Contest: Share the Story of YOUR Journey!

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2018 marks the 40th Anniversary of American Jewelry and Loan. We’ve introduced The Lili Gold Signature Collection  as part of our celebration of this milestone.

The design, Two hearts. One Journey, celebrates the journey that Les describes in his New York Times Bestselling Book, For What It’s Worth: Business Wisdom from a Pawnbroker, which he dedicated to Lili.  In addition to sharing business wisdom, the book shares stories from the journey that they’ve shared.

Now, we want to hear the story of YOUR journey! Share a brief story (1,500 words or less) that describes your personal journey entitled “Two Hearts One Journey”. Add a compelling photograph and submit it via email to [email protected] between Monday, May 14, 2018 and June 1, 2018. We’ll post the stories to our blog and social media channels and followers will vote for their favorite. Total ‘likes’ will be calculated alongside our judges’ scores in the following categories:

  • Fan favorite: 40 points
  • Message quality and originality: 20 points
  • Photo quality and originality: 20 points
  • Heartwarming story: 20 points

The three winners will receive a set from the collection: Small pendant, Set of Earrings, and Bracelet in Sterling Silver. Winners will be announced shortly after the contest ends, no later than July 15, 2018.  Click HERE for full contest details and requirements.

Contest Rules and Requirements

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Important: Please read these Official Rules (“Rules”) before entering the Share Your Journey Contest (the “Contest”). By entering Contest, you agree to be bound by these Rules.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED

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CONTEST PERIOD: Entry begins Monday, May 14, 2018, 12:00:00 am Eastern Time (ET) and ends on June 1, 2018 at 12:00:00 am Eastern Time (ET). Winners will be announced shortly after the contest ends, no later than July 15, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY:  The Promotion is open only to residents currently residing in the United States (including DC), Puerto Rico, or Canada (excluding Quebec), who are at least eighteen (18) years of age (or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence) as of the date of their entry.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter the Contest, take the following steps during the Entry period:
•      First, write a brief story (1,500 words or less) that describes your personal journey (love, life, a unique experience—be creative). The theme of this story is “Two Hearts One Journey”
•      Second, include a high quality photo or scan that encapsulates the story.
•      Third, email your story (PDF or .docx format) and photo (JPEG) to [email protected] Alternatively, entries may be mailed to the following postal address (must be RECEIVED by the contest end date)
Two Hearts One Journey Story Contest
American Jewelry and Loan
20450 Greenfield Road
Detroit, MI 48235

Mailed submissions must also include current contact information.

•      Only submissions posted during the contest period will be eligible to win.

PUBLICITY RELEASE:  Contest Entry will be reviewed by Sponsor or Sponsor’s designated Contest administrator (“Administrator”), and may be removed if deemed inappropriate. By entering the contest, participants agree to give Sponsor permission to use the name, likeness, image, voice, and/or appearacnce as such may be embodied in any pictures, photos, video recordings, audiotapes, digital images, and the like, taken or made on behalf of the contest entry. Entrants agree that Sponsor has complete ownership of contest materials including the entire copyright and may use them for any purpose consistent with standard best practices of social media and publicity.

CONTEST JUDGING AND WINNER SELECTION:  Between the close of the Entry Period and June 1, a panel of judges comprised of representatives of the Sponsor at their sole discretion (together, the “Judges”) will evaluate and score all eligible entries submitted during the Contest Period. Judges will select three (3) Potential Winners from all eligible entries, based on the judging criteria below. The ‘Fan Favorite’ will be determined by Social Media LIKES on the Sponsor channels including Instagram, Facebook, and others.
Fan favorite: 40 points
Message quality and originality: 20 points
Photo quality and originality: 20 points
Heartwarming story: 20 points

Sponsor will make up to two (2) attempts within three (3) business days to contact the Potential Winner by sending an email to the email address provided during the submission process. If any Potential Winner does not meet the eligibility criteria or fails to respond to notification attempts with required information, that entry will be disqualified and an alternate Potential Winner will be selected.  All decisions of Sponsor relating to the Contest are final.

PRIZES: There will be three Grand Prizes awarded, one for each of the top three entrants. The prize will be a set: one bracelet, one set of earrings, and one small pendant necklace, from the Lili Gold jewelry collection in Sterling Silver valued at $225. Prizes are provided by Sponsor.

