Monday, March 24, 2008

found money, spent money

I overheard a conversation between my dad and my husband about the price of gold being up to about $1,000 an ounce. I joked about trying to sell my old junk chains and my dad said I should.

In the '80s, I used to always like to wear those really thin gold chains you could get at the mall for about $10. They would inevitably get tangled into knots, and I would try to untangle them and they'd break. Because they were 14-carat gold, I didn't throw them away, I'd just chuck them into a segment in my jewelry box and let them sit there. So I had about 6 or 7 of these all tangled together in a wad. I weighed them on my dieter's scale and the amount seemed significant enough -- my husband estimated that it was between 3 and 4 grams of gold.

I have the day off so among other errands, I went out looking around Toledo for a place to try to sell these chains. The place I was thinking of was closed, and then we saw a sign on the sidewalk that said, "We Buy Gold!" when driving around. I didn't notice what the place was until we were inside and I noticed all the guitars. There was a long line of downtrodden-looking people trying to sell things. I whispered, too loudly, to my husband: "I think this is a pawn shop." We left -- my husband didn't think we'd get a good price there, and I was just weirded out by the idea of selling my jewelry at a pawn shop.

We had given up and were going home and my husband spotted a sign for an estate jewelers that said, "We buy gold and diamonds." We figured this would be a better place to go, and it was. The woman there was very amused by my golden spaghetti, and I got $35 for a pile of what was, to me, junk. I told her about the pawn shop and she said that pawn shops will only give you about 40% of the value for the gold. She said she paid 80%.

I was happy to have my little bit of found money, especially since I made a trip to the Gap Outlet in Monroe a little earlier today and got a little carried away with jeans, khakis, and dress pants all on clearance for $7.99 - 29.99. Now at least I can look good while I try to lose the New Job weight.


  1. Woo hoo, money for nothing! Gotta love that. And hooray for new clothes. I'm a big fan of the Gap outlet, personally.

  2. Hey, I just started reading your blog (I found you through a search on Jillian Michaels) and I'm really enjoying it. I didn't realize until just now that you must live in my hometown of Toledo? (I'm from Oregon).

  3. Hi Andrea,

    My username on Blogger is toledolefty, and I have another blog by that name. I've lived in the Toledo area most of my life.

  4. Hey, found money absolutely needs to be spent shopping...

    (Or paying for an earlier shopping spree ;)


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