WICHITA — Patti Schrag’s Gemstone Jewelers has been open in Derby since 2007. Since then, more and more people have been bringing old jewelry to her store to scrap for money.
“Some of these rings and bracelets are beautiful,” Schrag says.
“I hate to just buy their gold and scrap it,” she says. “I look at it, and I think to myself, why would I do that?”
So Schrag, who expanded to 900 square feet at 200 N. Baltimore in November, got to thinking.
“I’ll bet I can do a whole little store attached to this one,” she says she thought.
So now she’s opening Estate Jewelry and Gifts, Jewelry on Consignment to sell previously owned jewelry.
In addition to wanting money for gold, Schrag says some people have high-end pieces from divorces or deaths in their families, and they don’t know what to do with the pieces.
“I understand the frustration of customers,” Schrag says. “What do you do with this stuff?”
She’ll open the new shop on June 6 in 600 square feet attached to her current store.
“It really works pretty excellent.”