PHOTO CRITERIA:  Photo submissions must include full usage rights. You may provide multiple photos with your submission. Any photo will be disqualified that contains material that, in the sole discretion of Sponsor:
• Communicates messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or good will to which Sponsor wishes to associate.
• Disparages any person, company, or products.
• Violates or infringes upon the copyrights, trademarks, or privacy, property, publicity or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity not affiliated with this Contest.
• Contains any personal identification, such as personal names or e-mail addresses.
• Promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing).

By submitting an entry, you hereby consent to Sponsor’s use of the entry in their internal communications and publications, in social media and other marketing platforms.  You also confirm that any people and/or the owners of any animals who are featured in the photograph(s) gave permission for you to take the image(s) and do not object to your, or Sponsor’s use of the same for commercial purposes.

GENERAL CONDITIONS:  Sponsor is entitled to interpret these rules as needed, and the decision of Sponsor is final.  If any portion of the Prize is not available, Sponsor will award a prize, or portion thereof, of equal or greater value.

GENERAL LIABILITY: Participants agree that the Sponsor (a) shall not be responsible or liable for, and you hereby release the Sponsor from, any claims, losses, damages or injuries of any kind (including death, to persons, property and/or pet(s)) resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity, or from acceptance, receipt, possession and/or use/misuse or inability to use a prize; and (b) to the maximum extent permitted by law, have not made any warranty, condition, representation or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to a prize, including, without limitation, to such prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose. The Sponsor shall not be liable for any injury, damage, loss, expense, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity that may be caused or contributed to (a) by any wrongful, negligent or unauthorized act or omission on the part of any of their agents, servants, employees or independent contractors; (b) by any wrongful, negligent or unauthorized act or omission on the part of any other person or entity not an employee of the Sponsor, or (c) by any other cause, condition or event whatsoever beyond the control of the Sponsor, including postal service delays. Failure of Sponsor to enforce any provision herein shall not be deemed a waiver of such. Sponsor reserves the right to modify these Rules for clarification and/or administration purposes without materially affecting the terms and conditions of the Contest.   The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for computer problems that make it difficult or impossible for you to enter the Contest, or to respond to notifications. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, suspend, modify or amend this Contest, in its entirety or in part, for any reason, including should virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it suspects to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest. If any part of these Rules is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and these Rules shall continue in effect.

DISPUTES: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Rules or the rights and obligations of participants or Sponsor in connection with the Contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan in the United States, without regard to conflict or choice of law provisions, or international treaties or conventions. Participants specifically agree to the venue and jurisdiction being exclusively in the federal and state courts situated in Wayne County in Michigan, United States.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: The Contest and all accompanying materials are copyright 2018 by the Sponsor. All rights reserved

SPONSOR: The Sponsor of the Contest is American Jewelry and Loan, 20450 Greenfield Road, Detroit, MI. 48235. More information can be found at www.pawndetroit.com.

 

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TRIPLE Gold Bar Savings May 3-5th

By | Detroit Love, Other Bloggers

Our loyal customers LOVE our Gold Bar rewards program! Earn 1 for every new loan or every $25 spent in sales! The Gold Bars spend like cash and are coupons for $1 off your purchase. Occasionally, we have special savings events where you can save even more! For Mother’s Day, we’ll be offering TRIPLE GOLD BAR Savings Thursday, May 3 through Saturday May 5th.

 

 

Tax Day Highlights Ways Pawnshops Help Consumers

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Our local Fox affiliate stopped by the store on Tuesday, April 17th to talk with Seth Gold as well as some of our customers about how they were approaching this year’s tax deadline.

Their story points out two of the ways that American Jewelry and Loan, like any pawnshop, helps the customers that they serve.

First, pawnshops offer short-term loans using a customer’s valuables (like jewelry or a guitar) as collateral. In return, pawnbrokers lend them money. When customers pay back the loan, their merchandise is returned to them. If the customer elects not to redeem his or her collateral, there is no credit consequence to the borrower and the items are sold at a value price to retail consumers.

