Friday, November 21, 2008

Gold Rush!

Okay, it's been a while since I last posted but for some of you, this post will have been worth waiting for.

Do you need some extra Christmas money? Are you glad gas prices are going down but still you seem to be in a budget crunch? Did you grow up in the 80's? Then, like me, you probably have lots of old gold jewelry that you never wear. I dug around in my jewelry box a while back and put all the gold jewelry together in one little bag. Broken rope chains, a kinked herringbone chain, several cheesy gold charms and a few little rings were just gathering dust and taking up space. They weren't anything that had true sentimental value. Most of them were broken, had one earring missing, or were something an old boyfriend gave me.

Well, I've been hearing that people are paying the best price for gold in years so I decided to find out. I grabbed my little bag of trinkets and went to Berry's Pawn in Madison. Berry's is a very reputable pawn shop owned by Herb Berry. Herb went to our church for a long time and is a friend of my dad's. Jeff bought my engagement ring from him. You might be familiar with the shop as Dave Ramsay often mentions it on his show. So anyway, Herb wasn't in but I was helped by a friendly young man. He examined and weighed each piece and made notes on a piece of paper. In about 15 minutes he made his offer. Now, their motto is, "Give the customer more than they expect." But are you ready for this?

$415.00!!!That's right! Four hundred and fifteen dollars! He counted out the cash and the security guard walked me to my car. I thought that was kinda funny but there are some characters in that area and everyone in the store did just see him count out a load of cash. No worries though, the shop is very nice and I had Little Sister with me. It's not really scary and dark like you might imagine a pawn shop would be.

So look out Black Friday and thank you Lord for providing some Christmas shopping money to buy gifts for those we love. If you decide to go down there, please comment and let me know how you do.

7 comments:

Montee said...

My mother is thinking about doing this. With the jewelry she has, she could make a fortune. She knows someone that she trusts to take the jewelry to. I'll tell her how much you got. Hey, Brett is so happy to be there in Nashville that he told me he's not coming home. I am afraid he will cry when he flies out on Sunday.

Anonymous said...

I've got my little ziploc ready. Watch out Herb...

Anonymous said...

I guess my boyfriend's weren't quite as generous as yours, but I still got $185 and that included taking out my first (and nicest) ring, a diamond necklace and a cross necklace. The other stuff was really just junk!

Thanks for the great tip!

Montee said...

Mama took some of her jewelry, thinking she might get $50.00 but instead she got $200.00! Not bad. She wears mostly silver or white gold jewelry. I think she is going to search for some more yellow gold way down in her jewelry box. Hope Y'all had a nice Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Y'all--today I took my mom's jewelry that didn't have sentimental value to me. Now granted, she was allergic to certain metals, so she couldn't wear anything less than 14K gold (sounds like a crock, doesn't it? But it's true!),and she LOVED jewelry. Can you even guess how much I made? Nine hundred fifty dollars! I am not kidding you!!!!! I'm still shaking from all the excitement! :)
~Julie

Anonymous said...

I forgot to tell you: the amount of jewelry I took fit in a ziploc snack bag!

Tracey in VA said...

I really want to do that too....here in VA obviously...you have motivated me!!