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Ogle or Own: J. Crew Bubble Necklace

If I had it my way, I’d own everything in J. Crew. Stripes, bolds, patterns, classic, modern pieces that I can stare at all day. Since this average girl’s budget is pretty — average! — I didn’t have the $150 to shell out on this gorgeous ‘bubble’ necklace that is a total outfit transformer. Kimberly then convinced me that ebay (which confession: I never use) was the place to score the necklace for under $20 so I figured, let’s see!  It says it’s authentic (I’m not entirely sure how that’s possible) and I now have two via this route and couldn’t be happier. They’re absolutely gorgeous and result in a barrage of compliments. Want to see it in action? My pink one was last seen here and just showed you my new turquoise one on Monday. 

Since you’re using eBay, it’s easiest to purchase with a Buy it Now option featuring free shipping. I spent less than $20 both times with about a 20 day wait time for travel (they’re from China, natch).  Pssst: when someone asks you about it — which they will — just say it’s J. Crew. Only close friends have to know the real truth where it traveled from!

Ogle: J. Crew ($150)  | Own: ebay (under $20, multiple sellers)

 

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    franzi
    June 11, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    I got mine today too, seems a lot bigger than the original tho…afraid it might look to big on me 🙁

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      Alyson
      June 11, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      Is it?? Check out mine in today’s outfit post; is that on par with yours? I’m about 5’3; it might be a bit bigger than the original J. Crew. Either way, perhaps it’s an incredible gift to someone if it’s not just right for you?

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    Lauren | Seventeenth & Irving
    May 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    I just discovered your blog through Lisa @ Elembee, and I’ve loved all your posts thus far. I actually own a real J.Crew bubble necklace from when they first came out several years ago, that has the variegated coral beads, and it was gifted to me – would never spend that much on myself! I will say it’s fantastic quality and has held up well for the 5 or so years I’ve owned it. I am purchasing a yellow one off of eBay, so I’m happy to let you know how they compare side by side! But for $15, who cares really?!

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      AvgGirlsGuide
      May 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

      Hope you enjoy, and so thrilled you have discovered the blog! Curious your side-by-side comparison. so far I’ve definitely gotten my $15 with each one. They’re the best! 

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    Beth True
    May 10, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    OK my bubble necklace look-a-like from EBay just arrived – it is great! I love it; wearing it to the office today. I got the turquoise one and it sure seems like the real thing – but even if its not, who cares; for $20 I’m a happy camper!  Thank you!!

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      AvgGirlsGuide
      May 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

      Yay!! I got the turn one as well. Best isn’t it? So glad you’re happy!! 

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    Catherine
    May 5, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Just ordered 3 different colors… haha. Thanks for the tip!

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      AvgGirlsGuide
      May 29, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      Score, hope you love! 

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    Heather Pranitis
    May 2, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    I wonder what the difference is if you actually were to compare them side by side…as in your hand.  Is there even a difference.  But, I will say $20 versus $200 — that’s a steal.  Great find!

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      AvgGirlsGuide
      May 29, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      Exactly. 🙂 Even if it’s a bit different I’m ok with it for the savings! 

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    lauren
    April 29, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    yes! I saw this recently! I didn’t win tho 🙁

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      ALyson -- TAGG
      April 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      Lauren: plenty of Buy it Now options under $20. I never bid on one, just picked/shipped! 🙂 

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    Tara
    April 28, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    Mine if from Ebay too!  It looks good enough for me 🙂

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      ALyson -- TAGG
      April 29, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      exactly! Would not spent $150! 

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    Kristin & Megan
    April 27, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    I definitely ogled yours when you rocked it on your blog!

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      ALyson -- TAGG
      April 29, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      Thank you! Love how it jazzes up every look. 

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    Tracy Davis
    April 26, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Great, you’ve gone and made me eBay crazy!  They have a lot of great jewelry buys there, especially J. Crew! 

    What I’m really trying to say is thanks 🙂

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      ALyson -- TAGG
      April 29, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      LOL, welcome. I know, trying to control myself, too. 

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    Cnotaro02
    April 26, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Just ordered from Ebay! Got the yellow and turquoise! so excited! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      AvgGirlsGuide
      April 26, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      Awesome!! Everyone seems to love the yellow and I personally adore the turq; a friend just got one, too. They’re the best.

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    Sizzlemynizzle08
    April 26, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    I had no intention of buying one and just clicked the link out of curiosity and the next thing I know,  I placed and won a bid that was ending in 5 minutes! I gotta get off Ebay..this could get dangerous. Thanks so much for the tip though!

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      AvgGirlsGuide
      April 26, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      hahhaha best story of the week!! At least you know you’ll love it to pieces. It’s so amazing.

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    Jordan - Queen of LA
    April 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    OH MY GOD. i LITERALLY just wrote the same exact post, because im wearing MY knockoff jcrew bubble necklace too!!! great minds think alike!!! 

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      AvgGirlsGuide
      April 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      Twinsies, per usual!

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    Ria Michelle
    April 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    So lovely! Great find. Gotta love ebay. 

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      AvgGirlsGuide
      April 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      eBay is where it’s at. Can’t believe it’s taken me this long to figure that out.

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    PennyPincherFashion
    April 26, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Yay for bubble necklaces – I think I might need a yellow one now! 🙂

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      AvgGirlsGuide
      April 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      And, I want a white one! They are so great. Thanks again for your secret. xoxo

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    graceatwood
    April 26, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    What a fantastic tip!!  I need one.

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      graceatwood
      April 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      ordered two..  This is amazeballs.

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        AvgGirlsGuide
        April 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        YAY! Beyond amazeballs. I’m insane over these things.

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    Fashion By Alicia
    April 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Great deals!  I almost bought one of these necklaces but feel like I would be a copy cat.  Loved how you wore yours. 

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      AvgGirlsGuide
      April 26, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      Copy cat to who?? I totally copied from others… too amazing not to own for yourself! 🙂

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    Lauren
    April 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    I was going to tell you about this store. A bunch of girls at work have bought several items from this buyer all the from china! Ships quickly and seems legit. You look Lovely in all your beautiful purchases!! Great share.

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      AvgGirlsGuide
      April 26, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      Thanks so much! I’ve been thrilled with the quality and the timeliness. So awesome.

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    Lisa S
    April 26, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Great deal! Thanks for sharing your secret!

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      AvgGirlsGuide
      April 26, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      Anytime! Too good of a secret not to share.

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    Megan Zietz
    April 26, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    love it!

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    Heather Wolff
    April 26, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    I ordered a yellow one about 2 seconds after you posted your turquoise one the other day!  I am pretty sure I only spent $15!  THEN, I went to the JCrew outlet by my house and saw the same necklace – it was still about $35, so I will compare when it arrives 😉  But the outlet is another option for those who don’t want to wait on China and don’t want to pay $150 (It is NOT worth retail…)!

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      AvgGirlsGuide
      April 26, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      Heather: that’s awesome to know there’s a real version around just $35, though I am still quite happy with our $15 version! Get ready to wear yours ALL THE TIME!

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