Shopaholic – Valentine Shopping Is for Fun
Why do people shop for Valentines Day?
It is that time of year again. You know, when we need a Holiday to justify our reason to go out and shop. Valentines Day is just around the corner. It gives us a reason to be a shopaholic if only for one day. This is when we profess our love for the opposite sex, family members and our children. It is a nice time to buy sweets for our sweeties along with jewelry for some. We continue with the same shopping trends.
Valentines day allows us to relish in the warm fuzzes of love and friendship. We as a people, male and female, boys and girls can write poems, cute notes, play games and leave gifts as well as food or treats for each other and it does not matter what sex or age you are or age or sex of the one that you befriend or leave a gift or treat for. It is all seen as a nice jester.
As a matter of fact, if you are a kid in grade school and the school or teacher allows you to pass out valentines and you are the only kid that did NOT get any, you really feel bad. You think that nobody in your class likes you. This is a time in your little life when you want valentines from both sexes. From the boys that are your buds and who pick each other for teams and from the girls who think you are cute, have a crush or from both who just want to be your friend. It is a real esteem builder to get those little notes and candy hearts.
As adults sometimes just a card from someone will do it for you. This is the time of year when many couples become engaged. This is a good time to visit your favorite online shopping mall.
Jewelry stores are cleaning display cases and making sure that everything is sparkling for that retail buyer. Now is the time that men are thinking about and looking at moderate to expensive jewelry to give to their loved ones.
Married couples that are approaching their 10, 20, 25 or any milestone anniversary update their wedding rings around Valentines Day.
Valentines shopping is fun. You can buy small or large trinkets, write notes, send poems and give candy or treats to anyone, even your boss just because.
Take this time to cherish your loved ones and friends, because tomorrow is not promised to us. Do those niceties today so that you do not have regrets. Take the time to show and say I love you.
For some people who have good, decent items or jewelry pieces that have been passed down, it may be time to dust off some of that old jewelry you have stored away and wear it on your valentine date or dinner. Here are some cleaning tips from the Tip Junkie.
Costume jewelry needs regular cleaning to keep the good luster for longtime use. First choose a good jewelry cleaning solution. Avoid alcohols and acids like ammonia and vinegar. Read the label of the solution to make sure it can be used with the metal being cleaned.
Avoid using soap and water when cleaning costume jewelry. Soaps tend to leave a mark on the surfaces of metal or cause the stones to look dull. While vinegar is lethal to precious gemstones, Windex is also detrimental to delicate finishes of jewelry. Recommended cleaners you can use are chemical, toothpaste, natural, and cloth. Of these toothpaste has been famed to be the low-priced yet effective solution.
Use the solution to clean smudges from gemstones and class. Dab a small amount onto a cotton swab, and gently buff the dirty spot. Never soak jewelry in the solution, because moisture breaks down glue, welding and other adhesives bonding the jewelry together.
Use a baby toothbrush to gently brush off the costume jewelry to prevent scratching. You can also pick residue out of encrusted areas with a toothpick. Dry quickly to avoid rusting. Dab the jewelry with a towel or blow dry on a cool air setting.
To clean silver jewelry Rinse in warm water and pat dry. If silver is tarnished, use a silver-polishing cloth or a jar of silver-cleaning fluid, such as Goddard’s Silver Dip (available at drugstores). (Silver cleaner won’t harm gold and platinum, but it won’t clean them, either.) For jewelry with intricate designs, use a silver-cleaning paste, which can get into small crevices. (Don’t use toothpaste or other abrasive cleaners, which will scratch.) Wipe with a clean, soft cloth.
To clean gold jewelry simply soak for 15 minutes in a solution of two cups warm water and a few drops of a mild dishwashing liquid, like Joy. Gently scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Rinse with warm water, and dry with a soft cloth.
To clean diamond jewelry simply oak for 20 minutes in a solution of one cup warm water and 1/4 cup ammonia. Then gently scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush, getting into the small areas between the diamond and the setting. Rinse with warm water, and lay on a tissue to dry. If your diamonds are set in platinum, this method will also clean the setting.
To clean pearl jewelry Rub each pearl individually with a soft, clean cotton cloth dampened with a solution of two cups warm water and a few drops of a mild dish-washing liquid, like Joy. (Soaking strands of pearls can cause the string to stretch.) Let air-dry overnight.
To clean turquoise jewelry dip in warm water. Gently scrub with a soft toothbrush. Rinse with warm water. Let air-dry.