Asset Brokers and Loans in Midland, Michigan buys and sells a variety of items.

Rita Blackhurst, 62, owns Asset Brokers and Loans on the corner of South Saginaw and Haley in Midland. She and her husband, Tom, work in the store. They buy precious metals, including gold, silver and platinum. They buy old broken jewelry, dental gold, service pins and class rings. The company also buys and sells diamonds and bullion. They also sell jewelry and can help settle estates. Although the word “Loans” is still in the name of the store, they no longer do loans.

Rita and Tom have been married for 15 years but have been together for 32 years. They have two sons and three granddaughters. Rita graduated from Swan Valley High School.

How long have you owned your business? I have been here for 14 years. Has not always owned. I co-owned for four years with Tad Robison. He and his brother, Blake, and another partner started it 15 years ago in February. Tad passed away in December 2021.

What inspired you to own the business? Well, my husband and I owned businesses for many years, but I swore never to do it again, but Tad passed away. I have decided to continue the business so that we can continue to serve the community in the same capacity that we have had for 14 years.

In what ways is your business active in the local community?? We are a member of the Midland Business Alliance, a former member of the Midland Noon Exchange Club and BMI. As a company, we have held fundraising events for the Midland Hospital Auxiliary, Clare Hospital and Alma. We have also supported several churches and other organizations.

What are some of your interests and hobbies? I enjoy reading, gardening, spending time with my granddaughters and my family.

What local businesses do you work with that contribute to the success of your business? I am close to all the jewelers in town. We each have our specialty. We refer clients to each other.

Final thoughts to share? Come see us for your free evaluation. You can bring me a truck, it doesn’t matter. There is no obligation to sell. This may not be of any value to me, but maybe I can point (you) in the right direction. We’re a good team for people who don’t know the value of what they’ve inherited.

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