How quickly time flies! The holidays are on the way. It’s always a good idea to have ready-to-wear or quick-finish concepts in mind to round out your inventory in a pinch. Sales can be difficult to forecast in the fourth quarter. Ready-to-wear basics can also be easy upsells at holiday events.
And don’t forget jewelry making tools for your own holiday list or the other metalsmiths and beaders in your life. Here is a rundown on some of my personal favorites coming into the 2018 holiday season.
Ready-to-Wear Easy Upsell Items
We have you covered if you love hoops. From 15-65mm we have hoop earring findings in sterling silver and gold-filled with styles ranging from plain and diamond-cut to sparkly wire hoops that would look beautiful hanging from the tree. Hoop earrings are having a moment this year, so they are sure to be strong sellers as stocking stuffers.
Another favorite item is fancy finger rings. We carry hundreds of ring styles including stacking, midi, and bands in sterling silver, gold-filled, rose gold-filled and solid gold. With our large ring selection, I’m sure you’ll find something you love. We anticipate a huge demand for rings this year. Be sure to stock up early and plan your buying ahead as best you can. Manufacturers are already warning that capacity will be strained for bestselling basics.
How can you go wrong with chain? We have hundreds of finished chain bracelets and necklaces that are ready-to-wear, from thin and lightweight to large and heavy. These easily stand out on their own as a wonderful gift.
Or, create finished fashion chains from some of our fancy footage options. The sequin chain style shown in the header image above is one of our bestselling chains of the year. Customers will love layering sparkle in with your custom pendant chains and statement necklaces. You can never have too many chains!
For the jewelry makers in your life, we have different starter kits available, from soldering to wire-wrapping: however, my personal favorite is the hand tool starter kit which has all of the jewelry making tools you need to get started plus soldering supplies, too. This is a great investment especially if you’re a student on a tight budget.
One of our favorite items in the Halstead Studio is the jewelry tumbler. It’s nice when you can throw a piece into the tumbler and let it finish up in there as you move on to other projects. The mirror-finish looks so good, too!
To make quick work of your polishing, the bench polisher is a great purchase. It does the job quickly whether you use it to buff or polish your jewelry. It also comes with two abrasive buffing wheels so you can remove firescale and oxidization right away.
Last, but not least, we have a 12pc set of mini forming stakes that would make a great gift for a metalsmith. It’s perfect for shaping metal such as rings and cuffs and it comes with a nice wooden stand. We also sell stakes individually and those would make excellent stocking stuffers. Forming stakes are trending. It’s the perfect time to hone your hammering skills and try out a new technique.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
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