Bling? What is it and how'd you like an example of it? Searcy AR demonstration.

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

I had a real estate client who said his late wife liked "bling."

Say whut?  She liked bling?  The word is not in my 1953 Webster's Dictionary. So I went to

-noun 1. expensive and flashy jewelry clothing, or other possessions. 2. the flaunting of such possessions or the flashy lifestyle associated with it.

  I still didn't really didn't understand "bling" until I saw this photograph.  Now I feel that I need to teach my Searcy Sleuths, who have been dozing lately (understandable because of the heat) a little about bling.

So see if you can discover, Sleuths, what is the anomaly in this picture? 

Bling demonstrated



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Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Some buyers like conservative, modern, victorian, traditional, green, county ranch and then some like bling. Yes, Bling can be fancy drapes, brigher colors and lots of decorative accents. We are all different and have different preferences. A little bling in our lives is nice!

Jul 16, 2011 02:57 AM #1
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

"Bling" it on is all I can say after reading this post and comments....I wont know if it is my "thing" until I "bling"

Jul 16, 2011 03:13 AM #2
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

Barbara, She is adorable. All that bling can't outshine her personality.

Jul 16, 2011 03:18 AM #3
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

I'm awake but just barely. I'm thinking the anomaly about the bling girl is the pacifier she's holding in her right hand. Otherwise, she's blinging quite well.

I love your reference to a 1953 Webster's Dictionary. Paula has one that's 5" thick from 1942. It's unabridged and the words go from blind to blink.

1942 Webster's Dictionary

Jul 16, 2011 03:23 AM #4
Don MacLean
New England Real Estate Center Inc. - Easton, MA
Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton, Mass 02356

Barbara, even her binkie can be bling compared to some others lol

Remember you ain't got a thing if you ain't got that bling.


Jul 16, 2011 04:22 AM #5
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Kristin, you've explained bling in houses.  Thanks!

Rich, you may be uninformed, as I was, about a brand new word!  : )

Charles, she is a cutie. 

Don, wonder when the word became a word?  My dictionary is the updated one for '53.  It started for schools in probably 1913.  I also found a big one like Paula's in the old West Point school.  Remember it?  It had been left vacant by Searcy Schools and things were just thrown away.  A friend had it listed so we went down to see it and I considered some of the old throw-aways were treasures.  I have one of the flag pictures with 48 flags on my wall in the old frame.  Schools couldn't use them after we had 50 states!   And yes, the pacifier is the anomaly.  Even with all the neat jewels she hung onto it.

Don MacLean, I love the way you said that.  And her binkie had color!

Jul 16, 2011 05:53 AM #6
Anita Fuller

I've been  out tooting around this morning, so I let Don beat me to the anomoly - the pacifier in her right hand.  I hate to say it but if that bubble thing is what she puts in her mouth, she might end up with buck teeth.

Jul 16, 2011 06:03 AM #7
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


I am quite certainly that this is a gypsy child. I have seen many and they are bejeweled.


Jul 16, 2011 06:05 AM #8
Don Thompson
Donthomp Associates - Sunnyvale, CA

Read about the origins of the word bling here.

Looks like it was added to the Webster dictionary in 2006.

Jul 16, 2011 06:37 AM #9
Debbie Wantulok

Yes, the pacifier is in need of an upgrade if it is going to stay with the program...hopefully, it will old news for her soon.

We had the pleasure one day to have someone admire our suburban, with the added comments of, "But it needs more bling". That was in the spring of 2007. Luke was walking out of a gas station in the middle of the "End of the World Party" that was taking place in Conway. No one told us or we would have avoided it. However, they were really impressed with Lukes (age 7) shiney black dress shoes. There were several comments as we were coming out of the gas station about the little man in the dress suit "blinging". Of course, Luke just grinned.

Although we had heard the word "bling" prior to that time, I had only heard of it in the use of cars and jewlery...shiny accessories...of which I would have considered over kill or poor taste and tacky. This word seems to mean different things to different people.

I can't help it though...I remember Grandper going racoon hunting...them there racoons were attracted to shiney objects...moral of the story...if you are into bling stay in after dark or beware of hunters?

Jul 16, 2011 07:33 AM #10
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Anita, does she look as if she'd understand if I told her that?  Remember your kids when they were young?  Remember screaming hissies?  Buck teeth may be easier to handle.  LOL

Nutsy, you are sooooo smarrrrrtttt!!  I should have known that.

Don, I had no idea there was so much history behind that word.  How could I know?  Hip hop music is not understandable at all.  I can't understand a word that is said.  I like country because every word is usually clear, at least in the old country songs.  Thanks for the link.

Debbie, I'm so behind the times.  I didn't have the foggiest idea of what the gentleman meant and he was older than I!  Now Don has explained it, along with a lot of the rest of you, so I feel that I am all caught up.

Jul 16, 2011 09:18 AM #11
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Hey Barbara - Every great woman knows that her power comes from the ability to exfoliate and accessorize.  She looks perfect with all that bling.  It's when we get past 50 that we should cut back.  Too much bling with wrinkles is just wrong on so many levels:-)

Jul 16, 2011 02:59 PM #12
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I have to agree with Myrl!

Jul 16, 2011 06:14 PM #13
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Myrl, you may be wrong.  I've heard, during my career, that you should not wear long dangling earrings, heavy jewelry, etc., when working because it tends to make people NOT listen to what you are saying but instead concentrate on the "bling", if that is what it is now called.  SOOOO.....bling might make people look at the bling instead of our wrinkles!!  LOL

Patricia....ditto my comment to Myrl.  LOL


Jul 17, 2011 01:46 AM #14
Debbie Wantulok

Thanks Ms. Myrl for correcting part of my statement...

The little sweetheart in the photo is perfect for "blinging" and cute as a button.

My comment earlier was about "college" age "kids" that were spending 6 figures on "bling" and that didn't include the car.

I also agree with Ms. Barbra much bling or any other type of odd accessorizing will limit your cutomer market...I'm not crazy about having a real estate agent with a Mohawk, for example.

Thanks again for the rescue...I can't believe I didn't let everyone know how cute this little one was...I apologize.

Jul 17, 2011 02:41 AM #15
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector


Much of the AR world is naive when it comes to the Nutsy side of life.

Jul 17, 2011 05:17 AM #16
Dana McGary
Crye-Leike Champion Real Estate Group, Searcy, Arkansas - Searcy, AR
Realtor - White County, Arkansas

Someone needs to bedazzle that binkie for that cutie! (glue rhinestones on it)

Jul 18, 2011 04:07 AM #17
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Steven, Nutsy will be coming to Arkansas with lots of Bling!!

Dana, great comment.  I love the idea of bedazzling the binkie!  Congrats on your new listing.  Hope you have better results than I had.

Jul 18, 2011 04:28 AM #18
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Barbara and I really like your post and the photograph is priceless ...

Your post & photo have been featured at one of the weirdest groups at AR ...



VB ;o)

Jul 18, 2011 05:00 AM #19
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