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.

4 comments:

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

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  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).

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  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.

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

    (Or paying for an earlier shopping spree ;)

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