Research the type of vintage earrings you would like to buy so you know what qualifies as vintage and what prices are acceptable. When assessing a piece of jewelry, inspect the design, the condition and the signature if it has one. Look for rust, which will impact the price. And, though not all vintage jewelry has a signature, look for a ones that indicates the piece was made in a certain era and that it was made by a particular brand.
Locate an estate, garage or yard sale to browse for jewelry. Often, you can find unique vintage jewelry for less money than at vintage jewelry shops.
Look online at specialized jewelry stores like michellesvintagejewelry.com and vintagejewelryonline.com. When you purchase something, you want authentic vintage, so beware or the terms “vintage-inspired” or “vintage-style.”
Visit antique shops, as they often have vintage jewelry and have assessed the value and rarity.
Find a jewelry store that offers authentic vintage earrings. The jewelry will likely cost more, but the quality will be verifiable.