For someone down on their luck looking to make a little cash or a woman looking to trade up her current engagement ring, Boynton Beach has Golden Time Estate Buyers.
The store at 7459 S. Military Trail buys and sells estate jewelry, including gold, silver and diamonds.
Tanya Coke, the store’s co-owner, said the difference between her shop and others like it is that they don’t scrap gold or melt it down, rather the store buys whole inventories and recycles them into the community.
Coke said the store also does not use wholesalers.
“If someone has a diamond, they can take the old one and get a bigger one through trade,” she said. “Maybe a bigger one for their 25th anniversary.”
Coke was candid about women who inherit pieces of jewelry from their grandparents and how they might be out of fashion.
“If the owner thinks they are ugly, they just sit in a drawer,” she said.
Coke’s father-in-law Neville started in the jewelry business back in Jamaica in the 1970s.
“My husband Ray grew up in the store there,” she said. “I have pics of him as a little boy sitting behind the showcase.”
Now, it is a family affair with her 14-year-old son learning the business as well from his father.
“We home school him in the shop,” she said. “In this business, it is hard to hire outside the family.”
In addition to Ray and Tanya, their aunt Yvette Veley works the eBay portion of the business in the back of the store and the father-in-law is the watch maker.
After numerous successful locations, the family’s current location opened last Dec. 15.
Tanya’s mother Renee Tellini works all the sales and keeps everyone in line, Coke said.
“It’s hard times and people are selling things they don’t want to,” she said. “It comes down to keeping a gold chain or buying food.”
Ray Coke said it feels nice to carry on his father’s legacy and tradition.
“I just hope I can teach my son to pick it up the same way I did,” he said.
Ray said every day is different and dealing with the different customers is the best part, especially when a story is tied to a specific piece.
“That’s what is cool about it,” he said. “It’s like watching ‘Pawn Stars,’ where they tell you the story of where the piece came from.”
The store is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday.