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The problem with being someone who may or may not have Googled, “Do I have a shopping addiction?” is that you know all the stages. The insatiable lust for something you must have, the rush when you click buy, the impatient wait for delivery, and the inevitable, rapid come-down when you’ve had it for a week or so and get all like, “meh.”

There’s likely a clinical explanation—compulsive acquisition disorder?—but that doesn’t make it any easier to combat. It feels like I’ll explode if I don’t get my fix, but I know that I’ll probably be over my newly-acquired-whatever very quickly. Which is why when I Instagram-stumbled upon Switch, a luxe jewelry loaning house that offers three tiers of membership, I was pretty psyched. Think of it like a library with Chanel, Gucci, and Dior and monthly dues—and no disapproving librarian at the front desk.

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A Chanel bracelet available on Switch.

Courtesy of Switch

For $29 a month you can take out one piece of the site’s inventory of 1,200 styles, 300 of which are currently available and not on loan to someone else. ($49 gets you two at a time; $69, three.) And happily, the range feels like it was edited by someone who knows the jewelry market, too: There are classics like David Yurman and Chanel, but also buzzy brands like Arme De L’Amour and Delfina Delettrez.

Rebecca DeRavenel earrings ($345 retail)

Courtesy of Switch

The process was easy: I picked the pieces I wanted to borrow, and when they arrived, I stashed the shipping envelope, box, and individual velvet bags so that I could repackage and send on its way when I wanted to switch—see what I did there—them out. Shipping is always free, and you won’t get new pieces until you send your current rentals back in. That being said, if you love something, you can keep it until you get tired of it. Fine print on the site clarifies that as long as your still paying your membership dues, you can literally hang onto the piece forever. However, if you really love it, you can buy it too. Since pieces aren’t brand new, the prices are lower then they’d be at retail (and you get $10 toward purchasing something every month you rent).

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Verdict? Every aspect of Switch is a win/win to me. I get the rush of new stuff with zero worry over having wasted money if (when) I’m bored by it in a month. Instead of guiltily shoving it to the back of my jewelry box, I just send it back. Plus, as a big second-hand shopper, I also love that it’s a new spot to find good deals on jewelry.



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