The Fifth Annual Be Jeweled comes just in time to shop for Valentine’s Day. Be Jeweled is a once-a-year vintage, fine, ethnic and costume jewelry sale for Food Share of Lincoln County. All items are donated by the community and all proceeds help feed hungry families.
This year’s sale has a new venue, the Shilo Inn Newport, Saturday, February 11th from 9 am to 2 pm. “More space to park and more room to shop,” says Linda Neigebauer of Nye Cottage Beads.
Over 6000 mostly one-of-kind items include vintage pins, earrings and pendants, ethnic jewelry, brightly colored gemstones, pearls, jade, fine jewelry of silver and gold, Native American items, abalone pieces from New Zealand, and tables and tables of earrings both pierced and clip-on. There’s even a special table for jewelers and artists looking for components to make their own unique pieces.
Many tourists wait for Be Jeweled to find great one-of-a-kind jewelry at fantastic prices. Customers get a black bowl as they come in, browse the boutique areas and bargain tables, fill their bowls with jewelry, then check out. Every dollar raised lets Food Share buy five pounds of food.
Much of Be Jeweled’s success comes from its many community partners. This year Lincoln County employees, challenged by Sustainability Manager, Mark Saelens, adopted Be Jeweled as a “green” fundraiser, collecting jewelry and contributing more than 1,000 items. Hundreds of other donors, including employees of the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians, also cleaned out their jewelry boxes. Founding sponsor Nye Cottage Beads and the Be Jeweled committee sort and store jewelry all year. Pirate’s Plunder sponsors a space to sell previously unsold items to provide working capital for this year’s event. Diamonds by the Sea appraises jewelry and guides pricing for the sale. The Newport News Times is Be Jeweled’s presenting sponsor.
Be Jeweled originated in 2007 in response to USDA cut-backs emptying Food Share shelves.
Similar cutbacks make this year’s event essential to helping relieve food insecurity in Lincoln County.
Nancy Smith, Food Share Executive Director, believes that the appeal of Be Jeweled lies in its uniqueness. “There’s no other event like this on the coast,” she says, “ It’s a great way to help Food Share by donating your gently used jewelry then shopping the sale for treasures new to you. This year’s sale will be better than ever,” she continues. “We open the doors at 9:00, close them around 11:15 am and when we open again at noon, we sell most everything at half price.”
To learn more about Be Jeweled, call Nancy Smith at 541-265-8578 or visit Food Share’s website at www.foodsharelincolncounty.org. The Shilo Inn Newport is located at 536 S. Elizabeth Street.