It's that time of year for me. Not only do we jewelry designers need to do our homes in the Spring, but we need to also re-evaluate our jewelry stock and supplies. It may seem daunting at first and hard to part with pieces that you put your soul into, but I promise it will be just like the real fresh air that comes in the spring and cleanse you of being uninspired.
Knowing when to start your Spring cleaning is partly mental readiness and partly shelf space. Look around when and see how many pieces of new stock you have and how many of the older pieces there are left. If the older pieces far out number the new, it is time to re-evaluate your stock. Know as I said it is partly emotional readiness, so if you look at those pieces and just want to cry because you love them so much then wait, but if you look at the extra jewelry stock and feel like they are haunting you by still taking up valuable shelf space then you are in the right frame of mind to begin. A good measurement is if a piece has not sold in over two years, it is time to re-think it's place in your stock. The same is true for your supply stock. Take a hard look at the beads and components and make a decision as to what should stay and what needs to go.
The thing to remember when beginning to decide is that every inch of your jewelry display and supply box, used for clearance or stagnant stock costs you money. You could use the display space for something new that goes out like hot cakes instead of wasting it on a jewelry piece that just sits. Also if you have customers that come back they will remember that piece and it will make it feel as though you do not have anything new and exciting for them to purchase.
Now go through and decide which jewelry pieces and supply stock you wish to re-evaluate. You can even leave them for a bit and let the decision solidify or you can jump right in. Either way do not wait so long that you loose sight of this mission. I usually will separate the jewelry and supplies I am planning to disassemble or take out, in the morning, and if I feel good about it I break apart the jewelry and bag the supplies right after lunch, if I am hesitating I wait till the next day.
As you take the jewelry stock apart make a decision to either keep the components and beads based on wear and tear and also whether or not they still excite you and can be used in another fresher way to keep. If they are to scratched or worn and they don't work for you anymore, you can always recycled them to kids as learning materials, if they are appropriate. If they are in good condition trade, sell or give them away to someone who would love them. The same holds true for the supplies you wish to take out of your stock.
Now put away all the pieces you want to keep and take a look at all the wonderful space you have created to make new jewelry for your stock. You also have room in your bead supply box for new beads and we all love to shop for those! It will be inspiring to see the space and to get excited about all the new things you can add to your fresh jewelry stock.
Happy Spring cleaning everyone!
I am a self taught jewelry designer and artist. I studied fashion design and come from a very creative family.
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