A local jewelry store will again hide 50 gifts during the downtown holiday season


LANCASTER — For the second holiday season in a row, Wendel’s Diamond Jewelers owners Jon and Stephanie Palestrant will place 50 gifts downtown as a kind of scavenger hunt.

The Finder’s Keepers event will begin at 10 a.m. on November 27 in conjunction with Small Business Saturday and will continue until Christmas Eve or until all 50 boxes have been found.

The boxes will contain information that the inventor will take to store and receive the gift assigned to that box. Giveaways will include gift certificates, bracelets, Pandora jewelry and more.

“It’s just a whole assortment of treats,” Stephanie Palestrant said.

These are the boxes Wendel’s Diamond Jewelers owners Stephanie and Jon Palestrant scattered downtown as part of its latest Christmas giveaway event. They are doing the event again this year starting at 10 a.m. on November 27.

The only restriction is that each household can only have one box or gift.

“So if you find more than one, let it rest so other people can enjoy the fun and games,” Stephanie Palestrant said.

Last year, the store gave out about 45 gifts, with four or five people not redeeming their certificate.

“It was a huge hit and received like crazy last year,” said Stephanie Palestrant. “Jon and I have been so blessed and grateful to be able to do it again this year. We will try to keep this tradition going year after year if we can and just spread some holiday cheer around our community.”

Although it’s not a cheap business, she said the business wouldn’t be where it is without friends and customers. Therefore, Stephanie Palestrant is a way to give back.

Like last year, if all the boxes are not redeemed for a gift, the Palestrants will donate the prizes to the whole community.

Stephanie Palestrant said it’s always fun when families can come together at an event like Finder’s Keepers.

“There is no age limit,” she said. “So mom and dad and the kids, aunts, uncles, grandparents, whoever it is, can get together and hang out and have fun hunting for a few minutes or a few hours or whatever. It’s a good fun family thing that everyone can do together. Everyone was super excited about last year, which was a really, really great feeling.”

For further questions about the giveaway, call the store at 740-653-6402.

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