My pending divorce notwithstanding, having been married for 17+ years, I've purchased more than my fair share of jewelry as gifts for various occassions. From Birthdays and Anniversaries to Christmas and Valentines, I have dropped some serious cash at my jewelry store of choice. That would be Kay Jewelers
. Such being the case, Kay Jewelers send me their mailers (complete with coupons) every time they have a sale. And, of course, with Christmas being close at hand, they've sent me the most recent ad.
So, now I'm sitting here looking at this ad - with all of it's sparkling appeal - and I'm pondering something that may be a stroke of pure genius... or maybe pure evil
genius. Allow me to explain.
Currently, I have no one to buy jewelry for. Perhaps Aliesha, but she doesn't seem to be interested in the styles that they have at Kay's. Besides, what they have to offer is much more along the lines of romantic love, not father-daughter love. Yet, I have the funds to buy jewelry because I've gotten into the habit of working it into my budget. And with the sales, specials and coupons that are available to me, the jewelry in those ads is looking even more attractive. But that does not change the fact that I have no one to give the jewelry to...Yet!
This is what I'm thinking:
I could go ahead and start buying some of the items that are on sale. Mostly the earrings and pendants - because buying the rings would create issues when it came to the size - so that I could actually stock up on gifts for when I do finally have a "special someone".
Now, before anyone out there (ladies) decides to denounce this idea as being "impersonal", I want to remind everyone that it would be no more impersonal than if I simply went out and bought the sale item as a gift simply because it was on sale, and it's jewelry. And let's face it, no woman has ever turned down a gift of jewelry. Even if the guy has no idea what styles or designs work for his woman.
But here's the real beauty of this scheme. Kay Jewelers has a "Trade-Up" policy. As long as I take the items in for regular cleaning and general upkeep, those items will retain their resale value if I choose to "Trade-Up" for something else. So I can still make any gifts of jewelry more personal, by taking an item to trade for an item that might be more appealing to my "special someone".
Of course, there is a very real possibility that I will never find a "special someone". In which case I'll never give these gifts to anyone. Unless I use them as a part of an inheritance for my kids. But then, I won't really be giving them anything. The jewelry would simply become their property. What they do with it after I'm gone is completely up to them.
On the other hand, having such things on hand might not be a bad idea for an investment. There are always jewelers and coin collectors, and such who are willing to pay cash for such items. Perhaps, in an economic hardship, I could use them as a bit of security. In fact, I plan on using my wedding ring to pay for a really great steak dinner when my divorce is final (and yes there will be an open invitation to all my readers to join me for the occasion - whenever that may be).
But I've gotten way off track here...
Anyways! What I'm considering doing is just going out occasionally, when I get these ads, and buy one of the sale items to tuck it away until I need to come up with a nice little gift for someone that I'm seeing on a somewhat steady basis. They don't have to be anything extravagant. Just something simple that conveys the message that "Hey, you're special to me." without implying anything too serious, or denying anything that might be heading in that direction. Or might even be able to give them to someone who's "just a friend". One never knows.
So... whaddyathink? Am I a genius or an evil
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