What would prompt a young, college student to go to a gold buying evetn on a nice, Saturday afternoon? Well, for Samantha Cole, it was a television ad she felt spoke directly to her.
"And they said, 'bring broken or used gold' and we have a bunch of that lying around. I'm a broke, college student, so it was kind of like an answer to your prayers." said Cole.
The TV ad grabbed the attention of Samantha and many others. Brandon Crump, a member of the Gold Buying Team, said he buys gold from all kinds of people.
"We've had people that have owned jewelry stores, we've had people that have collected gold back in the eighties," explained Crump.
Selling gold for many can be as easy as looking in their jewelry chess. Old pieces mean a little extra cash. No matter what type of jewelry, the Gold Buying Team said people are, at the least, willing to try and sell.
"Big chains, earrings, everything that's just been laying in jewelry boxes. Broken stuff, stuff that they found on the ground. It doesn't matter. Anything that's gold or silver or platinum, we'll take," said Crump.
They did buy everything that Samantha brought. For the pieces she brought in to sell, she said she is happy with the outcome.
"It was more than I expected so that's pretty good so it was a good amount for what was given," said Samantha.
With the slumping economy, any extra cash is good. Brandon said the customers he sees just need a little help.
"A little bit of extra income either to go shopping on the weekends or take a little trip down to the beach. They just need to pay a couple extra bills," said Crump.
Whether it's for shopping or a road trip, Samantha said she does plan on selling more gold.
"Sure, as soon as I talk my mom into getting rid of some other old pieces, I'll be back," said Samantha.
The Gold Buying Team hosted Gold Shows on Saturday, October 3rd and Sunday, October 4th from 10am until 5pm. The shows were in Meridian, Scooba, and Livingston, Alabama.