Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Proud & Thrifty: 01


Vintage Mary Poppins Charm Bracelet

So, I spent a little over 3 years looking for this item.

My grandpa went on a business trip when my mom was young and he brought her back a Mary Poppins charm bracelet from Disneyland. They went on a fishing trip later that week and it fell off her wrist and sank to the bottom of the lake. Lost forever, probably eaten by a turtle. She was heartbroken. I remember her recounting this story a few times, especially after Grandpa passed away. It was one of the few pieces of jewelry he ever gave her since money was always tight.

So, I decided to use my thrifting and internet skills to try and find a replacement bracelet for her. It's obviously not the same as having the one Grandpa gave her, but I thought it would be nice anyways.


I severely under-estimated the rarity of this item. Mint condition, in box ones were so expensive. The only one I can find currently on ebay is seriously $550. Anyways, I checked ebay and etsy constantly while simultaneously checking local charity shops and antique stores. Eventually I lucked out and found one in box for $30 on ebay. 30 dollars!! As opposed to $500? Yes please. The box wasn't in perfect condition by any means but the bracelet was brand new looking, which was all that really mattered to me.

It probably seems silly to be proud of yourself for buying something off of the internet, but I worked so hard to find it. And it paid off! Mom seemed to really love it, and that's all that matters!

here are some links to ones I found online: one two



  1. Oh my gosh this is absolutely beautiful! And so precious! Such a nice little story to go with it, I'm glad you found another one x

  2. @Renee Thank you!! It was crazy torture keeping it a secret from her once I'd found it!