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Humor: This Client Was All Dirt and No Pay

There’s a reason they call it “fool’s gold.”




Humor: This Client Was All Dirt and No Pay

A guest told us he had found some pure gold and asked if we could sort through and test it. We, of course, said we could, not knowing … He proceeded to bring in a cooler filled with dirt for us to “sort through.” He insisted there was gold in there and talked a sales associate into checking it, saying we could take our time. One of our staff graciously sifted through it to find a tiny amount of pyrite. We called the guest to say we found no gold and only a small amount of pyrite and to please pick up your cooler of dirt. He never returned, and the cooler sat in a corner in the back room for years until we threw it out. Never again! — Katrina Sustachek, Rasmussen Diamonds, Racine, WI



This Third-Generation Jeweler Was Ready for Retirement. He Called Wilkerson

Retirement is never easy, especially when it means the end to a business that was founded in 1884. But for Laura and Sam Sipe, it was time to put their own needs first. They decided to close J.C. Sipe Jewelers, one of Indianapolis’ most trusted names in fine jewelry, and call Wilkerson. “Laura and I decided the conditions were right,” says Sam. Wilkerson handled every detail in their going-out-of-business sale, from marketing to manning the sales floor. “The main goal was to sell our existing inventory that’s all paid for and turn that into cash for our retirement,” says Sam. “It’s been very, very productive.” Would they recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers who want to enjoy their golden years? Absolutely! “Call Wilkerson,” says Laura. “They can help you achieve your goals so you’ll be able to move into retirement comfortably.”

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