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More gold fever: designer bullion

January 16th, 2012

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With all the gold fever going on, it’s just a matter of time before the precious metal got a designer touch of its own.

Jean-Paul Gaultier has designed a limited-edition one-ounce gold bar, the first designer to do so, which dealer Dillon Gage says will provide “a fashionable way for investors to diversify holdings and hedge against inflation.”

Though his name may be unfamiliar to bankers and portfolio managers, Gaultier is known for his haute couture, fragrances and as well as Madonna’s racier stage costumes.

The gold-bar features Gaultier’s signature sailor stripe on a heart with a banner bearing his name.

The price of gold, less than $100 an ounce 40 years ago, has swelled in the past few years. It’s price today is about $1,650 and ounce.

This collector’s item can be purchased from Dillon Gage Metals, the sole distributor in the United States, by visiting

Send kids back to school with Rhea Lana

July 24th, 2009

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Shop for back-to-school threads at Rhea Lana Children’s Consignment Event this week and next.

For parents, it’s back-to-school shopping time, and the budget crunch isn’t helping. But this weekend, Rhea Lana Children’s Consignment Event aims to make it easier to dress young ones.

The event takes place July 25 and 26 at The Nimitz Business Center, 1130 N. Nimitz Highway, on the second level above New Eagle Cafe. It repeats as a half-price sale Aug. 1 and 2.

Rhea Lana’s Children Consignments Events is a community event that allows families to unload clothing, baby equipment, maternity and junior clothing, toys and household furniture, while purchasing others’ quality, unwanted items. On offer will be more than 5,000 items listed by more than 100 Hawaii consignors. Admission is free.

The event aims to do good on so many levels, by helping consignors to make money from their unwanted items, recycling, and helping others pick up affordable clothing and home goods. Check out

Hours are noon to 9 p.m. on the 25th, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the 26th.

Admission to a pre-sale event for consignors is 8 to 11 a.m. Aug. 1, with public invited in from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and final day hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Rhea Lana Children’s Consignment Event was started in 1997 by Rhea Lana
Riner in Conway, Arkansas. It has spread to eight states and has become the one-
stop shopping spot for moms, grandmothers, and moms-to-be for the best bargains on
children’s merchandise. For more information about this or future events, email
Terrence Iwamoto at

If you missed out on the consigning this time around, the group aims to host three events annually in Honolulu.


Baby carriers, strollers and bouncers will be available to moms to be.


Parents can shop for clothes that other kids have outgrown.