Pawnbrokers are governed by all of the major federal laws that apply to other entities designated as financial institutions. We offer the consumer a quick, convenient and confidential way to borrow money. A short-term cash need can be met with no credit check or legal consequences if the loan is not repaid. Pawnbroking imposes a discipline on the borrower that other lenders do not. Pawn loans are a non-recourse option and do not cause people to overextend credit or go into bankruptcy.

Secondly, the news story spoke with customers who were shopping in our showroom. As these customers shared, pawnshops are a great source for buying a wide variety of merchandise at deep discounts. Our customers know to rely on us for so many things on their shopping list — from the tools they need for DIY projects to the fine jewelry that marks their milestones. American Jewelry and Loan was even named the Best Place to buy Electronics by HOUR Detroit Magazine — we have a huge selection of laptops, tablets, game systems, televisions, and stereo equipment at prices that are a fraction of what you’d expect to pay at a big box retailer.

 

 

Power to the Gird matches individuals on the autism specturm with jobs that fit their unique abilities.

American Jewelry and Loan Celebrating Two Years of a Commitment to Workforce Diversity

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Two years ago, American Jewelry and Loan became the first BETA Test site in Metro Detroit for a program that was focused on hiring, educating, and empowering individuals on the Autism spectrum.

“When we first found out about this opportunity, there was no hesitation–we have a need for talented skilled workers who can keep our ecommerce store running. This program fills that need efficiently and effectively” said Les Gold, owner of American Jewelry and Loan.  Now two years later, all of the participants in the program remain an important part of our team and have grown in their roles individually and collectively, working almost every day to not only list items to our ecommerce store but also to process our technology inventory such as laptops, tablets, and game systems.

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Through this partnership, American Jewelry and Loan is able to add staff to their team from a previously untapped workforce–individuals who are affected by autism. “When I leave work every day, I feel fulfilled, independent, and needed” Les said “now, thanks to this program, we’re able to provide that same pride to an entirely new population who might otherwise be unemployed, under-employed, or marginalized” he added.

“We were the first business to test this model–and if we have been able to make it happen in the back of a pawnshop, then I believe that literally any business can take advantage of this same opportunity” said Seth Gold, who oversees the ecommerce department for the store.

Introducing: Two Hearts. One Journey — The Lili Gold Signature Collection

By | from Staff

Two hearts. One Journey.

In 2018, we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of American Jewelry and Loan. Some of the most important contributions to the longevity and success of the business are certainly a result of the influence of Les Gold’s wife, Lili.

 

In April, we unvieled pieces from a collection of jewelry that features a design commissioned by Lili herself which are manufactured here in our iconic Detroit store using the latest in 3D Printing tehnology.

The collection features limited production pieces in a variety of price points. Pieces are available for order at our Detroit store or online.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale will support one of Lili’s favorite charities, Wigs 4 Kids.

Trunk Show: The Lili Gold Signature Collection

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Two hearts. One Journey. In 2018, we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of American Jewelry and Loan. Some of the most important contributions to the longevity and success of the business are certainly a result of the influence of Les Gold’s wife, Lili.

 

On Saturday, April 7th from 2-4 pm we will be unveiling pieces from a collection of jewelry that features a design commissioned by Lili herself which are manufactured here in our iconic Detroit store using the latest in 3D Printing tehnology.

The collection will feature limited production pieces in a variety of price points. Guests will be able to order pieces which will be produced exclusively for them either in-store or online. Online ordering will be available via our online store with free shipping. Links to the specific products will be LIVE on April 7 as part of this special event.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale will support one of Lili’s favorite charities, Wigs 4 Kids.

Les and Seth Gold Serve on First ‘Gold Bank’ Review Panel

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To kick off the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of American Jewelry and Loan, Les and Seth Gold established The Gold Bank which will support Detroit’s youngest entrepreneurs for years to come.

The first round of ‘Shark Tank’ style pitches were presented by students of Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan. For this exercise, Les and Seth were joined by their friend and colleague Kristen Holt, CEO of Greenpath Financial Solutions. The students hail from Les’ alma mater, Southfield High School.

“These students remind me of myself at their age,” Les said about the teens. The pitches, which both resulted in funding via microloans, were followed by a Q&A session.

The Gold Bank is intended to fund companies founded by students who participate in programming by Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan. To learn more, visit www.jamichigan.org!

and presented ideas for businesses centered on fashion footwear and phone cases.