We want to thank all of the people who have been kind to us over the last 6 days, we don’t know your names but we know your actions, you have sacrificed to help us without us asking and we thank you for it.
We also want to thank everyone for stopping!
Our last day giving away free Jewelry in Douglas, Arizona was slow as far as people showing up for free Jewelry, but fast as far as how much jewelry people took home with them.
Those of you who have stopped to talk probably realized that I talk a lot about anything that comes up… These blog entries are basically just me “Puking on paper” and I hope that there is some useful meaning in it all when I am done.
Sometimes it might seem like I am putting down people, I never mean it like that, we don’t know anyone situation (and frankly it is none of our business) so we don’t judge people even to ourselves. And in this case there is a reason we don’t say “you can only have x amount of jewelry”, we trust people to know what is right for them.
We often get “you should sell this jewelry”, yes, judging by our finances we should, (and we do on our website DCDK.Jewelry ) but that isn’t why we give away free jewelry. We really are trying to change the world, one smile at a time, and becoming a roadside vendor doesn’t contribute to that goal.
We have all kinds of people stop by some of them are polite and think of others when they take jewelry, others don’t even say hello and take jewelry by the handful. Still others stop by after we have taken the table in and shut down for the night for free jewelry or seem insulted when we tell them late at night that we don’t give away gold or silver jewelry (like they can’t tell from our vehicles that we can hardly afford to give away copper jewelry.
It seems to me that many people really don’t understand what the value of jewelry is in this day and age. There was a time when jewelry was a kind of wealth bu it really hasn’t been that way for more than a century.
If you buy an Engagement Ring, for example, at a mall it is easy to pay $3000 for it, if you buy the same Engagement Ring only not at a mall it is likely $650, If you have connections and can buy it at true wholesale you can get it for $250. AND if you go to sell that ring you will find you are lucky to get $100 for it.
The value of jewelry is in the craftsmanship, in who made it, in the amount of time and energy it takes to make it, and mostly in how much you like it. It isn’t an investment, jewelry isn’t a status symbol, jewelry is an expression of who you are, or who you want to become.
Jewelry as a gift shows your thoughtfulness of others, your appreciation of the person you are giving it to and is also a test of how well you know the person’s likes and dislikes when choosing it. Gold is expensive, but gold is no longer the world’s measure of trade and so it’s of limited use and its value is subject to its usefulness by the buyer.
When we choose to give away the jewelry we make in mass to people we do it to express that we value everyone. We trust their other people’s judgement. And we feel finances should not be the number one priority in a life well lived (we believe it should be other people). We are also giving away Free Jewelry (and doing a large amount of volunteer work) to set an example to our children of how to be successful as a person.
This weeks summary.
I have decided to no longer include counts of people, jewelry or finances in my daily blogs because in general we don’t keep a tight enough count on any of that for it to be useful.
Trying to figure out how many people showed up in a car, how many cars, how much jewelry they took, etc. to distract me from what I should be doing. Counting monetary gift at the end of the day, while easy because there really isn’t that much to count, doesn’t really belong here because it seem to me to look like a petty attempt to raise more money for our gas fund (not meant to be) instead of instructional to our readers.