By now, you have seen different offers on television about Gold Cash Source offers. If not, let me refresh your memory. You send your unwanted gold jewelry in an envelope and they pay you cash. Remember the excited actors? They also often take silver and platinum too. Since gold is high, it might be a very good time to look at some of the odds and ends you have, such as a gold chain that is unrepairable, or that ring setting you took your diamond out of and really think you will never use again.
There is one thing I want to caution you on. Some people get money hungry or are in a desperate situation and sell some artist made or vintage jewelry. Be aware that sometimes items that are collectible or that are of a certain age, style, or rarity where they may be much more valuable than the mere value of the metal they were made of. I remember a segment on the local news were people were bringing in Grandma’s silver and one dealer was conscientious enough to stop and educate a potential client that their Vicrotian tea service was worth thousands more than the silver that it was made with due to the age, condition, and maker. You may not be so lucky.
So please, before you send in a ring that got passed to you from a relative that died before you were born, or an artifact from an old relationship gone sour, do your research. It is a great service to be able to recycle some bits and bobs, but be careful. Check with someone who is an expert on the era of the item you have. Some may be worth more as gold, but many, many items have historical importance that you may not realize, and if you knew, you may rather pass it down in the family.Uncategorized | Comments (2)
An East West Musical Leather Jacket was featured on Ebay recently. The item was bid up to $1,625.00, but the reserve was not quite met. Unreasonable? Maybe not. East West Musical jackets are very sought after, and are considered one of the “ultimate” leather jackets to own and I have seen particular examples go for upwards of several thousand dollars.
All the jackets have an artistic bent to them. Sometimes it is very obvious, such as hand painting of the leather, or the leather pieced together to create a specific pictorial design. Often, other times, even if a jacket is monochromatic, the tailoring and cut is very inventive. The jacket pictured, offered by designervintagelabels4u, falls into the latter category. Pay special attention to the pocket design and how the front stitching/yokes play a visual part. I would put the value at of course less than the louder and more intricate jackets just because people are willing to pay higher for a theme, but this one is also a very handsome example as well.
If you see an East West Musical label, it is definitely worth taking a second look at the item. You will more likely find them on the west coast, but of course, as anything, people migrate with their possessions. If you are a vintage fashion collector and you spot one at a steal, check the condition of course, but try not to hyperventilate.1960s, 1970s, auctions | Comments (4)
It is not too late to give to the Heroes at Home Wish Registry. It is a project taken on by Sears to help the families who have a loved one over seas, particularly families where a parent is stationed far away this holiday season. It sometimes creates financial difficulties, but more so, sometimes creates a little bit of sadness for not having a mom or dad home to celebrate with them.
The money donated is not tax deductible, as it goes directly to the purchase of gift cards rather than going to a non profit organization. Gift card amounts are divided up evenly among all the registered families. Of course, there are other programs that donate items to families. However, this way, the parent that is caring for the children back in their home towncan buy exactly what they need. They can purchase the size and style and the item that they need the very most. Some of the top Wish List items that families hope to buy are shoes in a range of children’s sizes, and pajamas for both boys and girls. They just grow so fast and need those items every year. Sometimes good, solid shoes are a larger ticket item too.
How do you help? Go to the Sears Heroes at Home on the internet, or go to the register at your favorites Sears store, fill out a slip, and make your contribution.
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