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True Tales: I Saved Sarge’s Life



I was a sergeant in the Air Force for 20 years, which I mention in all my advertisements. One day while I was out of town, an older World War II guy comes in to sell a piece of jewelry. My brother Gil offers him a price, and the guy gets very upset, saying it is worth a lot more. Gil patiently explains the price, but the guy says, “When I pulled the Sarge [that’s me] out of that burning tank, he said someday I will repay you for saving my life. Well, today’s the day. The Sarge would pay me this in a minute!” I don’t remember if Gil paid him more or not, but when I got back into town, my employees were laughing. They said, “The guy who pulled you from that burning tank was in while you were gone.” The 20 years I was in the Air Force, I don’t remember ever even seeing a tank in person. It took the cake, great story!!
ART A., 
?About three years ago a lady was bragging about how much more she could get elsewhere and how she was a jeweler  
herself on the side. She showed me another piece and I said “Nice Art Nouveau piece!” And she said, “I have had several pieces designed by him.” “Who?” I said. “Art Nouveau”, said the expert seller…. Sheeeesh!? 
Hess Estate Jewelry; St. Petersburg, FL



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Hosting a going-out-of-business sale when the coronavirus pandemic hit wasn’t a part of Bob Smith’s game plan for his retirement. Smith, the owner of E.M. Smith Jewelers in Chillicothe, Ohio, says the governor closed the state mid-way through. But Smith chose Wilkerson, and Wilkerson handled it like a champ, says Smith. And when it was time for the state to reopen, the sale continued like nothing had ever happened. “I’d recommend Wilkerson,” he says. “They do business the way we do business.”

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