel; the great people at SN are creative in thinking up special offers and contests for their customers. They have a ton of free stuff to choose from when ordering. Contests, Twitter Fridays, and special surprises if you participate in their forums.
Tribe Rewards: From Tribalectic.com. Earn points by uploading pictures and participating. 100 points=$5 off
BodyArtForms, one of my favorite all purpose retailers, has: “free basic mail shipping on orders over $25 (for jewelry only in the USA & Canada). We offer Free jewelry on orders over $30, 4 free black o-rings, a free gauge/measurement card, and a free BAF sticker.” BAF is also running a Print Ad Contest for a $250 jewelry prize.
Used Body Jewelry
People do sell or trade their body jewelry. As people go up or down in gauge, retire their piercings, or just need to clean out their jewelry box, they put their used body jewelry up for sale. I myself would never purchase used body jewelry in acrylic, wood, or organic materials that could not be sterilized in an autoclave, though, and I would take any used jewelry to my piercer for autoclaving first. (Please keep in mind there’s a difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sterilizing, and protect yourself!) Steel Navel offers Classified Ads for forum members. Other sites may have special boards where people discuss trading, bartering, or selling used body jewelry.
Type in “save money on body jewelry” and you’re likely to get a score of cheap ads and marketing come ons. You can find all the inexpensive “belly rings” and acrylic jewelry you want. You can save money buying cheaply made, imported jewelry by shopping discount retailers, or buying from mall shops, Wal-Mart, etc. You can save money by shopping Ebay–maybe. I personally don’t buy this kind of stuff unless it’s for limited wear in healed piercings or emergency replacement jewelry. Keep in mind there’s a lot of cheap crap on the market, of uncertain grade and poor finishing. If it looks cheap, and the price is too good to be true, consider it second tier jewelry; that is, not to be worn long-term or in new or healig piercings.
As you can see, my bargain jewelry box has plenty of room for tools and –oh! Shh! Someone’s sleeping!
Note: I am not affiliated with or compensated by any of the jewelry retailers mentioned.