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Scrap Recycling with Rio Grande –Add a little Cash to Your New Year!

Dec 21, 2011
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Kevin Whitmore
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Whew! 2011 is swiftly coming to a close and I sincerely hope your business is rewarding you richly this holiday season. It's easy, during this busy time of year, to get caught up with the needs of customers seeking Christmas gifts, but one important aspect of running a business is to balance the needs of the customer with the needs of the business.

How can you give a little something back to your business at this end-of-year time? Well, take a look around your jeweler's bench! Precious metal scrap is an inevitable by-product of your production, but it's a by-product that has intrinsic value. NOW is a great time to consider converting your shop scrap into cash for the coming year!

So take a few minutes to clean your shop, and send in your scrap silver and gold for recycling. It will de-clutter your shop, and you’ll turn those filings and wire bits into cash! Rio Grande accepts precious metal scrap all year ‘round. For a detailed explanation about how to send us your scrap and what happens after it arrives, take a look at this video:

Here's to a happy and prosperous 2012!

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Eddie’s Tips: Sorting Scrap Saves Money

Jun 9, 2011
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Eddie Bell
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I was 13 years old when my father first let me sit at his jewelers’ bench. I was so excited I can remember the moment like it was yesterday!
I was helping him bezel-set a diamond by tapping a punch as he guided it around the bezel. I asked him to teach me to set stones. To my surprise, he got up and sat me down to start learning the basics right then and there. As it turned out, it would be a long time before I set my first stone. . .

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Garage Sale-ing for Fun and Profit

Nov 3, 2010
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Kevin Whitmore
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I had a beautiful lunch today with Judie and Eddie, a couple of my co-workers. Our conversation turned to garage sales and buying other peoples’ jewelry. Turns out that Judie is a real garage-sale maven and often buys old jewelry and silverware just to turn it in for its scrap value. Eddie was giving her a few tips, and I thought I’d pass them along to you, gentle reader…

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