On a brisk Saturday morning in November, around 2am, I spotted a girl on Center Street by herself, crying, and wearing a halter top in 30-degree weather. I immediately pulled over and offered assistance. She was shivering so I invited her inside my warm car. She accepted and I recognized her as someone I tried helping earlier that night, but was unable to because her friend led her away from the Kindness Station.
The distraught girl shared with me her dilemma; she got separated from her friend, she lost her phone, her friends weren’t home, her car was dead, and more. Most of all, she was worried about her friend (the same friend from earlier). I promised I would help and I began by driving slowly through the neighborhood, trying to locate her friend. Neither of us saw her so I drove to her dead car in the parking garage. I then gave her my phone so she could contact her friend, but there was no answer. This made her cry even more.
At this time, Tammy Miller from the Kindness Team arrived and we jumped her car. As soon as the engine started I tested her BAC with the breathalyzer, it was 0.12. I showed her this and she parked her car and gave the keys to Tammy. I then left her with Tammy so I could drive a group to campus. Before leaving, I prayed with her that she would find her friend. Later, I knocked on the door of the apartment that I found her in front of. Thankfully, a girl answered who was the roommate of the missing friend, and she knew where she was at! I told her we have her friend safe at the Kindness Station and she asked to come along. I then reunited two friends and took them both home.
All the next day, Tammy felt compelled to pray for the young lady. On Saturday night, she sent me a nice thank you message.
Over the course of the next several weeks we are going to talk shopping, clothes shopping. Who doesn’t love to shop?
Shopping has become a social outing. We shop for fun. We shop when we are bored. Of course we still shop when we need something.
With all that shopping what does your closet look like? Is it overstuffed with clothes you don’t wear? Clothes that still have tags? Are you feeling like you have thrown money away? Do you want to become of a savvy shopper and still have fun? Grab your friends and lets talk consignment shopping, relax it’s not a dirty word.
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Have you reached a point in your life or your personal finances where you’ve begun to consider parting with Grandma’s “heirlooms”or otherwise accumulated gold, silver, and jewelry? No doubt you’ve seen the TV commercials hawking money for gold and silver and wondered about the legitimacies of the deals being offered. Skepticism is an appropriate first instinct in such cases, and rather than blindly trusting the honesty of a pitchman, it makes sense to be prudent.
Before you put your valuables in an envelope and send them anywhere, it’s a good strategy to have them appraised by a professional. And, just as you would if you were selling a car, you should consider having your older pieces cleaned before appraisal.
If you’re selling gold or silver jewelry, make sure you’re receiving current market prices. (At the Silversmith-Goldsmith, for example, you’ll find those marked and updated daily on a wall-mounted chalkboard.)
Here’s a tip: Some gold buyers will offer to pay for weight in gold, without taking into account craftsmanship, the designer, or the year it was made. Especially in the case of estate jewelry, you should seek out a skilled jeweler with knowledge, experience, and an appreciation of fine craftsmanship.
If it’s your first time selling your inherited or collected valuables, you owe it to yourself to make the exchange as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. We suggest paying a visit to Bill, the Silversmith-Goldsmith in Otego. We guarantee you’ll profit by the experience.
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