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Finally, an in-home party that pays you and your guests for your unwanted gold

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(ARA) - You've been invited to parties selling plastic storage containers, purses, candles and even decorative baskets for many years. The parties are fun, and you enjoy socializing with friends and coworkers and sampling delicious snacks at these houseware and home products parties. In fact, there are times when you come away from them with excellent items for your house or gifts for family members. And other times, you come away feeling you've spent money you didn't have on items you didn't need.

Now there's a way to continue the fun without spending the money. Consider hosting a JTV Gold Exchange Party and invite your family and friends to sell the unwanted gold and platinum gathering dust in their jewelry boxes. Unlike most home parties that encourage your guests to spend money, JTV Gold Parties are designed for you and your guests to make money.

If you or your friends are interested in selling your unwanted gold or platinum jewelry, here are some tips to make sure you receive the best value:

* Price check and compare. Visit various gold buy-back Web sites to compare payouts, processes and procedures.

* Be aware that you will probably receive many different values for your jewelry. It's important to choose a trustworthy company with a good track record of customer satisfaction.

* When working with a mail-in gold program, make sure the company offers to insure your jewelry and it is being shipped via a secure mail service. Also check the company's name with the Better Business Bureau to make sure they are free of customer complaints.

* Look for a company that will give you a price offer that you can accept or decline. If the company doesn't have a policy of making an offer, don't use the company.

* Do your homework and read about the company - check out its Web site and look at the company's procedure and policy information and how long they have been in business.

The JTV Gold Exchange service pays all shipping costs, insures each package up to $500 and videotapes the entire opening and weighing of the gold packages for added security. Gold party guests will receive a formal offer by phone or e-mail for the purchase of their gold or platinum jewelry and must review the offer before any further action is taken. If the offer is accepted, the customer receives a check in the mail. If the offer is rejected, the jewelry is shipped back at no cost.

Here are some tips for hosting a great gold party:

* Order a JTV Gold Party kit and review the materials you receive as a party host before inviting guests.

* Set a date and time, and mail invitations about two weeks before the party. E-mail invites also work, but make sure your guests check their e-mail. Invite them to bring additional friends as well.

* Ask for an RSVP, or give your guests a courtesy call a few days before the party as a reminder. Direct them to a Web site for background information about the products or company you're holding the party for.

* Keep the party simple. Elaborate refreshments aren't required because people will be there to socialize and have fun. Here are two easy-to-prepare recipes you can serve:

Gold Rush Punch

Ingredients:
1 (12 oz) can frozen orange juice
1 (12 oz) can frozen yellow lemonade
1 (46 oz) can pineapple juice
2 quarts ginger ale
1 (10 oz) package frozen strawberries (optional)

Mix frozen juices per instructions on can. Add pineapple juice. Stir in strawberries. Add Ginger Ale at time of serving. Makes 37 (6 oz) servings. To add to appearance, a ring can be made by freezing the above juices in an ice mold.

Money Bread

Ingredients:
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 (10 ounce) cans refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions:
Spread pecans evenly in the bottom of a well-greased 10 inch Bundt pan. Set aside. Combine sugar and cinnamon on a plate. Cut biscuits into quarters; roll each piece in the sugar mixture and layer in the pan. Combine brown sugar and butter. Pour over the dough. Bake at 350 F for 30 to 40 minutes. Cool bread for 10 minutes in the pan and then invert onto a serving platter.

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