Good to know about crossing the borders…
I would like to share my unhappy story with you folks on Orchid,
just in the small chance you can help me recover a loss. We were
moving back to Washington state for the summer, from our winter
residence in Pismo Beach, CA, near San Luis Obispo. We have made this
trek for ten years, no problems before, ever. This time, on the
second night, while staying at a motel in Redding, CA, all of my
inventory for the upcoming shows this summer was stolen out of our
locked pickup, from the bed. This had a locked canopy on the bed. The
thieves were relentless, they took bags, boxes, plastic bags, etc,
all unmarked, looked like garbage we were hauling. We have done it
the same way for ten years, so we weren’t feeling any differently
this year. I really get that people are more desperate, taking bigger
chances than every before on robberies. Do we have insurance? Sure,
it’s covered under our homeowners policy, and we might be reimbursed
for maybe $3000 total for about $35,000 in clothing, jewelry
inventory, personal items. So, lessoned learned, if you don’t want
something stolen, don’t leave it in a car.
So, I would love for all of you folks to be on the lookout for
anything that might have my name on it as far as handmade jewelry. I
use Riki Jewelry for the name of the company, and have a blog,
www.RikiJewelry.blogspot.com, and a website, www.RikiJewelry.com. If
you look at those, you can see what my items look like. You would
think with the large number of you out there, you might see something
on Ebay, or somewhere else for sale, that might be mine and let me
know. Everything was reported to the police, but they are
understaffed these days.
We are looking in to getting a separate rider on our insurance for
inventory, and loss in transporting. We don’t know if that is
available, but we want to find out. I am scared to death to ship
everything, that gets lost and stolen as well. So, that’s my story.
I’m going to be a busy girl this summer, and friends are volunteering
to help build the inventory back up. I had my first show of the
season this weekend, borrowed items from one of my stores to show.
That was interesting! I’m trying to have a “that’s life” attitude, so
I can get out of this feeling of trauma and move on.
Thanks for listening!