Designing jewelry to fit any budget

Saving in Style

September 26, 1991|By Catherine Cook

Bijoux bonanza

Can't afford to buy any new jewelry to go with that great dress you just blew your budget on? Or perhaps you just can't find the right piece of jewelry, anywhere, at any price.

Why not try making your own? There's a new store in Baltimore that makes the whole process easy.

Beadazzled, which opened this week at 421 N. Charles St., carries nearly everything you could possibly need to make your own earrings, bracelets, necklaces and anklets. You'll find the necessary strings, ear wires, clasps and more beads than most people ever see in one place.

The beads range from the inexpensive to invaluable -- including silver beads from Bali, crystal beads from Austria and even semiprecious beads such as malachite, turquoise, onyx and rose quartz. Prices start at 2 cents a bead.

Shop-by-mail

Those of you who shop by catalog might find worthwhile the current issue of Consumer Reports, which rates the mail-order companies.

Topping the list for overall customer satisfaction were L. L. Bean and Lands' End. In the menswear category, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers was rated in the top six, just aheadof J. Crew.

The top five catalogs in womenswear were: L. L. Bean, Lands' End, Eddie Bauer, the Tog Shop and Talbots. Rated among the least satisfactory were Lane Bryant, Bedford Fair, Avon Fashions and Victoria's Secret.

Second time around

Here's your chance to save money and do something for a good cause. The Hopkins Best Dressed Sale and Boutique,which opens next Thursday and runs through Saturday, offers for sale a variety of used clothing and accessories with the proceeds going to patient programs at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

As with all such events it's best not to go with a certain goal in mind, just keep an open mind. You'll find items for men, women and children, including furs, eve- ning gowns, tuxedos, suits, sport coats, ties and shoes, scarves, purses and costumejewelry.With the cur-rent inter-est in retro fashions, the accessories could prove a treasure trove. Brooches from the '40s and structured little bags from the '60s are all good finds.

True bargain hunters always go back Saturday when everything gets marked half price.

Admission and parking are free, so you can't lose. The sale is held at the Evergreen Carriage House, 4545 N. Charles St. Hours are: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Saving In Style welcomes questions and suggestions. Write Catherine Cook, Fashion Editor, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278.

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